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Trichy, Hotel Breeze Residency
Fifty-three percent (53%) of travelers on Trip Advisor do not recommend Hotel Breeze Residency, and I couldn’t agree more. While doing my pre-trip research Stateside, a brief perusal of the hotel’s website looked and read like any other mid-range property. Though in reality, this older hotel has seen much better days.
From the haphazard check-in process to the non-English speaking bellman, to the first sight of our room, I was thankful we had only one night in Trichy. Although the room size was spacious, and the amount of storage was abundant, there was an overall cleanliness issue starting in the guest room and continuing into the bath. This bathroom was in need of a remodel at the very least. Leaky faucets combined with walls and floors covered in mildew and rust stains were far from the promised “luxury and hospitality at its best”.
My travel partner insisted we change rooms, yet I assured her after looking at the hotel’s location near the city’s main bus terminal, this was our best option. To prove my point we made the short walk next door to Hotel Tamil Nadu, where room rates were 1/3 of Breezes. Small, cramped, and dirtier than any budget room I’ve encountered in India, the issue was put to rest and we stuck it out in our original spot for one night.
Wifi was available as advertised but for an unexpected nightly charge. Connectivity was something of a challenge given the signal dropped constantly and was painfully slow when running. On the bright side, both beds were comfortable offering a full night’s rest. Plus the ensuite bathroom had full-time running hot water with a shower.
Food options were limited in the area. After checking out the LP suggested Banana Leaf, and a full circle sweep of the bus terminal/market area, we ended right back at The Madras Restaurant inside Breeze Residency. Cooled to an arctic level, this restaurant is outfitted in a shabby chic motif. Oddly, and happily, unlike the hotel staff, the host and waiters of the restaurant couldn’t have been more pleasant. Smiles around, and even helpful nudging to try some new dishes on the provided buffet line, were a great way to change our initial impressions. A large selection of dishes both South and North Indian filled our plates just fine. At Rs 275 per person, the Banana Leaf’s extensive and reasonably priced menu, or the basement level A/C dining hall of a local haunt located under the Hotel Guru (kitty-corner from the bus terminal exit) are both better choices.