This is probably the best place to stay in Thanjavur - it's walking distance from all you want to see or buy. It's a beautifully redone old home with comfortable rooms. You will end up eating here just for the convenience and that's no great experience. Poorly prepared food and inattentive service are what you are stuck with. The manager himself does his best to be helpful.
This hotel is situated in the middle of a high street and is extremely noisy, it does quieten at night but there are still horns being sounded into the early hours. Rooms were. Rey modern and our bathroom was huge, with bath and shower. Food was pretty good with Fish Curry, Dahl, Butter Chicken, Salad, Chapatti, and of course rice. There was ice cream for dessert. Breakfast was cereal, eggs anyway you like, pancakes and honey and fruit with yogurt.
This was an overnight stay on my way to Ponicherry--I start by saying that I stayed at the Spice Fort Hotel in Kochi which is in the same group of hotels, and certainly the Tanjore Hi is not in the same league (see my review on Spice Fort). But saying that I rather like it with its quirky interiors, and its not quite so blue on the outside, but that's neither here nor there. What seems to bother other reviewers about this hotel is not an issue for. I don't care to have coffee/tea making facilities or TV. The absence of these items, makes feel more a home than a hotel. I liked having a bath, and if you are concerned about the wooden steps, placing a towel over the steps avoid slipping. It ain't rocket science. I was in room 10, and was little concerned it may be noisy as the two windows faced the street, but after about 10pm it was very quiet, and had no sleep issues at all. What I look for is pleasant friendly staff, clean well-appointed room with the essential necessities, and a good restaurant, as it's tricky eating out in India. The restaurant here is excellent, and here's a tip, order dinner in the afternoon for a set time and he won't be kept waiting. I ordered absolutely beautiful Tandoori Chicken Masala for 7:30 and out it came right on time. Enjoy the quirkness and the lovely staff who are friendly and welcoming especially after a long 7 hour drive on Indian roads. I do feel however, that it is overpriced, and I say this because I have stayed in far superior for less. But nonetheless, Thank you.
We had one night at this hotel, and that was one night too many. It was situated on a noisy, dirty street, and the hotel itself had no ambience whatsoever. Our room was very dark and very small, and the bathroom was awful. Big steps and very slippery, and when we ran the water in the wash basin it came straight out of the outlet at the bottom and onto the floor. The restaurant was situated on the top floor, with very limited choices and very slow. There was no bar to speak of. The included breakfast was not worth bothering with, I couldn't wait to leave.
Horribly overpriced. The decor is cool but the rooms are dark with no real windows. We saw three rooms (the first one was so bad we refused to stay in it - first on the left on the ground floor), and stayed in another slighty better ground floor and a first floor room. Neither had properly functioning windows although the first floor room had a very nice high ceiling and large bathroom so the feeling of space was good. Ground floor rooms are like dungeons. No natural light and poor artificial lighting. Very gloomy. I expected more for the price. Staff were nice and helpful when you could find them.
On the positive side it's in a very good location near the Palace but the town is quite small so location doesn't matter too much anyway. I'd rather stay in a nicer hotel further from the sites.