Verandah is indeed the best property at Matheran. First I want to make it clear to the tourist coming from places other than Mumbai, Matheran is not comparable to some of the wonderful hill stations of India. This is largely a weekend destination for Mumbaikars. Nonetheless, if you have made up your mind for this place, there is no better choice than Verandah. The place is far off and you need to carefully plan your trip. Reaching Matheran itself could be arduous if not planned meticulously. The roads are bad and the curves are sharp. The best option to reach here could be by train to Neral which is on CST-Karjat/Khopoli route. I would recommend first class ticket on local train since second class may get extremely crowded. From Neral, you get taxies which are not very costly. Once you reach the top, you should take toy train from Dasturi to Matheran to avoid the dust and horse's poo. From there, you may walk up to the property and mind it, you feel so relaxed the moment you are there.
I stayed in Panday and Eliphinstone. While Panday is surprisingly big for the size of a double room, Eliphinstone is the best one to be in.
The linen is good but of course not kind of five star hotels. Since there is no TV, no internet, no intercom coupled with no mobile/wi-fi network, you feel a little handicapped. There is no use carrying a laptop there. No intercom, hence no room service. Therefore, if you are the type who keeps hotel/resort staff at their toes, you will have a tough time.
Staff are well behaved and helpful, but we could not understand why they never smile.
The food choice is fairly limited and if you are a food buff, you will be a little disappointed. They need to do a lot of catch up on that. Rice preparations have been very good but I could not understand why Paneer got so much prominence in all the meals. Moreover, other main course also needs upgrade in terms of standard preparation. I being a vegetarian, can't comment on non-veg food. Breakfast had been good but the tea bags used by them are not of great quality and it is better to have tea on the tea stall outside.
Since Matheran has so much of dust due to horses running on the kachcha roads, I think, the property can do much better, if they ensure stone carved pathways, well done gardens, grasses, plants which are missing. The forest is in abundence but the garden is missing.
All said and done, stay there for few days and it removes stress out of your life, at least momentarily.
- Also Known As:
- The Verandah In The Forest Hotel Matheran
- The Verandah In The Forest Hotel
- The Verandah In Forest
- 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