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The Tryst
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Reviewed January 12, 2009

if you like something exceptional you should go. It´s a unique homestay nicely located outside Coonoor surrounded by tea plantations. Yes, the owners are a bit excentric and demanding, but that´s make it so interesting. They are very helpful and take care.
Klaus - Berlin, Germany

  • Stayed: December 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 27, 2008

The Tryst is an overpriced homestay in Coonoor, India. The owners are a pretentious Indian doctor and his British wife. They will chainsmoke in your presence without asking you if you mind, even at the dinner table. The room prices are exorbitant, especially for India, which is mostly dirt cheap and adequate. The doctor will tell you that dinner is at 8:30 and you must have drinks and "chit-chat" at 7:30. He will twist your arm into telling him what you want to drink, even when you say that you really don't drink and are taking malaria medication. Then he will charge you $20 for a bottle of cheap Indian wine (or whatever you chose) when you thought he was inviting you to have a drink as part of the hospitality. He will give you a tour of the house, which is filled with collections of stuffed toys, mugs, photos, bricabrac, etc. He will show you the billiards table which is listed in Footprints, and Lonely Planet, but not allow you to play. He will show you the books he has written and tell you you MUST buy one. He will tell you there are beautiful walks in the area and send his dog with you, who will jump all over you and get your clothes muddy, with no apology. (I love dogs). When you leave, he will call out all the staff and ask if you want to leave them something for their services. You will feel so bad for them that you will give them extra money, even though it is his responsibility to pay them a fair wage. If you ask for advise on places you are planning to visit, he will tell you everything is "rubbish", ugly, dirty, boring. He is incredibly cynical and negative about India and her lovely people.
On a positive note, the food is excellent.

  • Stayed: October 2008, traveled with family
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4  Thank bunny099
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Reviewed March 23, 2008

I found The Tryst to be over-hyped. The owners are moody - sometimes very nice and sometimes quite rude. The rooms were basic and lacked basic amenities (such as mineral water, bathroom supplies, change of bedsheets, etc). The food was just about edible. I got served stale Sambar, burnt toast, watery eggs and instant coffee (instead of filter coffee). The owners are overbearing and would want to decide your plan for the day (please plan on your own). In addition, at about Rs.4,000 a night I found the place to be outrageously expensive for what you get. AVOID.

  • Stayed: March 2008, traveled solo
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2  Thank Hedge-hiker
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Reviewed April 6, 2007

Does not accept kids below 10. What a place !!!!! Dont even bother calling as they are the rudest
Owners as cold as their china

  • Stayed: April 2007, traveled with family
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3  Thank simha08
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Reviewed March 18, 2007

The Tryst is located a few miles up in the hills away from the hustle and bustle of Coonoor in a nice position in the Carolina tea plantation and is well situated for walking and exploring the surrounding countryside. I was the only guest during my short stay and was immediately made to feel very welcome. The food was good and the 'Egyptian' room I stayed in very comfortable. There is plenty to do and see around Coonoor and Ooty. The owners were very helpful providing suggestions on what to visit and with arranging autos and taxis. Undoubtably the best way to arrive in Coonoor is on the wonderful 'Toy Train' from Mettupalayam. This narrow-gauge steam railway is deservably classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. I was lucky as it had just reopened following landslips a few months earlier.

  • Stayed: March 2007, traveled solo
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Thank Woodchester
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