After camping for 5 nights, we stayed at The Siena Village and what a treat! First thing we did upon arrival was to shower. The bathroom had been recently remodelled with luxurious features. We then sat out on the balcony taking in the views of the hotel and the mountains behind.
Dinner was served on the terrace with a generous assortment of soup, salads, mains and desserts -all delicious
We returned to our room for a peaceful nights sleep. My husband showered again to take advantage of the fantastic shower.
Breakfast, again had plenty of choices with too much to choose from.
We arrived after a slow drive from Kochi, we were tired and hungry and ready for a good nights sleep. The welcome we received was warm and welcoming and check in was really quick. The room was very nice, clean, modern and stylish and as we found out the next morning, it also had excellent views over the mountains.
Breakfast was really good and plentiful and the restaurant was nice and clean. The staff were amazing.
The hotel is a quite isolated and there is not a lot going on in Chinnakanal, we took a walk outside, the locals were very friendly, typical of Indian people. I was even invited to try my hand in a shop, serving customers.
The reasons I didnt give Sienna village full marks?
1. We decided to have a massage, to pass the time. The Rooms where the massages took place were less than inspiring, no piped music, no nice smelling candles or incense. just very plain and not so clean rooms.
2. The website clearly states there is a swimming pool, there isn't, if there is, we couldn't find it and when I asked a member of staff where it was, I was told there is no pool.
The reason I chose the hotel over others was for the pool.
Nevertheless the hotel is nice, the staff excellent and the food of a very good standard
Siena Village was a great experience on a lot of levels - not the least of which, its wonderful location.
The time we were there, the one road into the village (from the direction of the Eravikulam National Park) was cut off for large parts of the day due to road works (it seems as if it might be set to continue for at least a year, so enquire about access before booking!).
The early morning view across the 'tea valley' was spectacular and we wished that our schedule allowed us a little more time to explore the surroundings on foot.
Both nights, dinner in the Peppermill restaurant was great - excellent value for money - and the staff (although they initially appeared quite startled at the prospect of actually serving guests), were friendly and tried super hard to be helpful.
Breakfast was relatively extensive (with a lot of local dishes) and the selection for European visitors was a little meagre.
The establishment offered free WiFi - but the quality and consistency was poor and patchy in the rooms - only the lounge offered some stability.
It looks as if Sienna Village has all the amenities to have a great family holiday. It is in the heart of tea and spice country.
Well we stayed here for our honeymoon, and it was a lovely experience,The view is just amazing and the service is quite descent, a special mention to Mahinder the housekeeper for the fantastic towel art and hospitality.
Let me start with its location. Well, it is located in Chinnakanal, around 25 km from Munnar, away from the hustle-bustle of the town. The location is perfect for those who seek tranquillity and peace, especially for the honeymooners. We stayed there for 3 nights in the last week of September in a Deluxe room, called Dyshe. It is basically a duplex cottage kind of arrangement, with a living room on the ground floor and a bedroom & a balcony on the first. We arrived quite late, around 9 pm. However, the hotel staff was very courteous and helpful and gave us the best room available in that category. The bedroom was nice and cosy. The Anayirankal lake was visible from our balcony. However, the furniture in the living room was a bit dated and needs refurbishing. But it did not really matter to us because once in Munnar, you would hardly spend time sitting in your living room in front of the TV. The area of the hotel is quite big and the lawn is well-maintained. The surroundings have a mystic charm to it, typical of Munnar. The mountains at the back of the hotel sometimes look surreal. Now, the food at the restaurant deserves a special mention as we found it to be quite reasonable. The local dishes were absolutely delicious (Appam, Kerala-style fish curry etc.). Overall, we had a wonderful stay at the Siena Village. Our only regret was that the garden restaurant was closed at that time due to renovation. It would have been really helpful had the hotel website mentioned about the renovation work since this open restaurant is one of the major attractions marketed by the management.