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MTDC Karla
Navi Mumbai, India
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“Value for money”
Reviewed December 9, 2013

I went to MTDC resort with my family and the rooms were very spacious but they were looking very old and not properly maintained. Bathrooms are just OK. Cost wise cottages are value for money. There was no room service and restaurant was not good. We opted to go out to Lonavala to have our food. There is water sports within the compound and kids liked it very much.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 30, 2013

We had visited MTDC Karla resort as a couple in the month of August 2013 for 2 nights/3 Days

The good things about MTDC Karla Resort.
1. It a huge property. It has ample parking space. Lot of gardens and trees in premises, so even in summer you would not feel the heat.
2. Rooms are spacious.
3. The staff, for room service and maintenance team is polite and tried helping us.
4. Small water park is inside the MTDC Karla premises, so those who wants to enjoy it need to pay an additional amount to have fun at water park.
5.Front desk does help you out with details like list of nearby places you can visit and map etc.

Things which we couldn't ignore:
1. Though rooms are spacious, not well maintained. Not enough bright lights in big rooms. Walls had pictures drawn (May be by kids with previous guests). One wall was wet and dampen, definitely due to water.
2. We could hardly get one bucket of little warm water after keeping electric geyser on for more than 1 hour on both the days during our stay. After probing, we got the answer that the tank which holds the warm water is big in size and thus takes time to heat.
3. There are two restaurants in this property. One is existing/old one, which is in front of Front Desk office. The food here is OKAY types. The staff in this restaurant works as if some one have put a gun on their head to work their. So reluctant to attend the guest. The other restaurant is newly opened and which is near the water park. It is little expensive, but food quality is good. The staff here is also caring.
4. You can call any restaurant for room service. Please be prepared to wait and do not react even if the tea which you had asked for has turned into Cold -Tea :)
5. Although the location is very good for this resort but if you want to go to Lonavla city from hotel, you would have to cross the toll plaza and pay To/Fro fair. That is bit annoying.
6. 2500 per night for such an average service is not worth

Overall, if you want to have peaceful small break and you have constraint over budget. You love nature and open space. This resort is a good option.

Note: If you are big group and want to enjoy within limited budget and good place, this hotel is good option because in a bigger group we normally overlook few things which we do not when we travel only with our small family or only with spouse.


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Ajay Doke

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed October 19, 2013 via mobile

This MTDC resort, situated about 5 kms from Lonavala town, has a big green zone and many in dependant cottages,spaced apart, that gives one the real feel for a relaxed holiday. Options like air conditioned double bed single garden cottages or bigger ones for two bed room cottages are available to suit your needs...
Very nice atmosphere for strolling along the vast greens or along the Inrayani river running along with boating facilities and also an attached water park complete all your holiday needs,
The rooms are spacious with attached bathrooms and fairly cozy beds but the walls need to be reprinted often as heavy rains cause discolouration.
Overall aa perfect place for a enjoyable and relaxed holiday away from the noisy crowded Lonavala main town.

Stayed October 2013
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Hyderabad, India
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Reviewed October 10, 2013

I recently visited Lonavala in Sep' 2013 with my family. I opted to stay in MTDC's Karla Holiday Resort for 3 days and I was very satisfied with the Resort services and location and cleanliness.

This resort is in middle of nature and I spent some quality time with my family over there. It's really a very relaxing stay without any disturbance.

We opted Deluxe Cottage (Non-AC) as the climate itself was very nice and there was no need of any AC during that time. we were 4 adults and 2kids so the Deluxe cottages are very nice option as it has 2 bed rooms (as one of them is master bedroom) and very neat and clean bathrooms. The balcony of the cottages are very big and you can relax in the early morning watching nature, rain (if you are in correct season), birds and a hot cup of Tea.

The kids will also enjoy a lot as they will get enough place to play while raining outside. We found 3 ducks in the resort area who usually walk around the resorts roads and kids enjoyed a lot watching them.

The deluxe cottages have enough Parking in front/side of your own cottage itself (for your 4 wheelers) which is very nice especially if you are visiting in Rainy season.

The service provided by MTDC was also very nice as the cleaning staff comes in the morning to clean your rooms/bathrooms and change your bedsheets/towels every morning.

The MTDC Karla have 2 Restaurants in the Resort, one is in middle of the resort or you can say in front of the reception which is the nearest from our cottage. The Food quality of that restaurant is excellent and you will get fresh food over there. In breakfast, I didn't get much options but whatever they have was of good taste/quality.

The other Restaurant is on lake side of the resort and having very nice Lake view from the restaurant. The food quality/Taste of that restaurant is also excellent and quantity wise is very enough. The rates of this restaurant are little higher than the first restaurant which I mentioned just above.

The location of the MTDC karla is also very nice as it is very near to lonavala and Khandala. It is also near to the Main Lonavala Market from where you can get Famous lonavala Chikkis/Fudges :).

Overall it is very nice and value for money stay for me and my family.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed September 22, 2013

The Karla MTDC Resort can best be explained via pros and cons:
Pros:
1) Excellent location and landscaping, as other travellers have noted.
2) Would suit families looking for leisure as well as a couple seeking solitude.
3) Rooms are more than decent, partly due to renovation carried out in most accommodations possibly. Otherwise also, the resort is fairly well maintained.
Cons:
1) The strange check-in-checkout timings - 10;30 to 9:30. We got ours extended till 10 the day being a sunday. No guarantees here.
2) Boating happens only Oct to March. Water park which also doubles up as swimming pool closes at 5:00 PM and also charges 300 Rs for guest. For non guests its 350. That's a measly discount. If you are ready to pay though, it seems like a decent facility. We weren't.
3) As is usual with MTDC elsewhere, they go by the book and extract all kinds of taxes from you like service tax, luxury tax. For a basic rate of 2500 we paid 430 INR extra as taxes.




As i said, its a mixed bag but hinges more on the positive side!!

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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RAIPUR
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Reviewed September 21, 2013

Though A Govt. resort, it is good. I stayed for 2 days Rs. 3100 per day, in AC cottage. There is very good natural ambience. Temple and Ayurvedic Medicine Centre on Campus. Small Park. plenty of Parking space. Good restaurant. Better if you order beforehand. Staff is helpful and friendly. They will guide you to various tourist spots. Calm and away from City. Green and full of trees. If you are visiting with group it is highly recommended. For families also it is OK. Pathways, mango trees and wilderness near the cottages. Advance booking through any MTDC office is advisable. Try to take a hard copy of booking with you while checking in.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Mumbai, India
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Reviewed September 19, 2013

The MTDC website supports online booking which was good. But the terms and conditions mentioned are non- customer friendly. Still then we went ahead and made the booking as we had limited options left. Other than the online rates paid, we need to pay the service tax and luxury tax on checking in. The Check in is 10:30 am and Check out time is 9:am.
We had booked 2 Non-AC Deluxe Cottages which had 2 Bedrooms each. The rooms were clean but had very old furniture. The doors and windows were old. The sofa in the hall were not clean. The bathrooms are spacious and were clean. That was the only thing we liked of the whole cottage. Be prepared for mosquitoes and foul smell inside.
The resort is located at a very good location. There are plenty of children's playground. And so the kids had a good time. The overall ambiance of the location was good.
There are 2 restaurants. Options for dinner menu were good, but had very very poor breakfast menu options.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Property: MTDC Karla
Address: Karla, Lonavala, India
Location: India > Maharashtra > Pune District > Lonavala
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Ranked #11 of 84 Specialty Lodging in Lonavala
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