Previously known as the Taj Garden Retreat Madurai, the 63-room Gateway Hotel Pasumalai Madurai is located on 62 acres of land on a hill overlooking Madurai, providing a peaceful place to relax in a beautiful setting. An old colonial villa forms the core of the hotel with the rooms in low rise blocks set amongst the gardens, many with fine views of the city. A large pool surrounded by lush vegetation provides a place to relax after exploring the town.
All rooms are air conditioned and have modern bathrooms. Room amenities include satellite TV, direct dial phone, tea and coffee maker and minibar. Superior rooms have bay windows looking out over the pool and executive rooms have views of the city and Kodai hills.
The hotel is has many recreational facilities including badminton and tennis courts, a table tennis table and a fitness centre. More relaxing options are available too, with a nature trail and Ayurveda centre offering therapeutic treatments. There's a bar and a restaurant serving a range of cuisines.
Open: The Gateway Hotel Pasumalai Madurai is open all year.
Location: The Gateway Hotel is located at the top of Pasumalia hill, in 62 acres of gardens. It is 15 kms from the airport and 6 kms from the train station.
Rooms: There are 63 chalet-style rooms, all with air conditioning and en-suite facilities. Amenities include direct dial ‘phone, TV, minibar and tea and coffee maker. There is 24-hour room service.
Activities: Guests can explore the city of Madurai with its many temples. The city centre and Meenakshi Temple are a 15-minute drive from the hotel.
Facilities: The hotel has an Ayurveda Centre offering rejuvenating programmes and treatments. There is a fitness centre. Sports available include tennis, badminton and table tennis. There is a swimming pool with a sundeck. There are extensive gardens and a nature trail for guests to explore. The hotel has a lounge bar with a billiards table. The restaurant serves local and international dishes and is open from 07:00 till 23:00. The souvenir and book shop is open during the season. Other facilities include a currency exchange and laundry service.
Dining: Meals are taken at individual tables.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Health: We recommend malarial prophylactics for travel to India.
Communication: There is WiFi and high speed internet access, to be paid for locally.
"High on a hill overlooking Madurai the hotel had breathtaking views of the city. An old colonial building turned hotel it had the feel of time gone by. Restaurant staff a bit slow but elsewhere everyone was on the ball. We ate out in the evening so I can't comment on the dinner menu."