Vakratund Cottage, Matheran

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Destination
5.3 / 7
Location
5.1 / 7
Appearance
4.9 / 7
Front Office
5.0 / 7
Service
5.1 / 7
Room
4.9 / 7
Food & Drink
5.5 / 7
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4.2 / 7

Reviews (25)


1 Review | 2244 Readers

Location is poor and not recommended for families

1.8/7
Posted 2 May, 2015

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 minutes to get to the cottage which is basically in a settlement some distance (20 minutes 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 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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Mumbai
1 Review | 3665 Readers

Warm and homely atmosphere around

5.9/7
Posted 3 Aug, 2013

Matheran in Monsoon has its own beauty, this I had heard. This I experienced, when I was on the way to Dasturi from Neural Station on 13th of July 13. With scenic views of Lush green mountains and running water falls around the mountain, we reached Dasturi. From Dasturi to our destination was Matheran and that to Vakratund Cottage of Mr. Rajan Rane. Although I have my well equipped lavish corporate Guest House at Matheran, however we decided to go to this cottage, with obvious reason for the usual warmth and homely atmosphere which we had experienced in our previous trip. We were received by them at Dasturi with usual warmth and charm. With 15 minutes of walk we reached the cottage. There we started deciding where to go, in rain and what to see. Then the owner called us on his first floor mezzanine of his cottage. The floor has wide sliding windows which directly open to the valley. It was really a heavanic view. The whole back yard is surrounded by lush green mountain. Various water falls coming from the mountain falling to the valley was clearly visible. Amazing scene was when we saw the formation of fog in the deep valley moving up, changing the back drop scene every moment. In the trip of three days we strolled to some scenic spots as usually people do, however, no scenic spot we found can be compared to the back yard scene of the cottage. We often sat at the mezzanine, enjoying the backdrop . This time we tried Non- Veg preparation by them. It was as delicious as Veg item we had tried in our previous visit. Even my wife learned some culinary art. This whole experience always ensures to visit to Vakratund cottage next time we go to Matheran.

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Mumbai
1 Review | 700 Readers

Overall the experience is best

5.8/7
Posted 13 Sep, 2015

We visited this place with my friends last month in August from 17th to 19th. I booked this lodge on the basis of previous reviews. At the time of booking, Rane kaka informed me about all the services he provide. And planned our 2 days trip starts with timings of train to reach to dasturi Naka He himself came to receive us to Dasturi Naka. And the environment was also very awesome. We start our trip with a beautiful view of nature from omni car which coats 70 Rs per person and the railway track walk till loudge at 9. Am of 10 minutes was also very refreshing. Rane kaka gave us all information about Matheran and we discussed our plan in that walk We booked 2 rooms which was adjoining rooms and are of decent quality. We started our trip with Kande pohe and we started our trip. We visited close points by walk and enjoyed a lot. Every point is filled with a fog, cold and little of shower, which feels like refreshing The special attraction of the trip is a food which is made by Rane kaki. Specially chicken curry, bhakri, vangyachi bhaji, kheer, special egg preparation(I forgot the name), thecha, koshimbir, and lots of. The food was awesommme, made by mummys hand The hospitality and caring of Rane kaka and Rane kaki feela homely, courteous, and heart touching. I am pleased with the service I experienced while my trip. We stayed there for one more day, and enjoyed the environment and experience Overall the experience is best one for me and my friends. We surely will visit Vakratund again next year. And also we know we have a secured place in Matheran to stay

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1 Review | 1202 Readers

Best place to stay in Matheran

6.5/7
Posted 4 Aug, 2015

I visited Matheran last weekend with my college friends and it was worth visiting! Such a memorable getaway to cherish We had a stay at Vakratund Cottage which is close to Dasturi and market. It also had a beautiful valley view with decent rooms. Customer service was awesome as Rane uncle (owner) guided and planned our trip so well that we could manage and cover maximum places in limited time. The stay included Maharashtrian food. The food was amazing, specially Kande Pohe for breakfast and the Kheer. I would recommend this place for good healthy scrumptious food and hospitality We covered maximum points like one tree hill point, Alexander Point, Sunset Point, Heart Point, Monkey Point, Porcupine Point, Rambaug Point and many more. Since it was rainy day, we enjoyed the waterfall at Charlotte Lake Transport facilities available are horses and hand pulled rickshaw, since no private vehicles are allowed within Matheran. We decided to walk and have fun throughout the foggy nature trail I would recommend Matheran for Mumbaikars and Punekars as it is close to both the places.

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Mumbai
1 Review | 3696 Readers

Highly recommended hotel

5.5/7
Posted 29 Oct, 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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Mumbai
1 Review | 4136 Readers

Delicious food and prompt service

5.5/7
Posted 8 Nov, 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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Mumbai
1 Review | 566 Readers

View from hotel was beautiful!

4.3/7
Posted 14 Oct, 2015

Beautiful view and I see sun rise from the window, I like that. Service is good. Nature was beautiful and fresh. Very happy to stay in Matheran, hotel is nice but road is so dangerous, early morning was so romantic, I will go next time definitely to Matheran.

