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).
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.
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!).
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!
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).
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.