The title sums up my judgement of the property, which is trying to scale up to be a resort. At the end it gives the feel of a budget lodge in any 2nd or 3rd tier town.
Lets start with the pros first. The property is located in a gorgeous area on the way to Jog Falls, a few kms from Talaguppa, just off NH 206. The drive leading up to the property is awesome with lush fields and forests, green everywhere with plenty of water bodies as well. It looks even better in the monsoon season, which is when we visited. The property is in a farm that grows arecanut, banana, coffee and other crops. Good to walk around inside the farm and around, but was difficult for us to do so because of continuous rain and slush everywhere.
The food was very simple Karnataka style veg food (veg only), but was consistently tasty and homely. As a person who likes south Indian veg food it was perfect for me, but may not be for others who desire more variety.
The rest was a let down for me.
We were given a room in the West Bungalow, the oldest block in the property. The room we had was small with very little space other than to hold a bed and two chairs. Even to roll out an extra mattress we had to move out the chairs. The room was not particularly clean with cobwebs and dust everywhere. The bathroom however was spacious and relatively cleaner. When we got into the room there were no towels, soap etc and we had to ask for everything. The chairs were the large wood ones with bars at the base, but strangely with no cushions. It gets very uncomfortable sitting on the wooden bars after some time.
Service is an area where the property can do with a lot of improvement. There was absolutely no hello or welcome of any sort when you reached the place after a long drive. The people at the place coldly just asked me for my name and allotted the room. The person who was seemingly the manager was new to the place and initially seemed a bit absent minded. He kept asking me for my name and room number several times in the first day. The other folks helping became friendly during the later part of my stay as I was able to converse with them in the local language and asked them a lot of questions about the area.
Note that there are several stray dogs roaming around within the property, though they were totally harmless. Not everyone might appreciate their presence.
Their website talks about indoor games being available. However carrom was only available in the cottages and East Bungalow, not in the West Bungalow. When we wanted to play chess (thanks to non-stop rains), several pawns were missing.
The website also talks about outdoor sports - cricket and badminton. However there was no open area where we could even consider playing cricket or badminton. Airtel mobile signal was very weak and worked only from some open areas and never in the room. So in the rainy season (and it rains quite a bit in the region) it can get challenging to keep kids entertained.
All food items, even coffee/tea and breakfast are charged extra. However the charges for room and food are quite reasonable.
Overall given the proximity to Jog Falls it is a decent option to just stay for the night. Don't expect much else.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A spectacular mountain backdrop, lush green areca plantation, untouched wilderness located on a truly mesmerizing landscape – that is Stay @ Matthuga for you. Here, you can let the world drift away as you enjoy the exotic surroundings. Your ambience here is perfumed with the inciting aroma of areca, coffee, pepper, vanilla, cardamom and wild orchids. Stay @ Matthuga is a plantation bungalow, Situated in the middle of 10 acres of Areca Garden on the Bangalore-Honnavar National Highway (NH206), 19 Km from Sagar and 8 Km before Jogfalls. Stay @ Matthuga is nostalgic in its setting, attractive in style and comfort. Stay @ Matthuga is a slice of the green paradise that runs through the western ghats. Breath life afresh! ... more less
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