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“Colonial bungalow in the middle of a fantastic 8 acre property!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ratan Tata Officers Holiday Home (RTOHH)

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Ratan Tata Officers Holiday Home (RTOHH)
Ranked #8 of 178 Speciality Lodging in Ooty
Mumbai (Bombay), India
Level Contributor
79 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Colonial bungalow in the middle of a fantastic 8 acre property!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2013

The property is exceptionally beautiful. AND it's got a lot of history! It's a bungalow built in 1870, bought by Sir Ratan Tata in 1900 and donated to the Defence Services after his death by the Tata charitable trust(s). The bungalow is in the middle of an 8 acre property on a hill. There are thousands of trees in the property, a play area, a small rose garden and so on. There is also nice little path for a refreshing walk around the property! It seems secluded (and also cooler) than the rest of Ooty which unfortunately has grown to be a shabby town. The sit outs near the lobby even have an old piano and a bar - very old wordly and charming.

The staff is extremely courteous and responsive. One needs to stick to their timelines though - order breakfast/lunch/dinner by a set time, and so on. The menu for the week is fixed and put up in the rooms. The food was homestyle - simple but tasty.

For booking, you need to call them up, get confirmation and then send them a nominal booking amount.

At the price you pay, IT"S A STEAL!!!

Very highly recommended.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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7 Thank rd_hegde
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Navi Mumbai, India
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2013

I visited this holiday home during first week of July 2013. they do not provide online booking service. Need to contact them on phone and remit an advance.The location and surrounding of the hotel is very good. the hotel maintains discipline and decorum. The food was very good.

Room Tip: room on upper floor reflect good view
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank travel961
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Bengaluru, India
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62 reviews
45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2013 via mobile

Nice and cozy colonial bungalow. Located in the heart of the city. Spacious and beautiful. Value for money.
Only limitation I felt was the military timing and ration on the food served inside. If that's taken care no other stay to be compared to this place.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank RadhishKurup
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Gurugram (Gurgaon), India
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90 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2013

Mr. Ratan Tata and his good lady, shall live on in the hearts of ex - servicemen for eons to come, for bequeathing this "wonderland" to us.
I went back to stay in this exquisite property in February 2013, - after a gap of 40 years.
In 1972, we were paying Rs 12(twelve) as board and lodging!!! It was a steal then!
This time, we were paying Rs 600 odd for the upper end accommodation!!! Unbelievable low price- for whats on offer. A real "steal" now!.
And there is no better location in all of Ooty!!
The en -suite baths are spanking new - but - a suggestion - not criticism - the beds could do with upgradation!
Was deeply impressed by the upkeep of this property, the renovations, the service and ofcourse, the staff.!!!

The quality of food - especially the lunch and dinner - could do with substantial improvement.
An upward revision of prices of the food would be welcomed if the fare is improved..
Also suggest withdrawal of the "north Indian" menu - it is bad and request that the continental fare of yore be reintroduced.
suggest that additional staff be hired for prompt-er room service
would love to go back - again ...and again..were we not living so far away- in Gurgaon!

Room Tip: the rooms in the front are better - easier access to the landscaped front!
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank harishkg
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Chennai (Madras), India
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2013

Comfortable and pocket friendly stay. Good ambiance, reasonably good food at affordable price, easy approach AND CENTRALLY LOCATED.
One can use solar hot water round the clock. Good room service. One can also indulge in walking since they have proper walking track. Also, a small children park with Burma bridge. The officer in-charge and the staff are all very helpful..

Room Tip: room no 3 &4 are interconnected for a family with grown up children
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank shankarchakde
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Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2012

I have stayed in RTOHH on Aug 18 night with my wife and 2 sons of 5 years and 2 years at Room no 8. We planned for 2 days. But my younger son who was already having fever and cough while starting from chennai, developed more intense cough at night and I don’t want to risk the next day also.(I think he cannot tolerate the ooty temperate of 11 C).
We decided to return back to Chennai next day. I was so fortunate to book this heavenly place that we just spend few hours around the 8 arcs surrounding of this property. And my wife felt this is sufficient and not much missing feeling(But we really missed ooty…). Only drawback is , room service is poor. We asked for a room heater and couldn’t get. I have to go the service boy at midnight to get one . Food was ok. But you need to order in advance and wait for it(military style I guess). Rooms are ok with tv and neat attached bathroom.(We never got a chance to view tv!!)The best part of it is the ambience and the charming colonial entrance with fire place(guess not working now), drawing room with huge portrait of Sri Ratan Tata and grand dining hall. We were the only civilian guest on this day and majority of guests are Armed force service people, we got a chance to feel their gentleman behavior.This is how its is ,after checking in and going to the room, my son found the Pool table and he said it’s the same he has seen in Tom&Terry cartoon. While going out he again found 2 officer gentleman playing it. He just paused for a minute and followed me. Suddenly I could hear a voice from the room ,pls join us baby. He was so thrilled and just ran to the officer. That officer gentleman helped him to hold the stick and put a ball. Again next day at breakfast hall, its almost pin drop silence. My elder son was playing with spoon and fork and as usual making lot of noise. He was surprised and asked why nobody was making any noise ? and I said service people are gentleman(My father is an ex army CAPT, and I know what is discipline in their standard).
If you are looking for no frill holiday in a peaceful environment at economical rate (1500/- all inclusive with breakfast)and If you are fortunate to get a room at your requested date , just go ahead.

Jossy
Chennai.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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9 Thank jossyjose
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Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Level Contributor
12 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2012

Firstly , the accommodation was comfortable with room heater facility (Rs 75 per day) , LCD TV with tata sky connection , room service and wooden flooring. The bathrooms are spacious with temperature control geysers. The geysers are provided with a separate meter. Intercom facility is available and all basic f&b services such as coffee/tea/water/juice/wafers are available on call.

The locale is unique , ROHH is located in a lavish 2 acre land with hundreds of trees. This gives a feel of staying away from the city yet u are closer to all important tourist places of interest. A petrol bunk and a Hyderabadi Briyani restaurant are located at less than 300 meters. A small walkers path is available within the hotel premises. Just perfect for a lonely morning walk for couples.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank senthilkumar1981
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Additional Information about Ratan Tata Officers Holiday Home (RTOHH)

Property: Ratan Tata Officers Holiday Home (RTOHH)
Address: Near Ooty Bus Stand, Ooty, India
Region: India > Tamil Nadu > Ooty
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Ranked #8 of 178 Speciality Lodging in Ooty
Number of rooms: 19
Also Known As:
Ratan Tata Officers Holiday Home (Rtohh) Hotel Ootacamund
Ratan Tata Officers Holiday Home (RTOHH) India/Ooty

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