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Chariot Beach Resort
Ranked #9 of 27 Hotels in Mahabalipuram
London, United Kingdom
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126 reviews
64 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2012

I was surprised at how good this was given some of the poor reviews. It is a typical Indian managed hotel where they get some of it right but much of it wrong. They are aware of their online reputation and tried hard to help us with most things. I disagree with Marjorie 18's review as the hotel food was very good indeed. That may be different if the hotel is full though. The food in the town is awful (as it always is in Indian resort areas) where they try to replicate Western food. Could not find a good Indian banana leaf restaurant in the town sadly.Our room was seaview and quite good. The TV reset issue mentioned by others is a minor annoyance. I would come again but the price for the stay was too high. There was a tidal wave warning whilst we were there and they moved guests to first floor rooms - quite efficient actually.

Room Tip: Seaview rooms are best. Beware: there is one with a tiny window.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Michael P
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2012

This hotel is far away from anything else. It has a beautiful pool but the jacuzzi dosen't work and the pool closes at 6 pm.
The rooms are disgusting, shower uncomfortable and bed sheets stained.
Frequent black-outs. The cable TV takes a long time to reset every time the power is turnes off.
You can buy tickets to use the Wifi but it's very slow and also shuts down with every black out. The desk clerk that sells these cards sometimes tried to quote higher prices or asked to put the code into the computer without giving you the card (he probably then keeps the money to himself...).
The food is really bad (both the indian and western).
Alchol is overp priced.
Stay away!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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10 Thank DoctorOB
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2012

Location is awesome, easy walking distance to the town Mahabalipuram with many temples carved out of the rocks. (Start your sightseeing early, as it gets quite hot by noon.) The hotel is right on the beach, as well. However, the hotel overall is a bit underwhelming. Its website is has a much better design than the hotel itself.

By Indian urbanization standards, the grounds are tidy and nice, but there is not much in the room or in the common areas that look aesthetically pleasing in particular. There was some construction at the beach, where they were patching up thatched roofs of the large "umbrellas", so I could not get to use any shade. It'd be nicer if they did this maintenance (or first time construction, I could not tell) during the off season. Breakfast was a bit of a let down as well, very few dishes or fruit bowls looked appealing.

The rooms are clean overall, but the bathroom was too damp, I propped the door open so that room A/C could circulate the air of the bathroom. Don't be surprised to see faded, sort of permanent stains or rust spots on the towels or table cloths. It is not a bad hotel, but I thought it was overpriced for what it is. Radisson a few miles up north is much better, but I am not sure what the price difference would be.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled solo
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank TatilSeverUS
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2012

Our Room/Hut was wonderful! The grounds were beautiful, and they are building some gazebos with granite pathways right on the beach. We didn't use the pool, but it looked spectacular!

The restaurant however was a comedy of errors. Food very mediocre and one entree came out 45 minutes before the other. But the truth is we just laughed about the chaos, and hoped for their sake that they can improve the kitchen.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Marjorie18
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Thane, India
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27 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2012

I stayed at the Chariot Beach Resort on 24/02/12 for just one night while on a business and leisure visit. The location is at Mahabalipuram- a satellite town around 50 kn from Chennai (Madras) and famous for its clean and long beach, but more famous locally for the stone carvings which are many hundred years old that are concentrated just on the inner road leading to this resort. The most famous being the chariots or rathas carved out of single stone boulders which are adjacent to the resort. I guess the resort derives its name from these stone carved Chariots.

The property is quite big with some of the rooms facing the sea directly. The rooms are quite well designed and equipped. Its looks like these rooms were made up long back but not maintained upto the mark. The aging of the bathroom fittings and the walls is showing up. The room I stayed was very dimly light and in the evenings its made quite a gloomy atmosphere. The rooms have a sit out porch outside and one can sit and look at the sea having a cup of tea/coffee or a nice glass of ones favorite liquor. The food menu is so-so...i.e. nothing great to write about. You get the standard indian, chinese and few continental options and the quality in terms of taste is also just average. The breakfast was tasting good, though it wasnt a big fare like one would expect from a INR 6000-7000/nt property. The swimming pool is average size but clean and maintained.

The staff is courteous and helpful. But the trained and professional staff is not available round the clock. At night the staff looked make-shift because they could hardly speak english and couldnt understand what i was telling them.

Overall I would rate the resort was just average because of the price to stay quality parity. If the price is brought down a few notches its will be better. Or other way round they can do a bit of investment for some renovation and maintain the current prices.!

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank NRShastri
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Additional Information about Chariot Beach Resort

Property: Chariot Beach Resort
Address: Five Rathas Road | Behind Five Rathas Monument, Mahabalipuram 603104, India
Region: India > Tamil Nadu > Mahabalipuram
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#6 Luxury Hotel in Mahabalipuram
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Mahabalipuram
Price range (per night): ₹ 8,378 - ₹ 18,390
Hotel Class:4 star — Chariot Beach Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 71
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Also Known As:
Chariot Beach Hotel Mahabalipuram
Fortune Chariot Beach Hotel
Fortune Chariot Beach Mahabalipuram

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