December 29, 2014

My TripAdvisor Review No.56: Hotel Opal, Kolhapur.

“A modern hotel with plenty of Old World Charm”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW
We were driving from Bangalore to Pune and needed to stop at Kolhapur for a much needed night halt. Since we did not see any good hotel on the highway we decided to enter the city after paying the toll. We drove past Shivaji University and the Defence areas and after crossing the bridge over the railway line we arrived at Shahupuri, where Hotel Victor Palace and Hotel Opal are located. The weather was quite pleasant and we wanted a non a/c room. This was only available in Hotel Opal and at a very reasonable price, with a complimentary breakfast thrown in.

There was some construction work of addition of new rooms being carried out in the front of the hotel. We parked our car in the basement of this new construction and checked in to a deluxe non ac room on the first floor at 5.30 pm. The check out time is 12 noon which suited us fine for an overnight stay. The room was neat and clean with a small TV and a curtained dressing section. There was 24 hour running hot water available in the bathroom. There was a small balcony with a clothes rack and a chair to sit out with your morning cup of tea. But there was not much of a view due to the construction work all around, and we kept the balcony door closed.

We went down to the dining hall which served mainly Kolhapuri veg and non veg dishes, but also had some North Indian and Chinese dishes. We ordered the Regular Veg Thali which consisted of 3 vegetables, curry, chapatti, masala rice and papad. Their special thali also has some savouries and sweet dishes thrown in. However this dining hall is quite famous for its Tambada and Pandhara Rassa gravies served with their traditional mutton preparations.

Next morning we ordered tea in the room. Later we went down for their complimentary buffet breakfast and were served medu wada with sambar and chutney, missal with bread, and sheera, followed by tea or coffee.

Overall we experienced good service and hospitality.

Hotel Opal is about 3 km from National Highway 4 (Pune-Bangalore). This hotel is also conveniently located about 4 km from the Mahalaxmi temple, and about 5 km from the Rankala Lake, and 1 km from the Central Bus Stand and Railway Station of Kolhapur.
  • Stayed December 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

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