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Review of The Byke Heritage - Matheran

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The Byke Heritage - Matheran
Ranked #9 of 20 Hotels in Matheran
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Pleasant stay and value for money!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

Bykes has one of the best locations in Matheran. It has a huge area; maintained really well. I had been there with my 2 yr old daughter so was really worried about the hygiene & food quality but total hygiene and basic amenities were really good. Also the food is pure veg and very tasty. They served it so fresh and hot that I didn't even think twice before giving it to my lil one. The room was luxurious enough and they have a good staff too.
Overall it was a great experience.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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mumbai
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2013

We stayed during the republic day weekend obviously expecting a lot of things. We were travelling with 2 kids and a senior citizen.Byke is one of the better places in Matheran and pretty expensive too.
1.The check-in was chaotic
2.The room given to us was a suite room with ac but the ac was too noisy.There was a very predominant musty smell in the room.It was suffocating without the ac.Requested for a change...not granted even after booking the room a month in advance.
3.Bathroom was in a bad shape,the geyser had open wires!!!
4.Food-not very exciting gujarati thali had almost the same menu. One would have expected smthg special for republic day but sorry ho gaya....even in the evenings the food was okayish.It seems like the place has become more of a watering hole.
5.Entertainment:on the 25th there were a lot of programmes by the one person who is always there....no magic show,no dance,no juggler....
On the 26th except for housie there was nothing....absolutely nothing.On enquiring about the same we got very rude replies ...that koi nahi hai to kya kar sakte hain.They could have told us earlier we would have gone n watched TV instead.

Last but not the least it somehow caters to the gujarati clientale only so I guess they should advertise themselves as byke -the gujarati hotel and non gujaratis should think twice thrice before going.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2013

We visited Byke Matheran on 19th Jan 2013, This was my second visit. Three years back I went there with my Friends and colleagues. This time went with my family and stayed there. My previous experience was soo good that blindly I choosen this hotel for my weekend vacation. This visit shocked me from all perspective.
1.Pathetic food quality, even no much choice of food.in any of the meals you can not reorder what you like most.
2. Room service was not at all there. after requesting multiple time boys are not ready to listen. 3.Sports equpments are not at all in usable condition.
4. Swiming pool is so dirty that looking at dirtyness in pool you will not feel to get into the pool.
5. Last but not the least I felt This hotel like den for nuisance, groop of people are drinking openly in broad day light at pool side. no one cares for them no warning to them. In night disco was occupied by drunk people, after intimating to service people no one came to manage this nuisance. This time I felt that I wasted my time and money in this hotel. My family was not at all feeling comfortable in this hotel.

My suggestion to Byke management.

Food, Sports and family atmosphere are key element of Byke. Marwari and Gujrati are major customer of this hotel, Please take care of taste of people else this hotel will loose their charm and will damge reputation of this hotel.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Mumbai
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2013

We Stayed @ Byke for 2 nights from 25th - 27th Jan 13.

Before selecting this property i have checked many other hotels in matheran. But the availability of 24 hrs Hot n cold water makes me decide about this property.

Bit away from station app 1.5 Km. Still it has a good location.Charlotte lake is app 1KM away. The property is huge and greenery all around.

Several programmers are organized in the evening (Housie, games, Live Music with Dinner etc)

Food was incl (Breakfast, Lunch, snacks, Dinner). They provide only Veg. Food was OK OK.
Rooms were quite specious and clean.

Matheran is all about Monkeys.There are lot of monkeys but they don't bother u much.

There is no Mobile Network Coverage , Complete Peace of Mind..that makes the place more peaceful in already peaceful Matheran.

Overall we had a excellent Holiday at Byke.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Mumbai
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603 reviews
45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 203 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2013

With a longish Christmas weekend approaching, we were debating various getaway options when we came across the Byke property. The idea of spending time in a heritage property in the Matheran hills appealed to us and we hoped it will offer something for the entire family.

We hired a cab from Mumbai upto Dasturi naka (beyond which no vehicles are allowed) via Pune Mumbai Expressway & Karjat, which cost us about Rs.2250 one way. From there while we initially had thought about taking the Toytrain, tickets for the next train were full and we then decided to ride up the hill on the horses till the market instead of walking up all the way. The property itself is a little away from the market place but once you reach it after a longish walk, the beauty of the place drove the tiredness away.

