Really nice place with lovely views of trees, birds and monkeys. The food is fantastic. The staff were friendly and helpful. Peaceful places that is worth a few days stay.
- Free Parking
- Breakfast included
We stayed for two nights but were unlucky with the weather as it rained constantly and this literally put a damper on our stay. We found the hotel to be very cold and damp. We subsequently spent three days in Chennai where it also rained torrentially, but the rooms were drier. The rain had caused some kind of water leak into the bathroom which did not get attended to.
We stayed in the family room which is very spacious and has a kitchen and dining area and would have been lovely in good weather. It was good to have tea and coffee facilities but we were surprised that breakfast was not included in the price of the room, and it would have been good to have internet access. However, hot water was available despite the lack of sun. Staff were helpful in organising a car and driver to take us to Madurai. Thekkady is in a great location for visiting the Periyar reserve.
We stayed in the family room and it was the best room we had on our entire trip. It was clean, beautifully decorated, very spacious, with tea making facilities, a water purifier, a sitting area and a separate bedroom for us parents. And the softest matress I slept on in India. My husband got ill while we were there and it couldn't have happened in a more comfortable and caring place. Adel and all his staff were very helpful and friendly. They were very helpful too in booking trips and onward transport and gave lots of useful information.
Breakfast was a lovely change from the usual and their teas were absolutely delicious.
The only negative experience was in the restaurant in the evening when we got charged 80 rupees for 1 slice of toast. We thought that was a bit steep but otherwise the restaurant was fine. The location is also great. Just 5 minutes on foot from the bus station, ATM's and shops but in a lovely forrested area with great views over the mountains.
We stayed for two nights and weren't overly impressed to be honest but to be fair it wasn't helped by the weather - maybe had the sun been shining our stay may have been different. I was drawn to Chrissies based on the reviews and the fact that Chrissie is from Dorset as am I and was hoping to meet her and Adel - maybe they were away?? The bathroom was horrible, but it had what you need, hot water being one of the main ups! It just needed some decor - the walls and ceiling were wrecked! The bedding was really damp but that may have been thanks to the monsoon season?! Basically we arrived from Munnar where we had stayed in a really lovely homestay. Chrissies did not compare yet was the same price and double the price of our accommodation in Varkala which was lovely! We had a bad trip to the national park as it rained ALL day so we didn't see any animals but if they sun is shining then I would recommend it, the Bamboo Rafting. Chrissies is in a central location but I have no desire to return to Periyar. If travelling Kerala though, its a must on the agenda (we did Munnar > Periyar > Alleppy for one week then onto Varkala for the 2nd week. The food in Chrissies is okay but we didn't really want Italian when in India. I would definitely recommend Curry Leaf - yum! So really I just felt it was too expensive for what it is but I don't know if maybe the prices in Periyar are just more???? Basically I would advise turning up and getting a better rate (possibly) rather than pre booking - like we did - if going outside of peak season. No one else was staying there when we were there and I think we could have paid much less. One other thing - no room service so if you want a drink on your balcony make sure you get one on your way past the restaurant. Also a phone in the room would really help cause when you are on the top floor the walk to reception is a pain if you need to ask something! oh - one brilliant thing - Monkeys on your balcony!! Don't leave anything out there overnight though! :o)
It's a while since we stayed here, but the delay simply reflects our tardiness rather than anything to do with Chrissie's.
It's a great place to stay if you are in thekkady and not on an ultra tight budget. The hotel is very quiet, off a road parallel to the main road through town.
The owners and staff were all very attentive and ready for a chat and provided help arranging rafting in the park (sort out as soon as you get there as we spoke to people who missed out) and sourcing a nice cold Kingfisher at the end of the day!
We had a lovely three days at chrissie's and would certainly stay again if we find ourselves back in thekkady.
Bit hippy for some. But I would highly recommmend this natural retreat. Clean and relaxing. Great great food. Lovely garden you walk tru to get to the rooms.