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Royal Orchid Brindavan Gardens
Ranked #12 of 101 Hotels in Mysuru (Mysore)
Kassel, Germany
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“Like a fairytale come true”
Reviewed 16 February 2012

It is a beautiful spot! Wake up in the morning by the sounds of singing birds and enjoy the beautiful sight from your room... I loved it and I would (and probably will) go there again. My room was just heavenly!

That said: Dear management, please work on this place! There is the once beautiful Nirvana terrace in a state of great neglect, there is the really dirty "pool" and there is the terrace on the back that no one cares about. And the "business center" that is actually just an ugly room with the computer that is used by the reception staff - really a shame to look at - at the outrageous price of 200 Rs/hour.

But most of all, the restaurant. Why could you not serve breakfast, lunch and dinner on the terrace? The restaurant is not a nice place to sit. Also the breakfast (at least the western part of it) is awful. There is no choice and the little there is is not very inviting, except for the fresh fruit. Lunch and dinner was quite good. Nothing outstanding, but the prices were reasonable.

I loved the service though. The staff did not always get it right, but they really tried and were always nice and friendly. Not the trained, false sort of friendly, but the real kind. Room service was always very quick.

The spa consists of two huts and it really is simple, but I loved it. It was so nice with the sound of birds and the river. Go for the back massage/and or foot massage - really great! They have some sort of steam thing for you to climb in afterwards. But if you are a little taller than the average indian, you will not find it comfortable.

One more word: You are really out of Mysore here! You need 30-40 minutes to get into town. The return trip always cost me around 1.500 Rs, no matter if I needed the car for 3 hours and one drop off or for 8 hours driving around in Mysore - which I thought strange.

Room Tip: There are some smaller rooms facing the back, very cosy, but no view or balcony. The rooms in front...
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled on business
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Brindavan, Manager at Royal Orchid Brindavan Gardens, responded to this review, 1 March 2012
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Royal Orchid Brindavan Garden!!!

It is indeed a pleasure to receive your feedback on our Hotel and services. We have noted your points and rest assured will be given the necessary attention, to ensure your future stays with us will be delightful.

Thank You.
Appaiaha
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed 16 February 2012

Visited this place with the family and with colleagues at a different time. The location is within the Brindavan Gardens. The rooms are huge and well done. The beauty of this property is that it gives a great view of the Gardens and the sight is worth it especially when the lights are on.
The bonus of staying here is of course you have the Gardens to yourself in the mornings and take a walk on the Dam.
There is only one restaurant - very decent food. Had the buffet both the times I was there and had quite a spread.

Room Tip: Get a room towards the left side of the hotel and a higher floor.
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  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with family
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Brindavan, General Manager at Royal Orchid Brindavan Gardens, responded to this review, 3 November 2014
Dear Sir,

Greetings from Royal Orchid Brindavan Garden, Mysore !!

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback through our Trip Advisor Website.

We are delighted to know you liked the stay, food and service of our Hotel. This is the best motivation we can use.

I am happy to personally coordinate your next visit and urge you to write in with any requirement. My team and I look forward to maintaining a long and fruitful association with you.

Hope to welcome you back soon at Royal Orchid Brindavan Garden, Mysore

Best Regards,

Raj Subba
Hotel Manager
Hm.brindavan@royalorchidhotels.com
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Reviewed 12 February 2012

We stayed one night here because we wanted to see the gardens in the evening when the fountains are lit up to the strains of indian pop music. The hotel has 24 rooms 22 with verandas facing the gardens. The building is a beautiful old raj building that now has seen better days. The rooms are OK, the public areas are lovely for their scale and architecture but devoid of any ornamentation or nice furniture so it has a bit of a run down feeling. Mixing Gin and Tonic was way beyond the barman (maybe he was not the regular guy?) and when we dined there was only 4 of us in the restaurant so it felt a bit depressing really! The service in the restaurant was fine and the food was OK (not great) the breakfast was rather limited and not what you would associate with a Royal Orchid Hotel. Basically, they need to get a decent manager in the hotel to re-energise it. BUT don't let this put you off, because an evening visit to the Gardens is an absolute must. Literally hundreds of locals come to the gardens as night falls (we were the only europeans we saw all evening) and they come for the light show and to strole around the beautifully manicured italianate gardens. Leave the hotel about 6 ish and walk down the steps through the south garden to the lake and cross to the north garden along the causeway. There you will find an amphitheatre, take a seat and watch as half of the population of south india come and join you until the place is bursting at the seams. At 7pm the show starts - I'll say no more it can be a surprise - enjoy!!

