Vakratund Cottage, Matheran
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Vakratund Cottage, Matheran

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  • Destination 5.5/7
  • Location 5/7
  • Appearance 4.8/7
  • Front Office 5.1/7
  • Service 5.2/7
  • Room 4.8/7
  • Food & Drink 5.7/7
  • Activities 4/7
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Kamlesh Gaikwad

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  • Kamlesh Gaikwad
  • Lives in Pune
  • 1 Review
  •  15 readers
  • 5.9/7
  •  Posted 3 days ago
I have spent 2 nights & 3 days at Vakratund cottage. I could not remember how these days went in full of enjoyment. The most fortunate is that Lovely family & traditional food here. You will never find such taste & family environment anywhere. Overall Vakratund made our vacation truly memorising. Thanks to Vakratund Cottage & Mr. Rajan Rane. I would like to visit again next year.
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J.k. Puranik

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  • J.k. Puranik
  • Lives in Solapur
  • 1 Review
  •  662 readers
  • 1.8/7
  •  Posted 2 months ago
There was no swimming pool & there were no servants. Everything was self service. This includes carrying a bucket of water for bathing. We booked the hotel after reading previous reviews on net. I'm wondering whether we stayed in the same hotel or there is any other Vakrutund!?

So first visit the place and only then pay. Definitely not recommended for family.
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Charuta P

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  • Charuta P
  • Lives in Thane
  • 1 Review
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  740 readers
  • 1.4/7
  •  Posted 3 months ago
We were promised a bungalow close to the market with home cooked food and an excellent view. However we received multiple shocks in the form of poor location, tin roof with no AC giving us a restless night sleep. No facilities in the rooms or bathrooms and clumsy dangerous staircases with an extremely indifferent but, very polite owner cum host cum local guide who did none very efficiently. We relied on the internet but, repented heavily.
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Snehita Joshi

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  • Snehita Joshi
  • 1 Review
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  984 readers
  • 1.8/7
  •  Posted 3 months ago
If you are expecting a comfortable cottage with nice facilities, then this is not the place for you.

We had booked the cottage for our family holiday in April 2015. We had been attracted by the home cooked food that other reviews talk about, particularly because we have a child with nut allergies. Mr Rane was charming on the phone, assuring us that all the food would be as per our requirement. He even met us at Dasturi lodge when we arrived and was in contact with the driver to advise him about the route etc. As soon as we got to Dasturi lodge, we were surrounded by coolies and rickshaw pullers trying to get our custom. We asked Mr Rane for guidance on how much we should expect to pay for the journey as we had no idea how far it was but Mr Rane walked away saying this had nothing to do with him.

We walked about 20 mins to get to the cottage which is basically in a settlement some distance (20 mins brisk walk) from Matheran market. It seems to be where a lot of the locals live and is quite congested with houses side to side.

The cottage itself consists of 3 interconnecting rooms each with its own tiny bathroom. The bathrooms were smelly when we arrived. Each room had a double or a king-size bed.

As we were a family of 6 adults and 2 kids, we had booked all 3 rooms. Mr Rane was insistent that we could have easily been accommodated in 2 rooms and charged us Rs1000 extra per night for the luxury of using all three. There was only one bin between the 3 rooms, and no cupboards or shelves to put things on. Individual rooms could not be locked so I am not sure how he rents single rooms out to unrelated parties.

The beds were hard, the sheets were ripped and the fans in one of the rooms only moved at the slowest speed. Add to that the fact that there was load-shedding with no back-up and limited water supply! Did I mention that he needed to heat up the water on his gas and charges for it per bucket.

There is no outdoor space and there is a constant smell of horses as there are stables all around.

There is a dining hall upstairs with spectacular views of the valley. Mr Rane opens the balcony for gorgeous views of the sunrise.

