There are 3 Hotels in or around Chinoy Road, Matheran.Tariff for Chinoy Road in Matheran starts from Rs. 2250 and goes as high as Rs. 2900.Cheapest Hotel in Chinoy Road hotel list is Ashok Hotel, priced at Rs. 2250, while the highest priced hotel near Chinoy Road area is Woodlands Hotel which will cost you only Rs. 2900. Recently reviewed hotel in Chinoy Road is Ashok Hotel with a tariff starting at Rs. 2250 and average rating of 5.21.
Visited this hotel on 20th December. 15. Initially we thought this hotel is quite far from the car parking point but there is shortcut to this hotel. Staff are very cooperating. What we liked is the rooms and food there. Rooms were spacious and ample space outside the rooms where you can relax well. Food quality was too good. Not very aggressive about the check-out timing though it is mentioned as 9am. It was really a pleasant stay at this hotel. I would highly recommend this hotel In Matheran, we should first understand the routes of points to travel otherwise there is no way you could get any vehicle or horse in between. For horse riding these guys charge almost Rs 500-700 for 5 to 7 points. There are no directions for the points, so it's better to get some knowledge from local or hotel guys. Toy train was also a good experience.
A grossly underdeveloped destination under the garb of \'environmental conservation\'. I can only request the planners, municipal authorities or tourist department officials, who have a stake in Matheran, not to ensure that the area remains a shit hole under the garb of environment ?conservation?. The paths have to be levelled, with proper tarmac. The area needs proper signages and lighting arrangements. Other than some birds and destructive monkeys, Matheran has no ?wild life? to name of, so nothing will be ?disturbed? if the roads are developed. Battery operated vehicles can protect against vehicular pollution. Coolies doing backbreaking work over boulder-strewn paths is a shame and I wonder what foreigners think of it or write about it. I would say that it only proves that we are still savages at heart, without regard for human life or dignity. Lack of development and horseshit strewn all over, is not conservation. It is gross mismanagement and lack of vision. If the shortsighted stakeholders of Matheran want to see how forest areas can be developed, let them visit IIT Campus at Chennai (I would not say JNU Campus, New Delhi, lest I sound north-centric). Matheran is not a hill station. It?s a woody area on a certain elevation and needs to be seriously developed, right from its approach to its facilities. Otherwise there are a hundred such woody areas in India, from Kerala and Karnataka to Jharkhand. And these places are much better than Matheran can ever hope to be.
Best Experience: THE PLUS POINTS: Lots of wooded, shady areas, no vehicular pollution, and the hotel, I stayed in, Woodlands. I had no great expectations of Woodlands.. in fact the only reason I booked it was that I could not find ANY ADVERSE comments about it on the net. In fact the profile and pictures of itself, which the hotel had put up on the net, were not impressive at all. But on checking in, I was amazed as to how spacious it actually was, completely insulated from the filthy surroundings that is Matheran, and how well equipped. The food was homely, tasty, in generous portions and served with affection and dedication by the staff. I had heard that Matheran was plagued was monkeys. Well, a couple of stray dogs, affectionately called Julie and Raju by the staff, had made the resort their home. These friendly creatures had sanitised the placed so well that no monkey or its stupid brood could be seen in the vicinity. Julie, an affectionate tail-wagging creature was in her snarling, aggressive form, while giving a chase to a huge snake, in front of my eyes. The dogs would even accompany guests on their walks, so that they would be protected against vicious monkeys and other forms of ?nature?, including lack of proper signages, which invariably caused visitors to get lost. God Bless the owners of Woodlands. I would request them to put up proper pictures of themselves on the net, though.
Worst Experience: THE MINUS POINTS: As a tourist resort, Matheran has no proper approach. One can book a taxi from Mumbai, at horrendous costs, although it is only about 120 kms away. Otherwise, one can catch a suburban train on the central line, bound for Karjat, and get down at a shabby hellhole called Neral. From here, one can take a taxi upto Matheran or a ?toy train? Both the suburban trains bound for Karjat and the ?toy? train are not very frequent, so one invariably wastes a lot of time and energy in ACCESSING this god-forsaken place, called Matheran. On reaching, one is besieged by coolies, hotel touts, hand rickshaw pullers and horse owners, each one quoting double the approved rates.. to reach a hotel. One can take a horse, but then a coolie will also have to be hired separately to carry one?s luggage. One look at the broken, filthy paths, littered with boulders, stones, red soil and covered with horse shit, made me hire a couple of rickshaws, which could accommodate me and my luggage. The rickshaw pullers face a terrible time, pulling the rickshaws over steep inclines, barefoot, over those idiotic, boulder-strewn paths. Lack of proper signages ensure the traveller, on his own, was likely to lose his way. And God help the tourist who reaches Matheran at night..
