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“Budget place!” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of MTDC Karla

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MTDC Karla
Mumbai, India
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21 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Budget place!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2011

Nice location, completly surrounded by trees and close to the river! Decent parking space availability. Canteen food is average.

Rooms very not very clean, surprisingly bathrooms were very neat!
Beds were not good so sleep quality was poor. Sheets ans blankets asked for more cleanliness! The aluminium roofs made a whole lot of noise during rains!

But the room was spacious enough with a porch and the price pretty low. Far better option to book this than any hotel in Lonavla.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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5 Thank MumbaiHappyFeet
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Mumbai, India
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10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2011

Just want to rush for a weekend then check out this place (thankfully the online reservation of MTDC is quite good) don't expect any fancy service or facility and you will not be disappointed.
like most of the MTDC it has a prime location (personally prefer to be away from Lonavala)
the green cover is great, lot of space to walk around, 3 to 4 children play area ensures a garden for your group. the speed boat and paddle boat are also worth a ride. the kerala ayurvedic massage is also relaxing and recommended.
the canteen service can be frustrating if all the tables are occupied. just don't expect a courteous staff and in any case there is no room service.
The big plus is thanks to the expressway its really a quick drive from mumbai and the journey part is not at all taxing (remember to take the second Lonavala exit if you are driving from Mumbai) Aslo a daily pass at the toll plaza of NH4 is better if you intend to go to Lonavala for an evening walk or dinner
(away from the crackers)

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank Sunil_Davis
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Cupertino, California
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54 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2011

This Diwali we thought of having a quiet vacation at MTDC Karla. This place is on NH4, just 5 Km from Lonavala. So its quite convinient for Mumbai as well as Puneites. You can reach there from expressway as well as NH4.
We were 2 families with Kids. Its a big facility with 60 cottages. Cottages are good enough to be with family. No noise. Lot of trees around. So really very good place to spend time.
Here comes the bad part - Food at the restaurant is not very good. You can be there once or twice. So you have to drive down to Lonavala (not very far) to catch up with good food. You have to pay toll of 39 Rs each roundtrip.
The resort outside your room is not clean. So roads, surrounding is filthy and stinky.
What to see ? You can go to Karla Ekvira Temple, Lohgad, Lonavala, Khandala - have fun in various resorts around.
So all in all - I will suggest OK for this - not really good if you have more money - 6 to 8K Rs in your pocket for a night - then you can stay at Kailash parbat or Della Enclave, Fariyas etc.

Room Tip: Choose rooms near to restaurant - you get good and quick room service and some good cleanliness, and...
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
4 Thank Prashant M
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NJ
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40 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2011

The summary says it all. The location of this MTDC resort is excellent. It is just 1 km from the BBY-Pune highway with boating, caves, and other nature hikes nearby. This is a govt run property, seemed 30+ year old and maintenance has taken a back seat. We saw leaky roofs, broken toilets and litter in some areas. The cafe is run by a private vendor and is reasonable and serves decent items for the price. There are ~75 cottages (several with 2 bed-rooms, 2 baths and a hall), play area with swing/slides etc at this property.

Room Tip: For groups, request leak free cottages next to each other.
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
3 Thank unklez
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Gurgaon, India
Level Contributor
20 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2011

Booking an MTDC resort is easy thanks to their web site! However once you get there the real fun begins. Karla is a bit distant from Khandala and Lonavla... its famous for its caves . The resort is adjacent a lake which offers some paddle boats and water scooters for fun! A good place to have a resort
The rooms are in a bad shape. We stayed at one of the cottages which looked very nice from the outside but it isnt so great from the inside. The bathrooms are horrible - no running hot water, broken fittings, cracked wash basin etc....
I would recommend spending not more than a night here as there is little to to.

One word of caution - The restaurant is outsourced to a bunch of kids who think this is some sort of an experiment. We had to wait for almost an hour for a table (which was never cleaned), another half an hour for someone to take our order! Had i known i would have driven to Khandala for a nicer dinner experience. Even room service is funny - all you can get is a cutting chai at 8AM for Rs. 20 / plastic cup!
God save this place!!!

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
4 Thank GautamM
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Property: MTDC Karla
Address: Karla, Lonavala, India
Region: India > Maharashtra > Lonavala
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Ranked #7 of 66 Speciality Lodging in Lonavala
Also Known As:
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