Gandhara continues to steamroll the competition in this price bracket for its friendliness, services and value. The 200-year-old pillared heritage building – the former holiday home of a rich Bengali family – has three wonderfully atmospheric fan-cooled rooms. More expensive modern AC rooms are in a new block at the back of the lawned garden, overlooking the delightful swimming pool.
The wi-fi is super quick (for India), you get newspapers slipped under your door and there are beers (₹100) waiting for you in a fridge.
The spacious air-conditioned rooms all come with a flat-screen TV, personal safe and a minibar. En suite bathrooms have hot and cold-water showers.
Hotel Gandhara is a 5-minute drive from Puri Railway Station. It is 15 km from Konark Sun Temple and 60 km from Dhauli Hill. Biju Patnaik International Airport is 65 km away. On-site parking is free.
Guests can arrange packed lunches and day trips at the tour desk. The hotel also provides laundry and luggage storage services.