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“A joke of a place”

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MTDC Holiday Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Lonar
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“A joke of a place”
Reviewed 12 March 2010

Lonar is a small village with basic lodging facilities. The only big hotel close to the crater is MTDC’s Holiday Resort and so we had no option but to pick it. Unfortunately, it turned out to be our worst stay yet !

Calling this place a Holiday Resort is quite laughable! It is old and very poorly maintained. We stayed in one of their air-conditioned ‘cottage’ rooms. It was spacious but quite ugly. The bathroom was rundown and just about functional. There was a color TV but it ran only 4 national channels . At night there were quite a few creepy-crawlies in the room.

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  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 December 2009

We had being to Lonar Sarovar (crater) on 26th Dec 2009. It was one day picnic from Aurangabad & back. We had not stayed at the Resort but used their restaurant for food during our picnic.

Hotel is perfectly located just in front of the Crater Hole. You can have a marvelous view of the entire area from the restaurant top floor. The trekking route for Kamalja mata mandir deep in the crater starts just from the front of the resort. Area as well as resort is big enough in size (as usual in case of MTDC resorts) but poorly managed. The restaurant (Tarangan by name) do not have basic amineties like exclusive washrooms - whatever were built earlier has being locked due to improper maintenance. Even kitchen cleanliness is below average neither you have good choice on food variety. They serve some standard menu which is usually fast moving & may be easily availlable in the area around.

May be one of the reason for poorly managed is less number of guests as well as occupancy levels. As per the outsourced staff the hotel is full only in two weeks around Diwali & another two weeks around Christmas & new year. For remaining 11months there are rarely any guests turning up. Hence business transcations are very low & cannot cover the royal Maintenance cost of the resort.

On the other side, in Lonar this is the Best available option to stay or even to have your afternoon food. Other hotel around are like 'Tapri' style or even beyond imagination. Considering the natural beauty in & around Lonar crater, it is worth visiting this place. Do not forget to try for trekking into the crater with route starting from PWD guesthouse (front of MTDC resort) - highly recommended if you are young enough & has passion for nature around. Your will surely enjoy it. It takes roughly 2-3 hours. Not sure about recommending MTDC resort. May be in future with good business or guests turning up; the hotel Management will improvise on their Maintenance.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 April 2008

If you want to stay within sight of the Lonar meteor crater (which incidentally is well worth a visit), there's no other option but the state-run MTDC resort.

If you do so however, you will require all your reserves of tolerance. This is by far the dirtiest place I have ever been. You will find damp blooming across the walls, dirt on every surface, cobwebs in the ceiling, a wide selection of animal life of which mosquitos are just one attraction, and dank and dirty sheets on a bed which is little more than a small piece of mouldy foam rubber on a tatty wooden platform.

The bathroom is so dirty that there surely could not have been any more dirt in the sink if it had been painted on, while the shower was caked in limescale and did not work, not that there was much hot water anyway. I did actually point out the dirty sink, thinking that this was something the staff could manage to put right, but when they proudly showed me the results of their work a couple of hours later there was no difference at all.

The food was mediocre at best and you can only eat what they happen to be cooking at the time, and of course the cutlery, crockery and the dining area itself boast the same standards of cleanliness as the rest of the place.

The service was certainly friendly, although quite what kind of training they've had uncertain. The location is terrific though, and the staff will set up a table for you on the terrace so that you can look out into the void of the crater as you eat your dinner.

I still shudder at the thought of my stay in this hotel. A better bet though may be to stay in Aurangabad and visit the crater as a day trip, since the crater itself is well worth a visit.

  • Liked — The view of the crater
  • Disliked — The dirt
  • Stayed March 2008, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about MTDC Holiday Resort

Property: MTDC Holiday Resort
Address: Paryatan Sankul Buldhana District, Lonar 443302, India
Region: India > Maharashtra > Buldhana District > Lonar
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Lonar
Price range (per night): ₹ 900 - ₹ 1,500
Number of rooms: 8
Also Known As:
Mtdc Holiday Hotel Lonar
MTDC Holiday Resort Lonar, Maharashtra

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