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“Tranquility in Buzzing Matheran”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Cecil Hotel

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Cecil Hotel
Ranked #7 of 24 Matheran B&B and Inns
Pune, India
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23 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Tranquility in Buzzing Matheran”
Reviewed May 11, 2014

I first stayed in Cecil in 2003 and now after 11 years! Some things have changed and some not! Now, the hotel is renovated and so that retro feel is somewhat gone. But it's the location and the surroundings are still the same! It is little away from the market but not quite! The calmness that fills the air enters your mind as well. This is the best part of this hotel, just unforgettable!

Since it is in the middle of the jungle please do not have high expectations about the rooms being mirror-clean! The food is delicious to say the least! (It's a pure veg hotel, by the way - Gujarati style). For "recreation" you can play carom, badminton, there are some swings and slides (for the kidos, I guess!)

For me, it fits in the story of Matheran - Walk till you drop and then return to this calm place and eat the delicious food till you sleep on the dining table itself! Wah!

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 7, 2014

Nice location, lovely vegetarian food which makes you feel homely.
but the most important , the room was very dirty, full of bugs, the bed was bad, the toilet was very bad and was poorly maintained.
Did not expect such a bad room; Probably it was a wrong season to go, but the maintenance could have been a little more nice.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Pune, India
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Reviewed April 27, 2014

Cecil Hotel is a run by an old Parsi gentelmen. Nice quiet place, basic british style big rooms, good veg food, no frills to the place, though the bathrooms could be in better shape. quite a helpful staff. Quite green with lots of trees, though a mali could do a better job of the place. Kids have their swings and slides to play on. They even have a carem board outside the dining room

Market is just 10-15 min. walk away and about 25-30 min. walk from the main car parking area. you could either enjoy the walk upto the hotel or then take a horse ride upto the hotel.

People going to Matheran should leave their cars in Nerul and take the toy train up to matheran. The drive upto Matheran is very steep and can be quite risky. Once you start the drive up there is no turning back

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Ahmedabad, India
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Reviewed April 5, 2014

property of this hotel is very old, But the place of the hotel is really very good, so calm and clear. I stayed two nights there with family in last monsoon. we enjoyed lot the surrounding nature of hotel. and the food is like, best ever gujarati food I had in matheran.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Hyderabad, India
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Reviewed March 29, 2014

I had been to this hotel on 16/03/14 for 2 nights 3 days with family and friends.

Although the hotel is little far from Matheran taxi stand where you have to park your car but once you are there the stay gives feel of Matheran as they have large open area full of greenery and play area for kids. You can simply immerse yourself in the nature here. There are lot of monkeys in Matheran.

Although rooms are big but there are no cupboards and fresh paint smell was a little irritation.

There are no intercom facility in the hotel. You have to ring pooja bell which was not there in our room but the hotel staff takes adequate care.

The food is part of package but they only serve only veg gujrathi and jain food so stay beyond 2-3 days with same kind of food could be difficult. Hot water is available only between 7 -10 in morning so guys get up early.

The original hotel owner is not actively involved in the day to day management which is affecting the food and service.

Overall I enjoyed my stay.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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Navi Mumbai, India
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Reviewed March 18, 2014

Hi Travellers,
I had been to this hotel on 15/03/14 for 2 nights 3 days package for extended weekend. The Hotel ambeience posted on their website look good. They need to improve a lot. There was a scarcity of hot water where time schedule was 7.00 am to 10.00 am but the water used to go off earlier by 7.30 am only. There was no cupboard in the hotel room. There was no intercom facility. You have to ring pooja ( bel - ghanti) and room service guys never used to visit. The outside ambeience from the hotel was too beautiful near to nature. Food was nice. But they should serve other Continental Dishes as well as they are only stick to gujrathi and jain food.

Our over all experience in the hotel was good. This is a nice place to relax.......and rejuvenite yourself.......

Room Tip: corner suites are good and very nice view....
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Cecil Hotel

Property: Cecil Hotel
Address: Chinoy Road | Via Neral, Karjat Taluka, Matheran 410102, India
Location: India > Maharashtra > Matheran
Amenities:
Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 24 B&Bs / Inns in Matheran
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cecil Hotel, Matheran is a Heritage Hotel constructed in the year 1950. Having been recently renovated and rejuvenated, it still maintains its charm of its era! Being a ground floor structure, it is an accessible hotel based in a sprawling area of 5.5 acres of land, lush green and quite for the ultimate tranquil holiday experience. The hotel consists of 25 rooms, including 3 bungalows and also a large dining room where the guests are served the most delicious vegetarian cuisine. The hotel also caters to the music savvy generation by providing an in-house dance floor and DJ. ... more   less 

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