Woodpacker by Rangshala, Auroville Review
8.5 on 10
Hello Everyone! I stayed at Woodpacker Hostel in Auroville in December 2019 when I went there on a planned yet impromptu trip with another fellow traveler (Rahul) I had met a few times in Goa and Bangalore. I will share my stories from this trip in a separate blog post in just a few days but for now lets focus on this review of the Hostel.
We were on a road trip, thanks to Rahul for his Thar and driving, and did not pre-book any place in Auroville before arriving there at night. We stayed the night at an OYO and started our hostel hunt in the morning. we visited a couple of hostels and did not like them for various reasons. We then visited Rangshala Hostel and half the property seem under construction but the rooms were nice. We then called Parth, the owner/manager, who asked us to come to Wookpacker instead, another property by same brand.
Once we reached Woodpacker and saw the hostel, we decided to camp there and not go looking for more. It was a new property and had just opened about 15 days back. There were just a few more guests in the hostel apart from us.
Here I will give you my opinion and review about Woodpacker Hostel by Rangshala, located in Auroville.
It is a very nice hostel with comfortable beds and clean washrooms. For any hostel, these two things matter a lot for any guest experience.
Rooms & Beds
Beds in Woodpacker were comfortable and rooms were clean. All rooms had stone based flooring which made it easy to clean. All rooms had windows which allowed ample sunlight to come inside.
Rooms had high wooden ceiling which looks really cool. But this roof has a drawback that room gets really hot in afternoons. However, the hostel has Air Conditioning installed in all rooms which took care of this issue.
Cleanliness & Washrooms
The hostel, rooms and washrooms were clean. Even though there was lot of open space with mud, the hostel was clean.
They have a open kitchen which was also kept nicely. There is a house maid who comes every morning for cleaning up the place and kitchen. She did a good job!
Woodpacker is centrally located with easy access to all good places to eat, almost walking distance from the hostel. It is conveniently located just behind the famous Marc’s cafe which serves delicious coffee and breakfast. There are more renowned eating places around the hostel.
Many places to see in Auroville need you to drive to them but that’s a given as public transport in Auroville is pretty much non existent. However, Hostel helps you to hire a two wheeler.
Parth and Anuj are really nice hosts, who made us feel welcome from the moment we stepped into the hostel and shared whatever information we needed. Parth is a good cook as well and prepares dinner and breakfast that is served at the hostel on order. They also organized for a Jambe night with a local artists while we were staying there.
Woodpacker had a very earthy vibe to it with nicely decorated common area. Whatever time we were in the hostel we were in this cozy common area. They had carom board, darts, and few other board games there. It was really nice area to chill out and chit chat with other travelers while you absorb the laid back life of Auroville. We met a few other guests who were staying at the property and had some nice conversations with them.
Hostel had paid laundry service, a nice open and common area, an open kitchen to cook, a water filtering system to fill your bottles, and also assistance from the staff for anything that you might need. Couldn’t have asked for a better setting in Auroville. Specially after seeing other hostels, this place was really comfortable.
As I said earlier, Parth usually cooks at the hostel and shares it with the guests at a Rs. 150 – 200 per person for quite a basic yet fulfilling meal. Oh I didn’t tell you, that my travel companion Rahul, is chef and cooked us some really yummy food at Woodpackers Kitchen on popular demand from guests and hosts. Photo here is just a glimpse of it.
Value for Money
Now lets come to money!
Private rooms at the hostel are priced at Rs. 1200 per night and Dorm prices vary between Rs. 350 to Rs. 550 depending on season.
For all facilities and vibe it is a decently priced hostel.
I would definitely go back there for a stay whenever I go to Auroville next.
- Towels are charged a Rs. 50 as Rent – A standard practice across many hostels in India
- Breakfast is not complementary but if you pre-order they can serve it at an additional cost
- They serve dinner (pre-ordered offcourse) at Rs. 150-200 per person which has decently good spread
- Laundry is charged at Rs. 100 per load
I would like to thank the Woodpacker by Rangshala, for being such gracious hosts and making our stay memorable.