I wish I had read this forum before going to Munnar. Read about Zina in Lonely Planet, whose recommendations I will take with an ocean of salt from now on.
We took a quick glance at the available rooms, and decided to stay, despite feeling like the rooms were sort of dark and dank, because the location is right in the middle of a lovely tea plantation just outside of town and we liked the owner. However, by the time we got back from dinner and looked around the room, we realized it was worse than we had thought - not just "basic," but filthy everywhere. There was only one (not clean-looking) sheet, then blankets (also probably not washed) to put on top of us. There was no shower, only a bucket. We both slept in all of our clothes because we were afraid of touching anything (my friend even tucked her pants into the tops of her socks).
It also seemed that he charged us more than he had originally quoted for the room (RS 700), which at RS 950 seemed exorbitant for the value. We probably should have argued, but at that point we were in such a hurry to leave that we didn't put up any fuss.
The owner made us tea and drew a nice map so we could go for a walk before we left town, and the walk was perfect for us.
I wouldn't go back, but the location is great and the owner is friendly. It seemed like there was one room, the one facing the garden, that might be brighter and roomier (can't say about cleaner), so maybe there's someone out there it would be good for.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hi, its a cottage in middle of tea plantation,from munnar town 2km far away to this place,very clam and quit place,everyone can feel the freshness of the nature ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Zina Cottages Hotel Munnar