On my first trip to India (and one that was solely within Tamil Nadu & Pondicherry) I wanted to visit a Hill Station. So after a brief stop in Madurai I taxied up to Kodaikanal. I booked Villa Retreat relatively last minute and took the least expensive room. I found this place to be very charming indeed. Sham (General Manager) was obliging and friendly and as were the rest of the staff. The service was just right: not over bearing, helpful, and full of interesting conversation if you wanted it. The room was relatively simple but comfortable and with a decent bathroom. It's worth saying that the set up is more a set of rooms in a complex of heritage buildings as opposed to traditional hotel. For me, this really added to my visit to Kodaikanal, given its history. I did, by the way, pop into The Carlton and found it to be a fairly typical high-end, big, hotel. Villa Retreat, I thought, had a more special ambiance - not to mention the great views from the terrace and breakfast room (lovely fresh South Indian food too). The view from the terrace and breakfast room make you forget that you don't have a view in that least expensive room (I think most, if not all, the other rooms have views). So all-in-all I was pretty taken by Kodaikanal and Villa Retreat. Sometimes when booking hotels in India I found it quite difficult to find interesting places to stay that were comfortable (by UK standards) but not chain hotels or the most expensive hotel in the town. Villa Retreat struck a great balance of quality, comfort, price and ambiance - I was delighted to have found myself there. Thanks and well done!
Read more reviews