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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Review: Sangam Hotel- Madurai's Premium Stay Option

Sangam Hotel is one of the popular hotels in Madurai. Costing about Rs 3700+ per day onwards (Add 25% To Whatever amount you see in the ad). I spent a night here. It was slightly above my budget, but I booked it thinking I will be spending most of the time indoor, given the temperature outside, thus a more comfortable hotel is a priority than budget hotel. This post is a brief review of my stay experience and observations.
Sangam Hotel, Madurai- Lobby and Reception
Good things about Hotel Sangam, Madurai
I was impressed by the Four different juice options for breakfast
  1. Breakfast option is great. Lots of items, including 4 juice options (most hotels offer only 2), south Indian and western food.
  2. Rooms are spacious, comfortable
  3. Check out was extended till 2 PM on request
  4. Hotel is located few kms away from the city centre- though this adds to travel time, locality is calm and traffic free.
  5. Spacious campus
  6. Central Air conditioning keeps room cool if even when keycard is taken out. (In cheaper hotels you need to wait for room to get cooled)
Room View (GoPro) of Sangam Hotel, Madurai
Lobby of Madurai's Sangam hotel and outdoor chess unit.
Sangam Hotel Madurai- Pool as seen from 3rd floor
Sangam Hotel Madurai- restaurant
Not so great things about Hotel Sangam, Madurai
  • WiFi was not reliable. Worked for some time but didn’t work most of the time or was of poor speed. BSNL is the network.
  • Breakfast that was supposed to be ready at 7 AM was ready by about 7.45- 8 AM (some simple items were available at 7 AM but most items were ready only by 8 AM
  • The videocon DTH remote was not very intutive. I had difficulty identifying the guide and navigating to a news channel. (May be because I am used to Tata Sky only, but a quick guide leaflet might help as remote doesn't have any text near the buttons)
  • On weekends expect the pool to be crowded. Hotel management seem to be selling pool access to locals in the name of summer camp. Expect a group of kids and their parents in the pool
  • Couldn't see any Tamil newspapers (Didn't matter to me, but those looking for local language papers may have to make specific request)
There are cheaper hotels with AC rooms in Chennai, but may not have a campus as spacious as Sangam Hotel. Hotel Tamilnadu is right opposite Sangam Hotel. Gandhi Museum is the only place closer to Hotel Sangam. (2kms). Everything else is about 5 kms or more from Hotel Sangam, costs about Rs 100 in Ola Mini for each trip to city/ back.
Sangam Hotel Madurai- Main entrance
Check Gateway Hotel Pesumalai  * South Indian budget hotels we tried in Nov 2015

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