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“Not so great.. Just OK” 3 of 5 stars
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Hotel Ambadi
Ambadi Junction, Thekkady 685536, India   |  
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Ranked #16 of 30 hotels in Thekkady
Mumbai
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8 hotel reviews
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“Not so great.. Just OK”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

We stayed in this hotel on 14th and 15th May 2012. Water in the bathroom was not clean.
One more thing which we did not like was - room service is only for beverages. For breakfast/lunch/dinner you are forced to go to the restaurant.
There is no TV in the cottages...
Hence this hotel is just to spend nights after undertaking activities in Periyar ..

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2012

After reading many of the disappointing reviews, I have a relatively positive one to add! We trusted our local friend who was exploring Kerala with us on his hotel choice in Thekkady.. I believe the owners knew him, so as a result we had actually a pretty decent stay at the hotel, particularly for the cost (1500 rupees a night for 2). It is possible that without him we may have had a less pleasant stay. Yes, the 2 twin beds is frustrating to have as a couple but I've noticed a similar setup in many Indian hotels. The wood decor in the room was actually quite nice (although dark, but does give it a cottage feel), the exterior of the cottages were very nice, there was always hot water, linen was clean, amenities were provided for us, as was mosquito repellent plug-in, and fans worked very well. Our room thoroughly cleaned when we got there. The toilet didn't flush very well, and no wifi , but, our agenda was Periyar not wifi. Although the menu at the restaurant is extensive, the food was not good and took a long time to arrive. (The papad was good though). My strawberry milkshake unfortunately had a fishy flavour to it and put me off the entire meal, so we ate outside for remaining meals and did not have further contact with the service staff so we can't comment on their interactions with us. If you are looking for a cheap, peaceful place to crash between visits at the Periyar then this is a decent option (as long as you take your meals outside the hotel and don't have expectations that this is a 5-star joint!)

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2012

This hotel has nothing that I can speak about other than the location. It is located quite close to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. So, in case you have an intention of spending your entire day in undertaking activities of the Forest Department and want to take a hotel to just spend the night..this is the place. Expect no more than this!

Service stinks..the staff lacks basic ettiquettes...the restaurant is worse...lunch and dinner horrible..breakfast was just fine.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2012

I will start with the issues I faced. At morning time the hot water wasn't available. They didn't answer the phone. Though we booked the room properly before hand, they still offered us a room that was too much secluded and dark. The look is too much traditional and low lit with lots of wooden furniture all around. at breakfast you won't believe (family of 4), we had to wait for at least 30mins when they arrived with tea that was somewhat colder. We did not get the service properly I would say. In fact I could see less number of people out there.
Good part was that it is quiet and peaceful place. its near the local shops (though we had to walk through dark places in between that was secluded to reach the main hub).

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 2 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2012

We stayed 2 nights (2 couples) at Hotel . Our upstairs rooms were very spacious, clean, with lots of wood panelling and balconies. The hotel is located at the end of the road so was quiet, but handy for eating and shopping. Staff were friendly and helpful and the restauarant was of an acceptable standard. Watch out for the monkeys!! (there is a warning re them getting into your room from the balcony!).

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Caernarfon, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2012

Good location near the National Park, but hotel shabby, dirty and staff indifferent. Our room was big as was bathroom, but this was very dirty, the bath had dead insects in it and to top it all the wash basin came off the wall and literally exploded badly cutting my husbands arm resulting in a trip to the local hospital for stitches! The manager was helpful at the time, but as we were leaving that morning heard nothing more. I have written this as a hotelier.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2012

Room was big enough, but shabby, and the water situation not great. Restaurant acceptable. It looks like it could be ok, it it was spruced up and the staff a little more helpful ( although they were ok!). I just got the feeling they were cutting costs to get the most out of you.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hotel Ambadi

Address: Ambadi Junction, Thekkady 685536, India
Location: India > Kerala > Thekkady
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 30 hotels in Thekkady
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Ambadi is on the edge of Periyar wildlife sanctuary giving you the best chance to explore Thekkady. Have the perfect holiday of your life by staying in the comforts of Kerala's first themed heritage resort. Enjoy the salubrious weather of the Western Ghats, listen to bird calls and spot wildlife at close quarters. You will cherish these tranquil moments of communion with Nature for everChoose from our 46 rooms across three different categories offering varying levels of comfort, all tastefully furnished in traditional style. Our hospitality is affordable and is bound to warm your hearts. Enjoy the various cuisines on offer in our restaurant Aditi, our delectable food is bound to be any gourmet's delight. Moreover our friendly staff will make sure that you have a pleasant stay with us and will even help you organise your trips and tours, if you choose. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Ambadi Hotel Thekkady
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