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“Victoria still reigns!”
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Dina Hotel
Ranked #3 of 117 Mahabaleshwar B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Jamshedpur
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Victoria still reigns!”
Reviewed June 14, 2013

The lunch at Dina Hotel just hits you where it should....on your tummy. It begins with a copy book cream of vegetable soup that does exactly what it has to do..as a sign things to come. The baked chicken, fine pieces of meat blended with boiled potato , boiled egg and butter , baked to form a thin crust was a melt in the mouth first course. We started breaking pieces of country baked bread not easily available to the city folk who had driven from Pune and Mumbai. I wonder what they thought of the crispy crust on every slice? And the individually curled butter soft enough to spread itself on the bread to enhance its taste.
Keema mutter was our introduction to the famous Parsee cuisine of the Mahableshwarwalla family who own The Dina Hotel. The humble lauki or white pumpkin became a celebration item with very delicate spices and coconut juice. I shall never again look down on this freely available sasta vegetable when it arrives on our dining table.
Rotis were available but I preferred to continue with bread.
Rice was served with curry having succulent pieces of mutton and potato which was suspiciously like the anglo Indian table curry-lethal red to look but subtle on the tummy.
We were already giving up when our waiter announced that the dessert is Rava (Sooji) Kheer with generous amounts of almonds and raisins. So extra space was made!!
So Dina Hotel ‘s reputation is carefully passed on by word of mouth to close associates. This explains the type of guests that we met. They were friendly, but not intrusive, not loud or interested to proclaim who they are. A retired couple sat in one corner quite happy talking to each other. Parents with two grown up children from Mumbai willing to let their hair down , drinking beer. A mother with a working daughter in IT who also acts in Goa in Tiatres , ethnic music filled dramas , as a pass time. Accompanying them is a teenage daughter and their grandmother. Yes they took a sleeper bus to Satara and then a cab just to come to Dina hotel.
On the second day we sat next to two couples with an army background who come to Dina hotel once a year. Today Crumb chops, mutton Dhansak and motis were on the menu and falooda with vanilla icecream to conclude.
Our four poster beds and modern bathrooms added to our experience. Hormaz Mahableshwarwalla says that they have been in the same city for two hundred years. The next generation is in place with his teenage daughter and eight year old son. The hotel keeps its old world charm but has the parsee touch of being well maintained. A special mention of their very modern toilets and extremely hot running water.
Here are a few tips. Carry a bottle of wine or something stronger to enjoy the evenings since the hotel only serves beer. Test out the calling bell since service to the room is slow. With such amazing dinner and lunch menus the breakfast is just simple eggs etc without the trappings of an English “bacon/sausage”style. Ask for Hot Chocolate if you don’t drink the other beverages.
There are a lot of hotels in town but for this atmosphere there is only one other. Fredricks, that is almost adjacent. It offers a better view from the room itself and was considered to have a similar atmosphere. They have a bigger property and I would certainly like to try them out the next time I come.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed June 10, 2013

I spent a weekend at Dina Hotel - visited it after quite a few years. The rooms have been renovated but the old world charm still remains. The lawns have beautiful flower beds and cleanliness standards are very high. The waiters and other staff ensure that one is looked after all the time.They offer an excellent deal with all meals (from bed tea in the morning, lunch, evening tea and dinner) included. The food quality is super - home cooked touch with a wide choice within the set menus for each meal. It's not easy to get a booking during the prime seasons but if you do get a room available, dont miss the opportunity to stay there. It is also very centrally located - not far from the lake and the market

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed May 30, 2013

Dina really knows how to give individual attention to their guests. The home cooked food, the cozy ambience, beautiful landscapes and the home-made jams.....are some of the aspects of a great hospitality.

Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Pune, Maharashtra, India
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

Excellent location, spacious clean rooms with double head room, even spacious bathroom, top class food, sprawling garden and personal attention of the owner - Hormuz. In love with this place. Will keep on visiting...

