Ok , so I realized an important fact during my stay in Hotel Silver Oak in Ooty, that the reviews written by the travellers are actually relative to their earlier experiences and their Idea of a Hotel Stay vis-à-vis the money they are spending from their allocated tour budget.
So guys, just going through a couple of reviews of a property will not give you a correct picture, you need to read between the lines, gauge the Season , budget and emotion behind the write-up…
This time my Hotel was booked by my Client near his work place. Hotel Sullivan Court was on my radar, but as I was going to be Solo for 3 nights, I decided to experience an Un-Star Hotel as I was going to use it only for night sleeps.
The Taxi from Airport Counter was a Rip-Off , they charged nearly 500 Rupees more for the drop as compared to my return trip, but I guess this is how it works.
The Hotel is near the main Market on a slight Slope, giving a pseudo - experience of a Hill Station.
The room facing the Valley /Road was occupied. So I was given a room facing a wall… (A wall , which was cladding the Mountain at the back ) but with a promise that a good view room would be given to me as soon it became vacant and they did give it to me on my third and last Night. ☺ .
The room was clean but very basic. No fancy lighting, no fancy trappings, grilled up windows, clumsily hung curtains, very less cupboard space, two large 70’s style Sofas with a heavy center table. And a Nice Hard Bed.
Fresh Water was placed in a stainless steel Jug on bed side.
Bathroom was Plain but clean and I was informed about the timing of Hot Water in Taps . Shower was simple and only One Towel was given. After the Hard Day’s work, (I was there on an installation visit) believe it or not, I had the most perfect and sound sleep ever.
The Small Lobby is lined with sofas at the entrance , so it can not used for idling out. This situation lead to a group of 2 young Couples sitting out in a small sit-out at the landing of my floor. Their manner of behaving was a little annoying but what the … , they appeared to be on their first ever group outing as couples.
Staff was polite and wanted to serve. They have a vegetarian restaurant of their own,(Sumuka’s Kitchen) albeit in next building. The Food was Average but the Fresh Morning Steaming Idlies and Hot South Indian Coffee were Out of this World. They had room service, but I chose to have my Breakfast and Dinners, in the restaurant only, except on the last day, when I called for food in the room and the server was quite enthusiastic in serving and delivering… I really don’t know why?
The Taxi to the Coimbatore Airport for my early morning flight was organized by the Hotel. It was right on Time and Driver albeit little sleepy became alert when I pointed this to him.
My Over all stay was Ok. Sleep was Fabulous and Food Average. But at the price I am tempted to rate it as high as 4 Star. So if you are a budget traveller, this would be a good bet in Ooty.
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