romantic,scenic,serene,friendly,family type,rustic,old fashioned ,terrific hospitality ,thats a little i can say bout lords. i checked out a few places before checking into lords.and i don"t regret it one bit
- Breakfast included
Many good things about the place, like its quite family (esp. kid friendly), lotsa play area, a well-maintained pool and friendly- helpful staff. We went with our 1 yr old and some friends with kids as well. The staff and Mr. Lord (the owner) were very accomodating in providing us special service with preparing meals for the kids separately. The biggest problem there is non-availability of hot water after 10 am, and with the chilly weather, and dusty roads it gets a bit inconvinient with children, though the staff said they would heat up some water for the kids if requested. Also they have beautiful valley facing rooms (which are way better than one without a view), and these rooms have a verandah outside where you can sit and relax and watch the beautiful sunrise every morning. Because of a huge monkey problem, you are not allowed to get your food/tea outside the rooms, which kind of sucks!The rooms are very clean, comfortable and simple, nothing fancy at all. And the barbeque nights by the pool side on saturday nights is a great experience! it s great place to stay overall, though the food is average and sometimes good. Not bad at all for Matheran.
I visited this place with my wife based on the comments posted by fellow travelers. I had high expectations from this place, cause of the numerous positive comments...but the expectations fell flat on basis of the experience I and my wife had.
Room: Being an old heritage hotel, the rooms have a rustic and old culture feel to it. I had reserved a standard room as it was a peak season. Although the room was large, it needs an upkeep. The doors were squeaky, the fan and AC made a lot of noise, the bed was shaky too.
Location: The hotel is a rough 10min walk along the main bazaar, which is a big positive. At the same time the hotel has immaculate views of the cliff and surrounding views. The 2 rating given above is due to it location strictly.
Food: The food is strictly OK, nothing great about it. I also had a bad food poisoning after I had one of the non veg meals there. I and my wife had to stick to outside hotel meals just to be safe for the rest of my stay.
Service: Although the staff is minimal around the hotel, some handful people are very sweet. The staff in the dining area though do their job, are very rude and I repeat RUDE. They don't know how to talk to a guest or treat them. The hotel manager seems hospitable, but they should look into these matters.
Activities: There are play areas around the hotel, including a swimming pool, which are some of the positives for small children. Too bad we couldn't use it.
Overall, I had a below average stay at this place. There are some very good resorts surrounding Lord's which I would suggest fellow travelers to strictly consider before going to this place. Being a peak season I paid a hefty sum to go to Lord's, but didn't enjoy my stay at all and returned dissapointed. I would not return to this hotel and wont even recommend it to my friends and family in future!!
Rooms were dated and need renovation
Hot water only from 7 am to 10 am. Not good if you want a warm shower after a long walk along the dusty paths
Food consists of mainly Parsi fare. Definitely above average but not quite gourmet stuff.
Play area great for kids
Staff excellent and very helpful.
In summary - the property definitely has old world charm, but should buck up on room upkeep.
Lord's Central is resort where you get feel of british era. Already Matheran takes you back on ages and the hotel makes you feel it. Simple rooms, quite large, with peirod furniture and adequate resources. The place is spotless clean and the bed accessories are in same lines. It will make you feel simple if you are used to modern upscale resorts, but you get homely feel. All rooms have verandah. Valley facing rooms are costlier and you can enjoy views from the property whenever you want if you choose other rooms. Food is fabulous. Timings are fixed. Lunch & Dinner are four coursed. They are served properly and taste is fanstastic. The deserts are too good. You do not get this type of food elsewhere. Only drawback seemed availability of hot water only in morning hours. It should be available for wash for some time in evenings too, especially after roaming in muddy lanes of Matheran in its cool weather. Overall it is a afbulous place and recommend all type. Nice Stay.
We went here after 25 years. Place is still the same, great view, great ambience. A bit quirky but you feel that you are at a friends place. Strict rules about timings but otherwise a great place for a holiday in Matheran. Some improvements would go a long way in making stays better. Till then carry your own shampoo and a big bar of soap, the small Medimix or whatever is too small for two people. Close to the market and other sights. Wonderful place to watch the dusk come up the valley.