the premises of a former Maharaja's Palace way past its prime. the heat is not turned on until Dec. so you are relegated to a small space heater and hot water bottles in the room. They never thought to bring space heaters into the bar area until we asked. In the absence of a liquor license, you could get room temperature beers. when electricity in town was cut for the afternoon, they grudgingly put the generator on. the dining staff tried hard to please and the staff allowed us to use our laptop near the front desk which had the only internet service. very skippable unless and until they put a lot of money and effort into transforming this place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fernhills Palace is the summer palace of the Mysore Maharajas. It was built in 1844 by Capt. F. Cotton. It changed several hands as the time went by till mid-1860s, when it was temporarily named Moonesami and served as one of the Ooty's earliest club hotels. The year was 1873 when Ferrnhills Palace found a new royal owner. His Highness Chamarajendra Wadiyar X is the first Indian royal to buy an English holding in Ooty. Since then Ferrnhills Royale Palace has been with the Wadiyar dynasty and today it continues in the capable hands of His Highness Srikanta Datta Narasimharaja Wadiyar. The palace is superbly finished with Burmese teak, features a magnificent ballroom with a highly valued ornamental papier-mache ceiling. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- WelcomHeritage Fernhills Royale Palace India/Ooty (Udhagamandalam)