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“Completely run down hotel”
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Velan Hotel Ritz
Ranked #11 of 12 Hotels in Coonoor
Reviewed 30 April 2013

Supposed to be a good hotel long back but lost its glory. Paint peeling at the ceilings is a common sight. The sofa and the blanket stink. The toilet sink is completely stained. No hot water at evenings. The tiled floors are very cold to walk and not advisable at hill resorts. The size of the room is big because we stayed in a suite. The hotel needs a complete renovation. The price paid is not worth. Please avoid this hotel until they renovate.

Room Tip: Select Suite which s spacious. But avoid to stay until they renovate this property.
  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 January 2013

Conoor is the Tea Hub of South India and is situated in the Ooty Hills. Unlike Ooty, the weather of Ooty is not very cool, but is pleasant. Velan Hotel is one of the best choice for a budget tourist to Conoor & Ooty, particulary for one who wants to be away from the crowded environment of ooty but wants to enjoy the calm and silent nature. Quality of food is OK, rooms are affordable by the budget tourist.

Room Tip: any room is ok, but better to avoid ground floor
  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 28 November 2012

I did not stay in the property but had come to lunch here.

Location

The property is located on Bedford road connecting Bedford circle to Orange Grove Road. In short it is perfect to accessing activities on both the sides of upper coonoor. It may be too cut off for some likings especially if you like to venture out in the nights, as the road does not have street lighting. Please carry a torch if you so desire.

General look and feel of the property

The property is immense one can almost compare the size with the Gateway hotel also on bedford. However, the new owners seem to have turned a blind eye to property maintenance. Peeling walls, smelly toilets, chipped and broken furniture / upholstery. Conversely, this property has the best maintained lawns and garden in Coonoor, apparently they have a green thumb or a extra sincere gardener. Anyways, one does not stay in a garden.

Restaurant

Soiled cutlery, table clothes and emptiness welcomed us when we arrived at 1 PM. There was a waiter on duty who had possibly only joined service earlier the day as he had no clue as to what items were on menu and how long it will take to prepare them. As we were famished, we called for some fried rice with some gravy and gobbled them up double fast. The pricing was a revelation, just 100 Rupees for a main course item. The restaurant did not have change to return me and they had to request another patron to chip in. This was all amazing for me.

Kids area

They have a decent kid play area that will keep tiny tots engaged.

In short, I hope the owners of Velan are reading this. Please look after your property, you will have an outstanding proposition with just a little bit of effort and money, do not turn this into a dump.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank Dethace
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Reviewed 15 June 2012

I had stayed here seven years back and it was good that time.

Now it is badly maintained.
The property is good though.
There is a large lawn behind the hotel.
But a large number of stray dogs with their poo on the lawns.
If you are not careful you will step on them!

The rooms are huge with a large balcony.
The rooms smell though.
The toilets are not good, small and smelly.

Car park is big.

Food was good earlier, but on the day I stayed the restaurant was closed since the cook was on leave.

Will never stay here again unless I hear that the management has made changes.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with family
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Thank vaiviv
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Reviewed 9 November 2011

We checked into Velan to see nice and clean rooms with in built heater which was obviously NOT WORKING. The Rooms are clean and neatly maintained with a TV. There is panoramic and picturesque view of the surrounding hills and area through balcony.

The food prepared is with stale vegetables and we had to cancel our order... I think because there are no too many customers.

In the city of cold 12 months a year, there is no 24 hour hot water facility. There is absence of water heater in the rooms. However hot water timings are 6-10am. Rest of the time the room service provides hot water in buckets.

We got locked inside the room because of poor maintenance of the door locks.

Room Tip: Take rooms with a balcony to the west.
  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with family
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Thank Niranjan_M_Wagh
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Additional Information about Velan Hotel Ritz

Address: Bedford, Coonoor 643102, India
Region: India > Tamil Nadu > The Nilgiris District > Coonoor
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 12 Hotels in Coonoor
Price Range: ₹ 1,929 - ₹ 5,914 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Velan Hotel Ritz 3*
Number of rooms: 25
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Also Known As:
Ritz Coonoor
Coonoor Ritz

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