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“Derby Race Course Facing beautiful Resort”

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Club Mahindra Derby Green
Ranked #8 of 78 Hotels in Ooty
Certificate of Excellence
New Delhi, India
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85 reviews
38 hotel reviews
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“Derby Race Course Facing beautiful Resort”
Reviewed 13 May 2012

We visited Ooty in the First week of March 2012.
It was a peaceful stay with good food, excellent view of the race track. Its opposite side to the market. Very near to the Bus Station, Railway Station and Taxi Stand. Though Ooty is having many taxi stand and Local conveyance from one part to other is available very easily.
Good view of the race track from the resort though the track was empty due to no upcoming event and give a very boring look.
Resort having polite and responsive staff, Good parking space within the resort, neat and clean place,Good food to enjoy and the activity area withing the resort
We went with family and we overall enjoyed our stay.
Rooms equipped with Heater, Hot water and refrigerators apart from other basic features.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Coimbatore, India
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Reviewed 11 May 2012

We went with family and we overall enjoyed our stay. The service was good, the location excellent and the food was quite tasty. We loved it and would return.

This hotel chain I find is quite reliable but not in all areas, in Ooty it is of high standard not all the places.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Hyderabad, India
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Reviewed 4 May 2012

We had visited the resort in May 2012. It was a peaceful stay with good food, excellent view of the race track.

+ve stuff: Good view of the race track from the resort, polite and responsive staff, availability of parking space within the resort, neat and clean, combo offers for people availaling breakfast, lunch, dinner within the resort.

-ve stuff: The heater in the room was not adequate wrt the weather in Ooty, the staff in the restaurant (buffet) take time to refill the contents that gets over and make you wait for long and need to be followed up.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Bengaluru, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 May 2012

Derby Green is located on a hill overlooking the race course in Ooty. From the hotel lawns (and some rooms) you get an open view of the valley and the Nilgiri hills beyond. It is also very close to the railway station. So if you are planning a toy train ride, you can just walk to the station from here and not worry about drop off by cab/auto.

Once you reach Derby Green, the club mahindra hospitality is at work right from the gateman who guides you to the parking and reception. As the checkin formalities are being completed, you are promptly served with a spiced brew of Nilgiri tea. While the tea was served within minutes of reaching the reception, we perhaps took them by surprise by asking for water first. It took them quite a while to finally serve the water. Two adjacent rooms were kept ready and checking in was smooth.

The property is not like one big building but several spaced out single storied groups of rooms. There are studios, 1 bedroom apartments and hotel units. The hotel units are the smallest of the lot. We had booked 2 hotel units. The room has a small sitting area that has a double seater sofa, a table and a LCD wall unit opposite to it. This seating is for 2 people. The bedroom is small but adequate and aesthetically laid out. I had read some reviews about the rooms being very small and claustrophobic. But we didn't feel like that at all. The bedroom has a king-size bed with decent space. You have a mini fridge and good closet space too. The surprise at the lodging is the bathroom! Its beautiful!! A spacious glass enclosed shower area with a luxurious rain shower is lovely. The liquid soap for hand wash and shower gel for bathing give a hygenic feeling.

The rooms are not centrally heated but they have provided a hot blower in the room. The bedding and comforters are very cozy, so let the blower work for a couple of hours from dinner time to when you are about to sleep. That was good enough for us (in Feb).

One of the units we had was a corner unit and so had a window in the room too. Otherwise the windows are only in the sitting area and the bedroom is not too lighted in the day. But if you are in Ooty, you gotta be outdoors in the day not huddled up in the room!

The meals are delicious! The breakfast buffet was included in our package price. It was a nice spread with eggs to order, dosa, vada, paranthas and puris. The menu was pretty much the same on all the days. The tea served at the buffet was so terrible that we had to order tea separately (so much for being in the Nilgiris). The lunch and dinner buffets are grand, especially the choice of desserts at dinner. The club mahindra hospitality is impeccable, and especially noteworthy in the restaurants. We were totally impressed with how the staff goes all out to make your meal times pleasurable at Derby Green. The resort was full even though Feb is not really the peak season. That resulted in the a-la-carte orders taking a long time during the peak hours.

The pressure of high occupancy (and perhaps understaffing) was evident in room service also. Room service dinner order took a very long time and even though we had ordered for 4 people, the plates were sent for just 2. There wasn't any cutlery either. And it never arrived even after asking the person who served the order. Though apprehensive, we still ordered breakfast one day through room service. And well, this time it was served promptly and stylishly in true CM style!

Housekeeping is good and the property is well maintained over all. The recreation club arranges group games and bonfire at night. The staff conducting these tries to involve everyone. It is great fun for the whole family and something to look forward to! CM also has a travel desk where they arrange sightseeing tours. The prices are nearly double of what you'd pay if you booked through a local cab operator. There are plenty of travel agent shops around the race course itself. So if you are not hard pressed for time, check out local cab services too.

Just like club mahindra is identified with superb hospitality, it is also assosciated with high prices. Be prepared to lighten your wallet at every step - spa, meals, travel services, even internet usage at their recreation room! The buffet meals will cost anywhere between 500-600 per person per meal. Order a-la-carte instead and you spend less than half of it. You get a member discount if you are a club mahindra member. But even then, it is a premium property and the rates are on the higher side. If you want to pamper yourself and value hospitality, comfort and responsiveness and are willing to shell out extra for these, you will like Derby Green. All in all, Club Mahindra Derby Green is a great choice to stay in Ooty.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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4 Thank Charu I
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Bengaluru, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 May 2012

The goods:
- Very responsive staff, any needs get taken care of quickly.
- The rooms are neat and clean (As a club mahindra member I would not be able to judge the worthiness wrt the price charged to non-members).
- A great view of the ooty derby, we could see the race going on from our balcony which was very cool.
- Some of the rooms have very good views.

The bads
- Some of the rooms have a terrible view, beware of them. We were shown one of these first, we pushed back and then got a room with a great view.
- The food is just so so, and the price is too high. Not worth, especially dinner which is priced at around 500 Rs per person.

Went over there for a long weekend with wife and daughters, had a great time, the weather was excellent that enhanced the whole experience. The stay at the resort was no trouble, even for us carrying around a 4 year old and a 2 year old.

We avoided dinner completely, and instead explored the other restaurants at the city which turned out to be a great idea. Found a great continental and south Indian restaurant at hotel nihar at the center of the city which we liked.

Ooty in general is getting a bit too crowded, especially during the holidays which can be a put off.

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Club Mahindra Derby Green

Property: Club Mahindra Derby Green
Address: 29 - 49 Baikey Road, Ooty 643001, India
Region: India > Tamil Nadu > Ooty
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 78 Hotels in Ooty
Price range (per night): ₹ 5,896 - ₹ 9,070
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Club Mahindra Derby Green 3.5*
Number of rooms: 89
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