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Glasgow, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visalam is a simply stunning hotel. It was built in 1939 as a wedding gift for the daughter of a wealthy banker but was never lived in and laid empty for around 60 years. It is now a small hotel. The room was massive, clean and comfortable. There isn't a mini bar or television in the rooms but drinking water...

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FEEDBACKfromCGHEarth, Manager at Visalam, responded to this review

Dear Guest, I'm glad you had a wonderful time during your stay with us at Visalam and we have managed to live up to your expectations . I hope we can add to your experiences at Visalam & Chettinad to enrich your future stays even further; you could also look at visiting some of the other cgh Earth experiences in...

melbourne
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

we came to this hotel from Pondicherry, fleeing the monsoon floods in 2015 it is a beautiful place with gracious staff and lovely rooms The turn down service included making pictures of flowers on the bed with petals and leaves - exquisite the walk through town in the evening was lovely and it is a place worth seeing - quiet...

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FEEDBACKfromCGHEarth, Manager at Visalam, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for your valuable comments. It is quite surprising that the memories of your visit in 2015 still lingers vividly in you. I take it as the greatest compliment. I thank my staff for making the holiday so tenaciously wonderful for you. Looking forward to seeing you back for more... With every good wish i am Sincerely...

Bath, United Kingdom
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We have stayed here twice, and love it. The building is beautiful, as you would expect from something built by the Chettinars who bought the best of the best from around the world. The staff are a delight, and took such pleasure in our enjoyment of their stunning hotel. Breakfast outdoors with the local cockerel serenading, dinner on the roof...

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FEEDBACKfromCGHEarth, Manager at Visalam, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you so much for your wonderful and inspiring feedback about "Visalam". We have stayed here twice now and will be going again in 2017, felt privileged to be able to experience this amazing place. The above mentioned beautiful words described by you are a great inspiration and motivation for the entire team. We are eagerly waiting to...

Reviewed 7 October 2016

I am a huge fan of CGH EARTH HOTELS and my stay at the Visalam only reinforced my positive orientation. Small, Cosy, Clean and SUPERB Hotel......Mr Febin Thomas and every one in his team embody the values of the company as they go quietly about making Guests feel truly at home. If there is a TRULY RESPONSIBLE HOSPITALITY ENTERPRISE in...

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FEEDBACKfromCGHEarth, Manager at Visalam, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for sharing your experience at Visalam and we are delighted to know that you enjoyed your stay with us. As a part of CGH Earth hotels, this "Small, Cosy, Clean and SUPERB Hotel" as you mentioned, aims to make our guest experience truly unique, enjoyable and genuine. Do come back and stay with us when you...

Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

After a 5 hr road journey from Pondicherry, entering through the gates of Visalam felt like we had stumbled upon a movie set - transported to a bygone era where gentility was the rule of the day. The staff of Visalam greeted us with warm smiles on the steps of this glorious art deco mansion where we were sprinkled with...

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FEEDBACKfromCGHEarth, Manager at Visalam, responded to this review

Dear Guest, You have beautifully captured the spirit of Visalam in your review.Thank you for your kind words of appreciation. I take it as the greatest compliment. I thank my staff for making the holiday so tenaciously wonderful for you. At Visalam the endeavour has been to offer an honest glimpse into Chettinad - architecture, lifestyle, cuisine, performances, etc. and...

Forest Hill
Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

My wife and I loved this property. For a taste of what life must have been like in the glory days of the Chettiar traders, a stay at Visalam is a must. The mansion has been lovingly restored to offer an opulent & nostalgic stay enhanced by modern comforts and facilities, such as the well-integrated pool. Excellent attentive staff complete...

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FEEDBACKfromCGHEarth, Manager at Visalam, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Heartfelt thanks for your absolutely positive review of Visalam We are glad you appreciate the ethos of CGH Earth and your engagement with the team members especially Shiva. We look forward to repeatedly welcoming you back at Visalam and a feedback each time so we can constantly keep raising the bar for your experiences here. With every good...

Singapore, Singapore
Reviewed 14 September 2016

Visalam is a former Chettinadu house that has been restored and tastefully modified to be a comfortable hotel. The rooms are large and decorated with period furniture. The restored common areas are largely spacious halls that are also decorated tastefully with original or period materials. The new additions of facilities -- a pool, eating areas, etc. are done carefully to...

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FEEDBACKfromCGHEarth, Manager at Visalam, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review on your recent stay with us, we are pleased to hear that you had a good stay and that our staff was pleasant to you. Guest feedback is important to us as we are always looking to improve our hotel to suit guest needs and expectations. We will...

Bengaluru, India
Reviewed 2 September 2016

One of the old bungalow restored with modern amenities. The room in which i stayed justified the name Visalam, it was huge. The moment you step inside it looks like you are transported in another era. Nicely maintained property. STaff were very helpful. They took us for a village tour and showed bungalows in that village. Next day they helped...

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FEEDBACKfromCGHEarth, Manager at Visalam, responded to this review

Dear Guest, We are so glad that we were able to offer you some serenity and hope you left us rested and renewed. Thank you for taking the time to post feedback for our Team! We look forward to welcoming you back in the not so distant future. With every good wish, I am Sincerely, Febin Thomas Manager Visalam Heritage...

Tiruchirappalli, India
Reviewed 22 August 2016

It is a spacious house with its own history. The rooms was large, amenities good and the house has been thoughtfully restored. Service was excellent. The pool is well maintained. Common area features many things unique and antique. Only disappointment was the food, expected spicy chettinad food, but the chef has tuned to foreigners palate, only lunch was chettinad, but...

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Dear Guest, Thanks for writing in your review of Visalam and also putting in a tip for future guests. ; its really heartening to read your appreciation for the authentic experiences at Visalam, am sorry we failed to provide the same as far as your culinary experience goes.Thank you for taking the time to post feedback for our Team! We...

Bengaluru, India
Reviewed 22 August 2016

Beautiful, very well maintained property. An artfully re-designed Chettiar Bungalow, converted into an oasis of calm, with spacious rooms and bathrooms. The greenery, the cleanliness , the swimming pool , the restaurants, all provide a serene, relaxing atmosphere. Very well trained and courteous staff rendering excellent customer-service. All Kudos to the Management of the property, for a relaxing holiday experience...

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Dear Guest, Thanks for your heartfelt appreciation of Visalam and it's atmosphere . It is obvious from your review that you took the time to try your hand at several of the Visalam’s offerings and am glad you were able to connect with them positively. We do hope you will come back and visit some of the other properties of...

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Visalam ( A CGH Earth Experience) is where you would want to go to experience a unique Tamil culture. Located in Kanadukathan village in chettinad, Visalam has many a stories to tell of the heritage, culture, food and people of this interesting tamil community, the chettiars. Stay at Visalam for that journey back in time and for that warm tamil hospitality. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Visalam

Address: Kanadukathan L F Road, Kanadukathan 630103, India
Region: India > Tamil Nadu > Kanadukathan
Price Range: $199 - $464 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Visalam 3*
Number of rooms: 15
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“Our room on the ground floor offered direct access to the pool and was cool, spacious and comfortable”
 of 5 bubbles angelacX523TQ, 1 Nov 2016 | Read review
“All rooms are SUPER SPACIOUS and very well appointed”
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“all rooms are equally good.”
 of 5 bubbles GeethanI, 22 Aug 2016 | Read review
“All of the rooms are charming with cool tiles and heritage features”
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“All are good - second floor perhaps nicer”
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