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“Good leisure location” 4 of 5 stars
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Karla, Lonavala, India   |  
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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“Good leisure location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

I have visited this place many times before. This time we booked a Non AC cottage, which also has an extra bed in a small drawing room- ideal for a family of 3. However they have deluxe cottages also which are equivalent to a 2 BHK home as it has 2 bedrooms, 2 toilets, 2 balconies and one big hall; good enough for 2 families.
The best part of MTDC resorts are that they are located in the best possible locations; this one also has sprawling space inside with a water park and the river Indryani is flowing through the resort. You can park your car next to your cottage and may actually need them in the night to reach the restaurant for dinner. The inside roads they have made with concrete recently which used to deteriorate every year after the rains. We also noticed there were some moderinisation work going on in few cottages, which is welcome change for MTDC; which otherwise they are very poor of. Most of there resorts lack proper maintenance and professional handling; this one is no exception either. The check out time at 9 am is also too bad especially in the winters.
However i like this location and the serenity of this place very much and hence keep going there for short one day vacation.

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

Similar to other MTDC properties; this one also has its own advantages and disadvantages.
Just wasted excellent locational advantage. No service. Exorbitant government taxes even for Non AC Cottages. Large spaces and children park.
It has a good inbuilt water park but again not maintained well. Restaurant at waterpark is not functional. Very limited food options at the restaurant.
Huge parking spaces. Nice river boating facilities. This was my 2nd stay in this property. Nothing has changed in 5 years.

Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Ahmedabad, India
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

Staying here has been one of the worst hotel experiences we have had. the rooms dont seem to have been renovated for ages and the property is poorly maintained. spread over a vast expanse of land, they can do so much better!

the paint was peeling off from the walls, pillow cases had holes and stains, the wardrobe was completely imbibed and dirty, there were mosquitoes that wouldn't go away even after all the mosquito repellants and so on. the indrayani 'restaurant' (it resembles a hostel mess) was teeming with flies and the some of the waiters were acting as if they were working at gunpoint. the rooms are very poorly lit too. all of this though we were staying the the 'best category' of rooms!

there is no room service and our friends with kids always had to walk it up to the restaurant to get even basics like bottled water and milk for their children.

the only reason we saw ourselves through this short stay here was that we were a bunch of friends and were out for the most part of the day. if they re-do the rooms, it can surely become a good stay option.

save the area that the property covers, the ample parking space and that there is a nice little garden for the kids, not a thing worth a note about this property.

very avoidable.

Room Tip: if you must stay here, choose the deluxe cottages.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

Stayed in deluxe cottage. Room was big enough but old furnished. No proper and sufficient toiletries available in bathroom. Restaurant was OK, but for dinner, if you do not want SET dinner, then also you have to pay Rs.299/-, its minimum. Tourism officer, please, look in to the matter. We gone out in No. 1 restaurant of Lonavala and our pay out was just Rs.240/- per pax. One other punishing thing is check out time. Its a very nice resort located on Indryani river. You need few hours in morning after freshen up, to visit and avail facilities of resort but you can not. CHECK OUT TIME IS 0900 AM. - NO WHERE IN WORLD.

Room Tip: AC Deluxe cottage are superb.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

We heard about this holiday destination and planned our family trip for a night`s stay.We booked the best available Executive Deluxe cottage in the campus. The accommodation is spacious with two bed rooms and good for the family.Although reasonably decent and clean,the bath rooms in general and the water taps in particular need more attention.
The annoying part of the campus is the poor service rendered by the canteen/restaurant.The telephone in the canteen was reportedly not working for past fortnight.We had to personally go and request for service.The Manager reluctantly agreed to deliver tea in the cottage.The canteen boy got tea in the paper cups.He lacked both decency and cleanliness.Nothing inspiring to repeat the holiday experience there.
Overall the stay was ok,ok,despite the beautiful location of the campus.

Room Tip: The Executive Deluxe Cottage is very good for the family, but subject to some upgrade in maintenance...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Navi Mumbai, India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

I went to MTDC resort with my family and the rooms were very spacious but they were looking very old and not properly maintained. Bathrooms are just OK. Cost wise cottages are value for money. There was no room service and restaurant was not good. We opted to go out to Lonavala to have our food. There is water sports within the compound and kids liked it very much.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

We had visited MTDC Karla resort as a couple in the month of August 2013 for 2 nights/3 Days

The good things about MTDC Karla Resort.
1. It a huge property. It has ample parking space. Lot of gardens and trees in premises, so even in summer you would not feel the heat.
2. Rooms are spacious.
3. The staff, for room service and maintenance team is polite and tried helping us.
4. Small water park is inside the MTDC Karla premises, so those who wants to enjoy it need to pay an additional amount to have fun at water park.
5.Front desk does help you out with details like list of nearby places you can visit and map etc.

Things which we couldn't ignore:
1. Though rooms are spacious, not well maintained. Not enough bright lights in big rooms. Walls had pictures drawn (May be by kids with previous guests). One wall was wet and dampen, definitely due to water.
2. We could hardly get one bucket of little warm water after keeping electric geyser on for more than 1 hour on both the days during our stay. After probing, we got the answer that the tank which holds the warm water is big in size and thus takes time to heat.
3. There are two restaurants in this property. One is existing/old one, which is in front of Front Desk office. The food here is OKAY types. The staff in this restaurant works as if some one have put a gun on their head to work their. So reluctant to attend the guest. The other restaurant is newly opened and which is near the water park. It is little expensive, but food quality is good. The staff here is also caring.
4. You can call any restaurant for room service. Please be prepared to wait and do not react even if the tea which you had asked for has turned into Cold -Tea :)
5. Although the location is very good for this resort but if you want to go to Lonavla city from hotel, you would have to cross the toll plaza and pay To/Fro fair. That is bit annoying.
6. 2500 per night for such an average service is not worth

Overall, if you want to have peaceful small break and you have constraint over budget. You love nature and open space. This resort is a good option.

Note: If you are big group and want to enjoy within limited budget and good place, this hotel is good option because in a bigger group we normally overlook few things which we do not when we travel only with our small family or only with spouse.


Regards,
Ajay Doke

Room Tip: We had booked AC COTTAGE however we personally feel, the garden view rooms are the best in this pro...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Karla, Lonavala, India
Location: India > Maharashtra > Lonavala
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Ranked #3 of 27 Specialty Lodging in Lonavala
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