Vacation Period:- 18th May to 20th May 2012
Though there are loads of choices from Panchgani until Mahabaleshwar but opted for this ( our first visit ) was doubtful about this place but took a chance ( as there are some good reviews and some bad ). I feel all the five fingers are not same, so everyone has different expectations but some common expectations which every human being has is
a) Value for money ( today everything is expensive so we try to save everywhere ):- Yes this place is value for money, though the property cannot be compared to 5 stars and all as this is a old property ( the owner Shri Amit has done quite well to retain the charm, not to get too much mordenization ) the place is quite big as it is spread out ( has lawn, children playing area, pool, indoor activities are there like carrom, pool, magic shows on some days) outdoor activities ( swimming, badminton, cycling, swings ), it is a tedious task to maintain the same.
If one requires a Massage, they can arrange for the same on prior appointment.
b) The place of stay ( should be comfortable and RELAXING ):- It is very RELAXING, surrounded by trees, there is greenery everywhere. You can go for early morning , late evening walks. The rooms are nice ( small is the comment by one visitor but there are rooms which are duplex type for a big family, then a big cottage, the price varies as per room, if one is not happy in one room we can shift to the other room by paying the difference the next day if the rooms are vacant )
The rooms are clean and tidy, there is a LCD TV in each room with the Cable connection, the mattress and pillows are new in all rooms, the weather is pleasant as greenery is in abundance so one doesnt really require the airconditioner )
c) The food:- The food is veg ( we had opted for all meals included ) it is AMAZING. Different stuff everyday in Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner ( Poha, Batata Vada, Toast Butter, Slice Bread, with jam, butter, idli, vada, on different days )
Lunch/Dinner:- Salad, Raita, Papad, Pickle ( everyday )
Choley, Naan, Chapati, Rice, Kadi, Flower, Lady Finger, Rajma,Dal ( different types ) Fried Rice, Noodles,Bhajiyas, Puri, Cabbage,Sweet dish ( everyday - Kheer, Sewaiyan, Gulab Jamun, Ice Cream,Fruit Salad, Pudding, Jelly etc
d) The Service:- It is with a smile, there are some people which are there from quite sometime as i happened to talk with a few, this is a sign of good things.You ask and they will provide you, if it is included in your stay no problems but not in your stay and one demands something is not right ( the food is veg but if someone wants non-veg they can arrange in case one doesnt feel like going to the market/ out is charged extra for cases where the room is booked alongwith the food, in cases without food it is charged anyways ). They can provide you hot water if required.
If any help from kitchen is required for warming milk or making some khichdi for small kids the same can be done as per need by just informing Mr Amit. Mr Amit is usually present on the property premises from mornings till late evenings and he daily goes himself to the market to get fresh vegetables and other items required inorder to have good quality of food for customers.
e) Car Park ( if having a vehicle ):- Ample, at some cottages it is just in front of the cottage.
f) availability of transport:- If one does not have the resort can arrange the same for sightseeing etc.
g) accessibility from market:- Yes the market is 1 km from this place, but this place wouldnt have been this place if it was in the market vicinity ( hustle and bustle i, have been to Mahabaleshwar many a times in the season period and the market is jam packed, hardly place to walk, i feel one goes to relax and enjoy and not to see the market ( we do not require market daily, groceries shopping is not to be done, so i feel this criteria is irrelevant as one of the review stated that market is 1km, and if the requirement is going to market daily then the homework done in selecting a hotel is not proper ). Parking is a big issue there, if we park the car in the parking which is next to the petrol pump, then this property is less than half a km, but still half the km is to be walked, and guys walking is good for health .
They have another property which i came to know later the Gand Savoy which is enroute the Venna Lake, there they serve non-veg food.
Yes there is no Laundry ( but who needs one, when going on a vacation we must be prepared with extra clothings )
Since my all basic needs were met and my basic purpose to ENJOY met with RELAXATION. This place is forever in my heart, and the next time i think of Mahabaleshwar it is the GRAND RESORT for me and my family.
Felt like extending another day but had other commitments so made a move, with a promise to my wife and kids that yes we will be back for sure in monsoons.
Thanks GRAND RESORT
- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Mahabaleshwar
- Grand Hotel
- Grand Resort Mahabaleshwar
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Travelocity, Hotels.com and Tingo so you can book your Grand Resort reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.