We had high hopes of the Elysium gardens as it promised great views and some tranquility out of the Munnar bazaar.
Whilst it's situation is spectacular, on arrival it became clear that there was huge building work ongoing to expand the hotel. There was constant noise 7am-7pm despite the staff assuring us that the drilling/grinding would stop by 3.30pm. There was also no restaurant available, although the evening meal in our room was delicious, breakfast less so.
Our room, where we spent one night, was clean and pleasant enough but the decor and furniture dated. The garden area outside was beautifully tended to and would have been a great place to sit had the noise not been unbearable. On our second day our driver suggested we seek alternative accommodation. The hotel staff initially took us to an equally noisy place near the bazaar which we politely declined, then the T&U hotel further up Top station road, which was excellent, see review on their page. Hence the staff should take some credit for saving our Munnar stay!
We are sure that the work will result in a nice hotel with stunning views, but we were left wondering why on earth the hotel was still accepting guests during this period. We would also recommend checking whether you will be in a new or old room once the work is done.
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