We booked 2 rooms at the Indeco Lake Forest Hotel at Yercaud as a last resort - everything else was sold out thanks to the long weekend (Aug 18-20). To be honest, we were a bit apprehensive thanks to the mixed reviews on Trip Advisor and other other travel sites. But it was for one night so we decided to go ahead anayway. And boy, were we surprised when we drove in!
It's not lake facing (contrary to what we thought because of the name), but is a beautiful property in the middle of a coffee and pepper plantation. The first thing that strikes you are the beautiful antique pieces that adorn the reception - a grandfather clock, an old movie camera, a quaint weighing scale, etc. Loved it! The rooms are nice - ours had a big four-poster bed and a nice sit-out. The place has a nice old-world charm to it.
The staff is very courteous and helpful -- frequently saw them assisting the elderly. Pathways in the resort can be difficult to negotiate for the elderly and differently-abled so the help is much appreciated. We had forgotten to inform the hotel that our mom, who has trouble walking, would be accompanying us but they were really nice about it and manage to accomodate us close to the dining area. The flip side was that it was noisy -- if you prefer peace and solittude and have no trouble walking, ask for rooms a little away from the main block. That way you'll also avoid the loud Bollywood music the hotel plays for some strange reason in the evenings - jarring and quite out of character for the place!
The only other negative was the quality of breakfast. Dinner was good - the pepper chicken was outstanding. But the spread in the morning was cold and unappetizing. Worst ever sambhar I've tasted! A good cook and some colonial recipes to go with the spirit of the place could make it hotel of choice rather than a last resort!
Unfortunately, most of the crowd that comes here doesn't seem to appeciate the old world charm -- probably the property is not being marketed to the right kind of people. If you're looking for a swanky, modern place, Indeco Lake Forest Hotel is not your thing.
Positives: Old-world charm, very picturesque, quaint rooms, each with their own theme
Negatives: Food, loud Bollywood music in the evenings
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Lake Forest, with period and authentic interiors is located in a live coffee estate on the bunds of the Yercaud Lake. The guest bungalows are set in the "Eastlynne Farm Estate" in and around the "Bungalow" built during early 1800s by Henrietta Charlotte Rosario who was residing in the Shevroy hills. Today's Eastlynne Farm Estate was once known as "Rosar" on the Camphells Road, named after the owner. ONE OF THE FIRST PET FRIENDLY PLACES IN YERCAUD ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lake Forest Hotel Yercaud
- INDeco's Lake Forest Hotel Yercaud Tamil Nadu