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Saratha Vilas Heritage Hotel

832 Main Road,Kothamangalam, Karaikudi 630105, India
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Saratha Vilas Heritage Hotel
Ranked #1 of 8 Karaikudi B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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New York
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You don't feel welcome at Saratha Vilas Heritage Hotel. The two owners, Michel and Bernard, expat French architects, have done a very good job in restoring one of the old mansions in Chettinad but have obviously not adopted the traditional indian warmth and hospitality. We arrived in the afternoon of a very hot day in March and while doing our... More

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Huddersfield, England
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61 reviews 61 reviews
38 hotel reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

We spent 2 nights at this Chettiar Mansion which has been lovingly restored by Michel and Bernard. You enter the mansion from a dooway on the street in a sleepy village and enter in to another world. The mansion is full of beautiful artefacts, open space, nice seating areas and comfortable furniture. We had booked a Heritage Room and were... More

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London, United Kingdom
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172 reviews 172 reviews
72 hotel reviews
193 helpful votes 193 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

Spent 2 nights and visited the village where Saratha Vilas is situated called Kothamangalam meeting some very nice welcoming folk. This is a small place so it is easy to walk around and see life in a rural village and to admire some of the other mansions built with wealth created by the Chettiars. You can go to nearby villages... More

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Abbotsford, BC
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56 reviews 56 reviews
28 hotel reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

We spent 2 nights here on our recent trip to south India and were not disappointed. It is a beautifully renovated mansion with comfortable rooms decorated in Chettinad style. The meals were excellent, the staff friendly and helpful and the owners always willing to talk about the area and their lovely house. 2 nights were not enough.

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Montreal, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

It's one year ago that my then 17 year old daughter and I spent 4 nights here and were treated to superb food and service. We rode our bikes, checked out antiques, watched how to make tiles, spent hours looking at fabrics which we purchased, talked to a lovely lady teaching the local children English and visited a few temples.... More

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Los Angeles, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

If you are looking to have the rare and worthwhile experience of staying in a Chettinad mansion within a village then you could not do better than to book a room in this special house. It is special because your hosts, two French architects with a passion for the Chettinad region and its wonderful buildings, have managed to craft a... More

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Chennai (Madras), India
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Beautiful hotel with antique furniture and deco. Peaceful location. Spacious rooms. The staff are very friendly and helpful. We preferred to have Chettinad delicacies for breakfast and they served nice local dishes like appams, paniyarams and chicken chetinad etc. The driver they arranged was extremely friendly and knowledgeable of chetinad area. The hosts have excellent info about the place, chettinad... More

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London, United Kingdom
15 reviews 15 reviews
14 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

An elegant Chettinad mansion, beautifully restored by the owners, two French architects. Michel was really helpful in telling us what to see and where and how to see it, providing a brochure (in French, of course) and maps of the village and the surrounding area - and a fascinating and rewarding area it is too. We stayed two nights -... More

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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
11 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

We were driving ourselves to Chettinad and, hot and tired, had great difficulty locating this hotel so it was with great relief that we spotted the discreet portal. We were soon swept up into the cool splendour of Saratha Vilas and not a little embarrassed as three sweet women in saris spirited our heavy luggage away from us. To arrive... More

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Bangalore, India
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236 reviews 236 reviews
45 hotel reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

Saratha Vilas, is fairly the recent addition to the growing list of properties of Chettiars that are being converted into Homestays/Hotels: as one would perceive them to be. But the interesting thing is, Saratha Vilas, is what it is, for the sheer dint and diligence of two French Architects: Michele and Bernard, who are virtually repositories of locale insights much... More

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Additional Information about Saratha Vilas Heritage Hotel

Address: 832 Main Road,Kothamangalam, Karaikudi 630105, India
Location: India > Tamil Nadu > Karaikudi
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Karaikudi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Saratha Vilas, built by a wealthy Chettiar merchant in the early 1900s, is a prime example of the luxurious mansion unique to the Chettinad region. The 4500 sq. ft. property, including buildings, courtyards and gardens, has been painstakingly restored, and converted into an eight bedroom heritage hotel by two French architects passionate about the preservation of Chettinad and its history. ... more   less 

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