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“Vintage Charm” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Ratan Tata Officers Holiday Home (RTOHH)

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Ranked #9 of 165 Specialty Lodging in Ooty
Hyderabad, India
1 review
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“Vintage Charm”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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.

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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English first
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

It was a pleasure staying at RTOHH at ooty, it felt safe and definitely it was a very clean place with beautiful play area, recreation room, and a formal dining area. Food was simple and best, no complications, well maintained and well designated place, would definitely visit again. Worth the money spent.

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank sfarooqi
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Coimbatore, India
Level Contributor
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Ooty is no longer the clean and green queen of the hills that it used to be a few decades ago. Traffic, pollution, crowded roads and a lodge offering home stays around every corner, have become an eyesore for those travellers looking for some peace and quiet.

Amongst the commercial and crowded Ooty, Ratan Tata holiday home still remains a place unaffected by the woodcutters saw and the masons concrete. Pine trees over a century old still stand tall and proud and the efforts of the Gardner in keeping the place green despite the lack of rainfall over the past two years is commendable.

The ambiance of the Holiday Home is a tribute to the Madras Regiment which has spared no effort in maintaining the Holiday Home in its pristine British Image. A typical Fauji menu and dress regulations for meals maintains some kind of correctness in a world that is fast losing sight of etiquette and decorum.

The weather even during the peak of summers is a cool 18 deg C at night (light woolens are required) and the mid twenties to thirties during the day (outside the shade).

If you are visiting the place for a holiday, suggest you switch off your mobiles and forget your favourite TV channels. Relax and breathe in the fresh cool pine scented air and relive the beauty of what Ooty originally was.

And by the way, the Tariff is something that would never burn a hole in your pocket!

Room Tip: It has a total of 19 rooms. Room 17-19 are VIP rooms. Try to get one of these if possible.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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5 Thank NeoChax
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Kochi (Cochin), India
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61 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

The RTOHH is a beautiful, well maintained old world charm, set in the middle of the small hill full of trees. Maintained by the Indian Army, it is located close to many tourist spots. The Udagamandalam (Ooty) railway station is just 10 mins walk. The Ooty lake, Kandal cross church, bus stand etc are around 1-2 kms.
The rooms are cosy, with clean sheets and double blankets, carpeted floors, clean toilets, facility for hot water round the clock (with a separate electricity meter to pay only for what you use), Coffee kettle, etc. Food served is really good, more like a home made food, has a fixed menu, that is well displayed. U need to pre order your next meal. It is served in hot cases either to your room or in the dinning hall, which has a dress code. The Room service is excellent, with very polite and helpful staff.
It is in the middle of 8 acre or so property which is full of trees. They ve made walk way through the woods, badminton courts, and a children's play area.
An amazing place to stay in Ooty.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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5 Thank drsunilam
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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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42 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014 via mobile

Old world charm, definitely not new age tariffs.
Affordable experience in a lovely property, very close to town, although the town is a letdown compared to this property.
We traveled with my 4 year old daughter and she enjoyed the garden and play area.
The food was okay, nothing remarkable, but considering the entire days meals cost less than a single meal outside, it's okay.


Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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9 Thank philipindubai
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Ahmadnagar, India
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

excellent staff
i got stuck at YWCA ooty
called up tata holiday home
they gave me accommodation immediately
checked out from YWCA as it was totally unhygienic
TATA holiday home was extremely comfortable
the staff is very coperrative

Room Tip: all rooms are good
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank mssoni
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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77 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

The property is exceptionally beautiful. AND it's got a lot of history! It's a bungalow built in 1870, bought by Sir Ratan Tata in 1900 and donated to the Defence Services after his death by the Tata charitable trust(s). The bungalow is in the middle of an 8 acre property on a hill. There are thousands of trees in the property, a play area, a small rose garden and so on. There is also nice little path for a refreshing walk around the property! It seems secluded (and also cooler) than the rest of Ooty which unfortunately has grown to be a shabby town. The sit outs near the lobby even have an old piano and a bar - very old wordly and charming.

The staff is extremely courteous and responsive. One needs to stick to their timelines though - order breakfast/lunch/dinner by a set time, and so on. The menu for the week is fixed and put up in the rooms. The food was homestyle - simple but tasty.

For booking, you need to call them up, get confirmation and then send them a nominal booking amount.

At the price you pay, IT"S A STEAL!!!

Very highly recommended.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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7 Thank rd_hegde
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Additional Information about Ratan Tata Officers Holiday Home (RTOHH)

Property: Ratan Tata Officers Holiday Home (RTOHH)
Address: Near Ooty Bus Stand, Ooty, India
Location: India > Tamil Nadu > Ooty
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Ranked #9 of 165 Specialty Lodging in Ooty
Number of rooms: 19
Also Known As:
Ratan Tata Officers Holiday Home (Rtohh) Hotel Ootacamund
Ratan Tata Officers Holiday Home (RTOHH) India/Ooty

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