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“Convenient over-nighter”
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Hotel Pearls
Manchester, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
247 reviews
79 hotel reviews
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“Convenient over-nighter”
Reviewed July 16, 2012

A convenient place to stop for a rest if you’re travelling across Tamil Nadu between Chennai and the Western Ghats or if you’ve flown into Madurai from the north and are venturing on from there using local buses to get to the hill station of Kodaikanal as we did in March.

This is right bang in the middle of town only 5 mins walk from the huge temple (make sure you leave the laptop at home and wear long trousers and have your shoulders covered!). Rooms are affordable and are priced with/without AC. Cleanliness was typical of most budget hotels in India: nothing to write home about but can’t complain really either. Also, typical hard bed. The staff don’t really speak English but will try and help you with any information eg directions to bus station (very close for onward travel around Tamil Nadu).

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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New Delhi, India
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Reviewed June 23, 2012

At best, Pearl hotel can be termed as a good hotel when one is on Pilgrimage and focus is more in meeting God that enjoying Luxary. Pearl Hotel was offered to us as a part of the package which we booked with Surya Travels for visiting Rameshwaram and Kanya Kumari. The Hotel meets all the basic needs of a religious traveller and has nothing to offer in terms of luxaries. Rooms are considerably clean and staff is also supportive. The biggest advantage of the hotel is its proximity to Meenaxi Temple in Madurai which is the main attraction of the hotel. However, the reception staff's attitude towards new booking was very inexplicable. We wanted to book a room for one day after the completion of our package but the reception staff turned us down saying we should book only through our package partner. May be there is some setting with the package operator where he may be sharing some margin with the reception staff.

At best, good only for one night stay for transitioning passenger who wants to transition to Rameshwaram from Madurai as it is also very near to Madurai Railway Station

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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36 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed June 4, 2012

At 605 INR per night, it is a good budget hotel and within walking distance to the Meenakshi temple, Periyar bus stand, Anna bus stand and Madurai junction railway station.

The road is busy, and the surrounding too - there is a mosque and so at periodic intervals all hotels in the vicinity will hear the calls.
The street just behind it - West Marret street is quieter. If not on a budget you can check Madurai Residency there - the mosque noise will persist and note prices are twice that of this hotel.

I had a safe stay in Hotel Pearls, no complaints with the service. Spacious room, clean.

Room Tip: try to stay away from the lift. There is a corridor fone just outside and if you have the first room...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
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Frankston, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
92 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed April 24, 2012

Everything was reasonable. The rooms, the cleanliness, the service, the staff and the price. you get what you pay for and thats OK. Nothing was not OK

Room Tip: A great view from the upstairs rooftop.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Bengaluru, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed April 2, 2012

Not a clean place... Very Dirty Bathrooms. The hotel is located in the middle of the market The hotel is basic. The biggest advantage of staying in hotel Pearls is that its very very near to railway station and Meekshi temple.

Room Tip: ALL ROOMS ARE WORST... What else can I say.... Try to avoid this hotel as far as possible.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
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Reviewed March 27, 2012

This hotel is not very elegant and feels a little bit down market but it is very well located and the staff are friendly. The hotel is basic but efficient. check in was fairly fast and the hotel is located maybe 10 minutes walk to the temple complex.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
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India
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37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
Reviewed January 30, 2012

The hotel is located in the middle of the market on a narrow one way access road. The access road has a two wheeler parking on the one side of the road which makes the access to the hotel even more difficult. The hotel has parking for just two cars, hence if you're traveling by your own car there is a possibility that you might not find the parking for your car. The hotel rooms are clean & the hotel staff is courteous. There are plenty of restaurants near by & the Madurai Meenakshi temple is approx 600-700 meters from this hotel & thus it makes a sense to stay in this hotel if you're traveling to Madurai to visit the Madurai Meenakshi temple. Just opposite to the hotel entrance there is a LOW CLASS liquor shop hence the area is always crowded with DRUNKARDS & this might be a concern for someone traveling with family or someone who's traveling on a romantic tour & in that case this hotel may not a right fit for you.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Hotel Pearls
Address: #95 West Perumal Maistry Street, Madurai 625001, India
Location: India > Tamil Nadu > Madurai District > Madurai
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 79 Specialty Lodging in Madurai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Pearls 2*
Number of rooms: 27
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