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Reviewed 1 April 2015

I have been to many hotel , since this was the Best for the childrens and for the family people( They can Visit local side seen like Sea shore temple, arjuna penance, krishna mandapam ,Krishna Butter ball etc .... are all walking distance and The Hotel is facing the beach side since they don't have sea facing rooms but having private access to beach.
Food was good, staff are very friendly. ill recommend my friends...

Room Tip: All the rooms are in Ground floor.!! Behind the reception the rooms were so quiet..!!
  • Stayed: December 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank muki072
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Reviewed 17 March 2015

The Indeco Mahabalipuram is a 2 1/2 star property, at best, that is well past its prime. All parts of the hotel need to be remodeled or replaced.

The good:

The hotel is located close to downtown but because of its large size (land area) it is very quiet.
The hotel is located 'on' the beach.
The hotel is being near the Shore Temple, the major sight to see in the area.
The staff was very friendly but need more training.

The bad:

The short answer is 'everything else you can think of'. For example:

While located 'on' the beach, it is in fact about 200 yards from the hotel to the beach. However, the beach is very dirty and cannot be used to swim because of the dangerous surf.
The room was of an odd size (but rather large) and shape (domed).
The electrical system is very dangerous. It looks like it was installed 50 or more years ago. In addition, the room was very dark due to the lack of lights.
Almost the whole hotel was well worn and in many cases falling apart.
The tempature of the water could not be controlled in the bathroom. You either like the tempature or you do not use it.
Mosquitoes are a problem in the rooms.
The breakfast was in almost in inedible condition. I would eat elsewhere.

I wouldn't stay here again.

  • Stayed: February 2015, travelled solo
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3  Thank thevinnie
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Reviewed 12 March 2015 via mobile

This property claims to be beachfront which is covered in filth, as the locals attempt to burn the rubbish littering the area.
The rooms are so basic we didn't even have cold water and I was eaten alive by mosquitoes. The bed was uncomfortable, the staff not proactive at all and the breakfast was in almost in inedible condition by the time I got there.
I wouldn't stay here again unless desperate and the whole place is in DESPERATE need of an overhaul!

Stayed: March 2015, travelled solo
2  Thank StephP2
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Reviewed 9 March 2015

We've been to Mahabalipuram many times, for weekend breaks and day trips, and stayed at a wide range of different types of accommodation, from the basic guest houses to better hotels. I would put INDeco in the middle of the two, and it makes for a very nice base for a quiet weekend.

The site's of interest historically, because it's built on the old British camping ground, which dates back to the 18th Century, and there's a small heritage museum there too. Just a shame there's no information board about the camping site and its history; only about the tsunami and some of the artefacts on display, like old printing presses and the gates to the former Madras Central Prison.

The staff at INDeco were friendly and our room (a 'deluxe' room in a little cottage, with a pretty garden) was clean, spacious and comfortable. The a/c worked well (it can get really hot for a lot of the year in Mahabs, so air conditioning is often a godsend), and there was a massive bed (could have comfortably slept three!). And a good supply of hot water.

The grounds are full of little cottages and rooms, tucked away amongst trees and greenery. It feels very natural and hidden away from the busier town outside. At night all you really hear are the sounds of nature. During the day at weekends, the pool and restaurant area can be a little noisy though, with lots of day-trippers and visitors.

There's also a pathway down to the beach (on the southern side of the Shore Temple, not the north), a quite old bar called Clive's Bar with a pretty beer garden, the restaurant and reception area, ayurvedic massage centre, and leisure facilities including a nice swimming pool, trampoline for the kids, pool table and table-tennis.

The food was fine - a decent Indian and some continental breakfast buffet - but nothing special at all. But you can also eat out nearby - the main touristy part of town, with all its shops and cafes and rooftop restaurants, is only a few minutes' walk away. And the Shore Temple's really close.

Room Tip: Our room was 309, and it was quiet and comfortable. I don't know about the others, but they all looked pretty from the outside, and there wasn't any noise at night.
  • Stayed: March 2015, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Helen T
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Reviewed 9 March 2015 via mobile

Old and run down. The description of the hotel as a 'luxury resort' is anything but!
There are likely better pages to stay in Mahabilpuram but I had no choice since this was part of a tour. However there's not much here to see so I'd suggest visiting the temples as a day trip from Chennai or a stop on the way to Pondicherry.

Stayed: March 2015, travelled solo
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