We would take more honour in writing about Bison Woods. If you really want a pleasant and peaceful stay your choice should be Bison Woods. Mr. Vijay, Mr. Sathish and the whole crew were extremely hospitable and very courteous. From the time we reached till we left we had the best experience we never ever witnessed anywhere else. Splendid home cooked food, served very neatly. Delivery on time.
The room we stayed was a standard room but we felt that it was really luxurious. Bathroom was neat and was set up the way it should be. Whatever additional amenities have been mentioned - Everything works!
This is our first stay at Yercaud and we chose Bison Woods based on the reviews. But we'd say that Bison Woods exceeds your expectations and will make you hard to turn back. Amazing job and stands as it's name. Wow!!!!!
The hotel where I stayed was located inside the city. It was hardly four hundred metres distance from bus stand to hotel. I travelled with my family for relaxation in 2013. The surrounding is very peaceful and calm from there in next half to one kilometre distance we get Arcot town, gunpoint etc. There is some shopping place near to the hotel in walk able distance. The staff in the hotel were good in behaviour and they take care of guest very well. The staff used to wait in restaurant and get our requirements on time without any issues. There was no delay in check-in and check-out they follow timing system so that guests will not be disappointed. The hotel provided a big individual cottage with large bedroom, living hall, attached toiled and common toilet it was just like a house, expect kitchen rest all were available. I felt as if we are staying in single bedroom house. Even though we registered only for two members and made a stay with three members, they will not ask or charge extra. The cottage was good and maintained well, with all amenities in good condition. The staff ensured to clean the room before and after we enter. They hygienically maintain the washroom with hot and cold water. I did not have any view from room but from outside we can have good view. The appearance of the hotel from inside and outside will look same and they maintain good. The hotel restaurant was good in both veg and non-veg varieties. We used to order the food one hour prior so that we will get it as per our time. The money was reasonable in price, even though ten percent extra for room service still I am happy with the cost. There were no activities but there is a lake near to the hotel so if we want to go for boating we can use it or there is a children park to enjoy opposite the restaurant. There is an addition facility like campfire, and conference room etc., but no swimming pool or gym. They organised sightseeing trip well. Finally, to tell about Arcot, It is the best place to visit more than Ooty and Kodaikanal. This Arcot is value for our money. I will definitely recommend this hotel for other travellers. There is no suggestion to this hotel as I am happy with all the facilities provided by the management.
Overall, a pleasant stay with very good experience
Overall the hotel experience was very good. We reached Yercaud around 11 AM and could reach this Hotel from the Yercaud centre easily.
First we reached Salem, and asked someone for Yercaud route. The road from Salem to Yercaud is an hill road and the drive is very pleasant. There are about 20 HairPin Bends, most of them are wide and safe with proper fencing. Although better to drive with in 50 speed.
Once you are entering Yercaud, you will see on the right side GRT Grand Trails Hotel. Pass this hotel and immediately within 3 minutes, you will enter Yercaud town. There are two ways to reach Rock Perch Sterling Resort. One is, after passing GRT Hotel, and after few meters you will have to take a right. On that road, few guys will collect money for entering that road. (some 30 or 40 Rs. ) On that road, you will see an entrance and ticket counter for Yercaud Lake which is on the Left, there is an Fish aquarium too.
Second is, after passing the GRT Hotel, go straight and you will hit the Yercaud Junction and take right. Now you will see the Yercaud Lake on the Right. Drive straight, and you will have to take the small right which will go towards Rock Perch Hotel. Personally, I would prefer taking this second option since this road is completely developed. However both roads will take around 2 km to reach this hotel.
Actually this hotel is situated near the Rose Garden and Ladies seat, famous attractions in Yercaud, so it is very easy to find. You might think, that this hotel is little outside the town. But it's not, it's right in the town and no problems for the access whatsoever. When you are relaxed, Be sure to visit, Perfume Paradise shop on the way. They have got nice collections.
