Category Archives: Hotel/ Resort Reviews

Deshadan Mountain Resort- Sheer waste of Money

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Being our second visit to Munnar, we wanted to stay far from the maddening crow of the town .Munnar city centre is little crowded and concentrated. Hotels there are cheap but since we wanted so stay a little closer to nature so we chose hotel “Deshadan Mountain Resort” which is a little far from the city centre. Transportation is not an issue as the resort arranges for a  pick up from Munnar Bus stop  at an extra charge of Rs 500. The Resort is the highest resort in Munnar situated at a distance of 7 Km from the main town. The road to the resort is fairly good except for the last 1 KM stretch when the roads are pretty bad and steep.

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We had taken a valley view room. The view from the room was breath taking but nothing else  about the room was worth the amount of money that was paid. The rooms were very basic. The bed sheets were torn and even on repeated complaining they failed to provide us with proper bed sheets. The staff were pretty rude.

We were quite taken aback when we were informed that we would have to choose from the menu that had been set for buffet for the dinner. The options that were there for the buffet was pretty bad. The breakfast was even more let down. There was very less options to select from for breakfast.

We enquired about few local site seeing places around. They were unable to provide us with adequate information.

Over all the resort was a total let down. With the amount of money that is paid, it is definitely not worth a penny.

 

 

 

 

Wood House Resort – Varkala

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Visiting Varkala and wondering where to stay? Confused or spoilt for choice? Well here’s a suggestion that you could consider. Wood House Resort. Yes you heard(or rather read) me right!! Amazing location and very very wallet friendly.

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Situated on the far end of the North Cliff, this is the last resort in the line. But trust me the view is one of the best. Far from the crowd and the shops this place would certainly get a thumps up for the location. The restaurant attached to the resort is run by few people from the North East India. Very friendly and charming people must say. The food had nothing much to talk about it but the restaurant would certainly count for it location. Situated just on the sea shore, separated from the sea by nothing but a wooded fence, it certainly scores high on location.

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A few meters down the other side of the resort is a fisher men’s village. You could land yourself some great bargain on freshly caught fish.

The cottage rooms are pretty cozy with all basic amenities and air conditioning. But a small warning for all you people who love to leave their A/Cs on while leaving the room. Do not be surprised to find you’re A/C connection switched off on your return. Power saving is certainly their motto 🙂

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The resort also has deluxe rooms on the building behind. The rooms are basic and without A/C.

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Reservation to this place can be made over phone. They do not take any advance. But make sure to call them a few times before you visit this place to confirm your booking.

Overall this place scores high on my list of budget friendly and eco friendly beach resorts.

King’s Cliff – a residence truely fit for the Kings

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Wondering where to stay in Ooty? Try out this quaint little cottage situated in the fringes of the busy town. King’s Cliff nestled in a hill albeit far away from the madding crowd, literally. The property belongs to the Little earth Group and you could book your rooms from their site.

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We had visited to this resort about 2 years back and thanks to my hubby who had suggested this place.

An auto from the bus stand would take you to the hotel. You could ask for a pickup from the resort itself. The auto charges are fixed so you don’t have to trouble yourself for bargaining.

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The first thing that greets you is the 400 metre or so long driveway, which reaches into a perfectly maintained garden and trees all around the property. The resort takes you back to an era that is no more, with period furniture, valences and drapes and a polished teak fireplace overlooking a Victorian “drawing room”.

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There are about 9 rooms, each spacious, and have the old world charm. Each of the room’s has a fire place attached. We were provided with a pile of complimentary wood. You can also request for an extra pile at an additional charge. The bathrooms though could use a little renovation. This property is a very old building so if you one of those persons who look forward to modern hotels with modern bathrooms this hotel might not interest you.

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The cottage is surrounded with trees and you would be greeted each morning with the chirping of the birds.

The service is professional and the housekeeping staffs are simple, efficient and friendly. The Earl’s Court restaurant is reputed to be the best restaurant in Ooty, and I think it’s a justified claim. The complementary buffet breakfast, is served in the glasshouse in the lawn and has a wide range of food to offer, ranging from cereals to Indian breakfast.  The food was excellent, tasty and flavorsome, but a bit high priced.

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The property is unique and endearing if you are on a romantic pause or looking for some solace. I would certainly suggest people to give it a try if they visit Ooty.

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I-India Resort -Ooty

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We had visited this resort during May 2012. Take the right turn at the junction which leads to Sagar Resorts on the Conoor road and a few meters down that road and will lead you to  the property.
The place was quite a cosy little place with very helpful staff.
The cottage is well places with a lovely view of the valley in front of it and being far from the maddening crowd of the Ooty town, is quite a welcome relief for the guests. The rooms are clean and spacious  with all basic amenities provided.

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But a few improvements would do the place some good. To start with the place does not have a lawn where the guest could sit. The concreted area that they pass as courtyard could be turned into a lush green lawn which could add an old world charm to the little cottage.

 

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None of the rooms had any valley views from them. One had to come to the courtyard or the living room for a view.

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They do not have any proper menu for the breakfast/lunch/dinner. You will have to eat from the fixed menu that is provided for the day. It would have been better if we could choose from a menu. The food is overpriced compared to the quantity of food provided. For example we had our lunch there. It consisted of a small bowl of ghee rice, dal fry n 4 small pieces of chicken fry. The charge for it was Rs 200 per plate.
Well all is not bad.It sure does have some good things as well. The best part is that, they have 24hr running hot water which is quite a nice thing to have during the cold climate.

Priced at around Rs 3000 for a double bedded room, it is not such a bad option for staying.