Posted by: janpierce | July 25, 2010

Farewell to the Heritage Hotel

We just found out through a friend in Hyderabad that our favorite little hideout in that city has closed its doors. The Heritage Hotel was the first hotel I stayed in on my first trip to India. I was still in that open-mouthed phase of travel in India in which every single thing I looked at was a mystery to me. I became somewhat famous on that first trip for shorting out all the electricity in the hotel every time I tried to blow-dry my hair. The Heritage was really only the fourth floor of a pretty horrible building, but that floor had clean enough rooms and a nice little courtyard in front of the eating area. I was used to the breakfasts and the newspaper and the green soap and the particular room in which the shower actually worked. I liked it there. I know all the nearby restaurants, the closest ATM’s and internet facilities. I will really miss it. I am a creature of habit and I like the familiar. I’ll miss the little doorman who wasn’t really on staff, but sat on the front steps and opened the door faithfully day in and day out and for whom we bought eyeglasses. We always gave him our leftovers after we had dinner at the Nanking. I don’t know what he’ll do now to find a way to live.

Hyderabad continues to have unrest and many enforced strikes due to the controversy over the attempts of the Telengana areas to secede from Andhra Pradesh. It is a hot political topic and is yet to be resolved. It’s gone on for years but has become violent of late. That and drought and the general dip in economic conditions put the Heritage out of business. I’ll miss the familiar faces there and the views and….pretty much everything about it. It was comfortable like a long-term friendship. Farewell old friend.

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