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“Amazing holiday @ Kodai!!!”

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Kodai - By The Valley, A Sterling Holidays Resort
Ranked #10 of 76 Hotels in Kodaikanal
Bengaluru, India
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3 reviews
“Amazing holiday @ Kodai!!!”
Reviewed April 23, 2013

As mentined in most of the reviews, the tactics of the cramp 3 series room allocation....and there after a bargain including the Chennai call settled in the 2 series room which was awesome... our stay was superb...Food was really good and service was great. The activity and travel desk was okay....The resort ambience and facilites are outstanding!!!!!!

Overall a very memorable stay with the family at the princess of hill stations!!!

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Reviewed April 17, 2013

I recently stayed at the valley view resort in a superior room type of accomodation. firstly when we landed at the hotel, I was surprised by the front desk staff who told me my reservation has been cancelled. I immediately called up the Sterling HR in Chennai who arranged my booking. He reaffirmed that my booking is still valid and there was some system issue !! We then were guided to our accomodation. I was shocked to see a very small room. There was no balcony, no foot mats, no trash can and to add to the woes the water was not flushing in the toilet. I immediately called the front desk and requested for another better room. As expected, he declined. But when I insisted through the HR from chennai, he offered me another room of the same category. Thsi was better than the old but still not worth the price they charge for it !!
Never ever book a superior room type there. The rooms are not good. They say its a renovated property but it does not seem so ! The only good thing about them is that the food is good. The staff at restaurant are also very friendly. On our return to Madurai, we were offered a tata indica. The driver was the rudest person I have ever met. It all started after we requested him to not talk on cell phone while driving. He was so rude.. We wanted to go via Meenakshi temple so I could atleast take a glance of the temple. He refused. Also when we asked him to stop by a restaurant that we knew was good, he drove in such a way that we sensed he is unhappy with the fact that we asked him to drive to that place. It was on the main road only !! At the end, when we reached madurai airport, he came out, opened the trunk, literally threw our suit cases and just vanished.. Did not even say thanks or bye or whatever.. Beware of the travel desk !! Overall we can say it was a fair experience there.. They need to change their attitude !!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Chennai (Madras), India
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

Good experience.

The front desk was supportive and fast when receiving as well to close the bill.

Good adequately spaced rooms if you opt for Studio including in house activities for family.
Only possible issue is location is little far from city and one has to wholly depends on taxi or sterling’s shuttle service as it is far away but when selected for the purpose to be away from busy life it served the purpose.

The view of the valley from the resort is enchanting – changes from morning to evening with clouds, mist and sun. One has to be lucky to have it change and may be the time of visit also matters. Of course this cannot be enjoyed staying in room.An excellent location to stay and relax.

Restaurant cuisine was really good - offering tasty foods with variety of options and packages. Breakfast /lunch / dinner were good both on taste and option. Mr Ramesh was very courteous and friendly to suggest and offered according to each family member’s taste.

Good Room Service Food with reasonable cost. Had a fairly nice experience with the service & the ambiance
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Youngsters took trekking as you have locations in front of the resort and Spa is also fairly good.

We did not take the help of Holiday activities though the group was helpful in suggesting the right kind of out door activity for us.Thanks to Mr.Vadivel for it. Reason was the enormous difference in Taxi charges. We got them cheaper by Rs.500 for ½ day and Rs 1100 for our Madurai drop by approaching Kodai Cabs Mr Rehman ( Mob:9487005111) and Mr sakim (Mob:9443558217)

When week end group partying takes place it is noisy if you stay near car park. However it stops at 10.00 pm sharp. When informed the volume of loud speaker is also reduced to a tolerable limit.

Fast response from the house keeping even for changing of equipment or electrical fault.

With so many positives, may be small negatives are not seen or should not be made fuss of. That is how it is.Or else we lose the purpose of relaxation.

I certainly recommend this Resort for visit with family as eight of us had 4 wonderful stay here.


R R Sankarasubramanian

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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Reviewed March 28, 2013

Simply refreshing experience. The view of the valley from the resort is enchanting.
The front desk was really very supportive . Cuisine was really good offering tasty foods with variety of options. An excellent location to stay and relax if you want to be away from a busy and buzzy city life.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 26, 2013

Excellent spacious rooms if you opt for Studio / Mini Suite as they call it.
Excellent property including inhouse activities for family
Breakfast was good both on taste and options
Only possible issue is location is little far from city
Value for money if you get good deal

Room Tip: If you are with family take Studio room . Superior rooms are not good
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Mumbai
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Reviewed March 25, 2013

Sterling resort is a good place for stay in Kodaikanal.

But Cleartrip deceives with the type of room booked. I had to fight with the hotel and cleartrip to get a right room. By default they book the least priced room which is very small for the price they charge. Cleartrip also uses totally different terminologies of the hotel room types than what the resort uses. This gives them flexibility to fight back with the customers.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

Had a nice experience with the property, service & the ambience. Little away from the center of city made us dependent on private transport. Firstly this was selected for the purpose to be away from busy life & yes it served the purpose. Front desk was very cordial & helped in every way to ensure our comfort. Food quality was very good, the services were excellent, at service. We took the help of Holiday activities & the group was helpful in suggesting the right kind of out door activity for us. Special Thanks to Mr.Vadivel for ensuring a memorable trek to the Pamber falls, ensuring safety as well as little adventure!!
Overall, the our purpose was served staying 2 nights & 3 days.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Kodai - By The Valley, A Sterling Holidays Resort
Address: Pallangi Road | Villapatti, Kodaikanal 624101, India
Location: India > Tamil Nadu > Dindigul District > Kodaikanal
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Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Room Service
Hotel Style:
#5 Luxury Hotel in Kodaikanal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Kodai - By The Valley, A Sterling Holidays Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 56
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