We reached the Savoy after a 3-hour car ride from Coimbatore airport. The hotel grounds are very tidy and well-kept with lots of flowers. The reception staff is very efficient, kind and professional. Hotel guests were mostly Indian families with (mostly spoiled) children. Our “city view” room actually overlooked a small garden but I don’t think a “view” is very important in this hotel unless you actually sit in front of your room. The rooms have a small reception area with curtains so you can’t really see outside unless you open all the windows. We had a fireplace in the room, which was lit both evenings (after we called the reception – you must be in the round when the fire is going for safety reasons). The wood was a bit damp so it actually took quite a while for the fire to actually get going. It was quite cool in the evening (in August), so it was quite enjoyable to have a fireplace. There was also a large bonfire in the garden for guests in the evening (but it was monopolized by the families with children). Our standard room (211), built in the 1960s, was quite large, comfortable and very clean. The bathroom mirror lights could use some updating. The bathtub looked quite old and the shower curtain needed replacement. We ate in the nicely decorated restaurant the first evening and had room service on the second evening. The meals were ok but we felt the food was better at the Gateway Hotel in Coonoor (30 minutes away by car), where we had lunch. The service at the Savoy was very good but some of the waiters had body odor (maybe they were clean but their uniforms probably needed washing or vv). Some of the paper menus were a bit tattered and should be replaced more frequently (food stains, etc., from guests’ hands – the room service menu had former guests signatures in it and some food items were circled with their choices). There is a bar/tea lounge (but looks more like a train station waiting room) located near the reception. Unfortunately the windows are very high so you don’t really see the garden when you are having tea, which is a pity. Overall, a very nice stay but not as luxurious as other TAJ properties, but most likely due to the age of the buildings (but that’s probably why most people choose to stay here).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ensconced high on a rising hill, the Savoy Hotel sprawls over six acres of landscaped gardens, offering colonial style cottages that were built between 1834-1865. Colorful flowerbeds merge to form a multi-coloured quilt around the cottages, adding to their gentle refinement and old English Charm. A quiet retreat, the Savoy Hotel offers a little pocket of paradise. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Savoy Hotel Ootacamund
- Taj Savoy Hotel, Ooty India