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Hotel Arunachala
Ranked #4 of 22 Tiruvannamalai B&B and Inns
Reviewed 29 January 2014

I had communicated via email with Raghav to book a room in this hotel. The communication by itself was very pleasant. Our stay there for two days was the best of all the hotels that we had stayed in, right from Tiruchi to Chennai. This hotel was clean, our room was quite spacious and clean as well and the best of all is that the bathroom was also clean. Clean bathrooms seem to be a luxury in Tamil Nadu so it was such a pleasant surprise to find that the bathroom was spacious and clean in Hotel Arunachala. The staff were all very pleasant and friendly and it was also a pleasure talking to the owner Raghav.

However, there is a restaurant at the basement of this hotel. Please do not go there. It's dirty and on the second morning we had gone there for breakfast after our prayers at the Temple and we were served spoilt sambar. We told the owner about it but of course, he did not admit it and said its not spoilt. These people will never admit (that is their character) and we didn't want to argue as it's just no point, so we paid for something that we did not even eat and left. The owner did not even have the decency to say sorry and on top of that could collect the money from us. We then started going to the restaurant nearby Abirami's which was not only clean, it also had very friendly and pleasant staff. The food there was also very good.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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s_bubblez, Owner at Hotel Arunachala, responded to this reviewResponded 20 October 2014

Dear Guest

Thank you for taking the time to write such extensive and positive comments on Trip Advisor.

Your positive feedback about the hotel is very encouraging and a great source of motivation for all of us.

I have noted that the service was not to your entire satisfaction and rest assure that we are constantly striving for improvement. The restaurant in the basement is under lease and hence quality & management of food is not under our control. I sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused. We are working towards opening our own restaurant & café in the near future.

We are looking forward to welcoming you back at Hotel Arunachala Tiruvannamalai.

Best regards,

Raghavendran Karthikeyan
Manager / Owner

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Reviewed 20 January 2014

This hotel has a very good location, just opposite the temple's Main entrance. The rooms might seem a bit pricey , but given the location I think it is worth. There is a restaurant at the basement, which serves some delicious south-indian food. The staff is very courteous and would give their complete attention. Given the above factors, I would highly recommend this for families, especially with senior citizens.

P.S: A special word of appreciation for Satish and Naveen, who ensured that our stay was comfortable.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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Thank Euhoric
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s_bubblez, Owner at Hotel Arunachala, responded to this reviewResponded 20 October 2014

Dear Guest

Thank you for taking the time to write such extensive and positive comments on Trip Advisor.

Your positive feedback about the hotel is very encouraging and a great source of motivation for all of us.

We are looking forward to welcoming you back at Hotel Arunachala Tiruvannamalai in the very near future.

Best regards,

Raghavendran Karthikeyan
Manager / Owner

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Reviewed 8 January 2014

As other reviews have indicated, this hotel has an excellent location right near the main entrance of the temple and there's a very conveniently located south Indian restaurant right below it. The other positives: prompt communication (after booking through the hotel's website), smooth check in and out, clean room, friendly staff. I do feel that the hotel's website is somewhat misleading though, particularly for guests who book a single room, which is what I did. For 500 rupees per night, the price was reasonable and I wasn't expecting a lot. However, the website (which is very attractive) does not include any description of room types. It does have a photo gallery, but all the photos (which are also attractive) must be of its deluxe rooms. My single room had an Indian style (squat) toilet, was worn, and smelled stuffy. It was okay for a night, and thank goodness it was clean. However, my expectations from the website were quite different!

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled solo
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1  Thank kismet-and-karma
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s_bubblez, Owner at Hotel Arunachala, responded to this reviewResponded 20 October 2014

Dear Guest

Thank you for taking the time to write such extensive and positive comments on Trip Advisor.

Your positive feedback about the hotel is very encouraging and a great source of motivation for all of us.

We are in the process of changing the outlook of our hotel from a lodge to a business class stay. In the website we have only updated the images of the renovated rooms which are on the first and second floor. However, the room you choose is on the ground floor and yet to be renovated. We proudly say that even though the rooms (single & family rooms) in the ground floor have not been renovated, we do keep them very clean. I wish you could have checked out the renovated rooms in the floors above which would have made your stay even more comfortable. Nevertheless, I sincerely regret the inconvenience caused especially the use of the squat toilet which Westerners are not accustomed to. I apologize for the same.

We are looking forward to welcoming you back at Hotel Arunachala Tiruvannamalai.

Best regards,

Raghavendran Karthikeyan
Manager / Owner

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Reviewed 3 January 2014

Traveled with family during last week of December 2013.

The hotel is located just outside the Temple Main Entrance. The exterior of the hotel is bit run down. The hotel is in a change phase of trying to project itself as a modern business like hotel.

Reservation: Booked through the hotel website and checked in smooth with 10-15 mins wait to get the room ready.

