Going completely based on the reviews posted by various users on travel portals, I booked Hotel Pushpak for my 2-day stay in Bhubaneswar. The choice was further fueled by the fact that it offered family-rooms and I was really looking forward to getting one because, in Puri, we could not get a family room and had to stay in two separate rooms, which obviously increased the cost, though having two washrooms was an advantage.
All the family members liked Hotel Pushpak very much–location, ambience, food, and facilities were excellent and worth every penny or paisa of the budget. It would rate it 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Location: Easily reachable through Google Maps, the Hotel is located in Kalpana Square and offers good parking facility, and unlike Puri, the car goes directly to the Hotel’s main gate…the guard or the valet offers help in getting your luggage too. The State Museum of Odisha is just a stone’s throw away from the Hotel and can be visited by just walking down there or you could take an auto-rickshaw.
Rooms: As mentioned earlier, we stayed in a family room, it was very spacious and gave a luxurious-style feel. There were two double beds and a sofa-couch, so we the family of five (2 adults, 2 grown-ups, and 1 child) slept without any problem.
Food: We had our breakfast free with the booking and therefore we took that in the Hotel itself. It was buffet-style and had quite a lot of options for vegetarians. For lunch and dinner, we just walked down to Truptee Veg Restaurant, which was like next door to the hotel and offered excellent food choices. In fact, this nearness was the best facility that we liked about the Hotel. There are street-food and ice-cream parlor options for the taste-buds of the tourists.
Cleanliness and Staff: The Hotel’s cleanliness and ambience are excellent and you have a feel-good-factor as you walk into the Hotel’s lobby. The staff is also very helpful and listens to your concerns with care. In fact, they had a policy of offering two complimentary water-bottles for each room, but when I argued that because it is a family room and we are paying more than a normal room, they agreed to give us four complimentary water-bottles per day, which was a relief because the temperature had started to rise in the month of March.
Price: Price-wise, I found the Hotel affordable and cheaper than Shreehari Grand Hotel in Puri, and therefore would recommend the hotel to anyone who is visiting Bhubaneswar with a family.