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed March 17, 2013

Went with wife and 2 friends (could have been 4 more family/friends, but they had to drop out due to sudden change of plans) for 3 nights. The occassion being our wedding anniversary. The hotel came to know about our anniversary and decorated our room with toran (floral string), rangoli, (parsi style of decorating the room) and even aranged a big cake in the evening and played the anniversary waltz while we cut the cake. What a warm and affectionate way to treat their guests.

Apart from that, the hotel has a old world charm, is good value for money, spoilt for good food, beautiful garden to walk around, ample parking, well equipped rooms, courteous and helpful staff at your beck and call.

The location of the hotel is ideal and one can walk to the market place or to the lake (with a little effort climbing uphill while returning from the lake and even visiting the strawberry farms.

We paln to visit the hotel again in April with the whole group which earlier could not make it.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 17, 2013

Dina Hotel in Mahableswar is where we enjoyed a wonderful week's holiday in late February 2013. This charming Parsee owned hotel is run by Hormuzd and Shobha Mahableshwarvala and has been in the family for six generations. It has a beautiful location overlooking the hills and Venna Lake and it's distinctive red roof can even be spotted while boating on the lake. Incidentally, the hotel is within walking distance of both the lake and Mahableshwar market. Set in extensive, beautifully landscaped gardens, it also has a children’s play area, outdoor leisure and parking space too. We found the service attentive and polite and the choice for all three meals extremely generous. The cuisine is delicious and caters to Parsee and non-Parsee tastes so there is something to suit all palates. Seconds of any particular item we requested were generously served. As you may expect, fish is not frequently on the menu since there is no coastline nearby but mutton and chicken are invariably on the menu along with a great choice of Indian and western desserts.

The rooms are clean and come in two categories: Standard rooms are on the ground floor and deluxe rooms are on the first floor. Rooms are well appointed with en suite facilities and are very comfortable. For an extra Rs. 500 per person per day, the first floor rooms are more recommended since they have great views and more spacious bathrooms and toilet areas. Fans and air circulation units as well mosquito coverings on all windows made our stay very comfortable. Noise can be an occasional problem if your next door neighbour has very young children, but over a seven day period we had several neighbours and this can sort itself out. The TV offerings are so huge that you can easily find something of interest. Each deluxe room has a separate veranda area with seating provided and overlooking the hills, the lake and the hotel's beautiful gardens which are alive with colourful flowers.

The games facilities are rather limited with two carrom boards in the lobby adjoining the dinning room. The hotel does not have a swimming pool but the beautiful gardens provide opportunities for pleasant walks.

The hotel will arrange for a car to assist you with sightseeing trips or a day trip to the nearby town of Panchgani.

It appears the Hotel has a loyal clientèle as we encountered guests who mentioned they now seldom go elsewhere now they have enjoyed its excellent hospitality, beauty and location. The management keeps a watchful but discrete presence to ensure that staff maintain standards with Shobha supervising the kitchens and Hormuzd keeping an eye on the building and grounds.

In short, Dina Hotel is one of those charming 'oldie-worldy' Parsee owned hotels which continue to provide a fast-vanishing, but refined hospitality; the kind of place where your waiter will serve your morning and afternoon tea on a tray (with a teacozy!) which you can sip while breathing in the salubrious mountain air and listening to enchanting birdsong. Such nostalgia! Can't wait to return....

Mr and Mrs A M Bilimoria (Mumbai and London)

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thane, India
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Reviewed February 21, 2013 via mobile

Stayed just for one night but was a wonderful experience. Staff is really courteous It's the old world charm. Colonial Brit bungalows , very well maintained Nicely renovated. Smallest details are taken care off. Food is awsome and the staff will never let you go empty stomach. Best lake view location in mahableshwar None other can beat it. Would come again for sure.

  • Stayed February 2013
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Property: Dina Hotel
Address: 142a C T S No 143a, Mahabaleshwar 412806, India
Location: India > Maharashtra > Satara District > Mahabaleshwar
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