Wonderful place for stay in Kodaikanal. Great hospitality and excellent service. The best location in Kodaikanal. The staff and the management provided personal attention and extremely helpful. The organizing of trips around was very well done
To start with the place has an amazing view. It is a real fest to the eyes. One would feel relaxed and calm away from the normal hustle bustle of the city life. The room has an amazing fragrance each time one enters the room. The rooms and the bathrooms are really clean. A rejuvenating experience :-)
stayed there for three days. excellent location.. excellent staff... relaxed environment.. enjoy excellent views of the valleys from the lawn and the dining area ( the view from the coakers walk) leisurely sitting and sipping on a hot cup of coffee.. the twinkling lights of the villages down in the valley at night also make a awesome sight .. a clear night view will take your breath away esp if you are with your loved one :-P (we were lucky to have a clear full moon night)... If you have valley facing rooms(room no 108 and 105) then you neednt come to the lawn also.. (though the lawn has a charm of its own).. coakers walk is 1 min walk.. lake is 5 mins.. all the famed dining places are around 10-15 mins relaxed walking distance.. not to mention Mr. Shyam, the manager of this place.. he will make sure you are comfortable and will guide you throughout your stay.. overall a great stay.. stands true to its name.. certainly a retreat...
My husband and I were guests at Villa Retreat for 3 nights. Its a beautiful resort, a heritage site. Clean and well maintained rooms with a lovely view of the hills and the valley.. The sunrise from the room bay window was breathtaking. Clean and good food. Shyam the GM and Shiva the restaurant manager were very helpful and courteous. Very efficient and courteous staff. The resort is close to the lake, Bryant's Park, and the famous Coakers walk. All in all, a very memorable stay at the resort.
My wife and I stayed here for 12 nights on a holiday, around mid-May, 2018. We had an excellent experience, as detailed below: 1. Nestled near the top of the town, this is a compact hotel of only 18 rooms with a beautiful valley view at the rear, visible from the dining area. There is a sit-out area to dine, enjoying the view. 2. If you are looking for idyllic beauty, peace and quiet, salubrious air of the mountains etc, do avoid a summer visit to Kodai; unless of course you really want to the escape the heat of the plains. You would run into a crush of people and clogged streets, somewhat dirty. The saving grace is that, once you are inside the premises of Villa Retreat, it is clean, pleasant and relatively tranquil. 3. One outstanding feature of this hotel is the consistent and unfailing courtesy and service attitude of the personnel, always responding with a smile. That is not easy to accomplish in India. 4. Though of a limited variety, the food is good, made to order. One unusual and user-friendly aspect is that the charges are the same whether food is served in the dining hall or in the room. The dining staff is to be commended for their excellent service, especially the steward Shiva. 5. The front desk is attentive, responsive and helpful. 6. Each room has an independent geyser, always on, thus assuring 24-hour hot water supply; an important comfort in a hill station. Power does fail off and on, but is quickly restored with Genset Backup. A few repairs involving electric sockets that can't receive a charger or a plug were quickly fixed. 7. The hotel offers daily, starting at 8 AM, gratis, a one-hour Nature Walk. It is a pleasant experience in verdant surroundings. It is a nearly 6 KM walk that involves mild climbing for some distance. 8. Having been expanded around a Heritage Building, the hotel is really cute with the exterior of several rooms clad with creeping ivy! 9. A very special mention must be made of the energetic and present-everywhere Resident Manager, Mr. Shyam Kumar. He meets and greets every guest, goes round the tables in the dining area, being very informative and helpful. Having observed at close quarters over many days, I can say that a large part of the many good things in the hotel arises from his dedication and untiring attention to detail. It is fortunate for any employer to have such a commitment. You can see his picture alongside, against an ivy lined wall. Here are a few things that could be somewhat unsettling or disappointing: 1. WiFi is available only in the Lobby area and not in the rooms. Though the hotel is upfront about this in their website, it is still an inconvenience. My AirTel voice signal here was strong, but the data signal was inconsistent. 2. The housekeeping (room cleaning etc) is an area for improvement. While one batch seems to do a good job, another is sketchy.