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Mountain Club Resort
Ranked #1 of 14 Hotels in Chinnakanal
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 4, 2012

Even though it has been downgraded by many reviewers on Tripadvisor, I will strongly recommend this beauty to young couples for the most romantic setting they can ever have. Firstly this is not the usual 5star hotel. This hotel has no rooms, it has individual cottages with a private verandah and gardens. Cottages on the upper side provide you breathtaking views of the lake beneath and the never ending mountains on the horizon. Its not exactly in Munnar, almost 25 KMs away but yet lot better than commercial hotels in Munnar and certainly better than Club Mahindra which is adjacent to Mountain Club. Club Mahindra only provide you small rooms and view is only afforded by members..so no point opting for a more expensive hotel for less.
Mountain Club - Things that I liked
1. Location & Views - Views are beautiful, my room was the uppermost one and me and my wife were just sitting in our balcony exchanging sweet nothings and having a great view of surrounding coffee/tea plantations, lakes and mountains.
2. Restaurant and Swimming Pool - Restaurant offers such a great views and the infinity pool outside add more charm to the overall setting. I dont know how many people use the pool in munnar temperatures but its very picturesque. Having dinners by the poolside is heavenly.
3. Food & Service - Food was excellent on all 3 days we stayed there. Siju is a fantastic captain and was there to help all the time.
4. Cottages - There was a fireplace which was must in chilly December. The unique thing about the cottages here is they are so big. We had a cottage which had 2 full size bedrooms with King Beds, one living room with a separate space for TV & dining table. Wish this much space would have been there at my house.

Things that can be improved
1. There should be more lights at night in the property. Some lights were dysfunctional during our stay.
2. Since we were close to restaurant we never had a problem of commuting from our cottage but for others whose rooms were at the bottom side of the hill..its a small trek everytime u need to come to reception/restaurant/pool. There has to be a shuttle service. keep in mind this is a VERY VERY big hotel.

But try this place and you will surely have best time with your partner. Elderly couples and handicap patrons should avoid this hotel.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 23, 2012

I have found this place through the internet and thanks to the well-maintained website, I have zeroed on this place for my honeymoon at Munnar for 3 nights/4 days in May 2012

The room we have opted is a hill-view cottage that has breaktaking views of the mountains, its so good to be there since you wake up to see the dew drops and the fog spread over the place. The cottage was very well maintained and room service was very prompt and I should say the staff was very courteous.

The next important part is the restaurant which is not so plush looking but the food is definetly one of the best Indian dinners I have ever had while travelling. Be sure to check out the sumptous semya kheer and gazar halwa that metls in your mouth from the desserts section.

To sum up, Mountain Club deserves a strong 5.5 rating from me for the experience I will always remember.

Room Tip: Request for the cottage facing the dam view
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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank shetty p
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Reviewed June 15, 2012

I fully agree with Aisha A and Pankaj on the reviews they have given. Absolutely the same with me also. The excellent location of the resort "complimented" with the bad rooms, bathrooms, food makes it best to be avoided.

We were 2 families for 3 days in this resort but our impression of the resort immediately had a set back when we entered this resort. We had one bedroom cottage. The bed was too small and as rightly said was meant for "loving couples" only. It was difficult to adjust our 5 yr old daughter onthat bed. There was cockroach below our pillow and mosquitoes everywhere welcoming us. We had to order for All Out after which we tried to sleep. No A/C and only fan made it all the more difficult. Bathrooms are also very small and once anybody takes a shower, the whole bathroom gets wet and they have no mat outside the bathroom. So have to live with that.The toiletries were "third class". We never dared to use any of the shampoos or so called conditioners. The power goes off every now and then and when the generator is on, the tv channels go off as they donot have "compatibility factor" with the generator. The TVs are old fashioned big domed 21" which are almost rare to see in today's time. The furniture is bad. dirty and tiring. Even the door lock is the 7-lever type Godrej style with earl system. The food doesnt taste good. The land of spices, Kerala, has this resort with food with no taste. Its just that u r 22 kms out of Munnar so u have to fill ur stomach with that only. The timings are odd, no breakfast after 9:30 am and even during this time u have to make several requests to get the food, as the refills in buffet dont come. There is not much to do in this resort. The walk to the restaurant / reception is very steep especially when u r placed at rooms much closed to the entrance of the resort. They had only one Maruti Eeco to be used as shutle service and with the food timings too restrictive, one has to wait for long for transfers during these hours. No cleanliness in the resort/ restaurant/ pool area. These three days were really nightmare for us. We were also shocked to see "Tripadvisor" awarding 3.1/2 stars to this resort ( which they have pasted on the reception entrance) and immediately then we decided to post our "horrible" experience of this resort on this site as to how and on what parameters are these stars awarded.

My sincere "appeal" to all the readers and travellers that please donot waste your money on this resort. This is not a cheap resort to stay but "cheap" in many other ways.

