We tramped to the hotel in pouring rain (no vehicles are allowed in Matheran, the only option is to walk or take a horse) and found the property charming and secluded enough to be worth the walk. Though I was certain I'd read the place accepted credit cards, the manager told us they would only take cash, and we didn't have enough for our entire stay. To make matters worse, there are no ATMs in Matheran (one is supposed to be installed soon). So we had to spend an entire afternoon making the journey to Neral, the closest railhead. It involved an 8 kilometer trek and a taxi ride. When we eventually went to pay the bill at the end of our stay, we saw a credit card machine on the manager's desk! He told us they normally accepted cards, but the machine was out of order. I was absolutely furious, since we had wasted a good chunk of our holiday because of the hotel's incompetence.
Plus, the shower water wasn't hot in the morning, and the power kept failing. The ceiling fan went off for long periods both nights we were there, and though Matheran's a cool hill station, the room did get warm enough for our sleep to be disturbed.
It says something about the appeal of the place and the friendliness of the staff (manager excepted) that we still felt the visit had been worthwhile, and will probably stay there again next time we're in Matheran.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The paths once cleared by the British in the forests of Matheran, making it the last British hill station have acquired a new identity as the place where Bombay’s movers and shakers which include filmstars and businessmen come to spend a few quiet and peaceful days.Perched atop the Sahyadri ranges, Matheran is Asia’s only pedestrian hill resort. Chug up in a toy train, trot, or arrive in a palanquin, past gigantic mansions built by the British, the Parsis, and the Bohras. The Verandah in the Forest was the second house to be built on the isolated Western Ghats, by Captain Barr. Now, with every facility in place, it is reputed to be second to none! Indeed, the nobility of the proportions of The Verandah bring civilizational honour to the Sahyadri ranges. Lounge like never before in this verandah of your dreams. Read under the highest domestic ceiling you would have known in the salon – 12 metres/35 feet high. Stroll down to Charlotte Lake. Or take longer walks with a picnic basket. Relish the local cuisines. Heave your chest, muscle your calves, take all the oxygen back in your lungs. Link your planet with your own two feet.Find space for more space in your mind. Or lose yourself to find yourself anew.Long after you return, you will wonder who would have dared to sprawl out such a tree-home space in such spell-binding wilderness? ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Verandah In The Forest Hotel Matheran
- The Verandah In Forest