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The Machan

1 room, 2 adults
Very Good
4.5/5

Worthwhile, but needs improvementon Dec 25, 2017

So we went to Machan for a second time on June 2017. The first time, we went in December 2014, an...Read All

8 kms before Sahara Aamby Valley, Village Jambulne Taluka Mulshi, Aamby valley, LONAVALA, MAHARASHTRA, India, Pin-410401 , Lonavala
Amenities:
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Newspaper
  • LCD / Projector
  • Room service
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Rooms

Woods
Hotel Room
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In High demand

Jungle Machan
Hotel Room
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Forest Machan
Hotel Room
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Heritage Machan
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Canopy Machan
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Maps & Neighbourhood

TripAdvisor Reviews

  • hotel_trip
    Worthwhile, but needs improvement
    on Dec 25, 2017
    So we went to Machan for a second time on June 2017. The first time, we went in December 2014, and we were completely mesmerized by our experience, really really loved it. But the second time, we went in monsoon, and we found many things lacking. Listing them one by one here: We went when it was raining very heavily - but we love the rains and would have loved to sit out on the deck/balcony. But the roof was leaking and we couldn't sit there. The balcony net door bolt was not working. There was a strange plastic lunch box stuck in ceiling - perhaps a previous guest's prank but it was bizarre. When we asked for room service, they didn't clean balcony table ! And Tea cups weren't replaced. We asked for Tea with sugar, etc but no Stirrer was given - no spoons, nothing. There was no way to stir the sugar into the Tea. The double bed was a joke - it was two extremely uncomfortable single mattresses put together. If someone is going on a romantic getaway, this would be a big problem. The pantry called 4-5 times in the afternoon while we were sleeping / showering just to check whether we were going to eat. After so many years in business, can't they just estimate? When we arrived and were taken to our Machaan in the middle of heavy monsoon season, our Luggage was not covered with plastic or any other protective coer while being taken to room, even in very heavy rain !! They had absolutely not thought about this issue! They should keep ponchos and umbrella for guest use - they had absolutely nothing. Lastly, they should allow guests to bring their own alcohol (can charge corkage). In summary our experience was not commensurate with the fairly high (5-star level) rate this hotel charges. But I would go there again just because the Machaans are fundamentally really awesome and I love the cutoff feeling.... More
  • hotel_trip
    Celebrating Togetherness
    on Dec 25, 2017
    We had 2 days for ourselves from the busy schedule of our lives to celebrate togetherness away from the Heat of the Desert in Dubai and hence we chose The Machan. This place trust me is one of the best places I have been to. As an avid traveler and coming from posh nosh high tech surrounded world, I love being with the nature and spend quality time with my loved ones and try to get some soul music. The staff out here were really helpful and were ready at your service round the clock. The team at the Reception (gentleman- I forgot the name :(, sorry) was very welcoming. We were staying at Woods 3 and I really loved it. The breakfast/ lunch area was beautiful too. Also cozy peaceful place for Dinner dining area. One little feedback would be it would be great if there was room service available round the clock would have been the cherry on the cake..! Nevertheless, I’m definitely coming back to Machan the next time when I’m in India...! I have few pictures down here.. I highly recommend this place as it’s worth visiting. Thank you Team Machan for the wonderful and memorable experience...! Inshallah, I’ll See you soon in 2018. ... More
  • hotel_trip
    Great getaway
    on Dec 24, 2017
    Really enjoyed a break away from the city life of Mumbai. Only a couple of hpurs drive and you can soin be submerged into tropical forests where monkeys and Malabar Squirrels abound. Amazing stilted tree houses, with outdoor showers and baths; fabulous food and tge odd pet treefrog to add to the incredible ambience. A little costly but surely worth it. Highly recommended.... More
  • hotel_trip
    Awesome
    on Dec 21, 2017
    Amazing place....love the sunset point!!! To wake up amongst serene nature is an experience only at Machan. Must do once in a lifetime and more if possible .food is excellent as well. The heritage Machan is amongst the clouds specially during monsoon. I visit once a year definitely !... More
  • hotel_trip
    The Machan was a sublime eco adventure--worth traveling thousands of miles
    on Dec 14, 2017
    Having left The Machan resort, near Lonavala, India, a week ago, I already miss waking up in a cocoon of the impossibly soft cotton duvet, and a gentle breeze streaming through the screens in our windowed, camp-like tree house home among the fig and ironwood trees. A “machan,” is the Hindi word for a tree stand, used as a lookout for viewing animals, and in the old days, shooting tigers. But in this case, a machan is a deluxe tree house. Our “ Jungle Machan #4” was two spacious stories stylishly decorated like a colonial-era camp with rustic lamps and furniture. But it also had modern touches like a marble open air shower and soaking tub. The water never got quite hot enough for a full bath but that was a minor detail, particularly forgettable because the resort runs exclusively off solar and wind power. The “Heritage Machan” that sleeps six is also mind-blowing with the highest lookout of all. Each machan is an architectural gem. Metal cables that support the machans are anchored into cement to minimize the jungle footprint and allow plants to reforest around it. The owner bought the land 25 years ago when it had been denuded of all vegetation. The area, adjacent to a vast, protected forest, is slowly returning to a natural state. Most of the guests stayed for just a day or two and were from Mumbai or nearby Pune, a two and one hour drive, respectively. Only a smattering was from the west. The food was continuously delightful. Roti and masala dosa and other types of bread were made every meal over grills and tandoori stoves near the buffet. We are not vegetarians but the vegetarian food of palak paneer, delicate cardamom-scented pulao, and spicy curries were so flavorful and satisfying we skipped the meat and fish choices all week. The distractingly handsome head chef Manpreet also offered cooking lessons for those game enough to try to master the million and one ingredients that go into the savory North Indian food. As another activity, we tried a night walk with the British-born resident naturalist and talented wildlife photographer David Higgins. His best hike led us up to a high plateau of the Western Ghats where we stumbled upon a curious herd of grazing buffalo and cattle. When it rained at the camp, we were often cramped into a fireside camp or the executive center where yoga is held, instead of the tables set up in the woods or the jungle platform typically used for breakfast and lunch. The manager Deepak surprised us with rich dark chocolate and walnut fudge, a divine local specialty, after he learned one of us (embarrassingly, it was me) was slightly disappointed that the espresso machine broke down briefly. In one sitting, I lapped up the fudge with a spoon. To be honest, the place could use some simple landscaping to spruce up the walkways around a barren, homely looking pond. But those who need impeccable surroundings should stay at the Mumbai’s Taj Mahal Palace where butler service is available. Machan Resort is an eco-lodge first and foremost, as glamorous and lovely as it can be in a jungle and any rough edges must be forgiven. Plus the staff was devoted to pleasing. After leaving The Machan we also stayed at the mega-star Taj Mahal Palace and loved its traditional, raj-level pampering. But when I think back about India, it’s The Machan I dream of and where I hope some day to return.... More
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Overview

