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13 January 2014

Ooty: The Willow Hill Stay

Couple of my friends went to Yercaud a month back on almost adjacent dates and to my surprise they had very contrasting comment about their vacation. When one loved the place, the other did not enjoy the travel. The very same place, but very different opinions. When drilled into detail about various attributes of their travel, the differentiator came out to be the place where they stayed. 

I am not recommending a luxury hotel/resort/villa for the stay. But the place should make you feel comfortable. You should feel that, yes this is the place I wanted to stay. Among the various factors which affect the vacation, this is a primary one for sure.

Ani couldn't take the eyes from the beauty of the nature. Wonderful view from the room.

We had mixed feelings when we were about to near Willow Hill Hotel. We traced this one through Trip Advisor (as usual) and had a very good rating from 95% of the travelers. But there wasn't much pictures of this place and we were confused at first. But based on the rating we booked the place and at the end of the travel, the stay and the food at Willow Hill - We just loved it...

Willow Hill is very near to the Ooty town. Got this information from their website, but I never liked the hotels with its gate directly opening main road. I was expressing this wish to Ani and I realized that my wish is coming true when the approach road became narrow and lush greenery started appearing. And at the top of the hill, far away from the restlessness of the city, there emerges the beauty which we were hoping to spend our vacation in.

Loved the place in first sight. Checked in less than 5 minutes and took rest for some time, before starting the Ooty exploration.

The wooden floor and wall. Cozy and comfortable stay.

Loved the room in the first sight...

Loved the lighting and all the wooden touches

The best part of the hotel. The roof top restaurant.  After a chilling night, the moment on the roof top garden with a little bit of sunlight - wow, like heaven it was!

Appreciate the food they served. Soo tasty they were...

No idea, how long I enjoyed the beauty of the fog filled Nilgiri mountain...What a view it was!

Breakfast from the top of the mountain, a really memorable experience.

A tiny cute green garden

As it was an off season, there weren't much people in the restaurant and so the privacy we got was the best.

This is the first floor of the hotel.

Wrapped up by the tall trees around, you will feel the protection and the love of nature.

Reading and learning the menu in the morning. Thanks to Ani for the shot.

The rooms with private garden.

Spicy, chilly, yummy Biriyani

Side way view of the hotel

A fog filled evening

Enjoying the serenity and the music of the nature.

Out for a walk

Well maintained garden and the affection towards the nature.

Enjoying the sun bath

Painting by the nature

At night too, the place looked lovely

Celebrating our stay :)

Feel of Christmas... 

Went around for a night shoot

Tweeting that days experience

Hot butter thandoori roti with paneer curry

Ready to explore the place and the day

Another day of fun starts

Ani's favorite

Tasty food saga continues

Ani's experiments with blur feature :)

Fresh orchid flowers for a fresh day

The fog getting settled down...

I would give five stars for this place for all the facilities and Hospitality. A highly recommended place to visit in Ooty.

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