I really liked this place. It’s one of the few places in India that I relied 100% on TA reviews and came in with high expectations and they were met. I booked online and things went smoothly. I needed to arrive late in the evening and the management assured me it would be possible, and then they were very helpful at midnight when I rolled in with my family of four. Management and staff were always helpful and friendly. They helped us arrange a car/driver and tour through the tea plantations of Munnar, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, and a houseboat.
The rooms, basic and of average size, were spotless – I was in the new wing opened up in late 2013 – both times that I stayed here (beginning and end of Kerala leg of our five week trip). Other reviews complain of mosquitoes, and yes, there are mosquitoes, but Kerala in general has mosquitoes, they come with the territory. The rooms all have good (cleverly designed) screen mesh and the doors have screen doors; we never saw one inside our room.
There is wireless by the office and supposedly they have it in the new wing too, though TBH I was never able to access it. So for now you just have to sit by the office and check your email, not the end of the world. There is also an internet café (so so) across the street.
The owner of the hotel appears to be investing heavily in the hotel and you can see improvements all about. The grounds of the hotel are very pretty with a wide variety of tropical plants and herbs, many of them labeled in English. A couple of bird cages and even a rabbit pen give the kiddies something to look at. There’s even a badminton court.
I would most definitely visit this place again. My only real complaint is that I wish there was some capacity for coffee or tea in the morning, be it self-serve or otherwise. Though there are numerous restaurants nearby where you can eat. Overall, a very pleasant place to stay and very good value for the money.
Background of our trip through India: my wife and I traveled with our two kids, ages 6 & 7, through India for five weeks in Dec 2013/Jan 2014. On two legs of our trip we hired a car and driver, and took trains and taxis for the other parts of the trip. We are Americans, but live outside of the US in a third world country. When looking for a hotel, cleanliness is a prime consideration for us, followed by location and price. I always appreciate a place that appears to have friendly and responsive management. We consider ourselves to be ‘budget travelers’, but now that we have kids and are more fastidious about cleanliness, we have upped the budget a bit and no longer go for the absolute cheapest option that Lonely Planet and/or Trip Advisor have to offer.
On our trip through Rajasthan, we were rather cold during the evenings and found rooftop/outdoor restaurants to be often to chilly to eat in. Not that it is so incredibly cold in Rajasthan, but we live in a hot climate, so we have become unaccustomed to it being so cold.
When we were with a car and driver, we stayed at hotels for 1-2 night in each city, and the hotel was chosen for us by the tour agency, so we were not aware of the price of the room. However, the quality of the rooms was comparable to what we would have chosen anyways. To give you an idea of our budgetary considerations, in Delhi, Goa, and Mumbai, we were paying about 2000-2900 rupees per night for our family of four, often in a room with one large bed, or a medium size bed with a mattress on the floor, or sometimes three twin-sized beds. Outside of these cities, this type of room seemed to be priced at 1500-2000.
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- Palm Grove service villa - is a budget accommodation located at Edappally , a fast growing suburb of Cochin. This is not a conventional Inn. It is an ancestral house which has been renovated into 6 A/C and 7 non A/C rooms with all modern facilities. The house is on a 1 acre beautiful property with coconut palms, many exotic plants and trees with a small vegetable farm in the backyard. ... more less
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