My husband and I, from Canada, and into our third week of travelling in India, loved this hotel. Our room was spacious and very clean and overlooked a quiet rooftop with monkeys. We enjoyed having fans instead of the energy-guzzling, horrible AC in our room and found the food very good and affordable served by lovely dining room staff - easy-going and attentive. My husband was a huge fan of the traditional dancing offered each night and we bought some ink etchings from the resident artist, who was not pushy but clearly passionate about his art - which we saw him work on.
The nicest thing was that the staff were the most relaxed and efficient of anywhere we have been so far in India - mainly because the service is not tip-driven but just plain excellent. You can leave a tip in the communal tiping box, and we left a generous tip because we appreciated not having to tip everyone at every turn - this made for a laid-back, relaxing stay.
The saree uniforms of the female staff are lovely, and all in all the staff were so very accommodating.
One piece of feedback - our driver has been with us since Day 1 and we appreciate it when he is looked after well by the places we stay in. He, as do many other drivers, sleeps in the car. He did not say anything, but we noticed he was not parking the car in the hotel parking space, which is admittedly small. When we asked him, he looked a little uncomfortable and not wantign to make a big deal of it, but we managed to get that he wasn't allowed to park inside the hotel grounds and sleep in the car. We think that would have been safer for him, and with 24-hour security, should not be an issue for the hotel. Just something to pay attention to, somehow.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "The Elephant Court" is the one and only classified 5 star resort and is largest and most luxurious resort at Thekkady and Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. The resort is conveniently located near the Periyar Tiger Reserve and all major tourist attractions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Elephant Court Hotel Thekkady
- Elephant Court Hotel Thekkady
- Elephant Court Thekkady
- The Elephant Court Thekkady, Kerala, India