Hotel Review- Tanjore Hi

Yes the hotel is actually called Tanjore Hi and that’s where the quirkiness begins. The hotel is part of the Dune Eco group and is committed to being eco-friendly and organic. It is a heritage building that has been converted into a hotel. It is located in the town centre and the Tanjore Palace (or what used to be the palace but is now a decrepit set of buildings) is right across the road. The Big Temple and the railway stations are short hops away by auto-rickshaw/ walk (beware the auto-rickshaws charge more than the ones at Chennai).

Reception of Tanjore Hi
Reception of Tanjore Hi

Somehow the theme colour of the hotel is blue and you see swathes of blue all over the building. While this is nice at parts, sometimes it just darkens the ambiance a bit- as for example inside the rooms- the dark blue tends to make the room just a bit darker than it would be otherwise.

View of Bedroom
View of Bedroom

The room is comfortable and clean. Our room had a small reception room and then the main bedroom. This was to the back of the hotel so it was quiet and not much street noise trickled through. The only point of concern was that the bath-tub was extremely tall and it was a challenge getting in and out of it (there wasn’t a separate shower stall). I find it a little disappointing that there are no toiletries provided – except for a small slab of Medimix soap. It would be truly lovely (and take the stay to another level) if organic shampoos etc could be provided but this isn’t a deal breaker. There were no televisions in the room (which is OK!).

View of Bathroom
View of Bathroom

The theme of the decor was quirky posters with traditional Hindu temple motifs juxtaposed with random images. It was fairly interesting. There is one part of the first floor that has a glass floor and it takes a while to get used to it but this was cool!

Another View of Bedroom
Another View of Bedroom

The restaurant serves freshly prepared food from a fairly limited menu (reduce this by half if you’re a veggie). Because they prepare everything fresh the food takes a bit of time coming through (a tip would be to order your food in advance).

View of the Receiving Room
View of the Receiving Room

The staff are nice and helpful. They helped us to arrange the transport for our trip to Gangaikonda Cholapuram and Darasuram. The hotel seems to be well liked by international tourists and we were the only two Indians there (except the staff).

One thing they don’t tell you on the website is that the hotel has a swimming pool and a spa. They are not in the hotel complex though- they are right across the road.


11 Comments Add yours

  1. Lav says:

    Sounds like it is a nice experience to stay there!

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      It was quite interesting!

  2. Moritz says:

    Really interesting place. The room and the bathroom both look really promising, yet it’s strange that there are neither amenities nor televisions. Anyway, looks like a really enjoyable place!

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      That’s a trend with mid-prized boutique hotels these days in India. They take away the TV and then then amenities. But for me mostly the room has to be clean and the bed comfortable. The hotel definitely fulfilled that. Have you been to similar places recently?

      1. Moritz says:

        Really interesting trend. In Europe where we travel for most of the time even budget hotels got a flat screen television as well as amenities. I’d like to stay at a smiliar place some time, but maybe I have to get India first…

      2. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

        Yes, maybe it’s something that’s happening here!

  3. Nirmala says:

    YEs I liked the stay in the hotel. Good change from the usual.

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Glad you liked it!

  4. Apar says:

    Sounds a good place to stay in. I am fine about no TV though weird why choice is not so much for veggies in a place like Tanjavur. Is it because you may get food outside too?! Just thinking 🙂

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      It’s because it caters to the need of foreign tourists. We were the only Indians staying there. Everybody else was French or American.

      1. Apar says:

        Yeah I did read that you were the only Indians. Still…

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