This is a good option in Ooty especially when you want to actually feel you are in Ooty. Therefore in my opinion this hotel ranking should be far above #25 ideally it should definitely be in the first 15 hotels.
This hotel is located in some very forested environs while being very much in Ooty. The road from Charing Cross, after all the market and the bus stand, is very forrested. Opposite the Shephard school in the lower part of Fern Hill you have this Hotel. Soon as you enter thru the gate and are inside the estate you see a beautiful bunglow type property which belonged to erstwhile Mahaharaja of Mysore.
The Hotel is located whithin Karnataka Horticulture Department estate. As such it is Property with extremely well maintained gardens which are cultured on the slopes below the bunglow.
I arrived late at around 20:00 hrs into Ooty and had slight difficulty locating the Hotel especially since Ooty is quite dimly lit and bereft of proper sign boards. But that was the only difficult experience.
Early first morning when I came out of the room I was greeted by Ooty's enchanting Beauty, chirps and tweets of birds hidden amongst tall Dark trees, sunrays creeping thru mist and trees presenting myriad of light beams, a vast and silent Valley, a dark forested horizon, breath of air as tough oxygen had just been created for the first time and a temprature that compelled me to huddle inside my crossed arms and my breath steaming vapour. The moment was magical and refunded me all my expenses and hardships of the journey in the first few minutes.
That is exactly how I felt overlooking the fluorescent green of the lawns sprawling on the slopes below me.
Thereafter I simply could not stop myself from trying to photograph every corner of the property at different times of the day whilst I attempted to gather the property to take it home.
But at the end of the day this is a budget hotel. The rooms are clean but done up in the most simplistic fashion and there is perhaps the touch of a little antiquity about it, like the Dak Bunglows of the Raj times. As a consequence the spaciousness is a byeproduct. I stayed in room 05 which had a large bedroom with a kingsize doublebed, a medium ante room with a large singlebed and a wardrobe and beyond this a very large bathroom equiped with a large water heater a barely equipped basin which had hot water connection and a quite low commode wc.
Actually We stayed in a block which had a large round Dining Room at its entry which in turn led to three guest rooms 04, 05, 06.
Food was OK. Breakfast consisted availability of idli sambar chatni & one more dish either puri & liquid bhaji, or upma or poha was available. Breakfast was not included in the room tarrif. But was quite inexpensive working out to about 190/- for 3 of us including coffees.
We did not have lunch at the hotel.
Dinner food comprised a choice of veg curry which was fine, alu gobi which again was ok, chapatis which were really classic almost exactly the way we make at home, nothing else to write home about food. Usually cost Rs.350/- for 3. Thats that, dont come in expecting gourmet delights, they give you well cooked simple homely food.
Service is on the "wish it was better managed" side. Actually the staff is very good and co-operative but the Hotel is on the KSTDC tour circuit therefore every day they receive busloads of passengers in the evening to cater to. And I fell they are quite understaffed & a little under equipped.
But whatever you request, soap, towel, room heater is provided, trifly late but done.
SLEEP QUALITY is amazing. The place is located in less frequented locale, there is pindrop silence chilled bed to warm and a very warm comfortable quilt to let you sink into deep sleep.
Check out my photos on the Hotel for a better idea.
My room was quite nice. Room No 05.
Tariffs are BUDGET most people can afford them. You can book online > type KSTDC HOtels in google > register > select > Book (credit/debit card / net banking). They give you voucher which you have to carry with you alongwith your photo id.
Go for it if you are looking for a great feel of Ooty minus its urbanisation, and you are NOTalready too addicted to five/3 star type of accomodation quality.
This Hotel is Value For Money.
- Also Known As:
- Mayura Sudarshan Hotel India/Ooty