We stayed here for 3 nights in the month of Aug for Thu-Fri-Sat.
The rooms are of the typical era that used to be the old Mumbai charm in old Parsi bungalows.
Other than that nothing special about the hotel. Nothing more than small lights in the room and 2 fans.
The Coolie/Porter Horse vendor all would ask for Thrice their price the moment you mention that you want to go to the Verandah.
All basic Amenities like Wifi AC Swimming pool aren't there but Priced like a Five star.
We knew this from the website but thought there must be something special, but there was nothing great in this hotel for the money they charge.
They charge separately for the food and the bill came upto 10000/- for us (2 Adults and 2 Kids).
The real concern I would like to mention here is - They allowed a group of 7 ladies in the Panday room. All were Noisy from 6 am till midnight as if only they are occupying the floor. The noise was reaching our room which was adjacent to their's because there was an open ventilation at a height, between the two rooms and we could hear every word they uttered and every song they played in their room on their laptop.
The Charlotte lake is adjacent to the hotel and all the hooligans who come over there over the weekend, spoil the peace and make the surrounding noisy and you can experience this while sitting in the Verandah.
We went here thinking that there are No TV's and Mobile connectivity here, so it would be a silent place and we would have a great time and peaceful sleep, but to our surprise, it turned out otherwise.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The paths once cleared by the British in the forests of Matheran, making it the last British hill station have acquired a new identity as the place where Bombay’s movers and shakers which include filmstars and businessmen come to spend a few quiet and peaceful days.Perched atop the Sahyadri ranges, Matheran is Asia’s only pedestrian hill resort. Chug up in a toy train, trot, or arrive in a palanquin, past gigantic mansions built by the British, the Parsis, and the Bohras. The Verandah in the Forest was the second house to be built on the isolated Western Ghats, by Captain Barr. Now, with every facility in place, it is reputed to be second to none! Indeed, the nobility of the proportions of The Verandah bring civilizational honour to the Sahyadri ranges. Lounge like never before in this verandah of your dreams. Read under the highest domestic ceiling you would have known in the salon – 12 metres/35 feet high. Stroll down to Charlotte Lake. Or take longer walks with a picnic basket. Relish the local cuisines. Heave your chest, muscle your calves, take all the oxygen back in your lungs. Link your planet with your own two feet.Find space for more space in your mind. Or lose yourself to find yourself anew.Long after you return, you will wonder who would have dared to sprawl out such a tree-home space in such spell-binding wilderness? ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Verandah In The Forest Hotel Matheran
- The Verandah In Forest