Maharashtra thrived under the patronage of 12 dynasties till India’s Independence post which the palatial mansions, forts, bungalows, summer resorts, havelis that were inhabited by the erstwhile ruling families were transformed into heritage hotels for lack of royalty and shortage of funds to maintain them. Abandoned by the royal families and family members the heritage buildings converted into hotels are located at prime positions with stupendous architecture, décor, tapestries, chandeliers, antiques. Now these luxuriant heritage hotels welcome guests with excellent service and ensure that they enjoy a few days of royal services at their behest.Maharashtra
has a few heritage hotels scattered in places which were erstwhile residences of royal families and the British Empire. Here are a few suggestions regarding the best heritage hotels in Maharashtra.
The Verandah in the Forest (Matheran)
A colonial bungalow belonging to the 19th century bordering a lake amidst dense greenery and forest; The Verandah in the Forest is an ethereal place to stay in luxury for a few days. Located in Matheran Hill Station of Maharashtra, the British era bungalow has 11 well furnished rooms, i.e. Luxury Suites, Grand Rooms and belonged to an erstwhile Parsi owner whereby it was transformed into a heritage hotel.
Guests can dine at the multi cuisine restaurant here enjoying Continental, Indian and Chinese platter as well as they can avail recreational facilities like Bullock cart riding, bird/animal watching, Ghazal nights, adventurous trekking, nature walks, library book reading, visit Chardlotte Lake, walk along the promenade. The hotel also has conference and banquet facilities.
Fort Jadhavgarh (Pune)
Bathing in the glory of former Maratha warrior resonate an old world aura, Fort Jadhavgarh is one of the best heritage hotels in Maharashtra located off Satara Road in Pune
. Built by Pilaji Jadhavrao (to prevent foreign invasion), a soldier in Chattrapati Shivaji‘s battalion Fort Jadhavgarh is a wonder. Divided into 41 rooms of unique categories like Royal Tent, Premium Rain Shower, Premium Hill View, Maharaja Suite, Maharani Suite, Museum Suite; Fort Jadhavgarh offers exotic dining options dished out by its several restaurants- Payatha Restaurant( Marathi cuisine), Aangan Restaurant ( serves authentic wine and hosts banquets) Chajja ( multi-cuisine restaurant) and Kund (Pool side bar)
Hotel Sunderban (Pune)
Honored with National Tourism Award for outstanding hospitality and government sanctioned heritage hotel, Hotel Sunderban in Pune was an erstwhile magisterial palace. Situated beside Osho Commune International Center, the hotel is surrounded by shopping centers etc. With 35 deluxe rooms and plush suites the heritage hotel maintains its antique furnishing and home décor. The hotel offers distinct vegetarian platter or might visit eateries situated nearby like Mainland China, San Marzano, ABC Farms.
Gordon House Hotel (Mumbai)
Boutique hotel named after Arthur Gordon, the owner of the former bungalow converted into a posh heritage hotel; Gordon House Hotel is quite famous in Colaba area of Mumbai
and esteemed for its grand architecture and its plush interiors which is reflected all over the hotel signifying Gordon’s love for art.
Equipped with latest amenities, the heritage hotel has 30 furnished rooms named after their room décor style Mediterranean, Scandinavian and Country; Gordon House Hotel has a world class restaurant serving gastronomical delights from India and across the globe. All Stir Fry serves authentic Oriental cuisine to its revered guests while Poly Esther’s Night Club is for the party people ready to hit the dance floor. Guests can relax in the swimming pool, play indoor games or just chill at the bar at Gordon House Hotel.
Pratap Heritage (Mahabaleshwar)
From an imperial mansion later transformed into heritage hotel post independence, Pratap Heritage in Mahabaleshwar
is a quaint place to enjoy a royal stay in the midst of nature. With 36 sprawling and ornamented rooms, Pratap Heritage ensures its guests royal treatment/hospitality at every step with dishing out gourmet platter in both vegetarian and non vegetarian varieties. The heritage hotel located amongst the lush greenery and scenic landscape of Mahabaleshwar is assured to enhance the luxury of its revered guests.
Hotel Prospect (Panchgani)
Constructed in pre- independence era, Hotel Prospect qualifies as a heritage hotel in the truest sense for being the first ever hotel in Panchgani. The erstwhile hotel which used to be a summer retreat of the British offers an ecstatic view of the valley beneath. Nestled among nature’s lap the hotel is segmented into three exquisite old styled bungalows divided into deluxe rooms and suites. The hotel serves delicious non vegetarian and vegetarian cuisine delivered to the tables of its guests in the refined dining hall with a royal touch.
Come down to any of these heritage hotels in Maharashtra and taste their royal hospitality for a few days encircled by nature’s beauty.