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The Carlton
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Lake Road, Kodaikanal 624101, India   |  
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Ranked #5 of 66 hotels in Kodaikanal
1 review
“Exellent location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Carlton has got the best view in town with its location right on the lake. The hotel is child friendly with a well stocked activity room. Food is good and the chef Krishnan is ready to put something together to suit your taste.

Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was staying in Carlton kodai in the month of July between 19th- 22nd July, 2014..but to my surprise I found the food very basic and average..I have been a regular vistor at Carlton because of the awesome food and the superb location...but this time my experience is not great because of the food..service and hospitality is great but I think food bends to be looked into...

Stayed July 2014
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

An extremely strategically placed resort , The Carlton has everything going for it. The place is bang on the lake and walking distance from the main market.
It has the best view of the main lake of the town till some competition hotel is built. The upper roons are particularly pictursque. We booked 5 rooms but not the cottages. The cottages are a expensive only worth it if u have a large family. Food is standardised not so great for the cost. The service even in dining hall is overwhelmed when the hotel is fully booked, so you need to be early in the hall if u want a satisfying meal/breakfast. Menu gets tediously repeated if u are staying for more than three daysthen its a bore. Deserts are tacy and the whole focus is to please the jain crowd????? The chef even makes a point to visit and ask those families only.
The room service leaves a lot of wanting. U may need to insist and persist if u have a large group with diverse orders. Thats a little pain particularly for the cost which they are charging. They definitely need to improve that.
The Carlton makes an all out effort to please you during ur stay. Entertainment evenings playhouse for children boat and bike rides lounge to laze around all are added advantages.
Overall very recommendable if u go off season but in season beware of service provided

  • Stayed May 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were glad to be customers of this hotel.. The location is superb [take a lake view one from your balcony, preferably up the floor].. Room service is pathetic, requires a lot of improvement.. The breakfast is too good and the other facilities are also excellent.. Carry some CDs if you wish, they have DVD players in their rooms which I have not seen anywhere else. We took two rooms and the children also had a great time. Overall 3.5 out of 5 stars, would have given 5 out of 5 had the room service been better!

Room Tip: Take the higher floors with a balcony view of the lake.. You would enjoy
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Gurgaon, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Carlton has got the best view in town with its location right on the lake. The hotel is child friendly with a well stocked activity room. Food is good and the chef Krishnan is ready to put something together to suit your taste.

Room Tip: All rooms are lake facing and have a balcony....
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

After close to 10 years, we were back in kodaikanal this May. Just before schools started. Since we stayed last time in carlton, i rang up and asked for similar rooms facing lake. The location is central and corner rooms give you max lake view. The lake road is abt 4.5 kms - good high altitiude training ground. You get cycles from hotel for the ride. Hotel has its own set of well maintained boats. We used to have breakfast and dinner at the hotel restaurent. The rooms are good sized ror 2 adults, well maintained. Good room service. Being peak season, the town as well as hotel were dull. But staff took good care of residents. The adjoining market has good place for quick hot chai / street food. Overall, we enjoyed the cooler kodai in carlton's luxury nicely

Room Tip: Corner rooms, chose level 5 if you can.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I stayed there with my wife and two kids for a night. Really a memorable stay that was. The first and most important point to say about Carlton is its ambience and lake facing rooms, which a bliss. There is no need for sightseeing etc. just sit on the balcony and enjoy the lake from balcony all day. Another most important thing to review here about Carlton is the birds....I had visited kodaikanal more than 30 times, but didn't see this much species of birds at one place, really enjoyed watching different species of birds which we see in NG CHANNELS. some of the factors which the management should consider to improve is food, which is average. And the reason for not giving full star is the noise heard inside the room from other room, really very bad, should give higher priority to change this. Otherwise best stay for my family. Hospitality is also good.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about The Carlton

Address: Lake Road, Kodaikanal 624101, India
Location: India > Tamil Nadu > Kodaikanal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in Kodaikanal
#4 Romantic Hotel in Kodaikanal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Carlton 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Discover paradise besides a lake amidst virgin hills..only at The Carlton - 5 star hotel in kodaikanal, tamilnadu. One of the best resorts at hill stations in India. ... more   less 
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