There are multiple options available in Kodaikanal for tourists to stay and it ain’t a surprise that people have a hard time picking the right option. We were also in a similar dilemma during our visit to Kodaikanal. After hours of research (online and speaking to friends), we zeroed on “Hotel Villa Retreat”, a boutique hotel right next to Coaker’s walk.

For more information on “Coaker’s walk”, read my blog.

We stayed in “Villa Retreat” for couple of days during our Kodaikannal visit in the month of Feb. This has to be one of the best hotels in Kodaikanal. Situated right next to Coaker’s walk, this is an ideal location to camp.

The Location has to be one of the best views of the valley. One can enjoy the amazing view from the restaurant sipping a hot was an beautiful experience to see the clouds roll over us during the day time.

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The view of the valley from the hotel
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Another view of the valley. Clouds can roll over in Kodaikanal at any time of the day.
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Perfectly laid out lawn with the view of the valley – Time just flies by
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Perfect morning view – clear blue skies with the entire valley hidden by the clouds

The entire hotel is very well maintained and is very clean. The lawns are maintained very well and the rooms are comfortable.

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The entire hotel was very well maintained.
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Took this picture at around 2PM. The clouds started to roll over the resort and covered the entire valley

The hotel offers a wide range of room:

  • Deluxe room: The room can accommodate max 3 people and is located in the ground floor of the new block which is located at the entrance of the hotel
  • Deluxe room with balcony: The room can accommodate max 3 people and is located in the upper floor of the new block. We had opted for this category of room. The room does not have the view of the valley though – the room overlooks the city of Kodaikanal.
  • Classic room garden view: Can accommodate 3 people and overlooks the garden. The rooms are located in the old block of the hotel
  • Classic room mini: can accommodate only 2 people and it has the view of the valley
  • Classic room: This room can accommodate 3 people and has a great view of the valley.

Apart from these rooms, they also have few suite rooms which can accommodate a family.

  • The signature suite can accommodate a family of 3,
  • The family suite a max of 6 and
  • Villa Lakeside which can accommodate a family of 8
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The Garden view rooms
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Another view of the rooms. The entire block is neatly covered with wines and creepers giving a very unique look to the block
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The sit out area near the old block
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The rooms overlooking the valley. The room to the extreme left of this photo of the small restaurant where they serve great food.

B. Hospitality: Well trained staff who take care of all your needs. Our room was neatly laid out and the housekeeping did a great job everyday to keep our room clean. The hot shower in our room did not switch on initially. When we contacted the front desk it was fixed immediately.The staff helped us in planning our visits around Kodaikanal also.

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Our Deluxe room which had a sit-out area overlooking the city

C. Food: The food served was pretty tasty. Good range available for both veggies and non veg. It was not that expensive also.

D. The Wi-Fi offered at the restaurant had good speed.

Not many cons for a hotel which has so much to offer. But there are few small things which could make this hotel even better. Wi-Fi could be made available in rooms and the bathrooms could have been more modern.

Overall we had a great experience and would definitely recommend this hotel to others.

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