Matheran has a ?toy? train, which I explored. It appeared that the coaches and the engine were all recently manufactured, from the dates embossed / painted on them. Yet, it is touted to be 100 years old, included in the World Heritage List or something ? I wouldn?t care less. There are a dozen such toy trains operating all over the country. The station is close to a market, which has shops selling chikki, slippers and leather goods of dubious quality, snacks and other sundry items. The market place, like the rest of the town is dusty, filthy, with a broken pathway, and horses? droppings, resulting a permanent pungent odour clouding the place. The hotels along the main bazaar (road?) cannot be recommended, due to the incessant clomping of horses and all pervasive odour of horse droppings and urine, but maybe the hotels, way down in the wilderness, can offer peace and calm. But commuting from such isolated hotels to the ?market?, the railway station or the taxi stand at ?Dasturi Point? is tiresome and very expensive.
Excellent Food, Peaceful Location and Superb Room Services
We went to Matheran on the New year day I. E. 4th November 2013 for a stay of 4 Days and 3 nights advanced booked package as it was Diwali break time. We had booked through an agent in Mumbai. When we arrived at Matheran Railway Station in the Toy Train, we exactly didn't know the place where the Hotel was located so hired the Man-hand pulled Rickshaw for Rs. 200/- per person. When we started in the morning around 10 we found that the Hotel is quite far and as We had my Father in Law who is a senior citizen and my Aunt who is a patient of Asthma, together with us. We felt it would be difficult for them to move around in the place But finally when we arrived at the Hotel Ashok, we found it really in a nice Location. We had to get down the stairs to reach there. It is on the way when you to the Sunset point. The hotel was in a real serene destination. In the lap of Mother Nature. The Swimming pool, the open dinning area, the beds under the trees for sitting and relaxing along with the Swings and sea-saw and slides and the play area for the kids. The Table tennis, carom and Badminton Area as well as all the instruments for playing there were available and in fact many were playing when we reached there The Front office staff was very co-operative on our arrival they gave us a warm welcome and asked us to wait for sometime as the cleaning was going on and also asked us to go for the morning breakfast The Best part of the Hotel was the Food. Morning Breakfast we had Bateta-Poha, Upma, Bread, butter, jam, gathiya, jalebi, idli, Vada, uttapam, Sambhar, tomato and onion chilla and many more variety during the 3 days stay Talking about the Lunch full Dish had receipes like Roti/Puri/ Puranpoli, 3 Vegetables like dry sabji, one with gravy gujarati style and one with paneer punjabi style, one Kathol, one farshan and one sweet. One day we were served with Puranpoli, other day with fruit yogut and third day with dudhpaak Dinner was also excellent with traditional, bhakhri, rotla, khicdai, kadhi onion-potato dry sabji to exclusive Chinese food and punjabi cusine also. Dahivada, and ragdo plus chat. Dudhi Halvo for dinner sweet and also Ice-cream getting served Special entertainment shows for the children like the Puppet show and the Magic shows are also arranged by the Hotel The Room service boys and all the staff rather was very co-operative and always on their toes for the customers. I really liked that and appreciate their gesture The only thing that disappointed me was the Room. The bed were very Old and almost on the verge of breaking and Many tiles were broken. And also in the Bathroom there was on place or space or facility for putting down your towel and clothes All in all it was a Very good Memorable experience to be at the place and the Hotel also, to start a New year.
I stayed in Woodlands in February with my wife on a holiday. Matheran overall according to me is just a weekend getaway, nothing more than that as there is not much to do except for taking a few treks and has limited activities. Woodlands for that kind of a place costed quite a lot. Though the rooms are quite big and have decent amenities (Neat bathrooms, AC, in-room dining), it didn't feel very plush. The food by the pool though is quite a nice concept and we really liked it in the natural setting. The location of the hotel is decently central and takes about 7-10 minutes walk from the railway station - however it is lined with horse dumping so beware of that. Housekeeping can be better.
Friendly staff with good rooms but no non-veg food
My experience at this hotel was good and there was no problem in travelling here. The hotel is convenient to locate and cab facility was provided by the hotel. It was a family vacation and our stay was comfortable. The staff members at this hotel were helpful and friendly in behaviour. The appearance of the hotel is good and interiors are quite good. But there was no non-veg food available at this hotel which was disappointing. The room allotted to us was spacious and cleanly maintained with all the basic amenities in good condition. There was no delay in check-in or check-out procedure. I did not see any kind of activities or games conducted at this hotel. According to the accommodation the hotel was good and worthy for the money spent.
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