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Mumbai
3 Reviews | 4425 Readers

Good service and food

7.0/7
Posted 21 Sep, 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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Thane
1 Review | 2009 Readers

Overall poor service and hotel maintenance

1.4/7
Posted 11 May, 2015

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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Room had a beautiful valley view

6.5/7
Posted 15 Nov, 2016

I planned this trip with my college friends last month. This place was recommended to me by of my college friends. This is a decent and a safe place. The plus point of this place was the homemade Maharastrian food which we really enjoyed! The host was very hospitable Myra point is at a walkable distance from the guest house. Also, our room had a valley view which was very beautiful I recommend this place! I am going back again with my family in summers!

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Reviews summary (25)

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Experience Scale

Average rating

Destination
5.3 / 7
Location
5.1 / 7
Appearance
4.9 / 7
Front Office
5.0 / 7
Service
5.1 / 7
Room
4.9 / 7
Food & Drink
5.5 / 7
Activities
4.2 / 7

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Mumbai
2 Reviews | 3097 Readers

Nice cottages

5.5/7
Posted 19 Dec, 2011

This place is a cluster of few cozy cottages, with more of a home like setting, rather than some star hotel amenities. So if you are looking for relaxing on a cozy bed and taking a dip into the swimming pool, this place is not for you. But if you want a personal homely treatment, hot home made food and a simple and clean place to sleep and explore matheran, this is the best choice. I found it really a value for money. We were in Matheran by 9:45 and were welcomes by Mr. Rajan Raane at the tax office. It was nice to have been escorted to the destination and the cool pleasant breeze was more than welcoming. On the first day, after a long walk, what we wanted was a nice, and healthy meal and our host didn't disappoint us. We had a nice "chavali chi aamti",hot "chapati"s, "daal" and "papad", a very homely Maharashtrian meal. The long walk, healthy meal and cool breeze made us little relaxed and then lethargic, getting into a good afternoon slumber. On Sunday, Mr Rajan Rane treated us with “Malavani chicken” and Rice, Rotis and we savored the authentic and homely food, praising Rane Kaakoos culinary skills generously. This was truly a home away from home for us and Mr.Raane, didn't leave any gaps in his hospitality.

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Mumbai
1 Review | 3665 Readers

Warm and homely atmosphere around

5.9/7
Posted 27 Aug, 2013

Matheran in Monsoon has its own beauty, this I had heard. This I experienced, when I was on the way to Dasturi from Neural Station on 13th of July 13. With scenic views of Lush green mountains and running water falls around the mountain, we reached Dasturi. From Dasturi to our destination was Matheran and that to Vakratund Cottage of Mr. Rajan Rane. Although I have my well equipped lavish corporate Guest House at Matheran, however we decided to go to this cottage, with obvious reason for the usual warmth and homely atmosphere which we had experienced in our previous trip. We were received by them at Dasturi with usual warmth and charm. With 15 minutes of walk we reached the cottage. There we started deciding where to go, in rain and what to see. Then the owner called us on his first floor mezzanine of his cottage. The floor has wide sliding windows which directly open to the valley. It was really a heavanic view. The whole back yard is surrounded by lush green mountain. Various water falls coming from the mountain falling to the valley was clearly visible. Amazing scene was when we saw the formation of fog in the deep valley moving up, changing the back drop scene every moment. In the trip of three days we strolled to some scenic spots as usually people do, however, no scenic spot we found can be compared to the back yard scene of the cottage. We often sat at the mezzanine, enjoying the backdrop . This time we tried Non- Veg preparation by them. It was as delicious as Veg item we had tried in our previous visit. Even my wife learned some culinary art. This whole experience always ensures to visit to Vakratund cottage next time we go to Matheran.

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Pune
1 Review | 2891 Readers

excellent it was wonderfui pleasant atmosphere, su...

6.9/7
Posted 12 Nov, 2012

excellent it was wonderfui pleasant atmosphere, surrounging s are very nice

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Pune
1 Review | 1471 Readers

It was nice to visit such a beautiful NATURAL plac...

5.6/7
Posted 6 Sep, 2012

It was nice to visit such a beautiful NATURAL place.

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Mumbai
1 Review | 1526 Readers

Nice experience

5.1/7
Posted 16 Feb, 2012

matheran is a nice place good climate when we had been here very nice cottage stayed here for 2 days with my friends service was excellent food was great rooms was fine over all it was a good experience.

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Overview

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Vakratund Cottage is ranked #36 among the 107 hotels in Matheran with an average rating of 5.0 out of 7. It is one of the 9, 3-star Self Catering Villas in Matheran. On HolidayIQ, it has a total of 4 photos and 25 text reviews and is rated top for its Food & Drink, Destination and Service.

The online booking price of the hotel ranges between Rs 60,100 to Rs 60,600 per night. The hotel offer 25 rooms to check availability or to avail complimentary breakfast, we recommend contacting the hotel to check if the final tariff includes it.

The ambience and the location of the hotel makes it a suitable option for variety of travellers. Family (53%) are the most common type of travellers that like to stay here. 67% of guests enjoy the hotel's relaxed environment, whereas 13% have rated the ambience as relaxing.

Although the hotel is a suitable stay option throughout the year for travellers, book your accommodation in the months of Oct, Nov and Dec for the best experience.

Vakratund Cottage is located at Indira Gandhi Nagar .

If you are in need for airport transfers or require a car for sightseeing around the city or you have to do an early check-in, then we recommend contacting the hotel directly and requesting for these additional services. All of the available amenities ensure your stay is enjoyable and free from any hassles.

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