I visited this hotel during a recent business trip. Madurai is a breathtaking place and has a mesh of lanes and bylanes crisscrossing like a circuit diagram. Royal Court is bang opposite the railway station and do no mistakes to ask an auto guy where is this. He will charge you 30 bucks and cross you over to the other side of the road. Royal Court is in the heart of the town and the temple is walkable and there are also transport in the form of cycle rikshaws and autos that ply at a minimum fare.
Please do not go there with an expectation of a resort like facility. The rooms are just about ok not spic n span neither dirty. The linens are little old. Most hotels in the city are like this, even if they give a bath tub inside the room you might not want to use it. Madurai is a place where you would want to spend time outside the room and not inside and thus the hotel truly encourages you to step out as the room is not very comfortable. The color combinations used for sanitaryware was quite unique 'olive green' and this color kind a hits you.
On the food and beverage section, this is a place where non-vegetarians would love to go in for a binge as every variety of delicacies are available in chettinad style. As the dining area is quite small and cramped considering seating there vegetarians would find the the aroma of the non-veg food around always and might not have a comfortable meal.
So what do you do in the hotel..... Just Get Out! Madurai is magical.
From lane full of Saree shops, exotic flowers aromas of freshly brewed coffee, fruit juices, idli dosa stalls on the road the whole fanfare leads to this magnificent temple dedicated to Goddess Meenakshi. The temple has been renovated about 2-3 years back and every tower of the temple is a marvel of artifact. You can spend hours gazing at these mammoth structure and step in to the wonderland. The temple complex is a mini city inside where you have a complete market inside the temple complex. The main diety is Goddess Meenaksi - Parvati and her consort Lord Sundareswara - Shiva. Make sure that you buy Rs.100 ticket otherwise you do not get to see anything. Photography is allowed in most parts of the temple so take your camera along. Dont miss the 3d Shivalingam on the ceiling of the temple (photo added) search for it ask for it you will not regret the effort. This picture of shivalingam is a 3D effect wherever you go it will face you - left, right, centre and you go to the other side of the corridor it will invert itself... How is is painted i still keep wondering.
Other attractions are Tirumalai Nayakan Mahal and a temple of Murugan in Tirupparankundram a short drive from Madurai.
Most of the city is best visited on foot, so set loose and get immersed in the city which never sleeps. We found the most amazing curd rice in a road side stall at 1.00 am. Gauri Ganga is a restaurant where you want to go forever. Idiyappam, Paniyaram and the list goes on. Dont miss filter coffee and Nannari Juice a local delicacy.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Madurai, Royal Court is convenient to Meenakshi Amman Temple and Thirumalai Nayak Palace. This hotel is within close proximity of Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam. Rooms: Make yourself at home in one of the 69 air-conditioned rooms featuring 24 hr room service. Rooms have private balconies. Wireless internet access (surcharge) keeps you connected, and satellite programming is available for your entertainment. Conveniences include direct-dial phones, as well as safes and ceiling fans. Enjoy dining at the end of the day a meal at a restaurant, or stay in and take advantage of the hotel's 24-hour room service. Business, other amenities: featured amenities include high-speed (wired) Internet access (surcharge), a business center, and audiovisual equipment, currency exchange and 24-hour front desk. Event facilities at this hotel consist of conference/meeting rooms and banquet facilities. Self parking is available onsite. A round trip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge (available on request). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Royal Court Madurai