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Kino Lakeside Chalet
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“Best place in Lonavala!!”
Reviewed February 18, 2014 via mobile

Went to Kino's with family n friends for a night.The place is at the best spot in Pawana with an amazing lake view.The team at Kino's,specially Francis ,renders such fantastic service that you would want to come back to the place again and again..Would highly recommend this place at Lonawala!!

Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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Fairfax, Virginia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed February 1, 2014

I booked this place based on reviews on trip advisor however was skeptical of the photos since they looked too good to be true!

However as soon as we got to the chalet I realized the photos did not do complete justice to the views from this place. We were dumbfounded that such a place could exist so close to Mumbai. What ensued was three days of bliss, serenity and pampering at the hands of the Chalet staff especially Francis. While the location is amazing (can't be a better located place, I would say it beats Mahindra resort), the chalet is beautifully designed (more on this later) but it is Francis that will make me come back to this place. His hospitality was sincere yet unobtrusive ensuring he is there when we needed him without him getting in our way of enjoying the place. He has a golden heart, takes pride in what he does and truly wants the guests to go away with the best experience possible. By the end of the trip Francis has become a friend!

Now the chalet structure itself. The design is amazingly well thought out ensuring there is as little separation between indoors and outdoors. This ensures that the views are always there and not obstructed by walls etc. Each of the rooms have lake view with french windows that can be opened up. The bathrooms are beautiful and one of the room also has a dipping pool!

Finally this is one of the few places on lake Pawna that has lake access. Be sure to take a dip into the lake, the water is surprisingly clean!

Overall I would highly recommend this place and have already sent few relatives Francis' way.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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10 Thank Ashit V
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed January 13, 2014

We visited this place for a overnight stay and were a total of four couples. The place stands out clearly for the outstanding view the cottage has offer. One gets a feeling of completely cut out from the rest of the world and takes you to different world all together.

The staff is courteous and the food was was good though the options were a tad limited. The smell from the kitchen can bother you if you are staying in one of the two rooms on the top.

The best part of our trip was the swim in the lake..The lake is beautiful and very clean and provides the desired privacy.

Overall we were all very happy and would considering going back again.

  • Stayed January 2014
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11 Thank Gopal K
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed January 3, 2014

We had a family reunion and we chose kino lakeside based on trip advisor reviews. Overall very happy with the choice we made. My overall feedback is as follows ( pls note that my feedback is by benchamrking this place with a five star resort, given the prices are at similar levels)

Positives: outstanding location and surroundings. Amongst the best i have been in the country - the lake and the mountains in the front look better than in the website. Stunning views. The property is very nice and the staff and service levels are outstanding. Very responsive and friendly staff ( special mention of francis) who go out of the way to make u feel comfortable. Food was also good - homely and tasty food. The pakodas in the evening with chai and coffee were excellent. Also one of the staff members took us out for a raft ride in the lake and we had a great time swimming in the lake.

Negatives: rooms are plush and nice but need to be a tad better for a five star property. The bathrooms were not spic and span. The kitchen is oddly located ( which apparently is being relocated) in the lounge area and one feels uncomfortable sitting in the lounge with people behind u cooking. Also the food smells permeate into the adjacent rooms and that can be odd. Also the desserts were not the same standards as the main course. One evening we were offered brownies and ice cream ( which was outstanding) but on other days we were offered canned gukab jamuns and once even jakebis from the local market ( which was appalling). A five star property needs to be more particular about these aspects.

Overall great property with the positives far outweighing the negatives. Way better alternative than the standard hotels in lonavala/ matheran/ khandala. Would strongly recommend this place. Hope the management addresses the above concerns and makes it a truly top notch place. one last reco - this place is ideal if ur going with family and friends ( ideally block the whole cottage, all 4 rooms). Am not sure how exciting it would be if u were staying in just one of the rooms and the other 3 are occupied by somene else. Also the place is quite cutoff from lonavala city so this is for folks who want to chill out in one place and enjoy the nature

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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10 Thank Sandeep S
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed December 11, 2013 via mobile

Kino lakeside chalet .. I thank tripadvisor for introducing this place . The view is breath taking .Simply out of the world . Very scenic n picturesque. Staff is very good. Special mention of Mr.Francis , He's a gem n asset to this property. Cleanliness was good. We stayed in the room with the pool (Its the best ) Room 1 is great too.Food was nice and homely.
DO NOT miss the dip in the middle of the dam.Its the best experience, u just cant afford to miss.Mr.Francis and his team go out of the way to help u with whatever u require.

One big big problem was Mr.Vicky. He isnt professional in his approach . He confirmed the entire booking on phone and chat . And just one day prior to reaching kinos. He didnt remember the booking and said let me confirm in 10 mins if its possible or lets cancel it . Which is absolutely ridiculous and unacceptable . As I looked a lot other properties but finalised this , and at the last moment NO BODY does this. He was in china when I confirmed my booking. And I asked him if I could make the payment at the time of check in, he agreed . Then just one day prior he says u need to make the payment entirely and by today. The whole amount. Which he didnt mention earlier during the chat , over the phone nor on his website. Thats so not done !!!! A mail was forwarded after two three hours , after continuous follow up . As I had absolutely no confidence my hard earned money is goin in the hands or the right person. And had no confidence if he will change everything at the last moment. This is ridiculous, unprofessional and shows his lack of communication with his staff and lack of commitment towards his customer.
Please contact Mr.Ashish or Mr.Francis for the booking .Speaking to Mr.Vicky is a big NO .
But I would still say do visit this beautiful place . Double thumbs up for Francis and his team. Its a beautiful place. I fell in love with everything the moment I reached there . MUST VISIT .

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 Thank Pooja K
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed December 4, 2013

This place has amazing views to the best Ive seen in Lonavala and to top it off all you need to do is wear a life jacket (provided) and jump into the clean pawna lake surrounded beautiful mountains and float anytime of the day (or nite if you are in the mood for a midnite dip) ....my most awesome memory of the place
The rooms and bathrooms are spacious and clean, the staff is excellent especially Francis available at beck and call and ready to fulfill your every request/need. Food is good and provided as per the menu given.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 28, 2013 via mobile

It was pleasure to stay @ Kino. Most cooperative staff, best food, best comfort. I'll look forward to visit this place again, Amazing rooms, best lakeside view, water activities and above all pleasure of sitting next to lake with full supply of snacks/ drinks etc.

Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Sunil C
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Property: Kino Lakeside Chalet
Address: Pawna Lake, Lonavala 410506, India
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Location: India > Maharashtra > Pune District > Lonavala
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 88 Specialty Lodging in Lonavala
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kino Lakeside Chalet is a waterfront hidden utopia that allows its guests to relax in four exclusive luxury rooms overlooking the peaceful waters of the Pawna Lake. These large luxury rooms are fully serviced with beds with Uber Luxe mattresses, 46" HD LED TV, iPod Dock, private garden and sun deck, wooden furniture, en-suite massage facilities, signature bath products, luxury towels, etc. ... more   less 

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