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“Pristine, Tranquil... simply beautiful ! !” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Shamrock
Ranked #62 of 149 Specialty Lodging in Munnar
Bengaluru, India
1 review
“Pristine, Tranquil... simply beautiful ! !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2011

Date: 14 & 15 May 2011
We booked this hotel based on some very good reviews in trip advisor, and found out that this place is truely wonderful.

We were three friends who planned a small vacation to munnar, after doing a bit of online search, I shortlisted a few hotels in munnar but, after considering the cost and location(location in particular) i finally decided to go with Shamrock.
During my online search I came across a few reviews which complained about the nearby slum or a small settlement, but I often go on camping, trekking, have come across a lot of tribal areas so, I instantly knew this small settlement is not going to bother me or my friends much. But, to my pleasant surprise when we reached we found that this place is on a elevated location almost on a slope and the nearby settlement was way below this area and almost out of our eye site, and I wondered how could this really bother anyone?? but, different people, different perspective, so I have nothing much to say about this. But, what was clearly visible was the wonderful view just in-front of our room, the pristine valley, hills.. after a day long drive from Bangalore, this was a welcoming site !! I was truly mesmerized.
The other cousin of Shamrock, the olive brook is a few steps away and having the reputation of a wonderful stay has probably compromised on the view, but still as it is in a isolated area and really quite, some prefer Olivebrook over Shamrock.

As we arrived in Shamrock, we were welcomed by one Mr Jose, he was very humble, calm, polite, he greeted us well, this was really welcoming after a tiring 7-8hrs of drive from Bangalore(to my pleasant surprise he even spoke in Kannada with us !!).
Shamrock is around 15-20 min drive from munnar town, away from all the hustle and bustle, this is one of the main reasons I choose Shamrock.The other factors were of-course cost, it was way cheaper than the other near by hotels or cottages, so staying here was really worthwhile.
And also for people who drive down, parking space is available, although it not a very large space still quite sufficient.

And coming to the room, it was very clean, neat, a cozy comfortable bed, toilet was very neat, 24hrs hot water, what more we would expect? Service was fantastic, they were very responsive and immediate. The only small drawback which i saw was that food was not all that great, it was decent and also we had to place the order at least 2hrs in advance, this probably was due to low manpower in kitchen. This didn't really bother us cos, we wanted to have beer just before lunch/dinner so, it was kind of ideal for us cos, we started our drinks and almost when we were done after about 2hrs, food was ready on the table :-)

Overall, a fantastic stay, brilliant location and I would recommend this place to everyone, be it family, couples or friends who prefer to stay away from the munnar town and at a reasonable price.

Having said that, Its only my personal view or experience, again different people might have a different perspectives so,choose your stay after doing a good research, which suites your needs.

So, here I am signing off with all the fresh memories or munnar still alive, hoping to visit this palace sometime in future too.

Regards,
Goutham

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
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Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
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89 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2011

The Shamrock Hotel is a relatively recent construction by the owner of the well-regarded Olive Brook home stay, a few minutes’ walk further away from the village. We were unable to get rooms in the Olive Brook for our three night stay in Munnar, but we had the opportunity to view one of the rooms and have dinner at the Brook (following a cookery demonstration) which enabled us to compare both venues. Staff seemed to cover both establishments too (such as the chefs and driver) while the staff bungalow was located at the Brook.

It seemed to us that the food was the same excellent quality in both places, as was the attentive and very helpful staff. In fact, the service was excellent, although those not used to homestay style accommodation might think it odd that everyone were dressed in their own clothes.

The Brook enjoys more solitude thanks to being further away from the village and situated in a little gully above the road. Rooms are smaller than the Shamrock and views of the valley below are obscured by trees. The Shamrock enjoys spectacular views of the ranges and also, if you look down, a good part of the local hamlet. We learned that life in India is noisy and starts very early in the day, so don’t expect the solitude of the Brook if you stay here. For example, while we were there a new house in the village had been completed, and they celebrated for two days by playing music at full volume via a commercial PA system. Nice introduction to the latest Tamil and Malayalam hits!

Our three-roomed Villa was spacious, very clean and comfortably appointed. With an attractive high roofline, it had one fatal flaw – noise conducted easily between apartments and we wondered if the lack of ceiling and hollow bricks popular in this region contributed to this. Worse still, the Shamrock is clearly popular with city folk from the North getting away from it all, and we were amazed at just how loud they can be – Bollywood movies on the Satellite TV at max volume and the families happily shouting and laughing over the noise till late at night. Interestingly, we were led to believe this is a common problem.

