Stayed at RTOHH from 19th July to 21st July. Set in a quaint old bungalow which is over 100yrs old it transports you to a different era feels like you are walking into scene from one of Ruskin bonds stories set in the hills. The wooden flooring, the vintage piano & type writer in the lounge area, the old paintings and photographs, the bar with the antique wooden stools (though they don't serve liquor), the fire place and the rooms with the high ceiling and carpeted flooring add to the overall charm. The place is set on a certain height so you get the views of the famous race course and the adjacent bus stand from here. The place boasts of badminton court, swings and Burma bridge for kids, short walker's path through lush plantation and a small rose garden . So ambience wise I don't think you can get a better place than this, it would make for perfect cosy romantic stay in Ooty!!
Now some details for rationalists among us on why you should or should not go for this place. The place is centrally located 0.7 kms from the bus stand/ railway station and one odd km from the market area Charring cross. The food must say is neither exceptional nor bad just about average you do have couple of restaurants quite close to the RTOHH if you are not keen on having the food here. They are quite particular about their timings when it comes to the time the food is served so make sure you plan your meals and they don't serve liquor so you will need to get your booze from outside (we had our meals & drinks in our rooms) which can be painful in Ooty as you will have to buy it at the state owned Tasmac shops which is quite a harrowing experience.
Anyways back to RTOHH the rooms are adequate nothing fancy but very well maintained and the bathrooms are massive. We were allocated 2 rooms with a adjoining door which makes things lot more convenient, the bathrooms have geysers which have a separate meters and are charged separately for 4 of us (2rooms) the bill was 100 odd rs (so not much really). The rooms come with small LCD tvs with Tata sky connection and they charge around 40 rs per day per room as cable charges. The rooms are priced at 1300 rs inclusive of taxes (geyser, cable, food not included) for Civilians which is quite a steal given the ambience and maintenance.
Things that can improve at this place are they should accept cards right now its only cash and the geyser in our room was not working properly even after complaining they were not able to rectify it which can be terrible in ooty's weather!!!
Would definitely recommend the place for couples/ families to stay. Would be advisable to call them atleast a week in advance as they are mostly full on weekends with lot of defence personnel booking the place.
- Also Known As:
- Ratan Tata Officers Holiday Home (Rtohh) Hotel Ootacamund
- Ratan Tata Officers Holiday Home (RTOHH) India/Ooty