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The Fern Gir Forest Resort
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Mumbai
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6 reviews
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“Excellent Stay”
Reviewed April 15, 2012

Location:
The place is located on the main road of Sasan...though would not be preferable for someone who goes to the wild, but is still located next to traffic..
Food:
The variety of vegetarian food served here is good...lots of varieties to try out (continental/indian/mexican) with helpful staff taking utmost care of the hospitality..they do have a 24/7 food service facility which does come in handy, if you would like to venture out quite early in the day...we needed to leave at 4.30 a.m. and their F&B department was good with the timing ..Special thanks to Mr. Gajendra who took great care of the guests with his warm service and hospitality
Room & Service:
The rooms are quite clean with open air balcony...with good amenities...however, the reception and maintenance staff still need lot of training to learn to serve people....by traveling nearly 5-6 hours, the reception area staff are in dire need for you to fill up their form and usher you to the room without telling you about any of the hotel amenities and facilities...the maintenance staff takes long hours to arrive and fix the hot water area....totally on the negative side
Facilities & Amenities:
No one bothers to inform you of the free wi-fi in reception area...upstairs library (though small collection of books & magazines)..well maintained swimming pool...with courteous staff..
Overall:
Overall, the stay in this property was good, not awesome...the rooms and F&B provide good service...the reception area staff need to be trained on handling guests...since the property is new and requires some tweaks in its policies of not allowing food for the driver (totally uncalled for)....the management needs to seriously think of providing good service in case it needs to maintained amongst the best in Sasan...Overall experience was good as the property is at a good location with some helpful people...Would still recommend it to everyone

Room Tip: Try the room next to the swimming pool..provides a good view from the balcony
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Ahmedabad, India
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Reviewed March 25, 2012

They use the word "resort" a lot in India. Usually, I'm thinking last resort. Not The Fern. This is a no-lie, 5-star, bang-up, first class Resort -- complete with spa, pool, impeccable service, lovely rooms, soft bedding, exquisite pillows, fine restaurant. It's not rare to find a place clean in every corner in India. it's impossible. The Fern has clean corners. You could eat off the pathways. There's a library space upstairs from the lobby that is simply lovely. We had 8 hours to kill before our transport home, after our day with the lions. Those were some of the most pleasant hours I've spent on the subcontinent. Unqualified high-five, don't-miss-this, don't worry about the cost, just do it! If you go to Sasan, stay at The Fern.

Room Tip: You can't go wrong. Likely the downstairs rooms are cooler. Air conditioning is quiet and effici...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 23, 2012

We have recently visited and stayed a couple of nights at The Fern and enjoyed the experience tremendously. Staff were friendly and accommodating. Accommodation was excellent and so were the meals. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Feb 2012. Safari organised from the hotel was also well managed and we were lucky enough to see the lions of Gir. A wonderful experience

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Ahmedabad, India
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Reviewed February 18, 2012

I have jest come from the fern, gir. The overall stay was excellent. The positives:
- excellent food
- good cleaniness
- smiling staff

Negative
-problem with water heating, had to get hot water buckets
-lying front desk persons, they take you for a ride. Told us check out is at 10:30am because they had a group come in and waiting where as in their room rates and website check out is at 12:00 noon.
-maintenance staff not so good.

Overall a good value for ,money and recommended must stay.

  • Stayed February 2012
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed January 27, 2012

We stayed in a tent during end of 2011 - situated about 10 min drive from Sinh Sadan, the recently constructed resort over 4 acres including villas and tents is modern and well maintained. Good ambience, food, location and service attitude makes it a great place to stay for a holiday. The tents are fully furnished and offer a good experience for those who have stayed in rooms or villas earlier

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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Bangalore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed January 22, 2012

