Fisherman's Cove Hotel, Kanchipuram
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Fantastic property, great stafffrom slinky09
The hotel has three full restaurants, one buffet style inside the hotel which is perfectly good and popular with locals at weekends, a beach-side seafood restaurant which can be very good and you can walk right on to the beach from it, and the UpperDeck, a more mediteranean restaurant in the open air in a quieter part of the grounds. None are fantastic, but all are competent to good, and provide choice. In addition rooms service is attentive and has a good range on offer. Like many Indian hotels and restaurants I have observed that they need to be more efficient at stocking the wines they list, many are unavailable.
The hotel has it's own private beach, the the sea current is strong and sea swimming is firmly unadvised. The pool is large but lacks depth, so good for families but not for serious swimming. There is a spa in which I had a seriously good massage, and a gym plus a number of places to walk, or entertain.
The decor of the hotel, as others have mentioned, could do with an update. This could be done in a relatively light way and would considerably improve things, particularly in the rooms and spa area.
While remembering that this is predominantly a resort hotel, and not a business hotel, it is well located for the IT corridor in Chennai (better than some city hotels), and the resort style permeates the rooms and public spaces. That said, there is a business centre, wireless net access and space to work, just also quite a few distractions in the form of pool and spa and beach and relaxation and the like.
I organised a number of events for guests during the week, these were delivered very efficiently and all whims were catered for. So just ask, if the staff can organise it they will.
A great resort hotelfrom jnix
Great hotel, fantastic beach cottagesfrom mjh53
These cottages are well worth the extra cost as they are far enough away from each other to be very private and relaxing. Inside they do need a little repair in places but not enough to worry about! The beds were lovely and comfortable with duvets and pillows very soft and excellent. Directly outside, the view over the beach and Bay of Bengal were great and you could have your own sunbeds and mattresses to laze on.
The swimming pool and surroundings were excellent with plenty of shade.
The restaurant served fantastic food with an amazing choice, the cost of which we didn't feel was excessive. (e.g fantastic 3 course buffet dinner at weekends for £7-50 inc coffee and eat as much as you like) 24 hour In Room Dining was as excellent with a great choice and very efficient.
The staff were very good and helpful throughout and we used the Business Centre to check in for our return flight (Another reviewer said there wasn't one!)
The only thing I would say is that the outside chairs at the bar are very uncomfortable. Although the inside ones are better. Hotel managers please take note! I would not class it as a 5* but a 41/2* as some very minor repairs are needed. Stay Here, it's good.
Not a great beach resortfrom newintown0
The beach is so so. I would go to Varkala or Goa for this beach anyday. Beach seems to cause choppy waters and not so "swimmer" friendly. I stayed there for a night. Overall, it cost me about 275$. Airport drop / Train station drop costs about 50$. Again, too expensive and a beach resort that doesn't really offer a great beach.
On the positive note, staff were very flexible. Offered us early check-in, late check out and etc.
wonderful beach resort, could use a little face liftfrom gourmet2go
Great Hotel, Nice Locationfrom CompleteF1
I stayed in one of the Garden Bungalows which was absolutely fantastic, they even have an outside shower in the walled rear "Yard".
The Bars and Resaurants were all very nice, as with any hotel more expensive that the local places but you expect that.
In short a great hotel, with very good facilities and very friendly staff. Highly Recommended.
Fleas! And some really ratty rooms.from carcats
the aircons in the room do not work and I did wonder why they had fans in the room when I checked in; now I know why....
all in all...a case of milking us for being on a great location...
Great, but the Beach Cabins are over-ratedfrom kernmount
The service was efficient, but a tad smug. They certainly were concerned with my comfort, which I appreciated, however there always seemed to be a bit of grumbling by the resort staff.
The restaurant was superb and room service was excellent.
My only real complaint is that the property is quite a way from Chennai. I'm guessing it's about 30-40 km. And with Chennai's streets clogged with cars and cows, it can make getting anywhere a bit of a challenge even for the best leased drivers.
Some good, some badfrom SugarWahine
The goods: Staff are great, esp. housekeeping. They were very helpful.
Rooms are nice. Air con and clean and well kept. The Sea Cottages are the place to be however, they are very popular and book quickly, but they are perfectly suited to the resort. In particular c 1-5 looked nice at the quieter end of the resort.... there are villas as well, but they looked a tad foreboding and quite large. Bayview restaurant is good.... though the mosquitos were awful, I had bagel sized bites by the time i finished my meal so wear repellent. The upper deck restaurant (new) is better and found the service bit better as well.
The beach is gross- dirty and the water looked awful. It also sort of smelled, so I would be wary of going in.... besides the minute you step on the beach you are harrassed to buy shells from some locals who set up shop right in front of the beach entrance.
The Spa is a joke. They try... but my "spa pedicure" consisted of sitting in the hair salon in a straight back chair with a plastic bucket. i could have done that at home... the pedicure was not great either.... I was nicked a few times which is always scary. I went back and tried again... this time the "Indian Temple Massage" which sounded lovely. Again, we were headed for the salon bowl in the hair salon and I protested. They accomodated me by sitting me in a plastic chair outside next to the refrigeration unit of the restaurant.... not really what I had in mind in terms of relaxation and embracing cultural traditions that was advertised.
I was booked for a "sea view" room, but for some reason ended up with a standard, which are probably bottom of the barrel, not one to spend a great deal of time in the room anyway, so it was okay.
Lastly, whether it is live (keyboard and guitarist) or muzak, the hotel is caught in an 80"s music time warp. Sting would have been under the table in dismay.
Be forewarned, the weekend I was there there were a TON of families with under the age of 5 set. The pool was kiddie central and breakfast was a mad house, you have to take it all in stride or be prepared to be frustrated.
This is a Taj property and I have to say, having stayed at other Taj's, it was not quite up to snuff, but not sure how long it has been a Taj since I don't see any mention of it elsewhere.
You also have to be prepared to be at the resort. There is not much to see nearby and you need to drive to everything... you are quite a distance outside of Chennai, this is more of a place for R&R not sightseeing.
Top Local Tips for Kanchipuram
Attractions Seee Kanchi and mahabalipuram.if you are interested in temples. Avoid Pondicherry, dirty and overrated.
visiting the Temples... watch out for the ad-hoc 'temple guides' who will give you a tour and then demand a large amount of rupees. pre-negotiate and be prepared to say no.
Get a Driver Unless you are experienced in Indian driving, don;t do it - get a drive
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