Monday, March 16, 2015

My review on Sterling Holidays MariGold Ridge - Yelagiri

It was long since I took my wife & parents and a vacation was long due.
Being in Chennai, finding a vacation spot is quite a task but considering the amount of time we had, Yelagiri was an obvious choice. Being a frequent traveller myself, I had never being to Yelagiri but have heard a lot of reviews (positive) about the place and this added to the reasoning behind the choice of destination. Finally after a lot of research and lot of reviews on various websites, we picked up Sterling Holidays MariGold Ridge as our place to stay. We booked the hotel from 14th Jan to 16th Jan through MakemyTrip & they gave us some decent offers with a pricing of 4k/per room/day

Location:
The hotel is located right next to the Lord Murugan temple and hence finding the place isn't a challenge.

Parking:
The parking space in front of the hotel premises can accommodate around 5-6 cars and since it was a Pongal holiday, we couldn't get a space because of the brimming crowd. Nevertheless, they have a additional parking half-a-km from the hotel and that space can accommodate more than 10 cars.

Property:
It's a decent sized property which has an old design It's a four storey building with rooms on the three sides & a swimming pool in the middle. You can visualise the Centaur Hotel which we would have seen in a lot of Bollywood movies however the size is much smaller.

Rooms:
Brilliant.. Brilliant.. Brilliant! I asked for a hill view and the rooms exactly gave that! The rooms are quite big with good moving space. This was important to me because we had an infant with us :)
The highlight of the room was the see-through big glass door which divides the room and the balcony. The bright view of the hill & the greenery from the bed is simply outstanding. Aesthetically the rooms are premium with beautiful lighting, paints and bed location. It also has an additional sofa-cum-bed or can be termed as a recliner. The bed is quite big and ultra cozy! Pl see if your door locks work because we found it late in the midnight and had an issue fixing it.

AC, TV & Fridge -
Of course it has AC and thankfully works brilliant including the remote. You have a mini fridge for the bar usage. The room is equipped with a 20-22 inch LCD TV with STB.

Facilities:
The property provides a host of facilities like Gym, game room with TT and carrom tables, swimming pool with child area, trampoline for kids, Meditation room. They have a Spa which comes at an additional cost. They organise party games with music based on customer request & since it was festive time (Pongal), they had some events in progress during our stay. I also get to know from them that they organise treks and team building games on request.

Food & Dining:
A big heartbreak for the tipplers - this place doesn't have a bar. So if that's a part of the agenda make sure you have it before you end up here.
Food is good but when it comes to the cost, it comes at premium! The breakfast spread is huge and most people would enjoy it the most because it comes for free however when it comes to the Lunch or Dinner, the spread & quality doesn't justify the cost. The hotel provides room service but as I said earlier charges gold.


Staff:
Huge plus of this place! Very helpful and courteous people.
The place is filled with some Oriya & Bengali people and since I am from Bengal, it was easy to connect. You have native language speakers as well and communication isn't a challenge at all in this place!

Ambience: 
I would say the ambience is good if not excellent. Given the backdrop of the location the ambience could have been much better. Since the swimming pool is right below your room, the commotion & pandemonium creates a lot of disturbance. This I found was quite irritating.
Apart from this, the walk area isn't that big given the size of the property however it serves enough for a quiet walk after dinner with your spouse.

Overall - I would rate this property Sterling Holidays MariGold Ridge a 3/5