We were not staying at the the Kings Cliff hotel ..... but just visited for couple of evenings and dinner at the Earl's Secret (which is the name of the resturant located in this hotel). We were there from 6 pm to 11 pm on two nights in November 2012.
LOCATION : The winding route which brings one to the top of the hill, on which this hotel is located, is breathtaking. The huge girth of many of the trees on the way to the hotel signifies the ripe old age and antiquity of the location. Within the compound, the hotel seemed spacious & heritage. Its far enough from the main city below to ensure solitude but near enough to reach the city with just a 5-7 minute drive....which is perfect.
AMBIANCE inside the hotel: This seems to be one of the best part of the hotel. There are only 9 rooms & Mr. Nazrul (the General manager of the hotel) was kind enough to show me a couple of them - even though we were not staying here. The rooms have a fireplace inside....Though this sounds very classy & rustic but from a practical view point i hope that this is not the only source of heat in the rooms....bcos a fireplace is good for 1-2 hours....then dies out and the smoke / smell can also be irritating if the fire is kept raging thruout the night.
The common areas of the hotel are absolutely bloody fantastic. The seats/ sofa's & the outside fireplace are very very comfy. Great place to sit alone and read a novel for hours....or an even greater place for friends n family to sit and chat. The ambience is very british, ancient & charming. The live music / entertainment makes it even more lovely.
Finally, the Resturant :- The Earl's secret was possibly the only resturant that i found in Ooty that can dish up a decent Continental offering. The continental menu was elaborate and whatever we ordered was available & was delicious. The ambience of the resturant making it even more palatable. The resurant does not serve liquor but you are free to bring your own.
The DOWNSIDE : - Since the hotel is small there is no where to run to if u are in bad / unruly company..... This hotel is meant to be a nice quaint but aristocratic place to enjoy a serene time. You can only hope that your luck is good and none of the blabbering/ jabbering / noisy / noveau rich families with their brat children or just group of friends are staying there with you. This hotel is best for rich, sophisticated, calm, aristocratic, mature people to spend a good time. (I hope the hotel screens their guests throughly before allowing them in).
I would love to stay in this hotel on my next trip to ooty.....alibeit only if the entire hotel (all 8-9 rooms) are booked only by me / our family and friends - in order to ensure that no idiotic people come around to spoil my quite, luxurious holiday. I sincirely wish that the hotel restricts kids (below the age of 18) from entering this magnificent property & i hope that the hotel management bends backwards to MAINTAIN the property such that it remains fit for a King to stay & also ensures immaculate express fast service.....even if it means charging more for the rooms.
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- Also Known As:
- Kings Cliff Ootacamund
- Kings Cliff Hotel Ootacamund
- King's Cliff India/Ooty