When we called the hotel for directions from Junagadh, we were told there are enough signages en route, couldnt find any - we almost missed the resort which is bang on the road a couple of kms before Sasan. The Hotel is has a new feel to it and is very well maintained. Though we had booked for Tents, the hotel kindly upgraded us to Wintergreen "Cottages" which are single storied rooms adjoining each other - blocks of four rooms - two on the ground and two on the first floor. The Rooms were quite well appointed with an attached balcony. Overall the room was quite nice furnished with all necessary amenities - tea/coffee water kettle, mini fridge etc. The access cards were out of order and we were given a key which was a little bit of a bother since we were told that if we left the key inside the room, they had no option but to break into the room to retreive the key ! Given the weather, we did not use the Swimming pool - looked quite clean. The play area is suitable for kids under the age of 6/7. Food was standard fare - like in any resort - reasonably good vegetarian spread. Overall, the hardware is all in place to make it a great experience.

Now for the negatives - In "touristy" destinations such as Gir, you would expect that there is a resident expert/guide to help guests with areas of interest in the surroundings. Sadly, it appeared that none of the front office staff had ANY clue about the surrounding areas. Every question was met with blank stares - very disappointing and frustrating. While checking out, we had to settle part of the bill (we paid 50% in advance on booking) - the staff at the front-office tried using all our cards but to no avail - finally, I settled through a net transfer from my bank account - this may have been a telecom hitch but did cause a significant delay on check out.

Inspite of these shortcomings, I would strongly recommend staying at Fern Gir for the sheer convenience and the good quality of the property.

Room Tip: I heard from one of the fellow guests that the Tents (which are right next to the road) are very noi...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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Ahmedabad, India
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Reviewed January 15, 2012

We made a family trip to Sasan, i.e. me, my wife, and my parents. We had booked their winter green cottages. These cottages are in blocks of 04 rooms, 02 on the ground floor and 02 on the 1st floor.

The rooms were nice and spacious with a decent sized balcony. The bed was a really nice and the colours and the furniture used are top-notch. The bathroom too was good enough, but again, there were NO CURTAINS!!! Hope they put up the curtains soon enough.

We had asked the hotel to book a safari for us the next day at 0630 in the morning, and it was booked as requested.

Coming to the food. During dinner, there was a pretty decent spread, and the food tasted quite well. One thing to note for people is that there are no Non-veg dishes included in the dinner spread, which is part of the package. You have to order it extra if you want to. The breakfast was also very tasteful with the usual cereals, fruits, eggs to order, etc.

The service was exemplary throughout our stay.

Thanks,
Sharvil

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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Property: The Fern Gir Forest Resort
Address: Sasan Gir, Gir National Park 362135, India
Location: India > Gujarat > Gir Somnath District > Gir National Park
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 31 B&Bs / Inns in Gir National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — The Fern Gir Forest Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled by the thick vegetation, picturesque hills, green fields, beautiful landscaped gardens and adjacent to Gir Lion Sanctuary, The Fern Gir Forest Resort is regarded as one of the best forest hotels in India. Enjoy a relaxing holiday with family & friends at one of the best hotels in Gir. A stay at our hotel in Gir guarantees you a memorable holiday.Being amongst the leading hotels in Gir this Fern resort, a Unit of Kotecha hotels and Managed by Concept Hospitality Pvt. Ltd. offers a total of 40 well appointed and aesthetically designed rooms comprising of suites, villas, cottages & luxury tents that exude opulence and style. Our two duplex suites offer a captivating view of the River Hiran flowing by. All our guest rooms are well-equipped with modern amenities like LCD TV, a mini-bar, tea-kettle, digital safe, hair dryer & with flawless service we stand out to be one of the best forest hotels across India.During your stay at Fern Gir forest resort, indulge yourself at the "Sohum Spa", ideally located by the River Hiran and offering a host of treatments, massages, open rain shower etc. Along with it, the state-of- the- art gymnasium, jacuzzi and a swimming pool will completely rejuvenate your mind and body. Indulge in nature and forget the troubles of the world in our luxury resort in Gir. It's because of these unique offerings which make us one of the best forest hotels in India. ... more   less 
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