I have very fond memories of Matheran where I have spend some wonderful week-ends as a bachelor. I recollect Lord’s Central would always hold my attention whenever I passed by this property. There was something about it that attracted me - may be the old world charm - and I promised myself that the next time I visit Matheran it would be Lord’s Central. Not realizing, that the next time was going to be only after 20 years with my wife and son! The drive from Neral to Dasturi Park took about 35 minutes but I must admit I found some of the turns a bit difficult to negotiate. My wife was not happy with the 45 minutes walk from the parking lot to Matheran but the exercise turned out to be very invigorating taking care of the need for appetizers before lunch.
We had made reservations for a valley view room with a/c. There was nothing fancy about the room. It presented the basics but was clean with a large clean washroom and toilet included. The ancient small screened TV was disappointing but I guess the owners don’t want to replace it because it blends with the other furniture. However whatever the room lacked in ambience it made up by the spacious sit-out and the breathtaking view of the valley. A level down was a reasonably sized swimming pool with chairs and tables laid alongside and where we spend time sipping our evening tea. The pool was clean and I observed the staff regularly fished out dried leaves and other dirt, to give the surface an unblemished and clear look. Overall the property presented a picture of cleanliness which is not striking or noticeable because of its antique appearance. The manmade greenery was well maintained and gave an inviting look with the red coloured walls in the background. The huge chess board designed on the floor was quite an attraction. Coming to the dining part, I was disappointed. Perhaps my expectations soared high after going through some of the reviews and the image created by the write-up on their website. The desserts were excellent but the starters and the main course was average. They have a large, well kept dining room. Soft music in the background, the pictures on the wall and the overall décor completes the ‘old world charm’ image. The antique outlook is probably their USP and they have held on to it for over three generations. They have a small libray which is also in tune with the historic image. I must make mention of the tall, silver haired Tukaram who was always around whenever we needed him. No issues on the service front. If one is looking for a quiet and peaceful holiday, a homely environment and is not too fussy about room attributes, then this is the place you should head for.