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Mon, 30 Jan – Tue, 31 Jan (1 Night)  |  1 Room  |  1 Guest


7/1, 143 Local Fund Road, Kanadukathan, Karaikudi, Chettinad , 630103  |  Show on map




Tue, 28 Feb - Wed, 01 Mar | 1 Room
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    • Visalam

      (based on 210 reviews)


    • Terrible 2
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    • Average 3
    • Very Good 29
    • Excellent 174

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Lovely hotel in beautiful old house Lovely hotel in beautiful old house

by sabbadayfarm on February 15, 2017

This hotel was once a grand old home and is beautifully decorated. A senior staff member, Ramu, welcomed us and took us to the kitchen for a wonderful lunch of various dishes served on banana leaves: grilled chicken with rice for me and various spicy dishes for my husband and our Indian guide. Our room was very comfortable and meals were in different locations: breakfast on a porch with free range chickens running around and several peacocks and peahens; lunch by the large pool; candlelight dinner upstairs- all delicious. The next day, after Ramu took us around the area and to some gorgeous houses, he gave my husband an enjoyable cooking demonstration and the recipe which will be tried later. Most of the staff waved goodbye when we left.

Hotel in an old palace Hotel in an old palace

by PoisonPrincess on February 15, 2017

It was fun to stay in an old palace. This is a CGH Earth Hotel, so very ecology minded. Rarely do we find such genuine hospitality as we experienced here. The staff of this hotel was outstandingly nice; no request was too much to ask. The whole building is impressive. The rooms are vast, but weirdly hard to organize your luggage because the space was so spread out. Excellent sleep quality. Beautiful pool which is "chemical free" so the purified water felt lovely for swimming. We stayed only one night while touring the area,so we did not participate in any of the activities offered. We enjoyed the opportunity to try the famous Chettinad cuisine.

A beautiful house - but very expensive! A beautiful house - but very expensive!

by Christine D on February 15, 2017

Visalam is a beautiful house, and we really liked all the art deco features. Our room was very large and comfortable. The women who clean the rooms made a really nice job of decorating the bed for Valentine's Day. We booked some time ago, with and our 2 night stay was very expensive indeed (I think that it would have been somewhat cheaper if I'd left the booking until nearer the time). For the price, I would have expected good quality bath towels - as it was, there were only small hand towels, and we resorted to taking a couple of pool towels (that had seen better days) to dry ourselves with. Good quality bathing products would have been good too. I would also have expected tea & coffee facilities in our room, rather than in a nearby common area. We enjoyed the afternoon cooking demonstration - what a lot of salt - and the chicken masala that resulted was very tasty. Overall, however, the food was mediocre at best and very expensive (and bottled water was R100 - very expensive, when one considers that most Indian hotels provide this for free in the rooms). It isn't the hotel's fault that they can't sell alcohol, but this does detract from the overall experience. Most staff were very helpful, and the General Manager was chatty and friendly. Particular thanks to one of the cleaning women who returned the keys/rings I had inadvertently left behind in my room. Visalam was certainly an experience, but one that we wouldn't be able to afford to repeat,

A kind and fascinating journey in the Chettinad past, with some secondary and minor disadvantages A kind and fascinating journey in the Chettinad past, with some secondary and minor disadvantages

by Stefaning on February 12, 2017

You have the feeling of staying at a Chettinad museum. The building is very beautiful and harmonious, with a nice patio on the building's center. The pool is nice and small (but still adequate to the number of bedrooms) beautifully inserted in a small garden. The rooms are very large and with high quality wooden furniture. The bathroom is also very spacious. The staff is always very present and kind. At check in you will be received with great attention and care. The three meals are eaten at three different places, all of them very beautiful. A safety box "laptop-friendly" is available in the room Being hosted in a nice chettinad museum also entails some disadvantages. In the rooms there are no usual facilities such as TV and fridge (we have not missed them at all), as they would require retrofitting of plants for which it would be necessary to break the walls, which are coated with a very special and typical paint, based of egg. For those who need it (it was not our case), alcohol of any type is served, since an Indian law grants hotels permission to serve alcohol only above 22 rooms available. Being a small hotel, there is not much choice for meals; at lunch time you need to decide and order what to eat for dinner, because the chettinad kitchen requires slow cooking (this is the explanation we received)

Stylish and comfortable with friendly and helpful staff Stylish and comfortable with friendly and helpful staff

by SallyandHarry on February 2, 2017

Ideal base for anyone wanting to explore Chettinad culture. Located in the heart of Kanadukathan, in the middle of Chettinadu, a charming converted Art Deco Chettinad mansion offers breakfast in the garden surrounded by bougainvillea, chooks, and the occasional monkey, lunch by the excellent pool, and dinner on the open terrace (with a view of the Chettinadu Choo-Choo). Food is excellent in all cases, prepared in the traditional Chettiar style (go to the cooking demonstration). Rooms are spacious and comfortable. The illusion of staying at a Chettiar merchant's family house is sustained. Staff unfailingly helpful. The guide for our local tour was actually the engaging Deputy Manager, Ramu, who took us into his own family home and celebrations. A bullock cart ride organised for us overcame our scepticism about such things and was delightful (make sure you are supplied with pens).

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Demo Trip No televisions but good wifi.

by sabbadayfarm on February 15, 2017

Demo Trip Further away from road may be quieter.

by SallyandHarry on February 2, 2017

Demo Trip Stay away from the rooms close to the road, buses honk like hell.

by sssunder on December 19, 2016

Demo Trip All the rooms are excellent

by Janet H on December 13, 2016

Demo Trip Our room on the ground floor offered direct access to the pool and was cool, spacious and comfortable

by Angela C on November 1, 2016


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  • The primary guest must be at least 18 years of age to check into this hotel.
  • As per Government regulations, It is mandatory for all guests above 18 years of age to carry a valid photo identity card & address proof at the time of check-in. In case, check-in is denied by the hotel due to lack of required documents, you cannot claim for the refund & the booking will be considered as NO SHOW.
  • Unless mentioned, the tariff does not include charges for optional room services (such as telephone calls, room service, mini bar, snacks, laundry etc). In case, such additional charges are levied by the hotel, we shall not be held responsible for it.
  • In case suitable proof of identification is not presented at check in, the accommodation can be declined to guests posing as a couple. will not be responsible for any check in declined by the hotel due to the aforesaid reason. ( and shall not be able to process any refund )
  • All hotels charge a compulsory Gala Dinner Supplement on Christmas and New Year's eve. Other special supplements may also be applicable during festival periods such as Dusshera, Diwali etc. Any such charge would have to be cleared directly at the hotel.
  • In case of an increase in the hotel tariff (for example, URS period in Ajmer or Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra in Puri) the customer is liable to pay the difference if the stay period falls during these dates.
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