We had an amazing stay at the Ideal resort, completely pampered by the service-oriented staff. The place is immaculately designed with sparkling white buildings, gracious outdoor porches and meticulously manicured gardens. Our room was a huge suite with an enormous bathroom, a dressing/ study space, a big bedroom and front and back porches. In the more recently completed wing, our room had tasteful dark wood furniture, white walls and a lovely teal blue accent wall.
The hotel has a huge staff that works hard to constantly scrub the place and arrange everything for the guest's convenience. The host Prem was especially helpful in helping us methodically search for a misplaced passport (which we found I had dropped.) He and Sandia provided a warm welcome.
We found the extensive grounds to be a great retreat from the challenge of negotiating busy Indian cities. The pool is especially beautiful and sparkingly clean, surrounded by tropical flowers and trees. One downside was that the outdoor dining porch with the great river view had a lot of mosquitos at night during our December stay, though it was fine in the daytime and the food was delicious and nicely presented. We had two computer power adapters fry because of a power surge that may have been due to electrical work being done on the building.
Overall, we loved staying here and thought it was a great value at 6,000 Rupees + tax/ night. While this is quite a bit more than the in-town hotels, it provides a idyllic luxury enclave and is a bargain compared to similar resorts in places like Hawaii or San Diego. The staff gave us a complimentary room service dinner for our final night, which left us with a good taste in our mouths.
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- Also Known As:
- Ideal River View Hotel Thanjavur
- Ideal River View Thanjavur