What a delightful hotel and while a little more expensive than our usual accommodation, it is well worth the extra money.
It was refurbished/expanded a couple of years ago yet it is already showing signs of wear and tear. It’s not a huge problem as it adds to the charm and “worn in”, comfortable feeling, almost like pulling on a pair of your favourite slippers.
Staff at Reception were very polite and courteous, but once again, it was full cash up front (although they did allow us to see the room first) for our 5 night stay.
The room was extremely good, clean, plenty of facilities including flat screen TV (80 + channels), both air con and ceiling fan, firm twin beds with extra pillows and it also had a fridge, safe and small seating area with a sofa bed.
The bathroom was perfectly acceptable and it had a shower curtain to keep most of the bathroom dry, with hot and cold water available there, and in the large sink. The complimentary toiletry bags (his and hers) were extremely thoughtful (see our Blog for pictures and contents) and a nice touch.
Lighting was excellent with plenty of options to suit mood and ambience, bed linen and towels were of a good quality and we would be very well looked after during our stay.
Wi-fi was via a third party company offered only with credit card on-line and you’ll need a mobile phone to confirm purchase. The download speed was around 30 Mbps but the signal was poor and you can’t stop the clock ticking on logging out. Your hour runs down to zero as soon as you sign in. Price is INR 70/hour or INR 200/24 hours but we simply used our Tata photon + mini modem and that worked fine.
By far this room was the best we’ve had on our travels in India for this price (The Arches in Fort Kochi was just as good but a lot more expensive), but it did have one problem. Our original room was directly over the kitchen (working hours were 07:00 to midnight) and the restaurant is immensely popular with both local and foreign diners, resident or not. Couple this to the fact the bathroom doesn’t have a glazed window, just a mosquito screen, and the noise became unbearable as the night wore on.
My wife went off to complain and she must have done a great job, for they immediately upgraded us, free of charge, to a much bigger room (more like a suite) which also had a balcony, a lovely view of the park opposite the hotel and a proper bath. The staff were very professional and polite at all times.
From then on we slept superbly well and really enjoyed our visit to Mysore. Come and stay at the Park Lane, it’s a very comfortable hotel with a lively restaurant where even the draught beer is a fair INR 50 mug. Just don’t get fobbed off with room 301.
We used the hotel restaurant a number of times as it was always full and it had a good atmosphere. The draught beer (I suspect it’s Fosters, which is a less than average brew- I’d have preferred the local Kingfisher) does the trick to quench your thirst and you can enjoy the view of the park opposite, chat to the friendly locals or watch a cricket match on the numerous TV screens.
The food though is disappointing.
They do advise you that your meal can take from 20-40 minutes to arrive (it’s usually the latter) but that should ensure the dishes are hot. Instead ours arrived barely lukewarm and this suggests it’s left lying around in the kitchen, which is unforgiveable.
More so, the local vegetarian dishes which are good are very pricey compared to traditional restaurants nearby offering the same/better quality- often up to two to three times as more expensive.
The western dishes are popular with the less than adventurous travellers but my one attempt to find out why, left me regretting my moment of rashness. Ordering a lasagne (chicken, not beef- the cow is sacred here) it was completely inedible. It was barely warm, there should be no “crunchy bits”, pasta sheets should not be a mush and the tomato sauce should not be ketchup. I took a couple of mouthfuls and left it to congeal on the table.
To conclude, the rooms are great but get a quiet one away from the kitchen, use the restaurant by all means for a drink but go out to dine if you want affordable authenticity.
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- Also Known As:
- Parklane Hotel Mysore
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of Mysore, easy access to bus and rail. Newly constructed 30 luxurious rooms, roof top swimming pool and open air restaurant. ... more less
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