Lord’s might be an acquired taste for some, but I liked it.
Don’t expect luxury or lashings of style. It’s basic, a bit rickety, but clean and friendly enough.
If you want an array of international TV stations or wifi access or minibars, go elsewhere. (Possibly don’t go to Matheran at all, I suspect!) If you want round the clock hot water, ditto. For me, I was perfectly happy showering in the morning, when the water’s hot, and I enjoyed being out of touch with the world for a couple of days.
It has basic, simple, verging on spartan, cabin-style rooms, which could do with the odd improvement – a bedside lamp, perhaps, not just the couple of naked compact flourescents on the wall, maybe a rug, and a full size sheet for the bed would help. But they’re spotlessly clean, and the best rooms have a lovely view over the valley.
I say the best rooms: for me, that means something quiet with a view (that’s why I came to a hill resort in the first place). So if you want tranquility, go for the line of rooms at the bottom of the property – numbers 12-16, I think. They look directly over the valley to the hillside beyond. You can sit in the charmingly rustic porch - a bit like a summer house - on a comfy chair, enjoy a beer or a masala chai, and drink in the view, undisturbed by anything much apart from an occasional monkey on the roof – and from time to time, the hum of the generator.
A lot depends on your neighbours. The walls are thin: I asked to move from my original room because the TV was thundering through the wall from next door. But as a result I also found a much nicer room, so I was pleased.
The owner (Shiavax) is friendly in a bustling, busy sort of way, speaks excellent english, can help arrange transport to Mumbai at a reasonable price. (I paid about R3,500 for a return journey from my Mumbai hotel.
You’ll be well fed here: the food is decent, if not gourmet class, and there’s lots of it! A man could get fat here. The apparently legendary white haired waiter is still here, although now he’s dyed it a dubious shade of copper. Personally I found him rather charming – possibly because I smiled and said thankyou a lot.
If you’re coming out of season (ie, in monsoon / summer), when the ‘toy train’ isn’t running, be prepared for a long walk (30+ mins brisk walking – maybe three km) from the end of the road before you reach Matheran. Walk up the train track: it’s more direct than the road. I carried my own luggage and arrived drenched in sweat, but it makes for a nice walk. You can always hire a porter or a horse if you prefer.
Matheran can be infected with noisy young tourists - I suspect mainly at weekends. But if you venture further into the forest, they disappear. True, there's litter around, but the views really are breathtaking. I came for a weekend break out of Mumbai. A weekday stay out of season is probably the best bet...
If you want tranquility, go for one of the rooms at the bottom of the property, with full valley vie...
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