The welcome was rather less warm than the farewell, and the large cold rooms made us long for home where at least we have the option of some heating. Modern, and rather unsightly radiators (given the faded grandeur of the surroundings), were in evidence but were never switched on during our stay in February. The food was mediocre, the bar was dry, the room wasn't made up until we asked, and the water was only hot between 6 and 10. We were given a small fan heater for our very large and gloomy room, which was inappropriately furnished with pictures of glaciers and snow covered peaks. The view from the garden was lovely, though, -and we enjoyed the old photos.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fernhills Palace is the summer palace of the Mysore Maharajas. It was built in 1844 by Capt. F. Cotton. It changed several hands as the time went by till mid-1860s, when it was temporarily named Moonesami and served as one of the Ooty's earliest club hotels. The year was 1873 when Ferrnhills Palace found a new royal owner. His Highness Chamarajendra Wadiyar X is the first Indian royal to buy an English holding in Ooty. Since then Ferrnhills Royale Palace has been with the Wadiyar dynasty and today it continues in the capable hands of His Highness Srikanta Datta Narasimharaja Wadiyar. The palace is superbly finished with Burmese teak, features a magnificent ballroom with a highly valued ornamental papier-mache ceiling. ... more less
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