I was in Matheran with a friend to be close to nature and relax. After the torturing hot climate of Mumbai, we were searching for some place cooler than the city and Matheran is the closest of all hill stations. We were looking online for some hotels with affordable tariffs. After checking many we decided to visit Cecil hotel as the pictures on their website was quite close to what we were looking for. It was 10 minutes walk from the toy-train railway station.
We were staying in the standard NON-AC room, overlooking the pool and the dense forest. All their rooms had the same view. The Saturday night and the early morning next day gave the best of the view. At the night, we could hear the flowing breeze and smell its freshness while sitting on the porch. Our room had one queen size bed and one single bed, a tv, and the attached bathroom. Service we got was really good and the staff was kind and very helpful. The old construction of 1950’s still gave us the feeling of that era and I did enjoy it to the fullest. It was not exactly Victorian style but more like the government quarters built for British officials, now renovated and turned into the hotel.
With the old style portable wooden partitions at the breakfast table near every room, huge doors and windows, the walkways ways from one structure to the other, besides being the ground floor structure the stairs provided to every building, the arches covered with beautiful flowers and creepers and the wide wall covered in all possible greens. It definitely took me back to the time.
Our “affordable/cheap package” included meals too, breakfast, lunch, snacks/tea and dinner, only vegetarian. Lunch included an Indian vegetarian Thali (potato gravy, a dry sabzi, dal, rice, chapatti and salad with buttermilk and mango drink as a dessert, which was not very appetizing, though it looked mouth watering in the gallery photographs on their website. I was not happy with food which left me no choice of having dinner in other restaurants in the main market area.
Hotels in Matheran do not entertain the indoor activities as the hill station demands lots of sightseeing and one cannot be sleeping in the room for the entire day but Cecil still had a small pool which was our only entertainment besides adoring the nature; so I cannot really blame the lack of interesting indoor activities. But if you are a nature lover and looking a place to spend time with someone or just want to be relaxed, on a budget, I would definitely recommend Cecil.
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