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Brindavan, Manager at Royal Orchid Brindavan Gardens, responded to this review, 1 March 2012
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Royal Orchid Brindavan Garden!!!

It is indeed a pleasure to receive your feedback on our Hotel and services. We have noted your points and rest assured will be given the necessary attention, to ensure your future stays with us will be delightful.

Thank You.
Appaiaha
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed 7 February 2012

I will start by saying we would definitely return to this hotel (in fact we went there twice last year). We visit family often in Bengaluru, India and one of our favorite quick getaways is Mysore. We love the city, but prefer to stay at this location away from the heart of the city, overlooking the beautiful Brindavan Gardens. The gardens are absolutely lovely to walk around in and explore, especially during the day before they are opened up to the public at large. You can also take a boat ride on the Cauvery river, if you like. The Cauvery dam is impressive. All in all, a wonderful, relaxing location - great whether you are traveling as a couple or with young children.

Both times that we stayed there, we loved our rooms with King bed overlooking the gardens - very spacious, clean and comfortable, with well-stocked food and drink bar. There are several aspects of the service, however, that could be improved. First of all, on our second visit, the assistant manager could have been a bit more welcoming when he recognized us as a returning patron. Instead, he started off the conversation with a discussion of how he had no record that we had made a booking. After much back-and-forth trying to find us on the list (we had indeed made a booking in advance so I don't know what happened), my husband finally asked if we could just go ahead and get a room anyway, since there were so many vacancies (we could see on the computer that only 3 out of the 24 or so rooms were occupied). But the assistant manager seemed not to be able to divert from his one dimensional thinking, insisting that he could not find our reservation. We finally called the manager, who then called the assistant manager and everything was set right immediately.

Next, other reviewers have mentioned this and I will add that the pool and spa are unappealing, as was the location of the spa service. The pool in particular is grody and needs serious cleaning.

Finally, while we enjoyed the Elephant Bar overlooking the gardens very much, the appetizers were somewhat bland and they had run out of several alcoholic beverages. The wines were good, but overpriced (we took our own wines the second time that we visited). Also, they have upped the prices even more than what was quoted on the menu, and they didn't tell us this until we were presented with the bill.

To end on a positive note, the food and fresh squeezed fruit juices are excellent. One night we ordered room service and the chicken was much spicier than we had requested. When we returned the dish and asked for it to be remade, the chef came up personally with the remade version and made sure the taste was to our satisfaction before he left. Definitely good service! In addition, one of the new young employees (his name escapes me now) was very solicitous and asked us a lot of questions about how their service compared to other hotels we had been in and how they could improve. We liked his commitment to making the place attractive to patrons.

All in all, it was a unique getaway and we would certainly go back.

Room Tip: Ask for a garden-facing room for spectacular views of Brindavan Gardens
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Brindavan, General Manager at Royal Orchid Brindavan Gardens, responded to this review, 3 November 2014
Dear Sir,

Greetings from Royal Orchid Brindavan Garden, Mysore !!

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback through our Trip Advisor Website.

We are delighted to know you liked the stay, food and service of our Hotel. This is the best motivation we can use.

I am happy to personally coordinate your next visit and urge you to write in with any requirement. My team and I look forward to maintaining a long and fruitful association with you.

Hope to welcome you back soon at Royal Orchid Brindavan Garden, Mysore

Best Regards,

Raj Subba
Hotel Manager
Hm.brindavan@royalorchidhotels.com
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 22 January 2012

A beautiful room and view of the gardens and water light show from a spacious balcony. Be prepared to have plenty of aeroguard if sitting outside. Service was friendly and obliging, however a little disorganised when ordering a light meal from one of the bars. If you smoke, dont stand in front of the hotel smoking, locals dont appreciate it.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with friends
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Brindavan, General Manager at Royal Orchid Brindavan Gardens, responded to this review, 6 November 2014
Dear Sir,

Greetings from Royal Orchid Brindavan Garden, Mysore !!

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback through our Trip Advisor Website.