There is nothing for kids nearby ( we had been told there was a park, but this turned out to be near Matheran station so the kids were tired out by the time we got there)

The food was okay although Mr Rane did not manage to cook nut-free food on the first meal and provided shrikhand with nuts (which the children could not eat! ) on the second day. In peak mango season, we were served tinned mango ras that had probably stayed in the tin for too long. The portion sizes for butter-milk were tiny and do not even think of asking for some curd for the kids.

Mr Rane's behaviour during our stay appeared friendly although he insisted on planning our itinerary sending us off to see far away points without once asking if that is what we wanted. On the second afternoon, we decided to stay in and had a very uncomfortable time (the tin roof gets very hot). Add to that the fact that Mr and Mrs Rane had called a builder to do some tiling work on the cottage whilst we were there! I guess he wanted us to be out all afternoon so this was not noticed.

We had booked for 3 nights but ended up booking a hotel and moving out of Vakratund at 10 pm on the second night just so we could have a comfortable night's sleep.

We were promised a bungalow close to the market with home cooked food and an excellent view. However we received multiple shocks in the form of poor location, tin roof with poor ventilation giving us a restless night sleep, no facilities in the rooms or bathrooms and clumsy dangerous staircases with an extremely indifferent but very polite owner come host come local guide who did none very efficiently. We relied on the internet but repented heavily.
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Vijay Rohite

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  • Vijay Rohite
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 2 Reviews
  •  44 helpful votes
  •  3331 readers
  • 5.5/7
  •  Posted Dec 10, 2014
Superb stay it was in Matheran, stayed for two nights with family. It was a weekend stay and we all had fun staying here. Good food, nice service. Staffs were polite and friendly, prompt to the call. Room was spacious and clean with good view of the swimming pool, swimming pool was big and well-maintained. Highly recommended for all.
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Ravi Vichare

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  • Ravi Vichare
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 2 Reviews
  •  35 helpful votes
  •  2781 readers
  • 5.5/7
  •  Posted Dec 1, 2014
Totally blown away by the stay we have had here. Superb staff and nice location. Service was excellent. Every staff member was so polite. We have been to Matheran in may 2014 and we all had fun. There was swimming pool as well. Highly recommended for all and everyone.
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Vandana Rathod

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  • Vandana Rathod
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 1 Review
  •  34 helpful votes
  •  2918 readers
  • 5.5/7
  •  Posted Nov 8, 2014
We had stayed at Vakratund Cottage for 3 nights and I would like to share my experience in this platform. It was really a nice experience staying here. Room we stayed was spacious and clean and well decorated. Swimming pool was big and clean. Service was at par the best. Staff was polite and prompt. Food was delicious. Overall its a nice property to stay.
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Kaveri Tambe

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  • Kaveri Tambe
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 1 Review
  •  34 helpful votes
  •  3036 readers
  • 5.5/7
  •  Posted Oct 29, 2014
Very homely and independent stay. Loved the atmosphere and overall approach of the staff here. They were very polite and friendly. Food was excellent. Rooms were very spacious, clean and well designed. Budget friendly pricing. I loved the stay, and I recommend it.
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Prathamesh Pakle

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  • Prathamesh Pakle
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 3 Reviews
  •  40 helpful votes
  •  3475 readers
  • 7/7
  •  Posted Sep 21, 2014
A good hotel. Food was good. They provided good service. An excellent hotel in this state. It is a very interesting place. You must go.
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Kiran Gore

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  • Kiran Gore
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  • Lives in Nasik
  • 3 Reviews
  •  34 helpful votes
  •  3703 readers
  • 5/7
  •  Posted Jun 25, 2014
During the summer season May 2014, we stayed at Vakratunda Cottage, Matheran. That was a home stay and very economical as compared to hotels in Matheran. It is between Aman Lodge and Matheran station. Appearance of the cottage is not so good but the the owner Shri Rane is very co-operative and provided good service. The quality of food served by him was excellent. He has guided me property regarding various points to see. He came to receive us near taxi stand. Overall stay was pleasant.
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