The only good view I would like to mention is the services of "Aneesh" at restaurant who catered to all our food demands with smile. Thanks Aneesh once again( if ever u read this)

Room Tip: DONT stay in this resort.
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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5  Thank VPT1975
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Reviewed June 9, 2012

my stay in this hotel was not pleasent because of some issues i will tell you all the good and bad things here ..
good things :
- clean
-no noise.
- calm place and nice area
- free internet
- nice spa service.
the bad things
- I've found too many bugs in the room.
- no air condition but there is fan.
- the bathroom is realy old and the shower has no sink so the water fill the floor .
- we found big rat in the room.
- there is so many mosqeto and insects.
- the breakfast is only indian food
- some room is too far from the reception so you need a car to move to the reception but they offer free transfair when ever you need

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 1, 2012

To begin, the resort is 20-25 kms away from Munnar in ‘Chinnakanal’. It is an excellent location & has a nice drive from Munnar uptil here.
We were 2 couples with kids & were allotted 2 bedroom cottage (no.225) for our 3 night stay.
We had a great feeling as soon as we entered the resort. Excellent landscaping, nicely built stone cottages, huge picturesque area & serene ambience.
But our pleasant feelings stopped there.

I feel that a good resort is a place where you relax, stretch yourselves & rejuvenate. But this resort does not assist one on above, because of reasons like -
- Small & tiny bedrooms.
- Equally Small Toilet & Shower area.
- Uncomfortable furniture in Hall & very uncomfortable bed.
- Bad Food.

As soon as we entered our cottage, we found it to be extremely small for a resort of this scale.
For our kids – they placed a shaky metal bed in hall, which was bad & it was impossible for anyone to sleep on that. I had to remove the mattress & place the same on ground.

The cottage had a 21” television which was shoved under the steps & did not give a nice look to interiors. The rooms had good balcony with nice views.
Overall a cosy cottage & the bedroom can strictly accommodate a ‘loving couple’ only.

The worst part of this resort is the restaurant & food. It is said that “food is first eaten with one’s eyes”.
At Mountain club – when you look at the buffet spread, your appetite actually dies.
Absolutely bad presentation & no staff member bother to clean up the mess around the buffet, leave alone decorating the food.
The finished items are not ‘spread out’ but ‘dumped’ in the containers by the harried staff.
Broken Idlis, spoiled omelettes, dripping dal & curries, ice-cream bowl without scoopers etc are so bad.

The restaurant timings are unusual too – from 7.30 to 9.30 in morning & in evening.
I have never come across any resort that has less than 3 hours of proper breakfast / dinner time window.
And if you happen to reach around 9.15-9.30 AM or PM – most items are in finishing stages & one can feel that he is eating the ‘LEFT-OVERS’
The finished items are not filled, UNLESS one requests for same. I faced this during all 6 times, that I had dinner / breakfast over here.
So it is truly meant for early risers /early to bed kind of people only.

Other Comments which I can share are –
- SPA centre is just average & nothing exceptional, considering that one is in a spa destination like Kerala.
- Most Kids activities are on chargeable basis & very expensive.
- No hair dryer provided which is expected in such expensive resort situated at a hill station.
- No Television in bedrooms.
- Staff is Warm & reciprocative but not service oriented.

Overall, a nice resort which can be made ‘Top Class’ – if the management makes an effort.

Room Tip: If you stay in a 2 bedroom cottage, ask for cottage numbered 230 & above. These are at height...
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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
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2  Thank Pankaj77
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Reviewed April 2, 2012

When we checked out at this resort we got a large 2-bedroom cabin, which turned out to be pretty nice. But the furniture was a bit outdated, and I think we were missing a chair. We were hungry, but only a few of the items on the menu were available. I can only confirm what another reviewer said about the power; it kept going out several times during the evening which was pretty annoying. Wifi turned out to be available in the cabin (since we were close to the reception area), but it disappeared together with the power. We had buffet dinner included in our deal, but it was only average. We did not try the activity center nor the pool. The resort is located in a very beautiful area near Munnar. Quite high elevation made it a bit chilly.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank MortenNygard
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Reviewed March 28, 2012

I stayed here 2 nights in February 2012. The cottage ambience is very outdated. Bed is very small and not comfortable. Quality of food is horrible specially the room service. They have Buffet for Breakfast and Dinner lots of different choice but quality is ok. Power keep going out 3-4 times while were their and their generator is not auto start so it take 5-10 minutes for power to come back on. The cottages are kind of far from Reception they do not have prompt shuttle service inside the resort area. I will not recommend this to any one expecting 4 star service.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Abhishek A
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Address: Chinnakanal Suryanelli Rd, Chinnakanal 685612, India
Location: India > Kerala > Idukki District > Chinnakanal
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Chinnakanal
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Chinnakanal
Price Range: $122 - $231 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Mountain Club Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mountain Club, Munnar is the best and finest luxury resort in the evergreen mountains of Munnar, Kerala, and India. It is located on a quite hillside in a small hamlet called Chinnakanal. From the early days of the 18th century, Munnar has been the favorite holiday destination of the erstwhile royal families, celebrities and nobles from India and abroad. The mesmerizing natural beauty and the weather is really unique. Mountain Club, Munnar is a real tribute to a typical type of architecture which is prevalent in the hill stations of Kerala. The exterior walls made from pure stone and the typical Kerala roof tiles provides the rustic look. . Surrounding the resort are extensive tea gardens and mountains with nature trails. Exclusive Food and Beverage outlets, conference halls, meeting rooms and a host of recreational facilities matching first class standards is available to make your holiday a truly amazing experience. Mountain Club, Munnar has many firsts to its credit. Each of its cottages contains a cozy and spacious living room and a bedroom. For those who are traveling with families and friends, we have two bedroom cottages, which have a living room as well. Every cottage is equipped with a fire place. Needless to mention, we have provided all amenities in our cottages. Take a dip and laze around the one and only swimming pool in Munnar. The resort has the largest conferencing facilities in Munnar. ... more   less 
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