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“Great location ruined by cash hungry management” 1 of 5 bubbles
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Zina Cottage
Ranked #9 of 133 Speciality Lodging in Munnar
Certificate of Excellence
Manchester, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great location ruined by cash hungry management”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2012

Our first impressions were really good. Views are fantastic and you really are in the middle of the plantations.
The rooms are basic, bucket hot water and probably not the cleanest but this didn't really phase us too much, it is lower end of scale for cost.
However it was the manager (not owner, although I think his tactics were orders from the owner) that ruined what would otherwise have been a pleasant stay.
He's great when buying treks through him, but his whole attitude changed when we got another rickshaw for a tour. We bumped into him in town, and he started shouting at our new driver, who then turned to us asking if we had already booked through someone else!
On the last night he quoted us an expensive amount for onward taxi journey, so we booked elsewhere - when we mentioned we were ok for taxi next morning, he said there was small problem with room rates, and that our room was another 200rupees per night than what he had originally agreed. Basically he was trying to extort another 600 rupees for nothing, and
after reading other reviews it sounds like it's not the first time this has been done.
Although wrong, I wouldn't have minded if this was just a light hearted attempt to get extra
cash, but after we said we weren't paying the extra he got quite agressive, to the point we didn't sleep a wink that night!
Sorry Lonely planet I think you really need to rethink this as your top pick!

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 bubbles
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Varkala, India
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2011

Lovely Zina (Zeena) Cottages is picturesquely located in the middle of tea plantations just outside Munnar (2 km). The guys running the place were very friendly end helpful and provided extra sheets and blankets when we asked. No shower but hot water from the bucket 24/7. We were served tea and coffee and breakfast in the small garden with amazing vistas on the surrounding tea plantations. Only downside is that the rooms are definitely overpriced.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Nikki L
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2011

We booked this dump because it had a listing in the Rough Guide. Awful place! Location is ok at the most but the rooms are terrible and the manager just as bad. He even managed to call us liars for not having booked. Probably he had found some idiots he could even rip-of more. We ended up staying just down the road. Not much better but according to a French woman who had moved there from Zina they were at least no health hazard as Zina is.

  • Stayed December 2011
    • 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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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank JaapNL
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Berlin, Germany
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2011

We didnt understand why this is the top pick in lonely planet. The view is very nice but the rooms are not very comfortable and very humid. The owner is a sweet old man but talks a lot.

  • Stayed November 2011
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank juliab187323
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Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo), Myanmar
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2011

Some guests staying in Joseph Iype's rooms have suffered from allergies, and have even been seriously sick.
The location is very scenic, but the rooms are over-priced considering the serious problems with water, electricity, heating and distance to restaurants etc.
Joseph is over 80 years old and has great difficulties running the place. The place may already be closed to guests, and is often closed as Joseph is not always staying there himself.
Munnar suffers from generally over-priced accommodation. Best avoided.

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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled solo
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Zina Cottage

Property: Zina Cottage
Address: Old Munnar, Seven Mallay Est | near Lions school,moolakkada,munnar, Munnar 685613, India
Region: India > Kerala > Idukki District > Munnar
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 133 Speciality Lodging in Munnar
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hi, its a cottage in middle of tea plantation,from munnar town 2km far away to this place,very clam and quit place,everyone can feel the freshness of the nature ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Zina Cottages Hotel Munnar
Zina Cottage Munnar, Kerala

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