We stayed in this hotel as a part of our trip of the North East.
Imphal and Manipur do not seem to be hot destinations for tourists at all. We seemed to be the only tourists around! In fact, the locals kept asking us why we were there! There were armed trucks patrolling the streets at half-hour intervals with AK47s drawn! But that did not faze the locals, who went about their work as if it was normal! The streets emptied out after dark, though.
The Tampha Hotel is mainly used by overnight travellers as a halting point on their onward journies. It has an advantage as it is situated right in front of the bus stands.
We had asked for an extra bed or mattress for our room, which was agreed to by the people at reception after consulting their 'boss'. Later, however, they refused to give the mattress, as their 'super-boss' had not given them permission for it! We were willing to pay extra for it, but to no avail! We did not move out because our son was ill.
They have a long list of food on the room service menu (there is no restaurant in the hotel) but most of it is not available. Simple stuff like noodles were not available. So we settled for whatever was available - luckily it was good! Room service takes ages to come through, so it is advisable to order whatever you want at one go.
The room could not be cleaned on the first day as the housekeeping guy was 'absent'. On the second day, the sheets were not changed for the same reason!
Oh, you have to go to the Reception to make a phone call, the intercoms in the rooms are not connected to the outside world.
On the whole, an okay hotel if you are someone who is pleased with the minimum requirements!
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Tampha Imphal, Manipur