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“Nice hotel. Prime location.”
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Hotel Arunachala
Ranked #4 of 21 Tiruvannamalai B&B and Inns
Pondicherry, India
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Nice hotel. Prime location.”
Reviewed 13 April 2014

The hotel is nice. Located right opposite to the Raja Gopuram of Annamalaiyar Temple, it is in the prime location of Tiruvannamalai.

Easy to check in, get ready and leave for your darshan/ girivalam and return there. There is car parking available right in the Hotel compound and it is a good thing because you cannot find parking space for your car in such a prime location.

The rooms are neat and clean and very roomy and spacious. The AC is very effective too. The bathroom-restroom is also vast and spacious, was given to us in a neat and clean state. The towel and bedding were also good. Soap was provided. There is a wooden wardrobe, in case your stay is over one day and you need to hang a few clothes.

The service was fairly good. They helped with our bags and the check-in was quick (took only 5 minutes). The booking was very easy too, they had taken my booking on the phone. However, they did not send any sms or e-mail confirmation of the same - which made me call again after two days and re-confirm my booking.

The hotel downstairs is also decent and starts giving coffee from 5:30 am.

The only drawback of the prime location is the very crowded and narrow lane that we must use to leave the hotel. My car got a little scratch at the side from a maneuvering mishap.

Overall - a recommended hotel for families who want to go to Tiruvannamalai and have darshan at the temple.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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s_bubblez, Owner at Hotel Arunachala, responded to this review, 21 October 2014
Dear Guest

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

Your positive feedback about the hotel is very encouraging and a great source of motivation for all of us.
The hotel is located in the heart of the town and abutting the road that leads to the main entrance of the Arunachaleshwar temple and hence crowded through the day & sometimes the night as well. We have an in house valet to make sure that the guests do not have to hassle with maneuvering their vehicles anymore.

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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Mill Valley, California
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63 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2014 via mobile

I would easily give this hotel 20 more stars after they overcome a few challenges. Great owner with a staff that needs a little more seasoning. Would not hesitate to stay here again. Rooms aren't quite what the picture shows but they are of a modern decor (although the furniture is not very functional) and it is very clean. Right outside a spectacular temple and great restaurant 3 doors down

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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s_bubblez, Owner at Hotel Arunachala, responded to this review, 20 October 2014
Dear Guest

Thank you for taking the time to write such 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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Calgary, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2014 via mobile

What an amazing location, literally steps away from the main temple and a 50rupee ride to the Ramana ashram. I had a deluxe suite which was clean and comfortable, albeit pretty spartan. The staff was helpful, and the Restaraunt below was fine.

Stayed February 2014, travelled solo
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s_bubblez, Owner at Hotel Arunachala, responded to this review, 20 October 2014
Dear Guest

Thank you for taking the time to write such 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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Basel, Switzerland
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2014

The Arunachala has comfortable rooms next to the temple entrance. The marble floor makes it look like a business hotel. We stayed in an A/C room with an excellent and spacious ensuite bathroom. Service was quite good too. Unfortunately it was quite noisy. The breakfast in the adjacent restaurant is not recommended at all, we got sick afterwards (the only time this happened to us in India). But the hotel itself is very good and probably the best option in town.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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s_bubblez, Owner at Hotel Arunachala, responded to this review, 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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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
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 review, 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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Bangalore
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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 review, 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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Victoria, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
19 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
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 review, 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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Property: Hotel Arunachala
Address: Vada Sannathi Street, Tiruvannamalai 606601, India
Region: India > Tamil Nadu > Tiruvannamalai District > Tiruvannamalai
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Ranked #4 of 21 B&Bs / Inns in Tiruvannamalai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
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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