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“I named it "Hotel Cecil Grand + Veg Parsi Hotel = An Oxymoron"!!!”
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Cecil Hotel
Ranked #7 of 26 Matheran B&B and Inns
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India
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“I named it "Hotel Cecil Grand + Veg Parsi Hotel = An Oxymoron"!!!”
Reviewed 24 May 2012

The approach – Just like any other hotel in Matheran, the approach is through the muddy roads of Matheran. You WILL HAVE TO wash your shoes immediately when you go back.
First look – It seemed like a below average hotel in the middle of a jungle which looked more like the army barracks from the British era.
The Rooms - A look at the rooms from inside made the impression even worse. Huge in size but terrible from all other aspects.
The food – The hotel’s run by a Parsi. Firstly, the idea of having a Parsi serving only pure veg meal didn’t seem interesting at all. The food was served in a thali system and was slightly above average.
The service – The staff was good and helpful but not really trained.
My verdict – I just loved the place itself (Matheran, not Cecil), the weather and the fact that we were sitting in the middle of a jungle and having fun with friends and family. I wish the food was better and the stay more comfortable.

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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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Navi Mumbai, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 May 2012

We stayed there for three nights in May 2012. About 500 metres away from Bazar Peth truly gives a feeling that you are sitting in the lap of the nature. Cecil Matheran has 25 heritage type spacious rooms spread across sprawling 5.5 acres. Cecil is a laid-back hotel, where you can converse with nature and have loads of peace and serenity.

Staff is extremely co-operative, available all the time. Food is excellent (Non-vegetarians, please excuse) and served hot (no buffet) in your plate. Room service is available by ringing hand-bell as opposed to telephone (unique feature). Garden for kids, badminton, carrom for adults. Verandah for hanging around with near and dear ones/friends, having tea-coffee and reading books/papers. The hotel staff will incense the room every evening with powdered Dhoop to prevent bugs, mosquitoes, etc, which gives a unique feeling.

The biggest USP of Cecil is that the Hotel owner resides in the hotel and is more than keen to receive feedback and act upon it. Those who are looking for modern facilities and lot of noise will be disappointed. Gives a homely feel and I would definitely want to go there again and again.

Room Tip: For Non A/C Accommodation: Rooms opposite garden is a smart option. Preferred room numbers 5-14. F...
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Pune, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2012

We stayed at this place in April 2012 for 4 days.
Natural and rustic environment.
Service and atmosphere is very good.
Food is damn good. Rates are also quite reasonable.
Manager Mr. Eknath and Owner Mr. Rusi both are very helpful.
Market place is at 10-15 mins walking distance.
Peaceful place to enjoy your vacation.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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mumbai
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2012

Good Service, Food is very Good, natural atmosphere surrounding the hotel, 10 min walking distance from Market area. Rooms are clean, staff is very helpful / co operative. correct guidance for sightseeing

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Mumbai
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Reviewed 26 March 2012

To make this easy I am going to break down this review -

Location - Cecil is about a 10 minute walk from the main Market area which means there are no shops or restaurants nearby. This is a huge positive for someone who is looking for solitude, silence or perhaps a place away from the Hustle and Bustle of the main market.

On the other hand if you are a shopaholic or wish to eat out or perhaps have aged persons travelling along with you this might be a pain.

Ambience - The Hotel is a very old property and consists of a number of Row Houses which house the rooms. Each Room has a verandah outside where one can sit down and just laze around. Works great for nature lovers who just want to laze around and enjoy the sounds of nature.

Rooms - Rooms are pretty basic, with sparse furnishings. Please dont expect any luxurious beds, Satellite Television, Phones or luxurious decor. The Rooms that I stayed in had beds with white bedsheets, a bathroom with an ante-room with dressing table. There is no running hot water but you can get a bucket of hot water every morning at 7:30 delivered to your room.

Other Facilities - There is a Badminton Court on the premises and also indoor games like Table Tennis and Carrom. The TT table though was in a derelict state though and quite useless for playing. Also adjacent to the Badminton court was a small childrens garden. Overall a big plus if you got kids.

Food - Food is the main USP of the hotel. They serve delicious vegetarian fare!

Service - The proprietor Mr Russi Irani is a true Gentlemen and you almost immediately feel at home when you speak to him. The man is extremely approachable and informed us that he would be available for planning any trips or sightseeing though we did not have an opportunity to do so. The rest of the staff is courteous but sometimes need to be hounded for getting things done.


Price - When I stayed there during the weekend I was charged 2500 INR per room which seems a little high for the facilities provided.

Summing it up - the place is great for families and couples who just want to relax and enjoy themselves in a nice cosy ambience. If you are the kind of person who however wishes to remain close to all the modern comforts you might just want to give this place a skip! Probably a little refurbishing could do a world of good for the place!

I am looking forward to visiting this place during the rains!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Cecil Hotel

Property: Cecil Hotel
Address: Chinoy Road | Via Neral, Karjat Taluka, Matheran 410102, India
Region: India > Maharashtra > Raigad District > Matheran
Amenities:
Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 26 B&Bs / Inns in Matheran
Price range (per night): $71 - $94
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cecil Hotel, Matheran is a Heritage Hotel constructed in the year 1950. Having been recently renovated and rejuvenated, it still maintains its charm of its era! Being a ground floor structure, it is an accessible hotel based in a sprawling area of 5.5 acres of land, lush green and quite for the ultimate tranquil holiday experience. The hotel consists of 25 rooms, including 3 bungalows and also a large dining room where the guests are served the most delicious vegetarian cuisine. The hotel also caters to the music savvy generation by providing an in-house dance floor and DJ. ... more   less 

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