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“The best place in Matheran” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Neemrana's - Verandah in the Forest
Ranked #1 of 20 Hotels in Matheran
Certificate of Excellence
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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42 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“The best place in Matheran”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2010

Complete old world charm! Candle light dinners. Fog rolling onto the varandah, as you sip your english tea. No A/C. Hot water brought to you in a steel bucket. Fine crockery and cutlery. Colonial continental fare. the pace is a trip into the past.... enjoy it! Have a blast!

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Bengaluru, India
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72 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2010

This place turned out to be a lot different from the initial expectations from a place ranked number 1 on trip advisor. This place disconnects you from all the electronics and lets you enjoy every moment.

The food is very good and the service is awesome. There is no choice in the menu though, so for choosy eaters it might be an issue. They serve Indian cuisine during lunch and Continental in the dinner.

Room was clean and very well maintained. The service is prompt and staff does not expect tips for small things. They are ok, even if you dont give them any.

Staff is very welcoming and makes sure your stay is comfortable.

Its one of the most memorable trips that I have ever taken. You can relax and enjoy the forest view.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank errich
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2010

The Veranda in the Forest offers an amazing experience for those inclined to live in the comfort of the 'Old Days'. In the ambiance of the old bungalow, the Colonial & Parsi influences extend not only to the decor but also to the overall aura.

Once you arrive at Dasturi, you have to make your own way to the hotel as none of the hotels have any assistance provided at this point. A horse ride costs around Rs. 400/- while a Coolie costs around Rs. 350/-. This is perhaps the costliest journey to a hotel (in Matheran) since the Veranda is located the farthest away from the point of disembarkation. When you compare this with Mahableshwar / Panchgani, it is actually quite reasonable, since the journey takes around 45 to 60 minutes. For those who are not in shape, this journey might be quite a pain in the bottom. (Matheran is a walking destination - no vehicles are allowed). There is a pay-n-park at Daturi where you could leave your vehicle. As in the case of many Indian hill stations. there is an entry fee (Rs. 25 per adult and 10 for children below 12).

I would generally not not recommend Matheran as a destination for the aged or ailing. The walking / horse rides & the basic medical amenities could prove to be very problematic.

Once you reach the hotel, the hospitality kicks in, with a welcome drink. The rooms are large and primarily feature a 4 poster bed and a chaise lounge. The bathrooms have basic amenities. The lower rooms are musty. (I am not too sure if this is a permanent thing or just an outcome of the aging structure in the monsoons). There are no phone lines / intercoms in the rooms. The hotel does not encourage room service either... but then what's the fun in staying in the room in such scenic surroundings. The lack of television is a blessing in many ways. The hot running water in the taps is always a comfort.

The porch & veranda areas have old Parsi chairs and antique fans. There is ample space for young children to run around and explore. The dining hall is beautiful with a long dining table in the centre. Silver Candelabras are lit for dinner every evening. In line with the theme are the beautiful porcelain pieces that occupy the shelves and display counters. Meals are set courses, with an Indian for lunch & continental for dinner. The food is delicious. The French onion soup was fantastic. There is no bar menu. Carry your own liquor. Oh! and there is no spa here.

The staff are friendly and cooperative. The hotel manager (from Jaipur) is helpful. Overall I would say that the staff are not five star, but very warm and helpful.

The property offers great opportunity for being with yourself / quite cosy dinners / intimate chats and such. If you do get a noisy group in the hotel, the serenity is completely destroyed. If you are the only ones (as we were on the first day), you feel like you are the 'Saab' in the 'Kothi', with helpers waiting in the shadows to tend to your beck & call. To keep you engaged, the property has a few indoor games like scrabble & carom, in addition to a few books and magazines.

Oh! did I mention that the hotel is set so far away from the main town, that cell phone networks are virtually non existent. The hotel has a land line that could be used for connecting with civilization.

Our weekend holiday was short... too short. On the morning of departure, when we were packing our bags, my four year old son echoed our thoughts, when he said 'He likes this hotel very much and would like to come back soon'

All in all, this is a very different kind of holiday... leave your finery home, break out your walking shoes carry your torch, insect repellent, cap and riding pants... Take a break from this century

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 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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2 Thank Pramod_G
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Delhi
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65 reviews
46 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2010

Verandah in the forest or Barr house as it is called is one of the best kept secrets. Away from the noise and hustle bustle of tourists, it has a very old world charm. Very serene, peaceful, beautiful...You can just soak into the nature and listen to the birds sing...Very nice and well located hotel although away from the main market place...It is an ideal place for romantic getaway.....

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 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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Thank Avidtraveller79
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Mumbai, India
Level Contributor
51 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2010

My husband and I have been complete Neemrana fans...and The Verandah in the jungle made sure that we continue to be!
Right from the refreshing welcome drinks (which are a must owing to the one hour walk from Dastoori) till the last bite of the lavish dinner, this place could not have been anymore welcoming!
The rooms with their high ceilings, the long armchairs, the verandah and the garden below take you back in time. All the basic needs are taken care of. The meals are simple but tasty. Lunch is an Indian speak in the porch and the dinner is served in a 5course meal in the gorgeous dining room (which by the way is candle lit)
Squirrels and monkeys keep one entertained, and if thats not enough, the local magician comes by to tickle you with his tricks!
The shy yet attentive nature of the staff makes the entire stay very comfortable.They are very polite, helpful and try to ensure that you have your meals (even if you slept in late ;) ).

I highly recommend!!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Mumbai
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2010

The Property - A huge english style bungalow with several rooms opening onto a large Verandah. The old english architecture with very high ceiling, roof tiles etc take you a century back into the history.

Location - Located some 3-4 km away from the central market area of Matheran town, close to some of the viewing points.

Food - Decent simple food served in old British Raj fashion.

Service - Good

Activities - Reading, Carrom etc

Other entertainment - Monkeys roaming around the place offer a lot of entertainment, especially to children.

Who should visit - Those desiring a leisurely, slow paced holiday, spending time in the jungle surrounding going for strolls on nature trails etc.



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  • Stayed October 2009, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank RajivHS
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atlanta
Level Contributor
70 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2010

We've been to Matheran before, and had stayed at Lord's Hotel which was lovely. For our second trip we chose Verandah which was a wonderful experience in terms of the rooms, the fabulous food, and the lovely verandah but the management was some of the worst I've experienced in my travels. Rude, uninvolved, uninformed - it made for a very bad start when we were checking in and put a bit of a negative spin on the overall trip. I emailed the Neemrana Hotels to share this with them (before posting a negative review here) but never heard back from them which is not a good indicator when in the hospitality business. I have since checked with them on availability for a future trip and the company rep was curt and almost rude in his responses. It's really very unfortunate because the property itself is wonderful, the chef is fabulous, but the management puts a damper on the overall experience and this seems to be a top down issue considering the non-responsiveness of the hotel chain and the poor customer service manners of the reservations/inquiry reps.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank blondeinbombay
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Property: Neemrana's - Verandah in the Forest
Address: Barr House | Matheran, District Raigarh, Matheran 410102, India
Location: India > Maharashtra > Matheran
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 20 Hotels in Matheran
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Neemrana's - Verandah in the Forest 3.5*
Number of rooms: 12
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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