Hotel Orchid Metropole grows on you. A charming property on a busy road it is a clean, comfortable place to stay for a couple of nights to catch the sites of Mysore. Our first roomwas small but very nice and the bathroom was great - unfortunately the air conditioning didn't work so after complaining they moved us into a suite! I guess it was what they had available. The suite had 2 units to cool it and it worked well...so we got a good nights sleep with A/C - The lunch menu is limited to either the buffet or sandwiches - the buffet is good but who wants to eat that much food in the middle of the day?! The sandwiches weren't anythign to write home about but were just okay. The dining room is not very cheery - a bit dark and institutional looking but service is great and the breakfast is good. Dinner in the courtyard at night is lovely - tables are candle-lit and food from the grill is excellent. Grilled fish is well prepared and the breads are wonderful. Service is great when there isn't a large group. The pool is very small but clean. There are only a handful of chairs with nice cushions and fresh towels. Good for a cool off dip after touring the sites but definitely not a place to hang out for long - right beside the busy road on one side and the holding area for drivers (lots of loud talking) so it is very noisy - but surrounded by green and trees so at least masks the road and traffic somewhat. The manager on duty, Hari was brilliant - the room change was instant and handled well. Several requests for confirmation on flights were promptly handled. Internet is not free and was around 650 rupees for 24 hours including taxes (they are high in Karnataka). Staff at reception, housekeeping and restaurant staff are cheerful and eager to please. I would definitely recommend this hotel for those traveling in Mysore. Charming and feels like a guest house. Seems like many Americans and British stay here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A grand heritage hotel, Royal Orchid Metropole is steeped in the history and culture of Mysore. Its imperial arches, imposing pillars and ornate corridors capture the old world charm of this majestic guesthouse built by the former Maharaja of Mysore in 1920 for his distinguished British guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Royal Orchid Metropole Mysore