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Reviewed August 5, 2018

I have been to this property last week with great expectations. However the it does not fit the bill. The price is exorbitantly charged as compared to its facility. It does retain an British/Parsi touch however requires to adher to the current needs. I have heard the managemtn have changed that is the reason it no longer provides the continental food. However the quality of food is excellent. the staff who have been serving the old management is excellent and dedicated and that have helped it retain the quality. FI current management needs to justify its pricing then they have to provide continental food which was provided by earlier management, refurnish the property including its bathrooms etcs... retain old staff.

  • Stayed: August 2018, traveled as a couple
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Thank AbhijitRaje
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Reviewed July 21, 2018

Located amidst the dense forest of Matheran this is truly a secluded place. The landline too does not work here! We were informed that it has no network or wifi connection but we were surprised to know that it has a pretty good wifi connection in the back yard. Specifically ask for it otherwise you will not be told the password! In the monsoons the bungalow is sheltered from the heavy downpour with plastic curtains so the beauty of the open veranda is lost. It is the experience of staying in a stately house that you pay for as the service and amenities are very average. During the monsoons there is a certain dampness and humidity in the rooms which cannot be avoided. The management has recently changed. The new management has retained the same pricing but unfortunately not maintained the high standards set by the Neemrana group. Please carry cash as the credit card machine does not work here and the closest ATM in the bazaar is invariably empty!

  • Stayed: July 2018, traveled with family
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1  Thank Kermincolaco
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Reviewed July 12, 2018 via mobile

I went with my family during monsoons which was an off season for Matheran. There were heavy rains but we really enjoyed every bit of it. Hotel Manager MR. Rather she and his team ensured a comfortable stay at the hotel. Food was made to order and we all (including kids) likes all the food preparations by the Chef. I would certainly go back to the same location and seriously recommend this property to people who loves to adventure in the midst of forest...

Stayed: July 2018, traveled as a couple
Thank AnuragM307
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Reviewed June 18, 2018 via mobile

When you want no phones- no tv - no disturbance - this is the place for you to be absolutely with family. The morning chirping of birds, wake up call by monkeys- amazing hospitality and great history..!! Loved it completely.

Stayed: June 2018, traveled with family
Thank ShailendraS444
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Reviewed June 3, 2018 via mobile

Stuck in a Happy Space
Close your eyes…
Imagine an uncomplicated space. No motor vehicles- people traveling by foot or astride horses or in hand pulled carts…
Imagine verdant foliage rich with fruit bearing as well as shade giving trees. Mud tracks leading everywhere and nowhere, no street lights- no light pollution allowing for stargazing…
Descriptions of 19th century living…
Sigh! We have lost this Xanadu forever…
Nevertheless, Mumbaikars yearning for a taste of such simpler times merely hitch their bags and head to the hill station Matheran, which is (happily) stuck in a time warp.
For those yearning for a even greater dose of simplicity check into the heritage hotel - Veranda in the Forest. This hotel is about 4-5 kms from the parking point (Dasturi Parking) where you are required to leave your vehicles. There is also a narrow gauge (toy) train service from Neral, which did not seem fully operational during our visit.
From there one is required to engage any of the modes of transport described above to reach The Veranda (Tip: Travel light preferably with a back pack). This hotel carries the 19th century living concept a bit further by allowing guests to soak into a blissful property which boasts of stone walls, wrought iron roof support and high roofs stretching over 15 feet. Vintage portraits of people and sceneries from a bygone era adorn the walls of the property maintained in pristine condition. The furniture on the property is also undeniably antique. To lend further authenticity to the settings the management sticks to a no TV, no wi-fi, no bottled water, no plastic policy
The common areas comprising the Veranda (obviously), the sitting room and dining room act as catalysts for the forgotten art of conversation to develop. Board games are available aplenty for indulging and engaging the entire family.
You can order for food and snacks to be served in any of these common spaces but be sure to order well in advance. Like people, all goods also have to transported from the foothill stations of Neral and Karjat using pack animals. Impromptu orders may result in disappointment.
And yes, the management does not serve alcohol and alcoholic beverages on the property. So remember to carry your own liquor, which is not objected to.
The Veranda - a Neemrana Group of (heritage) hotels property is under the management of the Dune Group since the last four months and is ably spearheaded by the genial onsite manager Mr Ritesh, who is attentive to every need of the guests.

Stayed: June 2018, traveled with family
Thank S V
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