Rooms: Very spacious, clean rooms. Very big bathrooms. Quality of bed could be improved.

Food: There is a restaurant located below. Other options available nearby.

Car Parking is available, but approach roads are very congested.

Overall good hotel for a night stay when visiting the temple.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Thank RAMESHK6
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s_bubblez, Owner at Hotel Arunachala, responded to this reviewResponded 20 October 2014

Dear Guest

Thank you for taking the time to write such extensive and positive comments on Trip Advisor.

Your positive feedback about the hotel is very encouraging and a great source of motivation for all of us.

I have noted that the service was not to your entire satisfaction and rest assure that we are constantly striving for improvement and I have discussed your comments with the team. I sincerely apologize if we have not managed to exceed your expectations on this visit.

We are looking forward to welcoming you back at Hotel Arunachala Tiruvannamalai in the very near future.

Best regards,

Raghavendran Karthikeyan
Manager / Owner

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Reviewed 6 December 2013

Early Dec., we drove to Tiruvannamalai and stayed overnight at Hotel Arunachala. It is so close to the temple that you can jump out and reach the temple. It has the main markets around, very easily accessible to the Railway Station, Bus Stand etc. We had good darshan, went around GIRIVALAM by walk and rested well in the hotel and left the next day. It is a very peaceful hotel and good staff. The food in the restaurant at the basement for which you need to go out and use was good. The whole place was maintained well and clean. We stayed for one night only in the standard room.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank vettri
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s_bubblez, Owner at Hotel Arunachala, responded to this reviewResponded 20 October 2014

Dear Guest

Thank you for taking the time to write such extensive and positive comments on Trip Advisor.

Your positive feedback about the hotel is very encouraging and a great source of motivation for all of us.

We are looking forward to welcoming you back at Hotel Arunachala Tiruvannamalai in the very near future.

Best regards,

Raghavendran Karthikeyan
Manager / Owner

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Reviewed 7 October 2013

I and a friend stayed here for 4 nights and the accomodations were excellent. The rooms were quiet blocking out the traffic from nearby street, the plumbing was grade A, no service problems and good preasure. The beds were comfortable and very clean rooms. Fans and A/C's worked very well! A mini fridge would have been helpful. The staff was very attentive to our needs. They assisted me with a currency exchange and brought someone to the hotel for me! We checked in at 11:00 p.m one night and then checked out at 4:30 a.m. a few days later and the staff was right there to help us each time with luggage and any other needs. This is located not 100 feet from the temple entrance and is a short walk from an excellent restrauant. Due to the proximity of the temple complex, no meat is served in the local vicinity, you must go out further in the city for this. There is a store for water and other drinks right beside the hotel entrance. The cleaning staff is very helpful and friendly and funny.:) All smiles.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Ben L
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s_bubblez, Owner at Hotel Arunachala, responded to this reviewResponded 20 October 2014

Dear Guest

Thank you for taking the time to write such extensive and positive comments on Trip Advisor.

Your positive feedback about the hotel is very encouraging and a great source of motivation for all of us.

I have noted that the service was not to your entire satisfaction and rest assure that we are constantly striving for improvement. We do have mini bars and they have been installed ONLY in the suite rooms. I sincerely apologize if we have not managed to exceed your expectations on this visit.

We are looking forward to welcoming you back at Hotel Arunachala Tiruvannamalai in the very near future.

Best regards,

Raghavendran Karthikeyan
Manager / Owner

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Reviewed 16 July 2013

I had opportunity to stay in this hotel from 6th July 2013 to 16th July 2013. I felt homely atmosphere thereat. Rooms are always neat & clean, staff are very courteous, food are pure and like home made, served with smile, all the qualities it has. I am confident when one willstay here, he will come here again and again and whenever he will come here, he will stay at this hotel only.

Room Tip: All roomsare equally comfortable.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled on business
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s_bubblez, Owner at Hotel Arunachala, responded to this reviewResponded 20 October 2014

Dear Guest

Thank you for taking the time to write such extensive and positive comments on Trip Advisor.

Your positive feedback about the hotel is very encouraging and a great source of motivation for all of us.

We are looking forward to welcoming you back at Hotel Arunachala Tiruvannamalai in the very near future.

Best regards,

Raghavendran Karthikeyan
Manager / Owner

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Address: Vada Sannathi Street, Tiruvannamalai 606601, India
Region: India > Tamil Nadu > Tiruvannamalai District > Tiruvannamalai
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites
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Ranked #4 of 22 B&Bs / Inns in Tiruvannamalai
Price Range: £25 - £31 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The property is located right outside the MAIN (east) entrance of the Arunachaleshwar temple.Part of the hotel and management is under renovation and up-gradation. Please bear with the management as we continue to strive to being the best possible stay experience at our facility. ... more   less 
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