Five minutes before I entered the resort, I was planning to buy a Club Mahindra membership with my wife. And 15 minutes into it, I knew I was NEVER going in for it. A part of it had to do with the expectations, but a large part to the kind of accommodation this resort offers, and the overall quality of facilities.
The arrival was non-descript - the lobby lights were switched on when we entered the resort and the whole place gave a deserted appearance. The room allocated was at the far end of the property, overlooking the drivers' dorm and completely dark at night. The room itself would be classified as a 2* category (the explanation given was that this block hadn't been renovated in over a decade). After spending 2-3 hours with the management, we were promised another room the next day. But it did spoil the mood and the overall facilities and lack of planning in the resort's architecture did nothing to uplift the spirits.
To be fair, the location of the resort is one of the best you'll find - the sheer stone rock-face at the back and tea-gardens at the front, with a view of the lake does seem like something. Just that this resort seems to be poorly-managed, with average 2* facilities - certainly not worth the hype and definitely not a 4* property as you come to expect reading about the resort.
So, is there a better place to stay in Munnar, if not Club Mahindra? I wouldn't know - try checking with your friends and family - but certainly avoid this one!
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- Also Known As:
- Club Mahindra Lakeview Munnar Hotel Chinnakanal
- Hotel Mahindra Lakeview Munnar
- Club Mahindra Munnar Kerala, India - Chinnakanal