Summary: This resort is okay for large groups who can get good bargain on the tariff and would like to enjoy the swimming pool and the dance parties at nights and not just for the safaris. But not at all good for the ones who are there for a quiet vacation and mainly for the jungle. If safari is what you came to this park for, you should stay at resorts inside the jungle which might arrange safaris to deeper part of the forests where you can see the tiger or take a private jeep safari with your own guide.
We were at WildCrest in May, 2012. This resort and several others were present outside the jungle. The first impression of the hotel was that they don't have fixed tariff. So people should bargain well. They suggested a family suite for us. The family suite was actually a room with 2 double cots and a single bathroom. I wish we checked that with them earlier. It was really not worth the Rs. 9200 per night (3 adults, 2 kids aged 11 and 15)
Breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner was complimentary
On the first day of our trip, several large families were staying in the hotel, so the kids were unmanageable at all meals. On the 2nd day of our trip, at lunch, 50-60 kids from a school accompanied by teachers came to the hotel. So in the evening, we were told that the snacks are only for the kids! We weren't given any snacks/tea. And so we didn't enjoy the service on both the days. Food tasted okay but we had to clean the plates again with tissues at every meal as there was a dust on them. And because of the large groups, the resort was noisy at all times.
Room services are terrible. There was chewing gum on our blanket (gross!). We opened it up before giving the keys for room service, so they can see it and replace it. But they just folded it back!!! When I asked the attendant to replace the blanket, he said he had some work and he'll do it in the evening. Despite telling him that we just returned from the safari and we wanted to take a nap, he didn't assure us about replacing the blanket. He just said he'll do it later and walked away. After calling the room service twice, we got the blanket replaced.
They charged us Rs 6800 for canter safari (for 3 adults and 2 school going children). When we went to the safari booking counter to aboard the canter, we got to know that the actual price for one person for the safari was 1125 and since we had 2 school going kids, the total tariff for the 5 of us was Rs. 3500. So WildCrest charged 50% for commission. And the safari wasn't worth the price we paid. We went to the dhikala zone and were taken on a paved path till the end. So we just saw some deers and one elephant (hidden by bushes), one crocodile from far. So if safari is your prime interest, you should stay at resorts inside the jungle or take a private jeep safari with your own guide.
So if you plan to go for this resort, at least book the safaris on your own.
While checking out, when we were explaining our experiences about the services, they just didn't care to listen. So they don't intend to improve.
Overall Experience: Bad and I wouldn't go back or suggest this place to any of my friends
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience all the excitement and exhilaration in the heart & Indian Wild, Corbett National Park, The Wild Crest Resort offers you ring side seats to the ultimate show. The Wild Crest Resort situated on the edge of famous Corbett National Park, amidst the Kumaoni serenity and proximity to the Corbett National Park (only 6 k.m from Bijrani Gate, the main entrance of Corbett National Park). It provides a unique opportunity to enjoy wildlife in its natural habitat, with total luxury in wilderness. Accommodation: TOTAL 54 DELIGHTFULLY FURNISHED AIR CONDITIONED ROOMS in which 22 rooms in independent cottage block and 32 rooms in swimming pool block. In these 54 rooms, 10 rooms are suite type with 2 double bed in each suite. Restaurant: Multi cuisine restaurant offers a wide array of eating options in garden fresh farm house style creations. Conference & Reception: In Main Block there is an air-conditioned Conference Hall (50X30 feet) which can accommodate 120 people in auditorium formation, 80 people in class room formation and 40 people in a U shape formation. The conference hall provides audio visual aids including overhead and LCD projector, music system, to facilitate all type of business meetings. There is one more conference hall of 50 x 25 feet in swimming pool block with wooden paneled wall and totally sound proof, equipped with all conference facilities. Hence The Wild Crest can also offer two conferences simultaneously. The Wild Crest also offers a wide range of meeting facilities for 50 to 800 persons, enable you to hold official deliberations, social and familiar get together and banquet services to your satisfaction. Marvelous open lawns and lush green garden facing king size swimming pool, do not tend to think anything but celebrate marriage, receptions, dinner under the blue sky for 800 persons. Recreation Facilities: The resort is full of excursions and recreation facilities: The king size swimming pool (50X30 feet) and a children pool (30X15 feet) with its crystal clear water. Adjacent to swimming pool there is a massage parlor for greater relaxation by trained masseuses. A complete Spa, adjacent to swimming pool for full relaxation (coming soon). A complete discotheque hall adjacent to swimming pool with modern music and light. Table Tennis. Cricket in big lush green lawns. Badminton. Volleyball. Kids play room. Indoor games such as chess, carom & playing cards. Outdoor activities. River slithering at Jhula pul in Kosi river. River crossing at Kosi river. Rock rappelling. Night safari. Cycling. Team building programs. Riverside trek, picnics and lunch. Kite flying. Local Kumaoni remote and secluded village visits. Kumaoni traditional Folk Dances. Bird watching with expert naturalist. D.J. Floor. Camping, Rafting (only in July to October). Visit to Garjia Temple, Visit to Corbett Fall, Visit to Sitabani temple, Visit to Binsar temple. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Wild Crest Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand