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“Looking for a quiet and peaceful holiday ?” 4 of 5 stars
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MG Road | Near Station, Matheran 400055, India   |  
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Ranked #2 of 19 Hotels in Matheran
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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8 hotel reviews
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“Looking for a quiet and peaceful holiday ?”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2011

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.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2011

We booked this hotel for our 2 night stay mainly based on feedback from tripadvisor. And it was exceptional in ways more than one..We just loved everything ..right from the time you enter and meet the owners to the time you leave.. The rooms had a great view..though an old architecture..nevertheless it blends very well with the surroundings and doesnt make u feel of a typical new hotel..

Even though our train was late and by the time we reached the hotel, the kitchen was closed, the owners were kind enough to keep food for us and the baby..which was very courteous on their part..
The food and service was just too good..The piping hot soups..mutton cutlets,chiken curry, the sweet dish..and even the plain dal rice for our kid..though it doesnt have a very elaborate menu..but in rains in Matheran,,wat they give is perfect...The staff was very friendly and the hotel is conveniently located...I would just like to go back to this place again and again...

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2011

A quaint hotel for a quaint hill station. It made for a perfect stay at Matheran. Right from the friendly owner-duo of mother and son, their cocker spaniel, Rusty, to the hotel staff, you will be hard put to find them saying 'no' to any of your requests. All the three types of rooms have their own charm and all of them have quaint wooden furniture and a very colonial guest-house kind of feel.
That brings me to the dining hall, where all the guests gather to sit on separate tables to be served by the stewards from fixed multi-course menus. The same steward will serve you for the rest of the stay. The variety in the food and the taste speak of a meticulous personal touch. Though, the food is often laced with a bit of sugar, which was not a problem for us Bengalis, North Indians or those with spicier leanings could yearn for more. Most of us loved it.
The only things to keep in mind are the availability of hot water (between 7.30-10.30) and the fact that there are power-cuts, though the weather more than makes up for it. You could stick to mineral water for drinking, bought from the local shops (works out cheaper) because the water might not suit everyone.
We were wary of monkey-trouble but they were not half as menacing and we ended up watching them from inside our cottages, up close.
Animal lovers would adore Rusty, complete with droopy eyes and a tiny tail that finds out quickly around whom to wag. But those afraid of dogs needn't be afraid because Rusty is well behaved and strictly kept off the guest areas.
The chessboard, the badminton court and the play area were added bonus and I ended up playing badminton after ages. But the star attraction was the swimming pool, cleaned every day and the entire view from the valley view rooms. We wanted to go the whole distance hence booked full-valley view rooms, but the partial view ones strike the ideal balance between tariff and view. Though, with three meals and tea twice a day included, the tariffs for all the rooms are really a steal.
We took the toy train to the hotel, which involved hours in transit (waiting at Neral for the train) but we didn't want to trade the ride for convenience. It was worth it though 2nd week of June doesn't reward one with the view of waterfalls. But the timing was right in that it had rained the day before but didn't pour during our stay. So, the red clay didn't get too dusty and the fog-like clouds gave us a visit, without disrupting any of our plans. The station is very near the hotel, so it made sense to use it when reaching the hotel. While returning, we booked a cab back to Bombay from Dastoori. While mother and grandmother got on rickshaws (250 each with a few duffel bags), we took the walk along the rail-line to Dastoori -- not to be missed if you can help it -- through the forest.
But for horse-rides to visit the different cliff-points, drive a hard bargain. They charge 20 rupees per point/sight they take you to. But also remember, don't scrimp too much, after all for the small town and its people, you are their source of income. We got duped, paying 450 for one horse for five points but then the experience was good and our guide, Riyaaz, was nice too. So, I don't hold it against him much.
A stay spanning two-2.5 days is ideal. Shopping on the single street of Matheran can be delightful with leather belts, satchels, myriad bags up for bargaining while chiki and honey would give you food for thought once you return.
Overall, the weather by God's grace and the stay by the Lord family's grace ensured that the Matheran trip was truly a breather.

Room Tip: Partial valleyview rooms strike right balance
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2011

We decided on Lord’s central basis the highly rated reviews and were not disappointed. This is the first place we’ve been to where the website pales in comparison to the actual place! I am a total sucker for websites that provide information beyond just promoting the hotel and found the travel tips on it useful and accurate. The numbers provided are that of the hotel’s representative in Mumbai and the accommodation vouchers were hand delivered at our doorstep in Pune (close to 125 miles from Mumbai). We decided to take the toy train from Neral Junction (if travelling from Mumbai be sure to get onto the correct local train. There is a similar sounding railway station but way on the other side). The 2 hour ride was beautiful for a first timer like me.
Lord’s Central is located half a mile to the left of the station down the end of a cobblestoned path. We travel light and with back packs often so the 10 minute walk was comfortable (The hotel is around 2 miles from Dasturi car park). Lord’s Central was once a home (and still remains so for the proprietors) and has a very natural, refreshing feel to it. The property is well wooded and clean with the ubiquitous monkeys scattered on the trees around. Don’t worry much about them…they were the inhabitants of Matheran before humans set foot here. The staff are genial helpful. The rooms are of a colonial era, spacious wooded cottages, well appointed, clean and comfortable with equally spacious sit outs well protected from ensuring the monkeys don’t ruin your afternoon tea. We had the valley facing room (I believe there are only 3 of those) and this is the best of the lot. There are valley side facing rooms too.
Matheran is strictly for refreshing the tired mind and soul so don’t go looking for fun filled activities – for here you relax, unwind and refresh yourself. Don’t miss the evening sunset horse rides, they would cost around 200 rupees per person for close to a 2 hour trek to the various spots (don’t hesitate to negotiate and don’t miss out due to the hesitation). The hotel provides assistance on the routes to be taken, places to be seen. The hotel has an outdoor badminton court, nice and clean swimming pool and the best sunrise spot in Matheran by the poolside. Lord’s only serves beer and the food is great. Oh yes we met the “silver haired” waiter from a previous review and yes he is a serious kind but is polite and helpful like the others.
On our second night we heard a rat fight in the ledge of our bathroom, must admit it was scary at first but that is more like water off a duck’s back. The bed line though clean is changed once every 2 days and hot water is available as per a time table. But the hotel, its polite staff, the beautiful surroundings, good food, fantastic treks and horse riding lessons is the reason we would like to come back to Matheran in the winter and stay at the Lord’s for a certainty.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2011

I have been to Lords Central may times. according to me its one of the ebst hotels in matheran. it offers best value for money. their swimming pool is very nice. and the food is awsome. the staff is friendly. in totality its a good bet for your money.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2011

HOTEL LORDS was reall a wonderful hotel.The owners of the hotel were very friendly. . Lords Central is a centrally located hotel . There is an old world charm about this place. has homely approach, good food, excellent view

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Goa, India
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2011

HOTEL LORDS was reall a wonderful hotel.The owners of the hotel were very friendly.The rooms were very clean and tidy.We stayed in a family room which had a small sitout, a bedroom with 4 beds, and a bathroom.The hotel had a dining hall to have breakfast, lunch and dinner which was complimentary.Bedtime tea and evening tea was also complimentary which could be ordered.The swimming pool was very clean.There was a small park, a giant chess board, a badminton ground, a T.T TABLE and a carrom board.The hotel dog-RUSTY was very sweet and friendly.

HOTEL LORDS WAS REALLY THE BEST HOTEL AT MATHERAN.

  • Stayed May 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: MG Road | Near Station, Matheran 400055, India
Location: India > Maharashtra > Matheran
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Bar / Lounge Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 19 Hotels in Matheran
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Number of rooms: 23

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