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.
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- Also Known As:
- Shamrock Hotel Munnar