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Chettinadu Mansion
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Kanadukathan
Delhi
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12 reviews
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“True heritage”
Reviewed February 28, 2013

Stayed here for a night in early February. Love these quaint, charming old houses with years of history and heritage behind them. The rooms are so brightly colored that they cheer you up instantly. The ground floor main drawing room still has the first paint! And of course the Athangudi and imported tiles are a sight by themselves! 75 plus Mr Chandramouli is a genial and entertaining host--he was charming to our daughter! The mansion's location in Kanadukathan, which is a heritage village, helps as you can go see a few other houses, equally charming and mind-boggling! Athangudi, the handmade tile center, is nearby. Karaikudi is also a good place to visit, but we didn't like it--too much of a commercial centre. The mansion is oriented towards and used to foreigners, so if you are Indian, you may have to push through. The food is superbly cooked but the portions are small for the price, and the servers don't really ask again; if you hesitate to ask for second helpings, you lose. There's wifi in the drawing room but no TV--it's a bit inexplicable! Bathrooms are superb and spacious, but the plumbing is new and forced upon an ancient building, so may give trouble! Mosquitoes are aplenty! But all in all, we got good value, beautiful photos and a memorable stay!

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Anup B, AGM- Business Development at Chettinadu Mansion, responded to this review, March 3, 2013
Dear Sir,

Thank you for highlighting the best experiences you had staying at Chettinadu Mansion.

We are looking forward to share Chettinad experiences with all our valued guest at all times.

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 18, 2013

A fantastic place to stay in this interesting corner of India. Chettinadu Mansion is an old ancestral home, built by Mr Chandramouli,s ancestors 100 years ago. We were given a charming welcome with flower garlands, and shown to our cool room lined with exotic coloured tiles overlooking an open central courtyard.
The excellent vegitarian food which we chose to eat there is typical of the CHETTINAD area and uses delicious spices. Dinner was served in the central open courtyard, with many tastey dishes and chutneys.
Mr Santosh, the manager, was very helpful and speaks excellent English. He helped us to find a solution for a problem we had with our driver who didn't know his way around the area. Nothing is too much trouble for him.
One of the highlights for us was being driven round the village in a covered cart pulled by two bullocks and visiting a wonderful family run hand loom weaving center. The textiles were irristible.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Anup B, AGM- Business Development at Chettinadu Mansion, responded to this review, February 19, 2013
Dear Sir,

Thank you for your wonderful comments.

We will make sure that such comments are received from all our valued guest.

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Chennai (Madras), India
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Reviewed February 7, 2013

This is a place, where we got to get stay with the Owners of a 100 year old heritage mansion, having 100 + rooms. We were not treated as guests, but we were treated as part of the family by the Owner of the Mansion Mr. Chandramouli.


Mr. Chandramouli (75 + Age) shared his management experiences ( He is is an International Management Consultant). He is also an authority on Chettinad and he gave lot of insights about Chettinad Culture and the development of Kandadukathan City (Where Chettinad Mansion is situated)

The Manager and support staff were very friendly. We took the liberty to request for Chettindad Vegetarian Cuisine, which they cooked expecially for us for and served during Lunch, Dinner and Breakfast. Lunch is served in part the Main Hall( Huge and impressively decorated). Dinner , was candle light dinner in the inner court yard and we tasted wonderful Chettinad food.


Bicyles were provided to us, and we cycled our way in Kanadukathan City, including visiting other old , but magnificient huge houses.

The Swimming Pool is a 5 mintues walk away and combines with an Ayurvedic Centre. The Swimming Pool blended with the semi-urban settings and was in peaceful surroundings and we could sight some parrots.

In the morning at 7 am, when we rang the bell for coffee the Watchman attended to us and prepared Tea for us, as the Resturant Staff would be coming late. Another measure of Chettinad Hospitality we noticed, was that they also served food to our Driver..

The one day we spent , we got absorbed ourselves in the Chettinad Culture and it was an interesting experience on the whole.

Few suggestions for improvements are

a) The shower had very poor water pressure and for bath you had to use mug/bucket. Water pressure needs to be increased

b) Swimming Pool did not have a change room. Had to use the Ayurvedic Masage room instead.

c) The pre-shower in the Swimming Pool did not work.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Anup B, AGM- Business Development at Chettinadu Mansion, responded to this review, February 19, 2013
Dear Sir,

Thank you for your great comments.

We are extremely grateful to you as you have mentioned in detail what Chettinadu Mansion is all about.

Thank you once again.

Warm Regards


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Chichester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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Reviewed February 5, 2013

Don't stay here if you are expecting luxury. It is a fine building, but the furnishings are shabby and minimal, the bathrooms are poor and, the service is totally indifferent. We were persuaded to have the Chettiar dinner our first night, but it was not a special meal, and the food was not hot, in fact it had been standing around for some time. The staff at this hotel act as though you are not there.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Anup B, AGM- Business Development at Chettinadu Mansion, responded to this review, February 19, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your comments.

We have taken note on your concerns and we will make sure that necessary remedies are taken to avoid such comments coming up again.

Looking forward to serving you again.

Warm Regards

Anup Balan
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Stroud, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 19, 2013

Don't think the good reviews are a true reflection of this hotel. The building is interesting but the service was poor. When we asked for tea we were told we could make it in the room. On the set menu we were served the same (quite poor) food for lunch and dinner and the staff forgot to serve one of the items on the menu. Next day's lunch was a Chettinadu meal and much better.
Also the hotel has no alcohol licence which we did not know when we booked.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Anup B, Director of Sales at Chettinadu Mansion, responded to this review, January 21, 2013
Dear Sir,

Thank you for commenting your views.

We have understood your concerns as we hope to come out with proper solutions for the same.

Looking forward to serving you better in your next visit.


Warm Regards

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Pondicherry, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed January 12, 2013

As usual a very nice experience even though we couldn't spend the night at the house. We had a great lunch with all the lovely mouth watering items. The food was served with alot of warmth and enjoyed it. Will recommend this place to all and must to see & eat. The staff were very warm and helpful always ready to serve us. We are a regular visitors and have always enjoyed our stay and food at the mansion.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Anup B, Director of Sales at Chettinadu Mansion, responded to this review, January 19, 2013
Dear Sir,

Chettinadu Mansion is an experience which every guest should feel and enjoy.

We hope that you can share your experiences with your near and dear ones.

Warm Regards

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Newark, New Jersey
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Reviewed January 10, 2013

I have been wanting to travel to chettinad for a very long time.The december holidays were an excellent excuse .We found the chettinad mansion to be a friendly owner run place.
The home is grand with marble and high pillars.
There is a lot to do here, antique shopping, good food and colorful crafts.
Overall an enjoyable experience

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Anup B, Director of Sales at Chettinadu Mansion, responded to this review, January 19, 2013
Dear Sir,


Thank you for choosing and enjoying Chettinad experiences.

We hope such experiences can be shared with all our guest staying with Chettinad.

Warm Regards


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Property: Chettinadu Mansion
Address: 11 S A R M House Ar Street | behind Raja's Palace, Kanadukathan 630103, India
Location: India > Tamil Nadu > Kanadukathan
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Kanadukathan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Chettinadu Mansion 3*
Number of rooms: 12
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