The Carlton, Kodaikanal

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Ranked 2 of 463 hotels in Kodaikanal

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8 Reviews | 2 Readers

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42 Reviews | 26248 Readers

A lovely hotel

Posted 14 Jun, 2016

The Carlton, located right inside Kodaikanal town, features lush lawns and gardens which create the relaxing ambience that one expects in a hill station. The room was spacious and well appointed - comfortable beds and furniture, TV, DVD player, iron and board, room heater, tea/coffee making facility, mini safe, fridge (empty, not a mini bar), hair dryer and fairly good toiletries. The highlight was the spacious balcony which overlooked the lake from which can watch the as the waters shimmer, ripple and reflect the sun and the clouds at different times of the day. It's the perfect place to sit all day with a book and /or a drink Though the food was middling and was a bit of a disappointment though, after a small chat, Chef Krishnan ensured that we got a nice dish or two during each meal. To ensure that families have a good time on their holidays, they provide entertainment every evening - tombola and folk dances while we were there. The hotel has shikaras and bicycles as well as a gymnasium for the guests to use. The kids club has enough activities to keep the youngsters busy all day. The location makes it convenient for a nice walk around the lake, if you start out before the buses, SUVs, horses and bicycles take over .. Service was always prompt, polite, enthusiastic and friendly and the rare hitches were caused by s couple of trainees being a bit weak in English. Ratheesh, in the restaurant, was alert to all our needs and added considerably to our dining experience. The terrain is such that are quite a lot of stairs linking the different areas, older people will do well to opt for a room that does need much climbing. The Carlton is a bot expensive but it is well worth especially the balcony overlooking the lake.

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6 Reviews | 17406 Readers

The Carlton is quite worthy of its reputation of b...

Posted 18 May, 2009

The Carlton is quite worthy of its reputation of being the best resort/ hotel in Kodaikanal, a position it has held for a long time. The location is pretty, just adjacent to Kodai lake and the resort itself is spread over a large area, beautifully landscaped and impressively laid out. The mix of activities available for a family with kids is amazing, from the boat club that offers \'shikara\' rides to a cycling rink with bicyles for all ages, badminton, table tennis, hammocks all around, an activity room with lots to do, a reasonable library, and lovely play area for toddlers too. The health club/ spa is good, although the peak season rush made any treatments a bit of a rushed affair. The staff is courteous and helpful--geared to meet all your needs!

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10 Reviews | 332 Readers

The room was amazing

Posted 28 Mar, 2017

Overall experience was awesome I went this hotel with family in October it was holiday trip I had booked the room by online. The destination was amazing the weather condition and valley was fantastic and about the location of the hotel it was located in the heart of the city near the market. The service in the hotel was excellent if we ask anything extra they provide it with free of cost. The room was amazing all amenities were provided in the room and about it was so tasty and traditional food was available in the hotel. The front office behaviour was nice and the welcome drinks were provided in the hotel the appearance of the hotel was good. I played indoor and outdoor games then cycling. Wi-Fi facility was available in the hotel they didn’t provide any cab facility. I would suggest this hotel to make more activities.

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The sightseeing was arranged

Posted 17 Jan, 2017

The sightseeing and campfire were arranged by the hotel. The food was very nice. There was no problem in the room. All the amenities were provided in the room. I was satisfied with this hotel service. The check in and check out was done on time. The service was on time. The staff was well-behaved in the hotel. The appearance was very nice. The complimentary breakfast was provided in the hotel. The Wi-Fi facility was provided in the room. I had visited this hotel with my wife. There was no suggestion for this hotel. Everything was comfortable. The money spent at the hotel was worth.

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Everything was good

Posted 8 Sep, 2016

Everything was good at the hotel. The food was very good in the hotel. The hotel was located outside the city. The check in and checkout was done on time at the hotel. The allotted room was very good at the hotel. The food was value for money.

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The Carlton is ranked #2 among the 463 hotels in Kodaikanal with an average rating of 5.9 out of 7. It is one of the 2, 5-star in Kodaikanal. It is part of the "Leisure Hotels" chain of hotels in India. On HolidayIQ, it has a total of 68 photos, 347 text reviews and 1 video reviews and is rated top for its Location, Room and Appearance. It was also named winner of the Better Holiday Awards in 2017 under Great Location.

The online booking price of the hotel ranges between Rs 9,500 to Rs 9,800 per night. The hotel offer 91 rooms to check availability or to avail complimentary breakfast, we recommend contacting the hotel to check if the final tariff includes it.

The ambience and the location of the hotel makes it a suitable option for variety of travellers. Family (57%) and Couple (33%) are the most common type of travellers that like to stay here. 71% of guests enjoy the hotel's relaxed environment, whereas 18% have rated the ambience as romantic.

Although the hotel is a suitable stay option throughout the year for travellers, book your accommodation in the months of Apr, May and June for the best experience.

The Carlton is located at Lake Road . Kodai Lake (1 Km), Telescope House (1 Km), Wax Museum (1 Km), Ice Skating Cafe (1 Km) and Central Church (1 Km) are some of the popular sightseeing attractions located near the hotel.

The hotel ensures you are well taken care of during your stay. By providing free wifi access, the hotel makes sure you are always connected to the internet.

Other amenities include Laundry Services, Parking Facility, Room Service, Doctor On Call and Restaurant. For checkin and checkout time, we suggest contacting the hotel.

If you are in need for airport transfers or require a car for sightseeing around the city or you have to do an early check-in, then we recommend contacting the hotel directly and requesting for these additional services. All of the available amenities ensure your stay is enjoyable and free from any hassles.

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