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“The lost world...” 3 of 5 stars
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134, Club Road | Nilgiris, Coonoor 643 101, India   |  
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Ranked #14 of 22 Coonoor B&B and Inns
New Delhi, India
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“The lost world...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

The toy train from Ooty meandered through leafy forests of eucalyptus and pine trees punctuated with gurgling streams, sashayed down the sunlit valleys carpeted by lush green tea gardens of varying hues and stopped intermittently at forlorn stations, Lovedale, Ketti, Aravankadu and Wellington. The train finally disgorged the merry making crowd on a joy ride for the day-long trip to Coonoor.

Four of us with our bags stuffed ourselves into an auto-rickshaw for going to Coonoor Club. The auto left behind the chaotic bus stand and busy market areas of lower Coonoor and set out to clamber up a steep slope for upper ridges of the town. We soon hit the Sim's Park on Wellington Road and a short drive through a narrow lane brought us into the club lawns.

We were a member's guest at the club and were booked into the family suite (Rs.3446/- including breakfast for four and all taxes). The lady at the reception was very helpful with friendly guidance about the facilities. The check-in formalities were completed quickly. Later she also issued books from the club library for us to read during our stay. But the room bearer would not budge to carry our bags, which we heaved to our suite located at the rear end.

The family suite was a grand affair with a spacious lounge complete with couches and a large dining table, a large bedroom with a king size double-bed annexed with a smaller room with two single beds and a toilet of royal size accessible from both the rooms. The best part was a cozy lawn next to the room awash with the balmy morning sun overlooking the hills and the cottages perched on them.

Coonoor Club, established in 1885 AD charms one with its old world regalities of wooden dancing floor with a stage (now used as badminton court and for club functions), a library, a smallish dining hall and a large bar with wooden floor and card tables. The spacious environs of the club also comprise a tennis court and a sprawling garden derelict of good upkeep.

The bar gets a little crowded in the evening by the regulars visiting the club for a drink and playing cards in groups. The food served for the guests was nothing to write home about…we tried various options, simple North Indian fare of dal, alu-gobi, alu-mattar, mutton rogan josh, paneer butter masala to more ambitious continental cuisine of chicken steaks etc. They were just shoddy attempts to stir up something edible without much concern or care!

The service staff attitude was consciously distinctive about the regular members and stray gusts like us by meting out the treatment for lesser mortals. I have experienced much superior service even in government run tourist lodges across the country. While the location and facilities could position Coonoor Club to the top notch, the current goings on could only spell decadence!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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COIMBATORE
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

This club and its facilities are for the use of its members and their guests only.Though members of affliated clubs and their families are permited to use the club upon producing
their membership cards.
The facilities avalable are as per the needs of the members and are constantly upgraded.
The club has a floodlit synthetic tennis court,snooker tables,library,gym,restaurant and Bar.
Almost all the facilities are available at cost.There are only a few(6)rooms avalble for rent and the charges are about 35% more for the members guests and affiliated members than for members.The cost other services remain the same for everyone except for club night dinners.
The present management commitee is planning to build additional rooms.
I visited the place in Nov'13 and am attaching a few photos.

Room Tip: Room Nos.1 to 4 have their own sitout & R.No.4 has two bed rooms and two bathrooms.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Very club like, but it seems to be the only one which is relaxed as compared to the other uppity clubs in the Nilgiris and baby friendly. the rooms are comfortable and toilets clean. there is also an ante room for an additional bed if required. Though the rooms could do with some maintenance. Many switches and lights were not working.

we happened to be there on a weekend and enjoyed ourselves thoroughly. it seems to come alive and was a better party scene than in Bangalore. Met a bunch of residents who spent the better half of the weekend there.

the restaurant is nice but not the best. Recommend sticking to Indian food to suit all taste buds. The breakfast however is extremely boring. The same stuff everyday - eggs and toast.

The service can be terrible on a busy day/ weekend. Be prepared as it is a hub of many social activities, the staff is normally catering to guests at events.

