We went on our Honeymoon to The Andamans and stayed at Hotel Shreesh on Sun, 20th Dec 2015 & Thu, 24 Dec 2015.
This hotel looks ordinary from outside, but has decent amenities. Our tour plan did not allow us to stay in the hotel during the daytime; We just went there in the evening (after the day long travel & sightseeing) to take rest. So, I cannot tell you about the swimming pool or the room service.
With respect to room quality, we stayed in two category of rooms - the Standard AC & Deluxe AC. Among the two, the deluxe one was more spacious and had good lighting & ventilation.
The AC was working really well & they have a LCD/LED TV which received good amount of TV channels (including channels from the South India). They also offer you free WiFi which is a boon in The Andamans! We realised this when we visited Neil Island & Havelock Island, where they did not offer us WiFi nor was the mobile signal reception good.
The room also had a mini fridge which was not working (may-be they'd have plugged the cable out intentionally). We did not have to use it though!
The bed (twin-beds) was comfortable enough for two persons to sleep, but honeymooners might not like it very much. :)
There were adequate charging points for charging camera, mobiles & laptop. The hotel has good power back-up facility.
You need to wait a while if you need to take a hot shower for the bathrooms were installed with Bajaj Water Heaters that took about 20 mins to heat the water. Among toiletries, they provide you bath towels, toilet soap & shampoo; You need to carry other essential utilities.
They have a restaurant (named Carvaca) next to the reception area that serves both Veg. & Non-Veg. Food. The Veg. Food was pretty decent enough & not very expensive for a tourist destination. Spending Rs. 400/- (for 2 persons) on North-Indian main-course dish would fill your tummy. There are other hotels nearby that have restaurants immediately next to the reception area. You can try if you want to. There are a couple of ATMs nearby & also a pure Veg. Restaurant which is less than 500 metres from Hotel Shreesh. Be careful while walking in the streets in the evening for it has a lot of stray dogs. They do not disturb you or harm you, but just be careful.
We had to leave the hotel at 6am on 21st Dec to board the Ferry to Neil Island. So, the hotel guys gave us packed breakfast which was pathetic. We expected a better standard from the hotel on this but were disappointed - what they gave was a sandwich, a biscuit packet & packed juice, all of which would have costed them less than Rs. 25/-. Believe me friends, it was too pathetic. You can call it a snack, not a breakfast. Also, for breakfast, they have limited options among which you need to choose. Either Poori Bhaji & Coffee or Sandwich & Juice or Aloo Paratha, Curd & Coffee.
Since I booked the entire Andaman tour package through an agent, am not sure how much does this hotel charge you per night, so cannot comment whether this one is value for money or not.
We visited this place during December for a family vacation. Booked this place through makemytrip. It is a nice place far away (30 to 45 minutes) from the hustle and bustle of Port Blair city but close to the Mahatma Gandhi National Park in Wandoor. If you plan to take a trip to Jolly Buoy island, then the ferries start from this park but if you are to visit the other sightseeing locations in Port Blair or ferry to North Bay/Ross island then you have to travel all the way to Port Blair city.
We had booked the sea facing cottage. It is just facing the sea and not near the beach. The cottage rooms were quite spacious and the rooms were neat. Had a little bug problem in the night time because of the proximity to beach and the big lawn in the property. The staff were very courteous and helpful. The restaurant is nice and they serve quite a variety of food. It takes a while to serve the order even when there were very few guests as they try to make it fresh. There are no other shops or restaurants near the resort.
There are not many activities in the resort. The pool is nice and has a depth of almost 10 feet on one end even though it doesn't look like it. Be careful with kids. There is also a designated swimming area in the beach. Other areas of the beach are prohibited for swimming because of the crocodile incident. There are warning boards all over the beach.
Overall a very good experience and the kids loved the place except for the part that they didn't have access to the beach because of the crocodile problem.