So – no real relaxation at the Shamrock for us. We had earplugs from our flights, which proved handy. The walk through the tea gardens is particulalry enjoyable, as are the nightly cooking demonstrations.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2011

Don't be put off by the slightly shabby appearance of this place. The rooms may be alittle 'tired' but they are clean and the bathrooms have obviously been modernised.

Although there is a little village neighbouring the property this is not really an issue, although some might say that it spoils what would otherwise be an excellent view.

The place appears to be run by a group of men who are very obliging.

Breakfast is brought to the spacious room and the set-up is quite a ritual. The food is fresh and good. Same for dinner. The place is alittle isolated but that didn't bother us as we were out in the day with our own driver and just wanted to chill at night.

On New Year's eve they arranged for us to go to the gala dinner at the "Tall Trees' (that was the most surreal evening of my life but is another story). As we returned early the guys decided to set up a wood fire outside our cabins and set off some fireworks.

We had a memorable stay here.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Temasektony
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Hyd
Level Contributor
8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2010

We reached Munnar from Cochin and our stay was here for 2 days. Booking was from Make My trip as part of Kerala Tour Package.
Shamrock is located at really beautiful location in terms of the outside view. The mountain view & Tea Garden view from the room & its sit out is really good.
The room was spacious with amenities like TV, Bed, Sofa & Table. The flooring was also good. We had breakfast included and it was one of the finest breakfast of the travel. They provided a lot of thing to eat. In the night time we ordered dinner and it was also good.
Hotel staff was cooperative and they provided good service. Out of the whole travel of Kerala we found Shamrock best after House Boat.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Pune
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2010

I stayed in The Shamrock Hotel, Munnar for three days this September,2010. The Hotel is in shabby condition and my overall experience was very bad. It is very surprising that such an ordinary hotel has rating of 4/5 on makemytrip website. This is seriously tarnishing the credibility of prestigious company like yours.
Problems faced:
1) Unpleasant locality: The Hotel is located right in middle on the slum. It is surrounded by small huts from all four sides. Drunken brawls can be clearly heard from some of huts in late night.
3) Unhygienic Kitchen: Kitchen is in terrible state and looks very unhygienic. Kitchen of nearby huts would be in better state than this one. Just have a look at the kitchen before check-in and decide it for yourself. We decided to eat outside most of the time after we had a look at it.
4) Rooms are stinky. Rooms 203 and 204 both had a very unpleasant smell.
5) Management is non-responsive. I tried contacting the Manager(Mr. Mohan) through MakeMyTrip. Although he assured MakemyTrip that he would contact me in next 30 minutes to address our problems, I did not hear back from him for next 3 days.
6) Food: There was no restaurant operating at the time of my stay. No lunch is served in this Hotel. Only breakfast and dinner is available. Although the room service is excellent.
2) Long stair case: One has to climb lot of stairs in order to reach the parking area from his room. I stayed in room 203 and I had to climb 61 stairs one way .

Nearly Hotels like Copper Castle, dashadan, HolyHock are much better options.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Jammu City, India
Level Contributor
94 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 199 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2010

The place has a awesome location....every room has sit out on one side..you can even view the misty mountains n a part of tea gardens from your room itself. Rooms are very spacious with all the required amenities. Most important to discuss is food....gr88 food in my whole South India trip.Vegetables are fresh from the farm n one can feel that freshness while having the food. I was delighted to stay there.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Santa Clara, California
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8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2010

Our stay in Munnar was the best part of our trip to Kerala.

We had a ground floor room towards the edge of the property. So we had a great view from the room itself. Inside, the room was spacious, clean and comfortable. The bathrooms were pretty new and in good clean condition.

The best part of the stay was the food and the view. I don;t remember there being a menu. For breakfast we used to get idli, dosa, coffee/tea, toast, jam, bread, omletes. For dinner we tried various kerala dishes. One day it was raining a little and we asked for pakodas and tea. It was awesome. The cardamom tea is really good. All the meals are brought to the room. They would come setup the table and come back to clean up. The service was really good.

If we get a chance we will go back and stay here again.

  • Stayed December 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Shamrock
Address: Pothamedu, Munnar 685612, India
Location: India > Kerala > Idukki District > Munnar
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #62 of 149 Specialty Lodging in Munnar
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Shamrock 2.5*
Number of rooms: 12
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