If you are planning a trip to Lonavala and Khandala and plan to stay outdoors mostly, visiting places and sight-seeing, then this hotel is a smart choice. They are reasonably priced even in season, mostly clean and use eco-friendly methods to dispose of paper and plastic. They use solar water heaters and natural pesticides so if you are somebody who keeps these factors in mind, Lion's Den is a good choice.
The manager is friendly and the staff can arrange transport to help you see the places in and around Lonavala. The food is good and reasonably priced. The staff is helpful and prompt. Possibly, the only problem are the rooms - they are not exactly well-lit and a bit dingy, all rooms are air-conditioned although you will rarely use them. the economy rooms have plywood walls that separate them from other rooms and that means you will hear the next door guests' kids wailing in the night or a couple fighting. The deluxe rooms are better. Possibly because this hotel used to be a home at one point, the rooms are all connected, by a plywood wall or a wooden door. In short, you will be sharing walls.
There are frequent power cuts in Lonavala and the hotel may not always have a good power backup - we had a power cut in the middle of the night and we did not have back up. The other problem is the location - it is remote and although not too far from the station, you have to walk on a fairly bad, gravelly road to get to the main road. Rickshaws sometimes come this way so you might get lucky. We figured that walking was okay with us so we did not complain. Elderly people may find that problematic.
The last thing - there isn't much to do in the hotel itself. They have indoor games but those are mostly in a fairly sad state. if you are on a budget trip with focus on the outdoors, then this hotel makes sense to check in to. If you are planning on a honeymoon or a romantic getaway, then perhaps you should look elsewhere. the hotel promotes itself as a family hotel so I am guessing families with kids may also be happy with the place. What makes the hotel very homely is their food and staff - always ready to help.
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