The popular hill resort Ooty is perched 2240 meters above sea level in the Nilgiri Mountains. It was the British who discovered this beautiful mountainous location and developed it into a resort. Tourism has brought about a big change in the otherwise sleepy, colonial town. New buildings have emerged and business is brisk especially during the peak summer months when tourists from the plains pour in by the hundreds.
There are many heritage homes and buildings from the British era that are still being managed with their old charm with few renovations undertaken. Ooty is abound with tourist attractions like rolling meadows, tea plantations covering many acres, old stone walled churches with stained glass windows and even a large manmade lake where boating is undertaken.
There are many four star hotels in Ooty for those who want to experience luxury. Ooty hotels include Hotel Sinclairs, Taj Savoy Hotel, The Gateway Hotel, Hotel Sullivan Court, and Gem Park to name a few. The Sinclairs hotel has 88 well appointed rooms and is Ooty’s only centrally heated hotel. The Taj Savoy is in the midst of six acres of lush green cover and provides guests with an enthralling view of the surrounding valley and hills.
There are many independent cottages with garden facing rooms, standard rooms, and suites. A sprawling lawn, and a well stocked bar allows guests to relax in the open at nights. All rooms are tastefully decorated and come with all the usual amenities that all star hotels offer to their guests.
The Gateway Hotel is located on Church Road that leads to Conoor, and was earlier called Taj Garden Retreat. This hotel with its very own old world charm is a tourist’s delight. Its very attraction is location, perched on the hills overlooking the rolling mountains. Guests can experience the mists and clouds passing by as they enjoy a whiff of fresh air in the sprawling lawns.
There are 32 well appointed rooms with all the perks and amenities like golf course, ayurvedic spa, gymnasium, multi cuisine restaurant and bar, swimming pool, both indoor and outdoor activities, library, conference halls and more. The room tariffs in these star hotels are reasonable for the value added services that they offer to guests. Hotels also organize outdoor barbeque dinners on request and this is an extraordinary experience as guests sit around a huge fire enjoying their food whilst singing their hearts out under the starlit skies.
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