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Villa Retreat
Ranked #1 of 76 Hotels in Kodaikanal
Certificate of Excellence
Mumbai
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Awesome view...But....”
Reviewed September 2, 2011

I had booked this hotel after reading its reviews on this website. The reviews are misleading. I had booked a package online for 3 days and 2 nights. We had booked a deluxe suite and the only thing good about it was an awesome location with a beautiful valley view. The room was divided into a living room and a bedroom. The size of the bedroom was very small and it was stuffy. The service by the hotel staff was excellent. The hotel has absolutely no amenities so if you are looking jus spend the time in the hotel its going to be very boring and hence you will be out doors most fo the times. The restaurant was also under renovation and so all the food was to be ordered in the bedroom. I guess it would be better off later but the rooms really require a makeover.
Overall it was enjoyable but definitely could have been better

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Hyderabad, India
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Reviewed August 27, 2011

After we decided to stay at kodai, did a lot of searching, finally we decided to give villa retreat a try. It was a good choice we made. Stayed in one of the Deluxe suite rooms which has one of the best views from the window.
About the Hotel:
It has good connectivity to places, most of the time we spent walking over to nearby places, the cool and misty air flowing over you.. its a refreshing experience...
The people at the retreat are very courteous and professional. They had to refund back some amount which they promptly did... I personally value professionalism.
Foodies... don't miss out to dine at Astoria(Veg Only), its very near to villa retreat, they have awesome food.
Look our for... All rooms don't have the same view...

Places worth seeing:
Suicide point(don't go by the name)... Its a good place, you can feel the gush of clouds.
Mannavanur lake, unfortunately during our time it was closed, but its definitely a recommended place by many.
Berijam Lake, not awesome but worth going too.
Pine forest..
Coakers walk... just beside the hotel, best time is to go early morning...
Cycling around kodai lake, we did enjoy it...

Have a nice trip....

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
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Chennai (Madras), India
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Reviewed August 24, 2011

Well i decided on villa retreat only after reading a lot of good reviews about it. Stayed in a deluxe suite for 4 nights and a deluxe room for 1 night. I strongly recommend the suite, worth every penny extra!!!! Courteous staff. Carried 2 kids who enjoyed the weather, location, food, ambience and courtesy extended by the staff. Hot milk was provided to my 3 yr old daughter at our beck and call with a warm smile. Every night firewood was lit at the fireplace inside the suite and for a person from chennai like me it was Blissss!!!!!
On the whole it was a well deserved holiday for me and my family and villa retreat was one amongst the best holiday homes that Ive been to so far.
Cheeers!!!!

Room Tip: Deluxe suite rocks
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Bengaluru, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed August 18, 2011

Service was alright. But could have been better. Breakfast was good if one likes south Indian food. Overall food quality was good

  • Stayed August 2011
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Jamnagar
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed August 15, 2011

Hi all
I stayed at the Villa Retreat in the month of March 2011 for my Honeymoon.
I am a travel agent, Hotel didn't provide commission to Agents,(though I cannot restrain myself to write a good review of the hotel). This is the best hotel in the Kodaikanal. Location of the hotel is awesome, best in Kodai, just besides the Coakers Walk.
Hotel staff is very courteous and humble.
Room service is excellent and prompt.
Only negative point was that, there was no restaurant in the hotel.( I have talked with manager, he said restaurant is under construction), and I saw the construction was actually undergoing), so Hopefully on my next visit, it will be functioning.

I stayed in Classic room of the hotel, and they have the best view. Spacious, comfortable, and vivid.
My wife likes the garden and view from it, more then anything.

I will sure stay again at the Villa Retreat in future.

Vishal Trivedi

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Chennai
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Reviewed August 12, 2011

We stayed in Villa Retreat Kodai and would highly reecommend the place for both short and long stays. The hotel garden enjoys one of the best views in Kodai and breakfast in the garden is a Kodai moment you must not miss. The small size of the property gives it a home-y feeling, unlike that of a pre-packaged hotel experience. Service goes beyond the call of duty and extends beyond check out. Service of the staff in the front office and the waiter boys were exceptionally good. There was always a smiling "yes" for any requirement of ours from the front office. Ambience was good and the restaurant served clean food. In short, Villa Retreat delivers on all three fronts viz., location, service and ambience. Regards, Sudharsan from Chennai

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed August 8, 2011

The hotel is situated adjcent to Coaker's walk, so from the Green lawn you will have an excellent view of the valley.There are very few rooms in the hotel which helps to maintain the calmness and privacy of the guests in the hotel. The hotel does not have any amenities not even a restaurant, but kitchen is there. Food is served in the room or in the lawn.

We stayed in the Delux room of the hotel.There are four delux rooms in the hotel and all the rooms had a balcony having a partial view of the valley.Hot water is available through out the day & night.

The two reasons for which i should come back to the hotel is its execellent view to the valley and excellent food (both south indian & north indian). There is no bad experience at all except the delux room which is just a basic room with an TV.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Villa Retreat
Address: Coakers Walk | Noyce road, Kodaikanal 624101, India
Location: India > Tamil Nadu > Dindigul District > Kodaikanal
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 76 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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