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“Don't think twice” 4 of 5 stars
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The Carlton
Ranked #7 of 75 Hotels in Kodaikanal
Certificate of Excellence
Mumbai, India
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17 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Don't think twice”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2012 via mobile

This was pretty much the default place for 4 families which went to kodai in end-apr, beginning may. Great weather with cloudy mists rolling over the lake in the afternoon followed by a mild to heavy shower. Do consider rooms 107 onwards if you want a great view but are not concerned too much about privacy on the balcony.
Good to know that we could rent the hotels bicycles for free although they didn't have a tandem cycle. Plenty of activities for kids including table tennis, foosball, badminton,etc.
Service pretty much fine - not too many complaints unless you are in a group requiring a special diet (eg jain food) in which case beside to inform the executive chef well in advance else you could end up eating from a sparse menu vs everyone else enjoying a lavish spread!
Ask for Rabeendran to take you for sightseeing but avoid the crowded suicide point. Instead ask him to take you to the pillar rock view with a 10min walk inside the forest. Great guy!
Hotels bar was a bit too lax in serving us our food taking way too long (1hr for a plate of fries).

Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2012

Certainly the best located hotel in kodai if you are looking at staying by the lake and want activities at walking distance. Nice rooms especially the lake facing ones on the front with huge individual balconies. Good food and good amount of activities (indoor as well as outdoor) to do. Service level was good as well. inspite of the proximity to the road, it is very peaceful once you are in the hotel premise.

Some point of concern though:

1. On the last day we were there, there was a conference in the Den. For some reason, after the conference they had a party out in the lawns with blaring music till 11p.m. or so, thereby causeing unnecessary disturbance to guests. I wish such parties are carried out at the Den itself or the badminton court so that others dont get disturbed. Alternately, music needs to shut by 9 or so for the benefit of families with children. Hotels with class should not give in to demands of corporates when respect for other guests get compromised.
2. The conditions of their cycles are poor. Over half were not in working condition when we were there.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2012 via mobile

We enjoyed a lot ,particullary my childrens enjoyed.Nice location ,excellent service.very convinent place to go boating ,shopping and cycling.Room view is excellent.You can enjoy and relax over there.

Thanks to rakheja hospitality.

Sudhakar

  • Stayed March 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Sudhakarg
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Chennai (Madras), India
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10 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2012

The hotel is neat & clean. Service is good and food is nice. The deluxe room that we stayed in had a excellent lake view.
The hotel is situated in the most central area, so if you step out of your room you can hear a lot of horn and people shouting & having fun. We had stayed in this hotel couple of times (15 & 12 years back), when Kodai was much more quit & peaceful, so this was quite a shock for us. We were told that April to June is a peak time (& mainly the weekends) when Kodai is jam packed with people & vehicles. They said Kodai is still quite & peaceful place after July, so have this in mind when you plan your trip.
The travel desk arranges for the trip to Berijam lake which is a more peaceful & quite place worth visiting.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2012

Initially reserved in Kodai International...An old and poorly maintained property! Then checked in at Carlton immendiately...was jus perfect...da location,the convinience for boating n cycling...jus perfect!! Staff were friendly, prompt and sweet...a brilliant summer holiday with my niece n nephew!!! Thank you Carlton!!! N specially Mr.bobby...very nice man!!!

  • Stayed April 2012
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New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2012

We had a pleasurable stay at the Carlton. The grounds are beautiful and well kept. The hotel is by a lake which is a nice walk. The hotel has the charm of a country club from years past and with this comes rooms that are a bit dated. There's a fitness center but not alot offered. Overall a nice experience

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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4 Thank mukhi
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delhi
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2012

My first visit to a hill station down south.. Carlton was a good hotel that i chose.. My girl really liked the place.. the hotel is by the lake .. Food was good .. All and all a good place to relax :)

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Property: The Carlton
Address: Lake Road, Kodaikanal 624101, India
Location: India > Tamil Nadu > Kodaikanal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in Kodaikanal
#2 Luxury Hotel in Kodaikanal
#3 Spa Hotel in Kodaikanal
#5 Family Hotel in Kodaikanal
#6 Romantic Hotel in Kodaikanal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Carlton 4*
Number of rooms: 91
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Discover paradise besides a lake amidst virgin hills..only at The Carlton - 5 star hotel in kodaikanal, tamilnadu. One of the best resorts at hill stations in India. ... more   less 
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