We happened to stay here during the first week of April 2009 for 3 days.
By Air : takes exactly one hour journey from Trivandrum International Airport which is the nearest airport.
By Train/ Bus: less than a km from railway station and bus stand. Auto and taxi fare are just minimum.
Location: Centrally located, less than a km from boat jetty, bus stand and railway station.
Ambience and Décor: are good. It is above average
Check in Time: Unlike many hotels check in time is 24 hours.
Weather : During summer the heat is too intensive and humid. So, during summer it would be better if you take a room with AC especially if you are not used to this type of weather.
Rooms: We stayed in a Double Deluxe ac room as we had decided to be indoor for most of the time. The quality of the room, décor, furniture is good though a bit expensive. The room cleanliness is an area where the housekeeper can pay a bit more attention. As soon as I got into the room, my eyes have fallen to all the dust particles on the headboard (throughout) of the cot, and every hidden part of the furniture. The bathroom floor was also not spared. The bed sheets were slightly torn though clean. It looked like that this room was not used for sometime. But upon request, you get to clean it immediately. The only discomfort, I had was I did not get sound sleep due to the traffic, since the hotel is very close to the main road.
The next two days as we were going to be out door nearly 20 hours, we requested for a room change and shifted to a normal double room. It was on the top most floor. I must aptly say it was a furnace. Thank God we spent only few hours in that room. If you plan to stay in this hotel during summer, top floor without ac should be avoided. Another disadvantage was, you cannot open the windows, since it is very close to the main road. So ask for a room which is not closer to the main road and not on the top floor.
Food : It has a good coffee shop as well as a restaurant; moderately priced. You never get all the items printed in the menu card. They have fixed items for each day. Some items like puttu kadala are tasty. I never got to taste famous Appam on all the three days, as it was never available. Dosas and idlee were tooooo savour, though tasty…probably due to quick and strong fermentation in summer.
Service : is good, staff are good and courteous. It has other facilities like conference room, a beauty parlour etc.
Tariff : AC Delux Double : Rs.1400 + Rs.100 Extra Bed + Rs.225 Luxury charges
Normal Double : Rs.600 + Rs.50 Extra Bed + Rs.65 Luxury charges
http://www.hotelsudarsan.com would give you more details but the tariff given is slightly different.
Shopping : There is a shopping complex ‘Jerome Nagar’ in less than 5 minutes walk wherein you get to buy almost everything. Everything is available within a reach of 5-15 minutes.
Sight-seeing : Available for reasonable price. Majority of the hotel inmates were foreigners and for boating etc. short and long duration are available. Since our purpose of visit was different, we did not try anything, hence no comments.
Attitude of local people: is very indifferent. Be prepared for an unpredictable strike, procession or dharna at anytime. If you plan to leave for railway station or bus stand though nearer or far (even if it is 10 minutes travel) give a minimum of 1-2 hour gap and reach the place well in advance. Even if the procession goes somewhere nearer to your destination none of the autos or taxis (includes the hotel) refuses to come. We had a very bitter experience.
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