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“BEST hotel in Hogenakkal” 3 of 5 stars
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Hogenakkal, India   |  
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Hogenakkal
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“BEST hotel in Hogenakkal”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2011

Hogenakkal is a tiny settlement on the Tamilnadu - Karnataka border where the River Cauvery creates a splendid and beautiful water falls. The city survives only on tourism and has about a dozen odd hotels. Hotel Tamilnadu is the biggest hotel in Hogenakkal and is owned by the Tamilnadu government's tourism department. Me and my wife stayed in this hotel during our trip to Hogenakkal in early September, 2011.
Booking:
We booked the hotel through the office of the Tourism Dept of Tamilnadu situated at Walajah Road in Chennai. It was a simple procedure. One needs to walk up to their office, fill up a form with the basic travel details and the booking is done by an operator who confirms the availability of rooms by calling up the hotel. They accept payment through Cash & Credit Cards (no extra charges for bookings done through Cr. Cards).
Arrival & CheckIn:
We had driven down from Munnar to Hogenakkal and hence reached quite late. It was about 9:15 in the night by the time we reached. The hotel staff handed us the keys to the room and then disclosed the breaking news that there is no dinner available in the hotel as the cook's son was unwell and he went off at 4PM!!!
Once you enter Hogenakkal, you would be stopped by some local people demanding Rs. 10/20 as parking fees. If you can staying at Hotel Tamilnadu, please do not pay this fee as the hotel provides free parking to all its guests. There is ample parking space within the hotel premises.
Rooms:
The rooms are quite average but well cleaned. Through the rooms was just average, in the back of our mind we knew that this is the best facility one could get in a remote place like Hogenakkal. The best part was that the bathroom was large and quite clear and the linen looked new (almost virgin). The TV was Victorian and occupied a substantial part of the table. on which it was places. The window Airconditioner had a remote and the temperature control feature worked fine. The bathroom was a geyser which thankfully worked.
Food:
Next day we had breakfast at the hotel. And it was quite nice and very cheap.
Checkout:
At checkout we were asked to pay some more money which the hotel staff claimed as local tax. Since we had paid the entire amount at TTDC, Chennai we protested. But the hotel staff was nice enough and got the TTDC Manager on the line from Chennai. He clarified that the amount we had paid in Chennai was only the room rent but the Local Tax would need to be paid at the Hotel directly. This was the norm is all TTDC hotels. Convinced, we paid the amount in cash for which we were issued a proper bill.
In Summary:
Hogenakkal is a backward and remote place. I have heard horror stories about the other hotels in Hogenakkal from my friends. Some of them even carry out some unsocial activities. Hotel Tamilnadu being a government run property is very well maintained and the rooms are occupied by families mostly from Bangalore and Chennai. Through the hotel's infrastructure leaves a lot of room for improvement, nevertheless compared to the other alternatives in Hogenakkal this is way better both in terms of security, price and location.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
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    2.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2011 via mobile

People who visited hogenakkal might know that it is a very small tourist town with lot of hotels/lodge which lack a great deal of quality. Even if you are ready to pay higher amounts, you won't be able to get better accommodation.
Hotel tamilnadu is your best bet. It is the biggest and perhaps the oldest too. It is the only hotel with a fixed tariff. Others may change tariff depending upon the season/kind of person you are. It also houses a not so good restaurant and an only bar of the town. You have to shell out 700 plus 70 for non ac and 1000 plus 177 for non ac rooms for two. There is bigger rooms and also a dormitory.
Hotel tamilnadu is the safest as is owned by govt, and if you ask me, it is the best bet.

Sibi chandran.

  • Stayed October 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Hogenakkal, India
Location: India > Tamil Nadu > Hogenakkal
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Hogenakkal
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Hotel Tamil Nadu Hogenakkal

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