On August 16, 2014, I spent a night in Hotel Welcome (Chamba), located on Mussoorie-Dhanolty-Chamba road, and ate meals at a nearby dhaba. Although both were busy, quality standards were non-existent. Here are more details:
I walked in Hotel Welcome around 9:00 pm after checking rooms in a few other budget hotels or I say shabby hotels. The tariff of a small room with bright pink and white walls was INR 250 per person, per night.
The room was appointed with all the basic amenities. However, the amenities were in bad shape. For example,
- The curtains were stained with mildew. The damp quilt smelled like mildew.
- There was very little space on longer side of the double bed. On the other (shorter) sides, there was more space. In one corner, two chairs were stacked on the center table.
- The door and window shared the same wall, so ventilation was not good. The window opened in the narrow corridor. So, the windows of the facing rooms also starred at each other.
- The room latch was broken. It had no eye to secure the bolt.
- Used soaps were occupying the only shelf in the bathroom.
- The mirror was dirty.
- An inbuilt lock that can be operated with a key from both sides was risky.
A ceiling fan, socket for mobile charging, and tube light were its only plusses.
A small TV and the remote occupied a table with shelves. But I did not use it because there was hardly any time. I checked out around 5:00 am next morning. I also did not use geyser and shower.
Tiny rectangular bathroom within the room featured pink tiled floor. Half of the wall was adorned with white tiles. But the bottom part of the wall had seepage. The bottom part of the wall was also dirty.
At the time of check-in, I was instructed that I should use the shut-off valve installed under the washbasin to operate the faucet as it was leaky and damaged. Second instruction was that I should use a bucket of water for flush instead of flush button.
The Neighboring Dhaba
We had dinner at the neighboring dhaba that was crowded. We had to await our turn. We reached the dhaba around 8:00 pm.
The eatery served both al-a-carte dishes and set meals. A set meal featured two sabji, one dal, onion, and roti. This unlimited set meal cost INR 50 per person. Arhar dal was served as rajma was over. Both sabji had potatoes. Potatoes accompanied peas in one dish and cabbage in other dish.
The menu had some plus points: half plate (half serving) option for vegetables and tandoori roti. For example, half serving of aloo gobhi and one tandoori roti cost just INR 30. Food was fresh.
The washroom in the dhaba offered dirty Indian commode. An unwanted shallow water pool in the stinking washroom covered the space between the commode area and the door. There was a bucket full of water and a mug.
The dhaba also had rooms but all were occupied.