We were staying in Port Blair for two days before sailing to Havelock and I chose this place since it had good reviews. The hotel is beautifully laid out on the side of a hill. So each room block and each cottage is at a different level, cosily nestled against the hillside, under a canopy of huge and old wood trees. The trees are something to marvel at. They seem to be a hundred years old and literally touching the sky. There is a space called the Deck, just outside the conference room offering a grand view of the harbour, Phoenix jetty and North Bay Island (the same view as depicted on the Rs. 20 note). The water shimmers in the sunlight and takes on multiple hues.
We stayed in one of the non-deluxe rooms. But the room was spacious, well-equipped and comfortable. Each room has a portico of sorts which is ideal for moon watching or chatting with friends.
Food at the restaurant is good. Going by the Island's price standards, the rates are okay.
The location is a bit off the regular road. So getting an Auto or Bus to go to the market or anything is difficult. You have to get them to book you a Taxi in case you have planned trips. They have a travel desk run by Green Ocean Travels. Convenient if you are taking their ferry to Havelock, but they wont book the Govt. Ferry for you. They also arrange for taxis.
Only one bad incident that caused a small panic attack during our stay. We had to take the Havelock ferry at 6 am and had asked the travel desk to book us a taxi (The ferry is just about one km away, but the taxi ride is a minimum Rs. 200). At the appointed time, there was no taxi. The lady from the travel agency herself had not come on duty yet and the phone numbers were not connecting (common problem on these Islands). The guy at the reception flatly refused to do anything. He said he would not speak to the travel agency, we had to do it. Their numbers were not reachable. He would not arrange another taxi by himself and there was very little chance of getting a rickshaw at that hour. Luckily another taxi had come to drop some other guests at the Airport and that taxi driver dropped us off at the ferry for the same Rs. 200.
However, when we came back from Havelock, I met the travel desk lady and the man at the reception who seems to be a senior staff. The lady profusely apologised and said they have put up more contact numbers and refunded my money. The man at the reception apologised and said they would look into it. Don't know what measures they have taken.
From the condemned island during ther British era, the Andamans have turned into a tourists paradise. The hotel is centrally and ideally located and a great location for shopping. (Hubbies beware!) All the showrooms selling corals, pearls and shells and articrafts are lined opposite the Hotel within a distance of 200 mts. including the Govt. one - the Sagarika. The rooms are neat and clean and the ambience is good. The staff are friendly and serve with a smile. The food is pallatable (breakfast free - a decent buffet with an option of a great lemon tea) and if one wants to step outside, the options are plenty within a walking distance. The bar is well stacked (my wife is staring) and tariff is reasonable. Since the hotel is in the heart of the city, rooms are not sea facing, but that is a blessing in disguise. After exhausting oneself in the beaches, one would actually look forward to relaxing in a room with family. For recreation, one has to watch the TV only; but for bookaholics, Dist. Central Library is closeby (100 mt in the same row)
Best Experience: Prompt room service. Provided hot drinking water without a fuss, at odd times frequently. Bed linens were changed daily. Free Luggage room to take care of baggages who have vacated rooms by check-out time of 8 AM.
Worst Experience: Nothing like that happened. But, the Hotel can provide newspapers to all rooms free of cost; and undertake free pick-up and drop to airport.
Value for Money: With each room priced at 6000/- it's a definitely pricey, but is worth every penny as each room has it's own personal porch with access to the beach just a hop, skip and jump away. The beach is accessible till 10: 30 pm which provides one ample time for post dinner walks.
Service Quality: The service is top notch which can be expected. Though you may face slight delays in being allotted a room which is a minor glitch.
Food and Drink: The hotel has a attached restaurant in premises which serves buffet style food with an assortment of delicacies to choose from, would recommend the non-veg lovers to gorge on the local fish varieties the chef serves up. The attached bar is for the tipplers to drink and make merry.
Location: One of the few drawbacks was location, located close to the beach means that most local sightseeing points (not considering the jetty as most sightseeing destinations require cruise travel) were far and required spending 150 bucks hiring autos.
Amenities: Wi-Fi works, but only in the lobby (a slight discomfort as few networks work in Port Blair - not even Vodafone 3G).
Cleanliness: The rooms are kept super clean and even with so much greenery around I couldn't find any bugs (not that I was specifically searching for them).