A 2 minute walk from SIMS park, the visit to the park was well worth it. saw such beauty.

Overall the ambiance is lovely, however there in no view of the hills/ valley like many other places in the area.

Do watch out for monkeys. They seem to be all over the place, but then one cant help that. We humans took their place!!

Room Tip: Choose the deluxe rooms which are bigger and cleaner (corner rooms)
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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India
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2011

The Coonoor Club is right in the heart of town, within walking distance from Sim's park. It is in a large colonial bungalow with well maintained grounds, a small library, good food. The rooms are large and clean, there is no air conditioning but we didn't require any. We went as a group of 7 families which ensured that we did not have to go out in order to find entertainment. We mainly stayed at the club and spent time with friends.

The few outings that we did take were lovely. Daily walks - saw a local gentleman who had 14 dogs - were the norm. A walk from Coonoor to Ketti along the cog-wheel track of the NMR was the highlight, followed by lunch at one of the quaint restaurants. We also took a walk into the woods which everyone enjoyed.

The Club had organised a New Year party complete with DJ, dancing floor and a grand dinner. We enjoyed all that they had to offer.

Room Tip: All rooms are similar, so any room that you get will be fine.
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  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Ireland
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26 hotel reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2011

I stayed here for two nights as a members guest and although I thought it would be awful it was ok. Bathroom was clean as was the room although there was a smell of damp or something in the room. There is an extensive menu in the club and the food is normally quite good. You can go and play cards in the evening or snooker etc and they offer different classes during the week. Staff are always helpful and pleasant. There is also a (very) small gym.

Room Tip: Member's only club.
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  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Chennai (Madras), India
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214 helpful votes 214 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2011

The Coonoor Club is not a Resort or a Hotel. It’s a private club and one can book a room only through a member of the club or through affiliated Clubs. Being a Club they have their own rules and dress code (collared T shirts, Shoes etc.).

The charming Main Club house reminds me of the bygone British colonial era. However, it looks worn out and badly maintained. There are six rooms and they are basic. The bathrooms are unclean and far below acceptable standards of hygiene.

The kitchen offers a fairly wide spread covering Indian, Continental and Chinese cuisine. The quality is erratic ranging from ‘unacceptable’ to ‘excellent’.

Service – Nobody here will try to please you; it’s as though it does not matter. So don’t have any expectations. Food needs to be ordered hours ahead. Nothing comes quickly.

The ambience is pleasant and peaceful. Bird watchers will have a great time here. Offering pleasant views of the near by town in the valley, the Club is Located within 200 meters from SIMs Park and 2 kms from the Coonoor bus stand.

The staffs are polite and friendly. However, it was annoying when many of them pestered us for tips when we checked out.

We met a number of Club members, who were cheerful and mingled eagerly with us. However, we had the misfortune of interacting with the Secretary of the Club (Nagaraj - I think) who acted like he owned the club. Spoke arrogantly to the guests. Petty and trivial, we were constantly told where to stand, where not to and treated with contempt. It was as though this guy was doing us a favour by letting us stay in the Club ! Arrogance personified.

Should you stay there? Only if you want to be treated like dirt.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2010

After I booked this place, I had a lot of apprehension as had not seen many review about this place. But once we checked-in, found the rooms and toilets were clean.

Coonoor Club has only 6 rooms and they are well maintained. Located near Sims Park, the club is isolated from tourist crowd. It is not crowded as the club is open only to members and affiliated club members.

The food was good and service was excellent. Price-wise Coonoor club will not burn a hole in your pocket.

The club has a tennis court, Indoor badminton court, table tennis, cards room, Billiards table and Library.

The club can tie-up with some travels for cab service as i found it hard to hire a cab for site-seeing.

Overall, we enjoyed the club, its garden. nice place to relax and enjoy the fresh air.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 134, Club Road | Nilgiris, Coonoor 643 101, India
Location: India > Tamil Nadu > Coonoor
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Ranked #14 of 22 B&Bs / Inns in Coonoor

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