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Archana Residency Munnar
Ranked #51 of 104 Hotels in Munnar
Reviewed 10 September 2011

We got a good deal at Archana since we traveled during the off-season in August. The hotel is a small property. A stand-alone building near a river side. It's approx. 15-20 mins walk from the main Munnar market. I would advise anyone going to Munnar not to stay in the main market area. There are no good views and there's nothing much to do in the market (no good restaurants or shopping).

The view from Archana was not great considering the astounding locales Munnar has to offer. But for the price we paid, we were quite satisfied with the room. The room was nicely done up. There were 2 small balconies overlooking the river and the golf course beyond it. It was calm, serene and beautiful.

1. Food was great
2. Pretty and clean rooms
3. The staff was very helpful and sweet
4. Window curtains had some stains on them ... Though it really did not affect us, it kind of spoils the entire feel of a perfectly nice room
5. The small road (less than 500 meters) leading to the hotel is quite bumpy and muddy. It becomes difficult to walk on it when it rains
6. Expect only accommodation and food. There is not much to do within the hotel. No games, garden area, spa etc. Its perfect for budget travelers who are looking for decent, clean place to sleep and who are going to spend the whole day sight seeing. But if you are with kids or if you want to spend maximum time enjoying the property, then its not the place for you
7. The hotel helps in arranging taxis for sight seeing. But i would advise to take a taxi from the market rather from the hotel. We took a taxi from the hotel for 1-day sight seeing. Firstly, it was more expensive than the market rates (more than 50%). The hotel manager promised we can keep the taxi from 10am to 6pm and can roam around ~120km. We wanted to finish Top Station by 1-2 pm and then go to rajamalai. We started early and we were not interested in boating & tea making factory kind of attractions en route to Top Station. Hence we had enough time to go to both the places. But the taxi driver was quite stubborn about not doing 2 routes (Top Station and Rajamalai fall on 2 different routes according to most of the sight seeing tours offered in Munnar). He said Top Station is a 1 day trip and he refused to take us to Rajamalai. The next day when we inquired with taxi drivers in the market, they offered to do both the places in 1 days in much lesser price than what we paid only for Top station.

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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 June 2011

The rooms were comfortable and were maintained well. Very friendly staff. It is tough for Vegetarians as the food was not very great though had only the breakfast. Very convenient for travelling as it is located in the heart of Munnar. Accessible to many good Veg Hotels nearby.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled with family
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4  Thank venkybr
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Reviewed 25 May 2011

We stayed at Archana Residency between the 8th and 10th of May. The location of the hotel is as good as it can get... walking distance from the main market area (about 10-15 min walk) but far away from the hustle of the main road. The Munnar tourist information center is also right around the corner from the entrance lane... The river flowing behind the hotel and the surrounding greens make it all the more inviting...

The hotel overall and the rooms were extremely well maintained... beds are also very comfortable and the bathrooms, most importantly were amazing ! :)

We noticed the lack of fans or airconditioning in our standard rooms.. asked for table fans to be arranged upon arrival.. didnt eventually hear back from the reception.. Minor snag but one doesnt really need any artificial cooling in munnar... the rooms (3) had a small balcony attached to each of them..

Service is good overall... the food in the restaurant is great and the breakfast spread is also sufficient and well cooked... On the dinner menu, the chilly chicken is a must try and so are the soups.. awesome stuff... They make you place the order about an hour in advance and everything is made fresh.. well worth the wait..

Would definitely recommend this hotel... and for the price we paid, it was an absolute steal!

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled with friends
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4  Thank Tanmay G
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sajee123, General Manager at Archana Residency Munnar, responded to this reviewResponded 29 November 2011

Dear Guest

Thanks for the very helpful and informative comments for proposed visitors to Munnar. So glad to here you enjoyed your stay at Archana Residency.

Look forward to seeing you or your friends/relatives back soon!!!!

Sajeev G. Pillai (General Manager)

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Reviewed 7 April 2011

Very good hotel with beautiful scenery from the window.
The restro food was very good and especially the dal fry was awesome... still the taste tingles in my taste buds...
If theres a complain just speek to the owner and it is instantly resolved..
Good value for money

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank prerak
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Reviewed 23 June 2010

Very friendly people ,located a jogging distance from green tea hills of Munnar and a dam .
Must experience in a morning jog.
Good value for money.

  • Stayed: November 2009, travelled with family
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4  Thank Rbhat74
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Reviewed 5 January 2010

This hotel is just 1 KM away from main Munnar city. While coming from Cochin this hotel will come first before the city. Its at a corner and a river passes around it. You can see hilly areas from the Hotel. Next to it is a very good private garden.
Nothing much to write about its breakfast (its just OK).
Rooms are good and clean.
There is a restaurant around the corner of the hotel (named SN restaurant) where you can get better food and gift items including famous Munnar spices and tea.

Munnar has full of tea estates. Whole hills are covered with tea gardens. There are many Nation Parks and sancturies around it.
Must visit places are KDHP Tea Museum, Madupatti dam, Spice garden etc.
The lakes near the dams are very scinic, you can also enjoy elephant and horse riding.

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled with family
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2  Thank estate1
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Reviewed 1 February 2017
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  • Stayed: November 2016, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Archana Residency Munnar

Address: Idukki District M S A Road, Munnar 685612, India
Region: India > Kerala > Idukki District > Munnar
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #51 of 104 Hotels in Munnar
Price Range: £29 - £56 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Archana Residency Munnar 3*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
24 well furnished rooms with a multi cuisine restaurant, riverside seafood specialty restaurant, Ayurvedic spa, Beauty Parlor, banquet hall, recreational room, travel desk,adventure activities, package tours, and event management. ... more   less 
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