For Dinner, if you have car, you can visit Yercaud town and then go back to the room, or else you can have it at the hotel itself.
When we reached the Hotel, entrance is quite big and the reception is good with spacious sofa's. We were given welcome drink and promptly attended. Staff was very courteous and the response was better than OK.
Sterling Resort is a big one, and you will have plenty of rooms available. As name suggests, the resort sits on the rocks. So you will have very beautiful views on the Yercaud valley. Currently some renovation is going on, so be sure to ask for new renovated rooms. I stayed in a new room with an elegant design, and has got all the advanced fittings and even an microwave oven. A sofa and a small dining table too. The bed was soft and good, ideal for an couple with one kid, TV channels are mostly the general Indian channels. WiFi is not available and the Cell Phone did not any signal. So be sure to plan accordingly. No major complaints in the room as such.
However one important point is, since the hotel is situated on rocks, you will have to walk a bit (or taking some steps down) to reach to your room from the reception. Ask for rooms which is nearer to reception, but those rooms are not renovated yet, by the time I am writing this and does not have good views. For Older People, I think better to stay near reception to avoid to steps up and down. In fact anybody for that matter, watch out for the steps. Slowly go down and climb up in the steps.
Another thing is monkeys. Guests are given strict instructions not to encourage monkeys. Monkeys do come early in the morning around 8 am, so at this time it's better to keep the door closed. However, I saw plenty of monkeys right in front of my room in the morning, and they are extremely soft and minding their business on their own. In a way, it's a good sight for your kids.
Restaurant and food is awesome. They charge extra of-course, for lunch they charged me 550+ tax per single person. But it's surely worth a try. They had lots of varieties and the mouth watering dishes will leave you utterly impressed. The ambiance in the restaurant is 5-star level, you would be neatly surprised.
If you are going as an family with Kids, there are many activities to try. There is a big hall for the kids activities. Plenty enough for the kids to hang out. Be sure to play Halloween costumes, art and craft, badminton, cycling, TT also. For couples/newly married, other activities like trekking, yoga classes conducted as well. If you want to try an massage too with all herbals, you can. Except for kids activities, some of the activities will cost extra though.
Housekeeping and room service was good, there was no much complaints. They were quick enough to attend us.
On the Yercaud attractions, Ladies seat will give you an nice view of the Yercaud valley. But if you are staying in this hotel, you are already guaranteed to have an good view. Try the telescope viewing in the Ladies seat, that was good. Another near by attraction from this hotel is Rose Garden, you will have plenty of flowers to see, Also to take some pictures. There is Yercaud Lake, Deer Park, Childrens Park - All are in the central town but crowded at times.
Kilyur Falls, - it will take around 3 km from Yercaud town. But when we visited there was no water. From the parking area, sure to note it down that, there are around 300 steps you have to climb down and climb up back. So be sure to decide before you step in. However, when the water flows the sight of this falls will be really good.
There is one cave temple which will take around 8 km from Yercaud town, the drive was simply superb with bamboo forest on both the sides. The road was little bit narrow towards the end, but the temple was good.
Overall the stay was pleasant, driving felt good. Had a good time.
This place is awesome. We stayed there for three nights, 2 nights at valley view, 1 night in pool view room, both rooms are very nice in terms of facility and ambiance. The hotel staff are professional and friendly. We spent most of our time with in the resort especially in the 'SKYWALK', garden, swimming pool and adventure park.
They offer spacious balcony in both type of rooms but one in the valley view room is very attractive as the entire valley can be seen from there, sometimes monkeys may knock the door from the balcony, of course kids will definitely enjoy it.
Food from the in-house restaurant is good but costly. As there are very few hotels in Yercaud sometimes you don't have a choice and you have to opt for the in-house restaurant.
The bathroom in the valley view room is quite small and it can be designed better. Room ambiance can be improved. Bedside floor lamps are missing.