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16/285, Mahendera Street , Guntakal, Anantapur , 515801 | Show on Map
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Ashoka Paradise is a 2 star property located 0.5 km from Guntakal Bus Station. Guest can park their vehicles in the free parking space provided in this hotel in Guntakal. Guest can visit and seek blessings from Kailasa Siva Temple - 5 km.There are 41 rooms spread across 2 floors.
Each room is equipped with a television offering premium channels, make up mirror, wake up call service, desk, spacious bed and an attached bathroom with hot and cold running water.Facilities offered by Ashoka Paradise are 24 hours front desk assistance, room service for limited hours, free newspapers, doorman facility, elevator and porter service.This hotel in Guntakal is supported with a power back up generator.
Bellary Airport is 56 km and Guntakal Railway Sttaion is 3 km from the hotel. Places of interest are Durga Mata Temple - 80km, Sri Venkateshwara Swamy Temple - 81 km and Chippagiri is 12 km.
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by TONY S on December 13, 2016
There isn't a universal standard against which all hotels in a country can be measured. The tariff being charged, the market the hotel hopes will be attracted, be that business, toursim or specialist, and the range of services offered, are some of the factors that need to be taken into consideration. I was reminded of this when I moved from staying at the Royal Orchid Hotel in Hosapete, to the Hotel Ashoka Paradise in Guntakal. In Hosapete, with Hampi nearby, there is quite a bit of competition for the tourists' rupees. As a result, standards are high, staff are trained to be courteous, tourists are likely to write reviews on sites like TripAdvisor, and prices are considerably higher than in towns of similar size. Not far away is Guntakal, a rail hub, no highly publicised archaeological site, and I suspect very few tourists. In fact, just half an hour away is Gooty Fort, a magnificent site, but one which is little publicised. It was to visit this Fort that I came to be staying in Guntakal, which seemed to be the nearest town with any hotels listed. Virtually nothing was written about any of the handful of hotels, and this review is the first for TripAdvisor for the Ashoka Paradise. The hotel is located off the main thoroughfare, which is a good thing, as the latter can be very noisy. The entrance to the hotel is quite grand in scale, and suggests something rather special. So, what criteria does one use to review this hotel? Well, for starters the tariff is vey modest: Rs840, or thereabouts, per night for a non-a/c room, so one shouldn't expect luxury. I had asked a travel agent in Vizag to make a booking for me, but on arrival, there appeared to be no record of this. The voucher I produced, and for which I had paid for a room for 2 nights, would not be accepted, and I was told if I wished to stay, I needed to pay cash for the room. As the tariff was modest, and as it was late, and as I wanted a bed to sleep on, I agreed. A luggage porter picked up my luggage, and off we went to a room on the Ground Floor. Oops, it hadn't been serviced, and bed-linen was scatered across the floor. Back to Reception for another key, and this time off to Room 306 upstairs. The lift worked well, which was a good sign. The room looked to be ok: spartan, but with en-suite, adequate space, a chair, and what looked to be a reasonable bed. After the porter had left, I checked the bed, and indeed it was quite comfortable. The television didn't produce any English-language news, a comment perhaps on who stays here. A notice declared that hot water was only available from 06:00 to 08:30, and a sheet of paper declared: 'No alcohol in rooms, and no playing cards'. I don't recall ever seeing a restriction on playing cards, but perhaps there is something in the prevailing cultire that looks upon card playing in a negative way.. I checked for WiFi: 'No, sir'. I thought that a bit odd, if people on business stayed here. No food is available at this hotel, and there are no notices to suggest Room Service meals could be requested. However, breakfast was brought from outside, provided one ordered the evening before. So for a meal, I went back to the main road, and on the other side, just a few metres away is the Biriyani Palace. This proved to be very good. Next morning, I checked the hot water in the bathroom at 6:30. At around the same time, a man knocked loudly on the door. it seemed breakfast needed to be paid in advance. I was glad I was up, so be warned, you may well be woken early. As for the hot water, no luck. By 07:30, it was luke warm, but I quickly discovered the shower didn't work. So, carry your own basin plug, so you can at least put some water in the basin to wash. Fortunately.the toilet flushed very well. The breakfast menu seemed to be limited to idly and dosa, but at least the idly I had were excellent, as were the accompanying chutneys, and the tea quite ok. There is a great opportunity in this town to provide travellers with a budget hotel, where things work, and which markets itself both to the business traveller, and to the tourist interested in exploring a great but hardly known site. At present, I don't thnk management or the owners care too much. Had no-one mentioned before that the shower didn't work in my room? Why wasn't that room on the Ground Floor serviced by 8pm? Why doesn't the hotel have an email address? Why no WiFi in this day and age? Why no payment by credit card? Why no offer of Room Service meals? Why no acceptance of vouchers from a travel agent? Every other hotel in which I stayed over a 3 week period knew what a voucher was, and how to redeem it. Not so here. It wouldn't take much to provide these things, and to meet these needs. The rooms are clean, and as noted the tariff modest. Management, smarten up your act. As a post-script, I can say that the Gooty Fort, a half hour rail jourmey away, is well worth seeking out. It is magnificent. Now to find a good hotel. Pehaps check out the Lepakshi further down the street.
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