In my previous blog I have written about how our safari in Jim Corbett got cancelled due to bad weather and how non cooperative our hotel Jims Jungle Retreat was on this issue, infact they made us pay the entire amount even when we wanted to check out as there was no safari, the sole reason of visiting Jim Corbett. Read the complete blog here.
In this blog I am presenting a genuine review of Jim’s Jungle Retreat, my bad experience apart. So when we zeroed in on Jim’s Jungle Retreat, like any experienced travellers we went on to reading reviews on different travel website. Majority of feedbacks on the hotel were good and the hotel was rated excellent in every website. Hence we were confident about our choice.
Location and reach: Jims Jungle Retreat is located in Dhela village , the location of the hotel is remote almost next to the forest , Dhela village is about 12 km from Ramnagar chowk, the main area for pick and drop of taxi or buses. You need to make clear communication with your driver if you want to go further, You should better explain the route to your driver or make him talk o the hotel staff for location right at the time of hiring taxi. You can trust your GPS till a certain point as you cannot swear by signals once you reach jungle area. The location of hotel is remote and you have to drive through mud trails at least for 2 kms.
Staff : The reception staff was well aware of our arrival and they were nice and humble. The demeanour of the entire staff was quite good during our entire stay, it was humble but highly polished. As far as the strength of staff is concerned I doubt if the number of staff is enough to handle a large number of tourists as when we reached there , there was only one more family, but later when another group came out naturalist allotted another staff to us for village walk as he had to handle them at the reception. Also there was only one girl at the spa.
Rooms and Cottages: The cottages and longue of the hotel are well kept and maintained the locations are nice surrounded with forest vegetation giving the feel of being in the middle of a jungle. Housekeeping staff take utmost care of the rooms and come twice a day for cleaning. The best thing that I found about the hotel was they go by organic theme. There is hardly any use of plastic in the entire hotel. From dustbin to laundry bags, soap case, water bottles everything is nature friendly. And that is worth appreciating. I didn’t like the arrangement of spa though as I felt it was too small and dingy. There are strategically placed machans and trails to spot animals and do other activities.
Restaurant and food: The restaurant is located besides the swimming pool. I have a mixed view about the food served in the restaurant. There is not much variety in the food served. Some meals were really very nice like we enjoyed delicious and fresh breakfasts and evening tea and snacks , but after noon meals and dinner were not that good. We felt that some of the dished (at dinner) were not properly cooked, which we also told to the restaurant staff . The staff at the restaurant was very nice though. They humbly accepted out request to cook special meal for our toddler. They served us well.
The property as a whole is good but I felt it is highly overrated and prices are too high
Apart from the experience hat I have mentioned in the previous blog, there were few more incidents that disappointed me at Jims Jungle retreat in once such incidents, when we were doing a nature walk around the hotel saw some vegetation in there nursery and asked them if they can provide us this one particular plant , which they agreed on. We also asked us to give us a lotus plant . that time they didn’t tell us that they are chargeable but at the time of billing they charged for both plant and lotus which was surprising, when we told us that we won’t take the pant with us they offered them to us for free which we again refused.
In another incident, on our checkout we requested the hotel to arrange a drop for us till Ramnagar, they told us that both of their drivers had gone with tourists for safari hence they would arrange a private cab which would charge 1000 Rs we asked them to compensate as we had no safari, on which they said that they would arrange the vehicle of their general manager but we would have to pay 600 Rs for that. We agreed , but when we reached at the pickup point there was no private vehicle of the GM but a Jipsy with the same driver who had come to pick us a day before.
Out over all our experience at Jims Jungle Retreat was not good