Kodai - By The Lake, A Sterling Holidays Resort, Kodaikanal
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Kodai - By The Lake, A Sterling Holidays Resort, Kodaikanal

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  • Destination 6/7
  • Location 5.9/7
  • Appearance 5.9/7
  • Front Office 5.7/7
  • Service 5.7/7
  • Room 5.7/7
  • Food & Drink 5.5/7
  • Activities 5/7
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Vijayant  Rai

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  • Vijayant Rai
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 1 Review
  • 3.8/7
  •  Posted Today
Just like all other travellers our experience was terrible with Kodai by the lake. I have already stayed in sterling Munnar and Sterling Ooty and both of them are great. Our experience was so good in above places that we thought of staying in sterling everywhere, however that impression changed 180 degrees after staying here. To start with, following are the main disappointment.

This is not by the lake, its little far from lake. Only few rooms have lake view.

2. Bad smell :- the biggest problem is the bad smell of STP (sewage treatment plant) which is like you are staying just next to a big gutter, and its a 24x7 smell. Nothing can be done as it just next to STP. Just like you guys I also read previous reviews so I called the Sterling Resort before confirming my rooms, to ask for STP problem and I was assured that STP smell has been taken care of, which was a lie.

3. Room:- I think I probably got the worst room. Room no 402. The bathroom smells as bad as STP if not more, when I complained a room service boy came and gave us room freshener to use in bathroom in case of that smell. If they already know that such problem is there, than why give such room. However I thought this is just our room problem, but later I came to know that there are quiet few rooms having same kind of problem.

4. Geyser:- geyser in all room is only of 20 litre capacity which means you can get hot water only for 10 mins Max and after you other person has to wait for water to heat up. This is just ridiculous, Sterling is charging so high then what's the point if you cant provide basic hot water. Icing on cake was when I went for spa, with so much oil on your body its impossible to take bath in 10 Min. Imagine how your gonna feel after paying 5500 for spa and they don't even have hot water.

5. Management:- like all other traveller I also believe that management is pathetic, facing all these problem I thought may be the manager can help us out,, instead he just promised me that everything will be taken care of and nothing is done. And when ever he see me he will just takeaway his eyes, forget the basic courtesy of wishing the guests and asking about their well being.

6. Spa:- spa is also just OK. Not as good as Munnar. I wont recommend for this price you can definitely get something better.

To summarise, at this price you can get something better,, and even though they claim that the resorts been renovated last year its bad. Its nothing more than 3 star, and definitely not worth your time and money. I did a big mistake staying here even after reading bad reviews. Please don't do the same.
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Kaarthik Sr

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  • Kaarthik Sr
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 5 photos
  • 19 Reviews
  •  88 helpful votes
  •  20045 readers
  • 6.8/7
  •  Posted Today
The resort has a lot of activities, so one need not really leave the resort. We stayed in Kodai, and did a lot of walking around. The resort is about 3km from the centre. Its a nice walk from the resort to the centre.

The rooms are cozy and comfortable. Decent food and service. Cabs to the city are available outside the hotel
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K rajesh

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  • K rajesh
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 1 Review
  •  1 reader
  • 6/7
  •  Posted Yesterday
Resort rating was very good. The service was super. Staying rooms, food, front office, bathroom facilities, service, etc are very good and satisfied. The hotel was very comfortable to us and there is no any problems. It was the good service to us. The room facilities are super to used it. The location to taking photos are very beautiful. The visual of Kodaikanal is very super.
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Visalakshi s

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  • Visalakshi s
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 1 Review
  •  1 reader
  • 5.1/7
  •  Posted Yesterday
Room is clean and tidy, parking space is very convenient, ambience is very good and food/drinks can be improved. Nearby there is no good restaurants available, good view from room, cooking facilities not available. No temples, you need transport to go to lakeside, shopping area.
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Nambiyappan m

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  • Nambiyappan m
  • Lives in Tirunelveli
  • 3 Reviews
  •  26 readers
  • 5.5/7
  •  Posted 2 days ago
The holiday trip was overall good and enjoyable. The amenities provided at Sterling was very good and worth staying as a member. Also the location of the resort at Kodaikanal was excellent as the view of lake seems awesome. We would like to rate 4 star out of 5.
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Rajesh Shah

