We were impressed by the pictures on this site so much so that we booked it for 4 nights from 23 to 27 March 13. For around Rs. 925 all inclusive we thought was a pretty good deal. The Rathemeena Volvo bus which we boarded from Chennai dropped us pretty near the hotel and from there an auto took Rs. 60 to reach us to the hotel. And that is where the fun ended.
The Hotel, located in close proximity to bus stand and market. Although the hotel area was big but as soon as you stepped into the dimly lit lobby you knew you came to the wrong place. On seeing the lobby my wife insisted on seeing the rooms before we checked in. While she was doing that I decided to check out the restaurant and the bar. The whole facility was right out of a Dracula movie. Dull and depressing.
The hotel promised large well appointed rooms with TV, Hot water. A restaurant at the ground floor serves breakfast, lunch & dinner. The attendant who took my wife to show the rooms took along a room freshener. Once you enter the room she got t to know why it was needed. The room literally stunk. It had a foul smell like what you get in very old buildings where only pigeons live.
She checked out the bed sheets, the towels and blankets that were provided and like someone here said, it matches the ambience of the hotel. Right out of a Hindi horror movie. The paint pealing off the wall and the cob webs at the corners added to the misery. As expected, the room freshener didnt help to improve the situation in any way. Instantly my wife came running to the lobby to tell me she wouldn't be able to spend one hour in the room leave alone a night. The front office man Mr Inbaraj, when informed of the situation, didnt seem to be surprised. In fact it was he who called up the adjoining Hotel Pams and got us a room booked. Of course it was at 3 times more the cost but to us it was like an Oasis. Such a situation was created that we would have spent 10 times the cost just to get away from this hotel and so we were more grateful for the change and didnt think about the hugely added cost.
The staff at the reception were very cooperative. They even provided a person to carry our luggage to the hotel Pams next door. It was also through him that we got to use the service of Mr Sendhil and his AC Indica car for all the 4 days of our stay for visiting the Nabagraha temples for which we had come.
My advise to travelers going to Mayiladuthurai is to stay away from this hotel and go to the Pams and not waste time, energy and patience.
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Chilambu Nagapattinam, India - Tamil Nadu