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Ideal River View Resort
Ranked #1 of 24 Hotels in Thanjavur
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“Much nicer than I expected”
Reviewed April 13, 2012

We were pleasantly surprised by the hotel. We took a tip from TripAdvisor and asked for a room in the new section, having also looked at the original rooms. The bathrooms are much nicer in the new part. Rooms are a good size with balconies. The beds are comfortable and, if you have a second floor room, you can see the Cauveri River.

We had paid for WIFI but couldn't get on line. Eventually they told us that the best room for WIFI was no 66, so we had to change rooms - and then everything was OK!

Food was very good. We don't like Buffet but the a la carte was fine. Once we had established that we would always be wanting a la carte, our waiter would come and discuss things at breakfast that we might like for dinner, so that special ingredients could be bought. The other thing we particularly liked was that they often have classical Indian musicians - something we have found less evident in hotels on this trip to India.

There is a good pool. They do take groups in this hotel, but it all seems to work. The service is friendly and somehow better than you expect. WIFI didn't always work.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 12, 2012

I am a regular visitor to the Thanjavur area and have stayed at all the star class hotels in and around Thanjavur. I have no hesitation in saying Ideal is easily the best in this area. The rooms are nice and large. The bath is great to relax in after a long day. It does have a swimming pool but I have never been around the day time for long enough to enjoy it. The food is good and offers more than the typical Indian food. The staff and their service is always prompt and courteous. The hotel stretches along the Cauveri River and breakfast & dinner by the river is a nice option.

The only negative if you want one is that it is situated around 7km from the city center. But in this region you would most probably be driven around and the extra 7km wouldn't really matter.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed April 11, 2012

The kids loved the place, the rooms are very nice, good price/quality!
We were alone in the swimmingpool, the garden is beautiful. It is like 15min from town and 30min from the marvellous temple.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 8, 2012

This may be the best hotel near Thanjavir but the description was better than the hotel. Internationally, this would be a 3.5 star hotel. The rooms are big and comfortable, the meals group tour buffet standard and the WiFi useless. Cleanliness was fine and it has all modern conveniences - a very decent group hotel with a great view but short of being a really good hotel.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 7, 2012

Stayed in new section of the hotel. Large, attractively decorated and functional rooms with lovely views and balconies from both sides of room. Very large bathroom also with views to river. Pleasant dining area and pool though our room was a distance from the pool. Food OK but expensive as buffet often only option and you need transport to go anywhere else. Approx $A80.00pn. Staff friendly and helpful..

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 7, 2012

I went to this place with a load of expectations but, sadly, my experience had been less than satisfactory. There was an amateurish air about this hotel that was slightly annoying. It is miles away from the city and that should be the reason for the management to take extra care of its customers. I had a horrid experience with the shower. When I turned on the handle water sprouted everywhere except from the shower above my head! The plumber came without any tools first and I had to explain to him what the problem was. It took sometime for him to set the things right. Also there was a faint smell of drainage in the bathroom.
The place looks new but already the AC makes strange noises.
I only had my breakfast in the hotel and I found it less than ordinary.
I will hesitate to return to this place, though the management was very apologetic about the mishap.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed March 29, 2012

The hotel is in a quiet river front location, and is delightfully peaceful after the hustle of Thanjavur. Our room was comfortable, though slightly worn. And the air conditioning wasn't strong enough for the heat. But we enjoyed our stay here, and the restaurant was very good.

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Property: Ideal River View Resort
Address: Vennar Bank, Pali Agraharam, Thanjavur 613003, India
Location: India > Tamil Nadu > Thanjavur District > Thanjavur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 24 Hotels in Thanjavur
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Ideal River View Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 42
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