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Red Hill Nature Resort
Ranked #5 of 180 Specialty Lodging in Ooty
Certificate of Excellence
Bangalore, Karnataka, India
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Nice place”
Reviewed April 28, 2013

The resort is very nice and appreciate the fact that the owners take personal interest in running it properly. They r extremely customer friendly. I booked 3 rooms and i had to cancel the 2 rooms because of a personal problem. The owners were ok to refund me the money if required.

Food was brilliant - good to go with kids. the bungalows r beautiful though the toilets could have been better. Not all the taps r working but its spacious.

the location is nice and in the plantations - approach road is rugged, but that adds to the experience.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed April 16, 2013

The location is ideal to be away from maddening crowds, pollution, noise, etc. etc.
The views are awesome and folks terrific. the hosts are very cordial and meet requests with a smile. the staff are very courteous. the activities are nice but not suitable for small children.
the dogs moby and tulip are awesome. Moby is ever playful and keeps kids engaged.
the road is motorable and is part of the experience.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Karur, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed April 11, 2013

Be here for the location! Located just 20 km above ooty, is this brilliant resort. It has exceptional views of the lake, a quiet & peaceful place. The rooms are neat, spacious & descent. Although i would rate the food good, it is the best you can get & expect in a remote place. The Hospitality would be rated good.
The Birds, Flowers, Magnificent Mountains, Beautiful Lake, The Sunrise Wow!!!
Switch off ur Phones & enjoy the Nature.
Overall 4/5

Room Tip: Lake view rooms are great!!!
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

Excellent location, Amazing property, helpful staff and wonderful hosts!!!
The only thing that can improve is food.
This is one of the only 2 options you have, if you wish stay in Avalanche/Emerald.
This part of nilgiris is very less explored and is at it's natural best. Early mornings are most beautiful.
Best place to stay if you wish to visit Emerald, Avalanche, Upper Bhavani, Porthimund, Mukurthi, Parson's valley.
Vijay, the host, is packed with information and can surely help you with treks or trips around.
Way to reach this place is horrible, but the pain fades away once you reach the place.
Dont forget to ask for a stay in tents, when the property is fully booked.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Chennai, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed March 14, 2013

This property came highly recommended by more than one friend. The locale and setting did not disappoint at all - very quiet and refreshing. But it was a sub-par experience over all due to the way we were treated by the people running the place. I would not recommend this to anyone any more. The details of my experience form the rest of the review.

First a bit about the property - It is a homestay that has grown over the years into a more commercial operation. There is an old (but well maintained) classic Raj-era tea estate bungalow over a hundred years old, surrounded by more modern cottages and rooms that they have added as the homestay concept picked up. Vijay, the owner lives in the bungalow with his wife. They have two sons who both live abroad and visit during the holidays and help run the show when they are there. They were both around when we visited. They were pleasant to the face in general, especially Vijay's wife who was a sweetheart.

I spent 3 nights and almost four days around last new year's at this property along with my wife and her close friend - making us a couple and a single woman in the party. After looking at their website and exchanging notes with the manager we booked a cottage that was supposed to have two bedrooms and a common area - perfect for our small group. The first jolt we received was when my wife called the hotel to confirm if our driver would be given a suitable place to spend the nights. The person who answered (who we later learned was also the owner of the place) answered curtly that he could spend the night in the car. We were shocked, as the temperature in those parts was expected to touch 3C and it was not something we would do to our driver. We were certain we will cancel or plans if this was the case, and called back to tell him that we will cancel our booking if they would not provide at least a proper bed somewhere indoors, along with the hotel staff. After this he agreed for this and, to his credit, kept his word.

The next was the biggest shocker and this was soon after we "checked in" (which is not really a formal process. We were silently shown to a large room where a movable bed was laid out next to a more permanent looking large double bed. It became clear immediately that this is not what we had asked for and booked. When questioned, Vijay kept insisting that my wife had called him a few days before and the plan had changed - that we now only needed a single room for all three. It was the most ridiculous thing we had heard any property manager tell us. He stuck to that line, refusing to acknowledge that he could have made a mistake. It became extremely unpleasant. When we piled on the pressure on him to make good our booking, his son came up with the ingenous suggestion: "We'll put out a tent in the front lawn; and we'll knock off one night's rent." I was flabbergasted... just when I thought it could not get any worse.

There could be many reasons why they had to do what they did. But to first lie blatantly that we had called them to change the plan, and later to suggest we lay out in a tent "and get a night's rent off"... is just not done.

We did put pressure and finally they agreed to let out one of their own bedrooms for our friend to use, which was a nice gesture - but it would have been so much the better if they did not throw the surprise or make a huge fuss about it. The rest of the stay was pleasant. The food was very good and made with farm fresh veggies. We enjoyed and they were very good hosts for the rest of our stay.

The final shocker came at the time of checkout. When I asked for the cheque, he just took out a notepad, scribbled some numbers on it and gave it to me, not unlike what our roadside grocery wala would do. He was clearly doing it to under-report his income and save taxes. By that time I had lost all respect for Vijay any way, so I just took the "receipt" and walked away.

To summarize - the location is great, the views are great; the walks are great. But you never know what new shocker the owner will throw at you. Caveat Emptor!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Chennai
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Reviewed February 10, 2013

One word to summarize the experience - blissful.

A perfect destination to get away from the maddenning city life. We chose this as it was away from the crowded & commercial place Ooty had become. Though the rough terrain to reach the place may initially put you off, you come to agree that it is absolutely worth it! The scenic view from the resort overlooking sprawling green tea gardens to the beautiful lake and surrounded by cloudy mountains is just picture perfect!

The weather was perfect with a little sunshine allowing us to explore the wilderness around. There are few must-see spots around the resort like the trek to the top, waterfalls nearby or the sunset point - unlikely to find such virgin destinations in the main town of ooty.
The family - Mr & Mrs Vijay kumar, their sons - Vinu & Vishant played perfect hosts in going out of their way to make us feel at home. The food was so homely and delicious.

The resident german shepherd Moby is very friendly and always game to play fetch. We would miss him.

This place is ideal for couples seeking solitude and pristine nature. Looking forward to our next trip to red-hills!

Room Tip: Choose the lake view cottage in front and enjoy the morning sunrise!
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Coimbatore, India
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Reviewed January 7, 2013

Amazing location...Good place to relax...Excellent Lake view...Good one for couples
Food,stay quality and Hospitality is average.
We went to near by falls and to the lake to watch the sunset.Need to stay at least 2 days if you need to relax and travel around.

Room Tip: Relaxing Place
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Red Hill Nature Resort
Address: Emerald | Tamil Nadu, Ooty 643209, India
Location: India > Tamil Nadu > The Nilgiris District > Ooty
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
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Ranked #5 of 180 Specialty Lodging in Ooty
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 10
Also Known As:
Red Hill Nature Resort India/Ooty

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