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“The Best of Kodaikanal” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Villa Retreat
Ranked #1 of 75 Hotels in Kodaikanal
Certificate of Excellence
Bengaluru, India
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“The Best of Kodaikanal”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2011

One of the best resort I ever stayed in.
Located Just beside Coaker's Walk and opposite Bryant park this resort was refreshingly welcoming. The room was beautifully but simple decorated. With a nice personal balcony at the back of the room.
There was small tea garden at the back of the resort with a magnificent view of the valley. You will feel like in heaven when you will have your morning tea there.
Best of the lot, the people were awesome. We had check out at 9Am. But we had our bus at 6.30PM. So they offered us one of their empty room free of cost. That room was also very clean and well equipped with a bed, television, toilet with hot water as well as wardrobe.
The best experience of my life. Thanks Villa retreat for making my first honeymoon memorable.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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2 Thank Arijit1981
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Stockholm, Sweden
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2011

My husband and I went to Kodaikanal for celebrating our third marriage anniversary and stayed there for two days in old block.
When I came to this hotel I got totally captivated by the view of valley from the hotel garden.First day it was clear sky so I cud see the small town at the base of the valley and second day it was like I am standing in heaven all surrounded by clouds, it was breathtaking I cud not ask for more than that but to our surprise the food (we ordered aloo parantha..yes in TN)was awesome !!For us the staff was very helpful and polite.Rooms were small but neat and given a very cozy modern touch. I cannot complain abt it as location was very convenient and offcourse this hotel was originally a residence before.And I cannot end this review without mentioning my royal breakfast which we had for two days in the garden with the awesome view. Rest pics says it all!!!

Room Tip: Go for old block it got beautiful view
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  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank TanuNitin
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2011

Hi i m harshit it was a very very good experience for me n my wife.. It was my 1st anniversary 25 may, we planned it at very short notice n luckily v got a room in villa retreat but only for one day. Good service good ppl good location. Nthg else cn expect then this. We Wer not willing to leave the hotel next day but had to..but 3rd day I got shifted back to villa as I got 1 room for that day. I was a very very nice stay for me n my wife.. Thanks villa & staff to make my first annicersay memorable.. Good luck n my wishes to u..

  • Stayed May 2011
    • 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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2 Thank Harshitrsheth
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Satun, Thailand
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38 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2011

We stayed in the Deluxe Suite for the first night, but had to move out for the following two nights because it had been pre-booked. We were offered the Classic Room (nice, but a bit small) and a choice of Deluxe and Standard Rooms.

For me the Standard rooms in the new block offered excellent value for money compared to the other two options. The beds were comfortable, the view from the balcony wasn't bad at all and the bathroom was clean and spacious. I didn't see the point of paying the extra for the Deluxe or Classic Room, but the Deluxe Suite is very smart if you don't mind paying a few extra quid

The restaurant was being re-furbished when we were there, so it didn't function, but the hotel offered a patchy (mostly good) take-away service from other local restaurants.

Service was efficient, if a little devoid of personality.

The absolute winning attribute of this hotel is its spectacular views from the pretty garden. Have a look at our photographs here: http://www.followtheboat.com/2011/03/31/eerily-familiar-kodaikanal/

They have a rather harsh check-out time of 9am, which is uncomfortably early for most people.

Room Tip: 5 Deluxe Suite, standards are good enough
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  • Stayed January 2011, 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 Thank LizCleere
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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76 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2011

First the positives: The location is good right next to Coaker's walk, allowed us a chance to take both morning and evening walks. Bathroom has a good heater with hot water.

Negatives: Kitchen is under renovation however this was communicated after we entered the hotel. There were multiple tariff cards for the same year 2011 but one for each month. We were first shown the march 2011 tariff card which was lower than the April tariff card when asked we were shown the April tariff card. The deluxe room was road facing which is a pity since it was not very cheap.

It may be a good place off-season but avoid it during season when it is booked thanks to the "Heritage tag". Need to get some professional management.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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9 Thank MULTIWEAVE
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Chennai (Madras), India
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214 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2011

I was here for a holiday, the planning in which I had not hand whatsoever (I thank my fiancée for that). When she made the booking she was told that it was a small room, but with the best view. True, the room was small and cosy, but the view was SPECTACULAR. The room overlooked the valley and there wasn't any time of the day when you didn't want to draw the curtains and just sit on the ledge and stare into the site that was there to see.

And its not just the view, the staff are absolutely fantastic. This is no 5 star hotel, but the staff are at times more courteous than some of the trained staff at 5 star's. In fact, we checked out of the room at 9 AM and had a bus to catch at 6 in the evening. They nevertheless let us use a spare room for an afternoon siesta without making any fuss about it. They took the effort to get us enthused about a sightseeing trip and were at almost all times ready to lend us a helping hand for anything.

Its a place I would keep coming to and recommend anyone else who wants to come here.

Its unfortunately though not a place though for a budget traveler.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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6 Thank TKPB
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Bangalore
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10 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2011

We had stayed in Villa Retreat for 2 days in the month of may. We booked a classic room and were disappointed when we entered the room. Room was too small and not at all a worth the amount you pay. Bathrooms are there just to serve the purpose and are too conjusted. No proper ventillation. The ventillation opens to the passage corridor....!!
No balcony as well. So you enter the room and need to lockup your self inside. View from the room is not so great unlike the scenic pictures displayed in their portal.
Coming to food. Breakfast is not complimentary. This has come as a surprise for us because we have travelled to quite a good number of places so far and everywhere we had got complimentary breakfast when booked a better room than this for a lesser price. Breakfast menu is too continental and not everyone will like it.
Good things are there to mention but bad things are out shining the good ones.
But still need to mention few things on the positive front - Staff is polite and prompt. Coacker's walk, Bryant Park and Lake are walkable distance from the resort so can go around by walk to cover these places.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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8 Thank jagadish_ssn
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Property: Villa Retreat
Address: Coakers Walk | Noyce road, Kodaikanal 624101, India
Location: India > Tamil Nadu > Kodaikanal
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 75 Hotels in Kodaikanal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Savour the magic of Kodaikanal from the comfort of your room. We are situated at a Perfect location in kodaikanal with an awesomatic view and excellent walkable access to all sight seeings places. ... more   less 

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