The hotel is located about 5-10 minutes' walk from the main junction of charring cross. While this makes it a rather peaceful spot, it also means that you had to walk some distance before hitting the shops and restaurants. During the time we were there, the weather turned rather nasty and as a result, we were more or less stuck in the hotel and had to eat our meals there. The restaurant fare is rather spicy for me (and I like spicy food!) and there was a lack of western dishes, but the one thing that bugged me was the fact that the tablecloths were stained and dirty, which really puts me off from eating.
The rooms are of a good size, and they are well cleaned each day. There is no central heating, although they were kind enough to give us extra blankets when it got freezing cold. Hot water was available throughout the day and there were lots of TV channels available.
The travel desk charged us 1200 rupees for a driver to bring us on a day tour, but the driver didn't really bother to engage in conversation and we were just driven from point A to point B. They also got the toy train timing wrong, which made us waste an afternoon, and we ended up returning to the hotel early because the driver didn't have any ideas as to what we could do. The next day, we went on our own and slowly figured out how to use the local bus service, which turned out to be a much cheaper option and a more authentic experience. We didn't speak the local language, and got by in English and some Hindi.
We spent 1650 rupees per night for a double room, with complimentary breakfast. Do check your bill carefully though: they included a breakfast charge upon checkout and we had to alert them of our free breakfast deal.
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- Also Known As:
- Ponmari Residencyy India/Ooty (Udhagamandalam)