Caution!!! Hotel Peace Blue, Garacharama, Port Blair

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Back from a 10 days trip from Andamans. I have been traveling since childhood and have stayed in different classes of hotels in different places but the experience I had at Hotel Peace Blue is what we call a nightmare.

Location - It is located in an isolation, atleast 6/7 kms away from the main city

Food - Horrendous is the only word to explain with exorbitant price. All eateries charges Rs.100 - Rs.120 for vegetarian and Rs.150 - Rs.180 for non vegetarian thali but they charges Rs.200 and Rs.250 for vegetarian and non vegetarian thali respectively and you will be force to buy since you have no other option nearby.

Service - There is switch in every room to call for service but upon pressing it nobody turned up and we use to call from the balcony which was accepted by the service guy saying "coming" who never came.

Rooms - No complain on that, those are good.

Washrooms - No vents and hence becomes stuffy after use.

Experience - We were a group of 9 people which includes 2 kids and 2 senior citizens. Prior to our trip, we requested our agent to include the fooding part but he preferred to escape saying that it would be better and cheaper if we do it of our own. We immediately informed him that we will then have our lunch at different eateries on our way but would prefer to prepare food in rice cooker in dinner time and it was agreed by the agent. Accordingly, when we started preparing the food for dinner, the power went off but the lights and fans were working since those were operational on inverter connection. We inquired and were told that phase has gone off. After 2 hours when the power didn't come, we went downstairs and found that power connectivity was fine there. Again, we were told about the phase story. We contacted the agent and he came back with a suspicion that the power was intentionally kept off due to the cooking. It was 12 o clock by then and the agent told that he will be coming with available dinner items but we preferred to spent that night on biscuit and puffed rice. The inverter battery soon got drained out thereafter and the lights and fans were non-functional. We repeatedly inquired for an hour or so but everytime the phase story was repeated. We couldn't sleep without fans and mosquitoes had a merry time for the night. Next early morning, we were shifted to a different hotel inside the city by our agent. Later the owner confirmed to our agent that he had intentionally kept the power connection off. The agent might not have told the owner about our cooking intention well in advance but we all were shocked to learn such inhuman kind of nature of him who atleast have thought about the kids and senior citizens in the group.

The hotel serves nothing, not even the humanity.
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Wow. Thanks for the detail. Too bad you guys had such a crappy experience. 

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It ruins what needs to be a refreshing trip. At times feel, we were better at home. But you did the right thing of changing the hotel and trying to move on with your vacation rather than just be stuck here and abuse the hotel and it's owner!
Thanks for sharing.
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Thanks for appreciation Nadreg & Snotty....yes it was just at the beginning of the trip and I was in no mood to get into an ugly brawl since the purpose of the trip would have been defeated but sooner or later I'm sure he will get paid for his deeds.
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Do post travel pics here. Would be nice to see them. 

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Will surely do that but don't ask me write a trip report, that's not my cup of tea.
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What happened? I saw the nice pics you uploaded.


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Originally Posted by nadreg View Post What happened? I saw the nice pics you uploaded.
It wasn't displaying after uploading in the post and hence deleted. However, trying to upload again

Wandoor Beach, Port Blair


Ross and Smith Island, Diglipur


Limestone Cave, Baratang


Kalapathar Beach, Little Andaman


Dhaninullah Beach, Rangat


Cellular Jail, Port Blair


Butlarbay Beach, Little Andaman


Radhanagar Beach
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I'm really interested in seeing these. I visited over a decade ago and have heard it has changed lots so super excited to see!

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Yeah...worth visiting specially the offbeat places like Little Andaman, Long Island, Diglipur etc.
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Ghosal - nice photos. I spent my first trip to Andaman in Havelock and Neil. To describe the experience in word - smitten! Planning my next to Ross & Smith and other North Andaman locations. Please do a short right up on how you reached these places, where you stayed, approximate costs etc would be a great help. Up to date information always helps in better planning.
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Thanks for your kind words Ravichandar. I always prefer to stay away from crowd on vacation and hence tried with lonely Little Andaman, Long Island and Diglipur( though not that lonely like the first two locations). One of my friend did a splendid job by making our staying arrangement at PWD rest house at Little Andaman which to my understanding in only option to stay there. There is hotel there though but not at all a place to spend night IMHO. Places like Butlerbay, Kalapathar, Chattan, Harvinder beaches are the main attractions there followed by a dam and a water fall which to me are not that special. There is a small Nicobari settlement where you will find their livelihood. This halt was special to me since we were the only tourist in the whole island and I found it extremely peaceful and tranquil. Beaches were only surrounded by us and nobody else, I haven't have this kind of experience ever. You will have to keep track on vessel announcement of Little Andaman since those aren't regular. Its a 9 hours journey from Port Blair. We went there through a luxury private vessel named Coral Queen and the charges per person were - Rs.500/- for Seat, Rs.900/- for Bunk and Rs.1500/- for cabin. Returned to Port Blair through a normal Govt. vessel named Bharat Seema.

Your plan for Ross and Smith Islands is to be done from Diglipur where you will find ample staying arrangements of different budget. Diglipur could be approached either by Govt. ferries scheduled twice a week which is 11 hours journey from Port Blair or by road which is a 9/10 hours from Port Blair.

Our visit to long Island was bit tricky. We visited there through local ferry from Yerada Jetty near Rangat. We just tried our luck by approaching Forest Dept. for their bunglow which is the only option to stay there and got the chance. Lalji bay beach there was yet another beach where we found ourselves only. We were given to understand that only 80 odd people are the resident of this island.
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Originally Posted by Ghosal View Post Thanks for your kind words Ravichandar. I always prefer to stay away from crowd on vacation and hence tried with lonely Little Andaman, Long Island and Diglipur( though not that lonely like the first two locations). One of my friend did a splendid job by making our staying arrangement at PWD rest house at Little Andaman which to my understanding in only option to stay there. There is hotel there though but not at all a place to spend night IMHO. Places like Butlerbay, Kalapathar, Chattan, Harvinder beaches are the main attractions there followed by a dam and a water fall which to me are not that special. There is a small Nicobari settlement where you will find their livelihood. This halt was special to me since we were the only tourist in the whole island and I found it extremely peaceful and tranquil. Beaches were only surrounded by us and nobody else, I haven't have this kind of experience ever. You will have to keep track on vessel announcement of Little Andaman since those aren't regular. Its a 9 hours journey from Port Blair. We went there through a luxury private vessel named Coral Queen and the charges per person were - Rs.500/- for Seat, Rs.900/- for Bunk and Rs.1500/- for cabin. Returned to Port Blair through a normal Govt. vessel named Bharat Seema.

Your plan for Ross and Smith Islands is to be done from Diglipur where you will find ample staying arrangements of different budget. Diglipur could be approached either by Govt. ferries scheduled twice a week which is 11 hours journey from Port Blair or by road which is a 9/10 hours from Port Blair.

Our visit to long Island was bit tricky. We visited there through local ferry from Yerada Jetty near Rangat. We just tried our luck by approaching Forest Dept. for their bunglow which is the only option to stay there and got the chance. Lalji bay beach there was yet another beach where we found ourselves only. We were given to understand that only 80 odd people are the resident of this island.
Very much appreciate your detailed info. Will help me plan better. Thanks

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