We stayed here for a night in early June 2013 and loved it. The gardens are beautiful, the view is incredible and the building has loads of colonial-era charm. We had one night in the hotel it's self in a very large, well decked out room. It was very comfortable, and pleasantly quirky (antique furniture and pink walls!). My only doubt would be that mid-winter that rooms might get a bit draughty but the small note above the fireplace offering you an open fire to be made up sounded so cosy, I'm now determined to return and find out! The food in the restaurant was really lovely too. And it's well located in Upper Coonoor, close to Sims park etc. the road behind was a little noisy but traffic is so light up there that this wasn't a problem overnight.
We stayed a second night in another property run by the hotel a little outside Coonoor which, if a little pricier, had even more colonial-era charm and a better view. It had more of a house than hotel feel (with its own wood panelled drawing room) and felt more private because of this.
What really made the stay though were the staff, particularly the manager, Suresh. Nothing was too much trouble. From arranging a late breakfast as we arrived off the overnight Coimbatore train, to finding us a trekking guide, or negotiating with a driver back down to Coimbatore on our way home.
Thank you Suresh, we'll be back before too long!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This 130 year old property has been painstakingly renovated and converted into a 6 room property with a magnificent, 180 degree view of Coonoor and its surrounding hills. The friendly staff will help you plan your stay, be it relaxing on the sprawling lawns or sightseeing or trekking in and around Coonoor. The restaurant offers you a mixed fare of French, Italian, Thai and Indian food. Spa visits can be organised for those wanting to pamper themselves. ... more less
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