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The Machan

Private Road Village Jambulne, 8 km Short of Aamby Valley, Lonavala 412108 India
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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#14 of 171 hotels in Lonavala
Travellers' Choice
An award-winning eco-resort in Lonavala. The Machan is a story of dwellings that rise above the forest floor and form a symbiotic relationship with their natural surroundings. All of its individual accommodations are floating in the air, with enchanting views and elegant rustic interiors. Its carbon footprint is minimal - with its energy generated solely through solar and wind. Located in Jambulne, one of 25 biological hotspots of the world and a mere 2.5 Drive from Mumbai (1.5 Hours from Pune), the Machan makes for an accessible weekend getaway. We invite you to take some time away from work and immerse yourself in this one of a kind experience. Reconnect with family, friends and loved ones in the comfort and privacy of this truly exclusive retreat.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Paid internet
Hot bath
Free breakfast
Board games / puzzles
24-hour security
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
24-hour front desk
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Room features
Private balcony
Room service
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Great View
Languages Spoken
English, Hindi
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Prasad wrote a review 4 Dec
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One of the best place I have ever visited, friendly and supportive staff. Best place to run away from the hustle bustle city. You can just relax with your loved ones without disturbance of phones. Best place to visit!!
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Aloysius Lobo wrote a review Nov 2021
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This place surely doesn't disappoint. Before going here I read a lot of reviews, many were positive and some were downright bad. However, now that I have been there I feel I need to write a review that really makes justice to the place. We booked the canopy machan for 10th September, however 2 weeks before our stay our dog fell critically ill, we had to cancel and thought our money is surely down the drain, however upon learning that our dog is so I'll they gave us an extension which we gladly accepted, however once again our dog hadn't recovered. They graciously gave us an extension on the condition that it would be the final one. We were really grateful because rarely any resorts make such exceptions. We were staying in Canopy 1. The room was clean and the view was simply mind-blowing. Coming to food I read many reviews that the food was very expensive. I had both their set menu and al carte menu. The food was filling and extremely tasty. Considering the cost, one has to understand that it's in the middle of jungle and the cost of getting fresh produce daily is expensive, moreover most high end restaurants in Lonavala would charge you same if not more. The best thing I liked about this place was no cell reception. I and my husband have been married for over a decade. Having the phone out the way allowed us to have long conversations with each other, which also bought us closer emotionally, spiritually and physically. I would highly recommend anyone who can afford this place to come here, atleast once. This place is truly worth the money. I know I will be back here, maybe not so soon, but surely in a couple of years."
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Shweta Chauhan wrote a review Nov 2021
Mumbai, India1 contribution
The one of the bests!!! Food was fantastic, service was good, place was clean, property is maintained very properly, view was good, loved the forest trail… last but not the least, entry to the property was awesome
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Aarthi wrote a review Nov 2021
1 contribution
We went there to celebrate my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary and our stay from oct 31st to nov 2nd was wonderful. What made it fabulous was the amazing environment, the property and the staff who always had a smile on their face. The service was top notch and the food was simple but very tasty. They also accommodated our requirements for a Jain cuisine. Our celebration was made special and memorable thanks to the wonderful team of the Machan!!!!
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Jyoti Keswani wrote a review Nov 2021
Navi Mumbai, India3 contributions4 helpful votes
We had booked a starlight machan which comes with a swimming pool and a skylight. We were shown how to open the skylight and told to open it after 9 pm at night as the insects would have found their nest to roost by then. But when we tried to open it at 10 pm, it would simply not open! So the technician was called and he said that there was a major problem and they couldn't do anything till morning. But we had to checkout in the morning and the entire experience was ruined! Also, they could not even reach the incharge of the place as he would not pick up his calls at night. We had paid 30,000 for this particular machan, and its main skylight feature wasn't working! We were damn pissed. And even if there was an issue that it wasn't working, they did not provide us with another machan or refund us part of the money as a solution. When we spoke with the general manager in the morning, he was unhelpful and quite arrogant about it. Instead of providing a proactive solution or even acknowledging his mistake, he rudely told us to be "only happy with the vibe we experienced of the place" In fact, he turned quite preachy and said that it's not about "the lodging here" and that the skylight is "unique machinery" that may or may not work. Oh really? Then maybe you shouldn't be offering different styles of machans (along with machinery that doesn't work) at such expensive rates! Another thing I noticed that his words and actions didn't make any sense! When my partner told him that the whole point of the skylight was that we could sleep under the stars at night (atleast for an hour), he had The Gall To Laugh Right In Our Faces! (Let's look at what the website description says of The Starlight Machan - "Bringing the ancient concept of a "star bed" to the modern era, our luxurious Starlight Machans have a translucent, retractable roof for guests to enjoy the pitter-patter of the rains in the Monsoons and the starry night sky in the Winters & Summers.") IMAGINE LAUGHING AT THE VERY USP OF WHAT YOUR BRAND IS OFFERING! Ironical, isn't it? After arguing with him, he finally waived off our food expense bill which amounted to around 3000 rupees as "settlement" But we were still not happy with his arrogant attitude and the frustration we had felt when there was no one around to help us at night. Furthermore, we noticed later that the machan itself had minor defects like a broken table, broken bathroom stand and such. So, it looks like the the machan wasn't maintained well as well. Overall - Location might be great, but if the service and hospitality is so bad, then what's the point of going to such a place? I would recommend to avoid this place for sure.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
3 Helpful votes
Response from TM General Manager, General Manager at The Machan
Responded 2 weeks ago
Please refer to the response to "ShreyasJoshi" as this is a duplicate review put by you.
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US$138 - US$267 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
The Machan & Camp Canopy
IndiaMaharashtraPune DistrictLonavala
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Machan
Which popular attractions are close to The Machan?
Nearby attractions include Lion's Point (3.9 km), Lonavala Lake (7.6 km), and Tung Fort (5.8 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Machan?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a spa, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at The Machan?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at The Machan?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Machan?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Hindi.
Are there any historical sites close to The Machan?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Tung Fort (5.8 km).
Does The Machan have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.