After doing a lot of research on where to stay during my vacation in Shimoga, Karnataka I zeroed in on this place. The place is perfect, situated near the heart of the city which is the bus stand. During my first day of stay at the hotel, I met a couple of locals there and on asking, when I told them where I am staying during my trip, they were impressed. It was because this was one of the top hotels in Shimoga. So, you heard it directly from the localities how good this place is which is a big assurance. The hotel has 108 good rooms and suites for all types of travelers, be it for work or for leisure. On entering the hotel, you will see a big lobby, next to which is a Coffee bar named Pinxx and Lounge bar lounge named Mix Bar. There is also a very famous restaurant named Tiger Trails which is one of the top restaurants in the vicinity, however, it does come with a price. The hotel also sports banquet rooms for corporate and social events.
How are the rooms at Royal Orchid Central?
The rooms are just wonderful. I was given a Deluxe Queen Room. It was super spacious with a soft big bed and a chair to sit and have tea. It also had a table where I was able to do my work with great comfort. They have free wi-fi facility. I was only able to use it on my laptop and my phone. However, I wanted to use it on my tab it didn’t allow. It gave a message saying that it is allowed only on two devices. The hotel staff did not inform me about that and when I wanted to use internet on my tab, I had to use my mobile hotspot. Eventually, I was neither able to use wi-fi on my phone nor on my tab. The reception was not of much help to me either when I told them that I would like to use wi-fi on my tab and laptop instead of phone. They would keep on telling me that the IT guy is not available. So, I asked to let me be. They had hot and cold water running 24×7 and very clean toilet and washroom. The sight being in the city was of no good. There also have a mini bar with some stock items which were payable if consumed. However, they would give you one water bottle of each day of stay as complementary. They also have a tea/coffee makes for all those like a hot beverage to refresh themselves.
Food at Royal Orchid Central
Royal Orchid Central has Tiger Trails, a premium restaurant which ranks very high among the places to eat in Shimoga. It also has a coffee bar, Pinxx and a Lounge Bar, Mix Bar. I didn’t try any of these places though.
Service a Royal Orchid Central
The staff provides very good service however they have some restriction. They aren’t as quick as you want them to be. They give you full attention and try to solve your problem the best way they can, when you go and meet them in person rather them calling over phone. Over phone they would sometimes not even reply back if they won’t be sending someone or something has changed. The service is good but don’t try to call them over phone, it is not how they work effectively.
How to reach Royal Orchid Central
Reaching Royal Orchid Central is a piece of cake because it is located very close to the bus stand. You can walk to the hotel from the bus station, it does not take more than 5 mins. Also, if you are anywhere in the city and wants to come back to the hotel, you can ask anyone around and they will direct you to this place.
Location of Royal Orchid Central
The location of Royal Orchid Central is ideal if you want to visit as in my case the Badri Wildlife Sanctuary, Rosewood Palace, Lion-Tiger Safari, Sakrebyle Elephant camp and others as these places are easily reached by bus and bus station is very close from the hotel.
Final Verdict of Royal Orchid Central
I would give this hotel four out of five for the service, rooms, value for money and the convenience of their location. However, I would advise you to book this place from Makemytrip as they provide some good deals when you book through them. If you are visiting Shimoga there aren’t many places as good as this.