We are delighted to know you liked the stay, food and service of our Hotel. This is the best motivation we can use.

I am happy to personally coordinate your next visit and urge you to write in with any requirement. My team and I look forward to maintaining a long and fruitful association with you.

Hope to welcome you back soon at Royal Orchid Brindavan Garden, Mysore

Best Regards,

Raj Subba
Hotel Manager
Hm.brindavan@royalorchidhotels.com
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Texas
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Reviewed 18 January 2012

This place is magnificent, if I was told correctly is was the summer palace of the Mysore king - and it looks like it. The lobby and rooms are really nice, we stayed in a King room on the top floor and the view was fantastic. The other great thing about this place was the restaurant, eveyrthing we had was delicious and they had very good Indian wines. They have a patio bar overlooking the gardens which was a delight to sit at, we ordered food and wine there and enjoyed the sprawling view.
The downers were that some things just were not quite right. The pool - if you call it that - should be shut down, there is nothing good about it and you coldn't force me to get in. There is a "spa", it's two huts near the pool on the back of the property, it's OK and the girls seems to give a very thourough massage but there was a funny smell near the area and it was a bit chilly as the sides of the hut are just bamboo blinds. It gets the job done if you're sore and want a massage but there is NO luxury to it at all. Also the rooms seemed to be a bit unkept. The lamp had stains of some sort all over it and the draperies were a bit dirty. Also we had a picture in our room that was a puppet and the puppet had fallen inside the frame and no one cared to fix it.
There is no elevator here so if you're on the third floor you're going up and down three flights of stairs. Also this is OUT of town, as in you're got a 30-40 minute drive to get into town. Just something to keep in mind. It is a wonderful place though and we were very happy here.
One other note, no wifi and if you want to use the business center - if you call it that - it's the front office desk area. When we used the computer there we saw other people bills etc... guest should not be in that area but they pass it off as a business center.

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Brindavan, General Manager at Royal Orchid Brindavan Gardens, responded to this review, 6 November 2014
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Royal Orchid Brindavan Garden, Mysore!!

Entire team joins me in thanking you for staying with us during your visit to Mysore.
We sincerely appreciate your time in sharing your experience at our hotel.
Your observations regarding our positive and negative services and the hotel are inspirational for all of us .We will certainly work on our shortfalls.
We thank you once again for your support and do hope to have the pleasure of your continued visits to our hotel.

Raj Subba
Hotel Manager
Hm.brindavan@royalorchidhotels.com
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Melbourne
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Reviewed 29 December 2011

A superb location overlooking the (poorly maintained but still pretty) Brindavan Gardens. Don't come here if you want a pool included because they only have a dirty Clark's rubber pool which is freezing cold and which subjects you to the perils of red ants and other biting creepy crawlies. Rooms were lovely and balconies had beautiful views. However, the management was non-existent and everyone seemed to be chasing their tails and making it up as they went along - so don't expect service despite the cost of staying here. The food was excellent and the chef was very obliging and to be commended. Nevertheless, the lack of service here spoiled our stay and put us off trying other Royal Orchid properties. Also, if you are unfortunate enough to have a nicotine addiction, stock up before you arrive or you will be charged 454 rupees for a packet which has a RRP of 100 rupees.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Brindavan, General Manager at Royal Orchid Brindavan Gardens, responded to this review, 12 January 2012
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Royal Orchid Brindavan Garden

It is indeed a pleasure to receive your feedback on our Hotel and services. We have noted your points and rest assured will be given the necessary attention, to ensure your future stays with us will be delightful.

Thank You.

Sacchidanand Arakeri
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Property: Royal Orchid Brindavan Gardens
Address: Brindavan Garden, Mysuru (Mysore) 577607, India
Region: India > Karnataka > Mysore District > Mysuru (Mysore)
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Business Hotel in Mysuru (Mysore)
#6 Spa Hotel in Mysuru (Mysore)
#8 Luxury Hotel in Mysuru (Mysore)
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Royal Orchid Brindavan Gardens 4*
Number of rooms: 24
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Set by the inspiring Cauvery river, and overlooking the breathtaking Brindavan Gardens, this hotel holds the promise of heaven on earth. This is where you can immerse yourself in moments that stand still and create memories that last a lifetime. ... more   less 
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