I opted to stay in Hotel Darshan looking at the reviews in Trip advisor and would like to say I am not at all disappointed. I did an online booking of Mini Suite Rooms from the Hotel Darshan website and since their check in time was 12 noon I planned accordingly and as such did not face any problem in allotment of rooms. The hotel is located very near to OOTY bus stand yet in a very serene and quite location. After having lunch or dinner you can easily have nice stroll around the hotel area .It’s not at all congested. The best part of the hotel is its view of OOTY lake and the surrounding hills which is common from all rooms. However if you stay in higher floor rooms as expected view will be a little better.
We stayed in a mini suite room which is really cozy and comfortable for a couple. That’s the only room provided with a bath tub and accessories. The toilets were clean and suitably maintained.
The daily trips arranged in group from hotel travel desk is very cheap and quite good for an overall trip of OOTY and surrounding areas like COONOR.
The in house restaurant is a good veg restaurant with moderate pricing. I have seen previous reviews of very slow service but I didn’t experience any such thing.
The hotel staffs are polite and always very smiling. In my experience they render you a good service as long as you ask for the typical services, but a little out of the way question like renting a bike or direction to a place they get confused. But considering the price you are paying to stay in this nice place, you cannot be so fussy.
There was only one thing which I did not like is their attitude once I cleared all the payments.
Our bus was at 11.15 am and I cleared all the dues at 10 am and told them that we will just take a stroll nearby and come and vacate the room at 10.45. But the lady named Gita wanted us to vacate the room since we have received the bill. She directed us to keep our luggage in the reception. After a little argument and intervention from another gentleman, she accepted.
Also the day when we were leaving for the Ooty bus stand it was an auto strike in OOTy. But the hotel authority did not even think of informing us about that in the reception, when we were checking out. When we realized that while waiting in the auto stand, it was almost 11 am and we had to catch a city bus to reach the bust stand. However since the ooty bus stand is so near to the hotel it was not much of an inconvenience.
Overall it was a very pleasant experience and stay in Hotel Darshan and would definitely recommend it to all other fellow travelers.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Darshan, a home away from your home is well known for its hospitality, services and tongue tingling vegetarian cusine. It is located on the best serene location in Ooty just opposite to the Boat House, having an entire view of the Ooty lake from every window. Hotel Darshan is surrounded by virgin Greenary escaping from sound and air pollution. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Darshan Hotel Ootacamund
- Hotel Darshan India/Ooty