Situated amidst the forests of Western Ghats, The Machan features a spa where patrons can relax with a variety of massages and therapies. Famous tourist attractions like the Lions Point are located at a distance of 6 km and Bhushi Dam at a distance of 12 km from the hotel. This hotel in Lonavala houses 13 elegantly designed rooms with various amenities. The rooms have a private bathroom with various toiletries.

Policies

Check in Check out

Hotel Check-in Time is 02 PM, Check-out Time is 11 AM.

Policies
  1. Guest must be over 18 years of age to check-in to this hotel.
  2. As per Government regulations, it is mandatory for all guests above 18 years of age to carry a valid photo identity card & address proof at the time of check-in. Please note that failure to abide by this can result with the hotel denying a check-in. Hotels normally do not provide any refund for such cancellations.
  3. The standard check-in and check-out times are 12 noon. Early check-in or late check-out is subject to hotel availability and may also be chargeable by the hotel. Any early check-in or late check-out request must be directed to and reconfirmed with the hotel directly.
  4. Failure to check-in to the hotel, will attract the full cost of stay or penalty as per the hotel cancellation policy.
  5. Hotels charge a compulsory Gala Dinner Supplement during Christmas, New Year's eve or other special events and festivals like Diwali or Dusshera. These additional charge are not included in the booking amount and will be collected directly at the hotel.
  6. There might be seasonal variation in hotel tariff rates during Peak days, for example URS period in Ajmer or Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra in Puri, the room tariff differences if any will have to be borne and paid by the customer directly at the hotel, if the booking stay period falls during such dates.
  7. All additional charges other than the room charges and inclusions as mentioned in the booking voucher are to be borne and paid separately during check-out. Please make sure that you are aware of all such charges that may comes as extras. Some of them can be WiFi costs, Mini Bar, Laundry Expenses, Telephone calls, Room Service, Snacks etc.
  8. Some hotels may have policies that do not allow unmarried / unrelated couples or certain foreign nationalities to check-in without the correct documentation. No refund will be applicable in case the hotel denies check-in under such circumstances. If you have any doubts on this, do call us for any assistance
  9. Any changes or booking modifications are subject to availability and charges may apply as per the hotel policies.
Booking Policies
  1. The standard check-in time is 02 PM and the standard check-out time is 11 AM. Early check-in or late check-out is strictly subject to availability and may be chargeable by the hotel.Any early check-in or late check-out request must be directed and reconfirmed with the hotel directly.
  2. The primary guest must be at least 18 years old to be able to check into this hotel.
  3. The hotel reserves the right of admission. Accommodation can be denied to guests posing as a couple if suitable proof of identification is not presented at check-in. Goomo will not be responsible for any check-in denied by the hotel due to the aforesaid reason.
  4. Child policy apply which may vary from hotel to hotel.
  5. Failure to check into the hotel, will attract no show charges as per Hotel policies.
  6. The total price is inclusive of all applicable taxes. However, it does not include additional personal expenses like telephone charges, meals that aren't a part of your meal plan, any hotel services you use (like laundry and room service) or tips.The hotel will charge you directly for these when you're checking out.
  7. Hotels may charge a mandatory meal surcharge on festive periods e.g. Christmas, New Year's Eve etc. All additional charges (including mandatory meal surcharges) need to be cleared directly at the hotel.
  8. Some hotels may require guest(s) to furnish a valid photographic proof of identity in original at the time of Check-in. Kindly carry the same along with you to avoid any inconvenience. The following documents are recognized for this purpose: Aadhaar Card, Driving Licence, Passport or Election Card.
  9. Note PAN Cards will not be accepted as a valid ID card.
  10. All refund requests must occur within 60 days of hotel check-out. Any refund for checking out early or for no shows will be given at the sole discretion of goomo.com.
  11. In case of increase in tariff during the URS period in Ajmer or Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra in Puri, the customer is liable to pay the difference if the Check-in date falls during those periods.
  12. Goomo acts purely as an agent to hotels/suppliers, hence Goomo shall not be responsible for issuance of any invoices on hotel room charges.