Post a good nap, we went around the place, which attracted the kids not just because of a large monkey population but also the 2 swimming pools, rain dance arrangements & the play areas. In the evening, the hotel had arranged for tea & snacks by the pool followed by 'Housie' & Hindi film songs rendered live, which was much appreciated by the Older folk. Post the dinner buffet (although not too many options in ala carte menu), it was time to check out the Discotheque in the hotel premises.

The next day we set out to see the different scenic points on horseback first and then walk through their markets. The railway station situated in the market centre had an old world charm and also got a chance to take some impressive stamps in the post office nearby. The food at the various restaurants in the town was also pretty good. Post the evening games & after a long tiring day, we retired to bed early.

During our return the next day, we decided to trek alongside the railway track which offers some amazing views of the valley and is much faster rather than walking down the normal road. All in all, it turned out to be a memorable trip for the entire family

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Bangalore
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2013

*** Review provided is purely based on my experience - you are free to agree or disagree ***
ABOUT MATHERAN
Unlike any other Hill Station, Matheran is very different.
* Approxi 90 KMs from mumbai.
* NO Vehicles are allowed inside Matheran. (Including Bicycles).
* Dasturi Naka is the last place till which you can drive your vehicle.
* From Dasturi Naka, you have couple of choice to travel till Matheran market/town.
1. Hire a Horse or a hand rickshaw (rate varies from 150 to 400 - depending on your bargain power. Hand rickshaw are costlier compare to horse as it needs atleast two person to pull/push - takes 45 mins to reach Matheran Railway station/Market).
2. Walk some half a km+ till "Aman Lodge" station. From here you can get a shuttle train till Matheran Market. Train starts as soon as all the seats are occupied. Approxi every hour. (rate 25 2nd Class - takes approxi 30-45 mins)
* Mode of transport within the town is by walk or horse/hand rick.
* Matheran has red soil so get a pair of shoes which u dont mind to get dirty.
* Climate was bit hot. Need to operate AC from 11 AM till eve 5 PM.
* Lot of monkeys so take care of hand bags/ cam and eatables.
* Sight scene where not that attractive. (May be I was comparing them with ooty/kodai/darjeeling.
* Natives are very courteous.

ABOUT THE BYKE HOTEL.
* Approxi 1.5 Kms from Railway Station/Market.
* Developed in pretty huge area. (it was built in 1854)
* Provides all meals (breakfast, lunch, snacks, Dinner) - Charges included in tariff
* ONLY VEG Food. Gujarati/Rajasthani cusine.
* Several programs are organized in the eve till night 11 (Housie, Magic Show, Puppet Show, Party Games, Live music)
* Majority of the visitors at Byke are Jains/Gujjus.
* Staff is courteous but don't expect 5 star standards.
* Property is not maintained up to the mark. Its average.
* We stayed in room type - Odessey. Perfect for family stay. It has one private room and a dorm. Bit away from pool so calm & quite.
* If you are in a big group and love to dance and be loud - its the best place to be.

*** Personally I wont recommend Matheran for honeymooners & couples.
*** A good place to spent some time with nature and Family/Friends.

Room Tip: If you don't like loud music, ask for a room which is away from Pool side. Odyssey are best sui...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Pune, India
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2012

Matheran i is very beautiful

Bykes has one of good location in Matheran in terms of view, but those travelling with senior citizens is not recommended as it is quite far from station

Nice hotel with good staff who offered good service. Rooms were well equipped; with all the basic facilities and clean; maintained clearness across the hotel

Overall an good hotel, had a pleasant stay, no regrets. Just to make a mention it is away from the market area but


there is no Mobile Network Coverage , Complete Peace of Mind..that makes the place more peaceful in already peaceful Matheran. But some times you should be touch with your relative so need the coverage and even you can not trust land line

But over all good hotel with good experiences with veg food

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: The Byke Heritage - Matheran
Address: M.G Road | District - Raigad, Matheran 410102, India
Location: India > Maharashtra > Matheran
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 20 Hotels in Matheran
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — The Byke Heritage - Matheran 3*
Number of rooms: 63
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Byke is Matheran's first dwelling place. Built in 1854 by the discoverer of Matheran, Hugh Malet, then Collector of Thane , it is a heritage building that still stands majestically in all its pristine glory, personifying a heritage unparalleled, surrounded by the inheritance of 7 sprawling acres. In this wooded estate the first luxury Resort of Matheran, The Byke- A Hotel Retreat, has been blended with nature. ... more   less 
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