Madhu found Akshay Bungalow on the internet and the pictures looked quite appealing. What I liked most was that the structure looked newly built, which would mean that the bathrooms would be new too . We called them from Alibag’s bus stand and were happy to find that rooms were available. However, getting there turned out to be a problem as the roads around the bungalow are all completely dug up. It is tucked at the back of a small alley and the auto couldn’t drive up to the gate. Distance-wise, though, it isn’t too far from the town center or the beach.
Akshay Bungalow’s owner lives in Bombay and manages the property remotely. A local lady lives onsite with her family and takes care of the day-to-day operations. She does all the cleaning and cooking as well. Although we didn’t eat there, she said she could cook up veg as well as non-veg (chicken/fish) thalis for dinner. She was quite warm and had a friendly smile.
Our double-room was quite spacious with a large window looking out to the greenery around the bungalow – this is probably the best feature of the room. There is seating built against the window which is quite nice. It is also enough space for a child to sleep in. The room had no closet space and the world’s smallest TV . The bathroom is small and cramped but with good fixtures and plumbing. The only thing we didn’t like were the floor tiles in the bathroom; they seemed to be dirt-magnets .
Overall our stay at Akshay Bungalow was comfortable. We were expecting a true home-stay where we would get the chance to interact with the family that lives there. However, Akshay Bungalow is like any other hotel but, obviously, at a much smaller scale. A large group or family can live in the main section of the bungalow while rooms for couples or smaller families have been built into a 2-storied structure that is attached to the back of the bungalow. It doesn’t have the feel of a home-stay but is warmer than a hotel-stay.
Rating: 5 out of 10