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Villa Retreat
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Reviewed September 10, 2013

Its located probably at the best location in Kodaikanal. Excellent view.
Food service is not that great.... seems like they just have no willingness to serve.
We took the breakfast included package, BUT if you eat for more than 300 bucks... then they charge you extra. Let me be very clear... I HAVE no issue paying that extra.. but ATLEAST mention it in the booking form or anywhere!
BUT the good thing is again the location of this property... centrally located... so you can walk up to the bazaar and eat anywhere.. :)
We took the Classic Mini Valley View room... good reasonable option for couples.
Even though we reached after check in time.. our room was ready according to the staff.. but when we entered... it was STINKING.. and sheets were dirty...!
This is the best option you can get in kodaikanal.. so go for this only!

Room Tip: For couples Classic Mini Valley View is good option
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank rtimehta
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

Been here in May 2013 along with my wife for our first anniversary..awesome place near to Coakers walk had booked valley view rooms,Excellent food,Excellent view of the valley from the rooms nice garden to just sit and relax in the evenings. nice hospitality shown by the Hotel Guys they had arranged for a Cake along with a Candle light dinner for my anniversary on request,You can contact the hotel guys for the Local tour they are very Helpful.overall i would say had an amazing exp for the 3 days spent in this Hotel worth every Penny Spent Would highly recommmend

Room Tip: If you are a Couple Book Valley view,if you dont Get valley view go for Garden view do not opt for Deluxe Rooms not worth....
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank ImtiyazSyed
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Reviewed August 31, 2013

My stay was from 23 AUG to 25 AUG with my family, it was a special occasion for us- our 6 wedding anniversary. First day I stayed in classic room (Garden View), nice,spacious and beautiful room with windows opening to the garden.The location of the hotel is very close to the hot spots in kodai, like lake,Bryant Park, Coakers walk. But according to me the best place in kodai to spend time is..... just go to the lawn of hotel.....sip a cup of hot coffee and enjoy the breathtaking view of the splendid valleys and vaigai dam in the distance. Second day I shifted to deluxe room which was good ,comfortable and had a balcony in addition.The hotel staff were very courteous especially Mr.Javed, Mr. Rajan, Mr. John Peter, Mr. Murugan, all were very helpful. Our 3 yr old kid abu also enjoyed the stay very much. They gave a surprise anniversary gift for us, and also for two other couples who celebrated their anniversary with us. In short it was a very memorable stay and will strongly recommend the hotel to others.....and one more thing never miss the breakfast in the lawn...its alife time experience....

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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2  Thank JOHN K
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Reviewed August 31, 2013

I was waiting for the experience with Villa Retreat to unveil after going through all the excellent review comments on the trip advisor.

To start with i was thinking much on my pick up from kodai road and how it's going to be handled by Villa Retreat. To my surprise, i got the message from Dhina that my cab was ready to pick me up early in the morning. I got a call from my cab driver as well stating that he is at kodai road at 10.00 PM to get ready for my pick up at 5.30 AM the next day morning. Amazing.... he spent the night for us in the cab to pick us up early. That was a great start to our trip and expectations from Villa Retreat.

I had booked a Deluxe Suite and it was ready within 10-15 minutes after we got into the hotel. The rooms were neat and so was the restroom. The room had a nice city and valley view. In fact the suite had two TV's which was a blessing in disguise as we usually have a fight over channels :). From the time we settled down till we left, it was a great treatment all the way. We were offered a candle light dinner (as it was our anniversary) and a gift from Villa Retreat. The staff were really great and that is the strong point for any service provider in the hospitality industry. Thats what i would like to say FIVE STAR Treatment. There were some minor hiccups on room service where we had given a feedback. They were willing to hear the feedback from us and also every other time we met the staff during our stay. But on the whole, thats so nice of them / their attitude which was always willing to make us feel comfortable.

i would like to take this opportunity to thank a few like Javed, Rajan, Dhina, Murugan etc who i had interacted during the end to end trip.

To add to the above, the cabs were arranged at what ever time we had asked for during our sight seeing. Though we thought we were late in informing the reception, Rajan / Javed were quick enough to get us the sight seeing cab in no time. And to add, the drivers of the cab were not only knowledgeable on the places, they turned to be excellent photo graphers too. Particulary, the one Ram kumar was an awesome photographer and he accompanied us to every location he took us to and explained all the places. He took photographs of us from various angles which only an expert photographer could do. Thanks again to Javed / Rajan for arranging such a nice guy as our driver.

The only suggestion is to add few tandoor items on the food menu to make it a bit more nice.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank MD_Prince
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Reviewed August 28, 2013

Myself and two of my friends with our family booked Villa Lakeside. True to the reviews of Trip advisor, we had a very comfortable stay there for two days.

Situated very close to the kodaikanal lake, the villa is located in a very calm location.

Villa hade lot of open space, lawn, fire place for camp fire outside the villa and as well as inside the villa...

Villa had a outside sittng area, living room, dining hall, one master bedroom and two bedrooms with attached bath/toilets, fire place in each bedrooms...

Rooms were neat, clean and tidy. Cooks were available for us to cook the food we order.

The cooks served us delicious homely food that we ordered. although the menu that were available to us were limited, we were served delicious food.

We really had a nice and comfortable stay there at villa retreat. Never felt like we were in a hotel / resort.

A little care has to be taken in refilling of toiletires, towel etc. Only drawback is the lack of internet / wifi facility there. Had it been there, it is THE PERFECT LOCATION to stay there with family and kids.

Our overall experience is a very pleasant, comfortable and memorable trip. Definitely recommend this VILLA LAKESIDE to the readers of TripAdvisor.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank NVenkat_82
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