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  • Rajesh Shah
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 1 Review
  •  1 reader
  • 5.6/7
  •  Posted 2 days ago
Nice location, decent food but activities are expensive. Food can be improved. Rooms are good and staff is wonderful. Evening snacks and tea/coffee are served which is an excellent idea. Bottled water is expensive. Parking is good for self driven cars.
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Sudipta dash

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  • Sudipta dash
  • Lives in Bhubaneswar
  • 1 Review
  •  1 reader
  • 6.5/7
  •  Posted 2 days ago
The location is along the lake and coming out of the resort and to walk in the road along the lake is a good experience. It was rainy day and we enjoyed the boating in the lake being wet and it is a damn good experience. The rooms in the resort are good with required amenities. Food is very good and we enjoyed the south Indian dishes like dosa, sambar, pongal, etc. In and around view of the resort gives you an in-house atmosphere.
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Karthik k

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  • Karthik k
  • 1 Review
  •  22 readers
  • 6.5/7
  •  Posted 3 days ago
Its a great experience to stay right near the lake in Kodaikanal and still find such a peaceful and quiet place. The food is delicious and the activity center is well equipped, enough to keep kids and adults occupied for whole day. Staff are very courteous and can handle most requests swiftly. Room service can take a while. Better to bring wet wear as drizzles are frequent and it's quite a walk to the car park or front desk.
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Joseph regis kalingarayer

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  • Joseph regis kalingarayer
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 1 Review
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  18 readers
  • 5/7
  •  Posted 3 days ago
No newspaper and no mineral water was given. One room was OK. The other room was not upto the standard. The health faucet in the bathroom was leaky. Holiday activities were not intimated properly. No WiFi was given in the rooms. Power was often going and TV was not proper.
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Viswanath nayak

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  • Viswanath nayak
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 4 Reviews
  •  86 readers
  • 5.9/7
  •  Posted 3 days ago
The rooms were very well-maintained. The sheets were clean and the staff offered to have them changed every day even though they were not soiled.

The staff was very helpful and polite. They gave several helpful tips about the attractions to see. However as our holiday was for unwinding we preferred to stay away from the "touristy spots". Also this was our 5th visit to Kodai.

The food was good. However we did not take the buffet as it was too heavy. A  la carte was very sumptuous and filling, though slightly pricey. But was worth the while.
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Kodai - By The Lake, A Sterling Holidays Resort Overview

Sterling Holidays Lake View, facing the dense forests on the banks of Kodaikanal Lake, is located on Gymkhana Road in Kodaikanal. The property is 125 km from Madurai Airport and 80 km from Kodai Road Railway Station. Sterling Holidays Lake View organizes sightseeing packages for the guests. The nearby tourist attractions include Kodaikanal Lake, Byrant Park and Coakerís Walk.

Rooms and Amenities at Kodai - By The Lake, A Sterling Holidays Resort

Sterling Holidays Lake View has 104 well-furnished guest rooms in the category of studio apartments, one bedroom apartments and two bedroom apartments. Two special suites overlooking the lake, Viceroy’s Suite and Coaker’s Suite, have exquisite Victorian decor and ambience. Gazania, the in-house restaurant, serves lip-smacking Indian, Continental, Chinese and Tandoor delicacies along with the local flavours. Jain food, barbeque and special romantic dinner are arranged on request. The conference hall can accommodate 50 guests in theatre style. 

 

Facilities at a glance:
Travel desk
Internet cafe
Wi-Fi access
Gift shop
In-house library
Conference hall
In-room dining
Housekeeping services
Discotheque
Party games
Bonfire
Indoor & outdoor games


Kodai - By The Lake, A Sterling Holidays Resort Address

PB No. 44
Gymkhana Road
Kodaikanal

Tamil Nadu - 624101
India
Also known as Sterling Holidays Lake View, Kodiakanal

How to get there

By Road NH 7
By Train Madurai 110 km (MDU)
By Flight Madurai 120 km

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