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Kodai - By The Lake, A Sterling Holidays Resort
Ranked #9 of 77 Hotels in Kodaikanal
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Coimbatore, India
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“Best time of the year to visit Lake View Sterling resorts”
Reviewed July 25, 2013

Just returned from kodai, after spending 3 nights at Sterling - By the lake property, truly a timeless holiday.

Whoever said - "Patience is a virtue" must have been a real genius. With regards to my story, reached the resort on Sunday morning and trust me it was a very bad start right from the word go - problem with their card machine, my room being very dusty (due to construction work), took almost an hour to be moved to a cleaner room, sunday morning breakfast buffet was "Chaotic", service at the restaurant was way below standards.....All these factors right at the beginning could have easily spoilt my entire holiday.

But I decided to be patient, didn't get too cocky and eventually things changed as the evening set it. All the issues that i faced earlier were sorted out, there was a different atmosphere at the restaurant when we went for dinner. The staffs were very courteous and were taking genuine interest in bringing a smile on people's faces.

Thats when i realized when the occupancy of the resort drops below 50% there is a more personalized care offered by the team. The resort is at its best during the beginning of the week.

Points to remember before planning a trip to this resort:
1. The climate at this time of the year is brilliant (13~18 degrees throughout the day) with mild shower once in a while.
2. The resort is a good 400meters away from the lake and 90% of the rooms wont have a view of the lake.
3. Food at the buffet was very good, but a-la-carte was even better.
4. Food prices is on the higher side for non-members, so ppl willing to save on their food bill can carry ready-to-eat products/ bread/biscuits etc etc as most of the rooms are attached with microwave, hot water kettle and basic utensils.
5. Cycling is the best activity, a good 6~7kms from the resort around the lake, thou the cycles need a bit of maintenance.
6. Lots of activities like board games, table tennis, puzzles etc are free and the rest comes at a cost.
7. The resort organizes something called the Wild sightseeing tour which far better than any local sightseeing.

As you may all know, "Not all five fingers are the same"....so not everyone gonna feel the same, but as for myself and my wife, we had a eventful 3 days. To mention a few names who made it possible, ever smiling Raja (at the activities room), Pratish and Raman(at the restaurant) and on top of all Chef Uttam, specialist at the desert department made our memories sweeter than his yummy bengali sweets.

Many thanks to the entire team at Sterling Kodai Lake View.

Room Tip: If choosing a studio type room.....ask for room No: 422 or 425 for better view of the lake and lands...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Chennai (Madras), India
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Reviewed July 1, 2013

This was a pretty decent place to go but a little over-priced. Although next to Kodai lake, this place is 4-5Km away from lake entrance. Overall, it is a decent place to enjoy and have fun. Good entertainment facilities available but a little overpriced.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed June 26, 2013

This is the better of the two of the sterling properties in Kodaikanal. The valley view is worse than a lodge but this one is a much better property.. Seemingly newly renovated property is located just next to the lake and offers good views from the property. It has good kids play area and gardens along with the usual activity centre which you can find in most sterling group resorts. Rooms are good equipped with microwave, but could have been slightly bigger.. the rooms appear slightly cramped up but are very good nonetheless.. service is good.. food is tasty and the staff is friendly..

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 26, 2013

very good resort to stay with family- very good playing area with lot of swings for kids- very near to the kodai lake and other important sightseeing places- spacious rooms and wash rooms- very clean- good food

Room Tip: go for deluxe suite room if going with kids
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

First of all, as the name suggests, its not by the lake. Its a couple of kms away from the lake. You can see the lake nonetheless....The property is nice and well maintained. But the service is painfully slow.....The buffet spread is good.....the food is tasty. But the best thing about the place is the activity center. They have books, board games and activities throughout the day for kids. They also have games for adults in the evenings. They even arrange for small picnics in the nearby garden and have fun games. It was the best thing about the place. The activity center staff is very friendly and take good care of the kids. special mention: Mr.Madan. One extra star only for the activity center.

Room Tip: See the rooms beforehand as some rooms have very bad views.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Chennai (Madras), India
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Reviewed June 20, 2013

The room facilities were good. Garden and children's play area were well maintained. I rented a bicycle from the hotel's activity club and went for a cool ride around the lake area on the evening time which was very good.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed June 17, 2013

Sterling has definitely turned a corner and Kodai, Lake View (Please note that they have a Valley View Property also in Kodai which is far from the main market) is a fine example of that.

Beautifully landscaped gardens, crisp new rooms (could have been slightly bigger though. Also no bathtub) and great food. I would even recommend those not staying at Sterling to go and try their food.

We were travelling with 2 children aged 2 and 10. The activities that Sterling has for kids were amazing. There was something happening every couple of hours under good supervision and the 10 year old just refused to come to the room. For the 2 year old there was a big ball pool and she spent half her holiday there. We also had 2 senior citizens with us and the Sterling entertainment team got them to loosen up and have a great time at the party.

The staff was exceptional and heeded to our every request. They took care of our 2 year old so well that we more relaxed holiday than we had imagined. Their spa was not operational so that was a let down.

Some pointers:

1. Sterling organises some good treks. Go for them. They are not too strenuous. I specially recommend the Pambar Falls trek.
2. Its about 3 kms away from the market. But its really peaceful. Taxis are available (about Rs 80 to 100 one way to the market)
3. Walk in the direction opposite to the Market road after you get out of Sterling. Very peaceful and picturesque road.
4. Book long distance transport from www.kodaicabs.com. We found their rates better than local rates.
5. If you are travelling to Kodai from the Madurai side, keep vomit bags handy. Even strong stomachs threw up on the ghats.
6. The food at Sterling takes a long time to come. So place your order in advance and enjoy at the games zone till the food comes.
7.Housekeeping is crucial in any room with a kitchen. Not that they ask, but it pays to tip housekeeping on the first day itself.

Room Tip: Sterling is on a slope. So for the elderly request for rooms where you do not have to climb too muc...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Kodai - By The Lake, A Sterling Holidays Resort
Address: 44 Gymkhana Road, Kodaikanal 624101, India
Location: India > Tamil Nadu > Dindigul District > Kodaikanal
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites
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#3 Luxury Hotel in Kodaikanal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Kodai - By The Lake, A Sterling Holidays Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 104
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