Set beautifully in the Forrest ... note Forrest it ain't no jungle these fantastic structures makes you admire the courage it took to erect...
I arrived in time for lunch to be greeted by some very pleasant smily faces who were quick to give a warm hello ... tick us off the register ..take the deposit ... tell us the rules and then announce the rooms will only be ready at 2pm as per the booking confirmation . Lunch must be booked ahead and costs about 700rupees ahead ...
We ate delicious home cooked North Indian food could not fault the lunch or dinner ...but if u were planning to stay longer than a day I guess the meals would become a bit tedious .
It's 2pm on the dot and we arrive back at reception to be taken to our
"Tree House " .
Well my surprise ... as I was escorted into the basement of a tree house .. a dark unflattering room W003 ... remember this when u book . Insist on a Sunset house that's higher up . I called up reception to ask about the dungeon we were plonked into ... no real apology or suggestion of more suitable rooms .
Oh well ! Let's make the best of the situation was the thought and we decided to pour ourselves a Gin & Tonic ... well almost did as the Muchun firstly doesn't keep Gin or Tonic in fact the bar list is dull and as dismal as the over priced cave we stayed in !
I decided to forget the fact we were in a bad room ! No gin ! And no reception and went on a walk around the campus . The so called peace and tranquility does not exist.
One hears the zooming of motorbikes and cars , builders banging and noisy staff who don't understand discretion .
My stay was disappointing considering my night before the Muchan was at The Hilton Shilliam just up the road .
There's no room service for dinner just snacks , no kettle for morning tea you can ring reception and 30min later you may get a clean cup , and coffee pot that looks hygienic and not broken .
I guess I was disappointed cause my room was just awful and I expected quiet , tranquil 5 star service only to get a substandard room , dusty breakfast and no sparkle with service ...
It's great space for kids to run around and scream. No real recreation ps take entertainment !
Sorry this wasn't the thrilling review u wanted to read ... it is a beautiful setting but nothing compared to the Hilton up the road ! So if u going to spend choose wisely as both properties are almost the same price
Oh Muchan I so do want to come back ...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Machan Lonavala