I believe there's no perfect hotel. There are always some trade-offs. This place is 12 km from Munnar but it'll take you 40 minutes to get there. I don't see the appeal of staying right in Munnar. It's a typical Indian small town. You probably need to go there to change money, take the bus to some place, or do some shopping. Instead of the dusty and noisy city, Gruenberg Tea Plantation Haus offers you a small slice of paradise.
From my windows on the first floor, I can see the tea bushes just feet away and the misty mountains in the far distance. It's unbelievably beautiful. I have a balcony looking over a wooded area. At night I listen to a gurgling stream nearby when I go to sleep. I can also gaze at the stars through a telescope up on the terrace. When I wake up, a huge and delicious breakfast is served up in my room. I can have dinner on the terrace restaurant and price is reasonable. I mean we're all captives at the hotel so to speak. Once you return to the hotel to rest for the day, who wants to endure a 40 minute bone-rattling ride to town just to eat dinner? And yet, they don't overcharge me.
The room is large and well designed with 2-3 sides of glass open to the outside. It's full of sunlight. The stone floor feels really cool on your feet. Linens and bed are comfortable. Furniture is already showing some signs of wear and tear even though the hotel is less than 1 year old but still looks OK.
The staff are polite and helpful. You can rent a car with a driver for sightseeing for a day and I think the rate is also reasonable.
I endured a 4-hour bus ride from Kochi and this place alone really made that trip totally worth it.
What else can I say?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rooms with both sides view. Rooms on the first and second floors 'Lorelei' open the wonderful canvas of nature. All rooms are spacious and well furnished with balcony provides full view on both sides, of enchanting vast greenery of mountain slopes covered by flourishing Tea Plantations. Rheintal on the ground floor is a stylish and comfortable room with balcony which opens a wide vista of nearby. ... more less
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