Hotel Regal – A Woodside Retreat, Mahabaleshwar

Mahabaleshwar is now a perennial tourist destination. Its undoubtedly beautiful in winters, but in monsoons its heaven. We are just back from our weekend trip on Sunday and the smell of oxygen-loaded fresh air and the pitter-patter of rains are still afresh in my memory.

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After a lot of thoughtful consideration, we’d booked ourselves at Hotel Regal – A Woodside Retreat …literally! It’s serene and tranquil, away from the noise and in the lap of nature. The only sounds you hear are of chirping birds and crickets.  The moment you are in the hotel premises, you are welcomed by fog and the lush green trees…. A scene we always see in the movies. The hotel is just a kilometer away i.e., a 20 minutes walk, from the main market area.

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The hotel boasts of 45 rooms in various categories.

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We’d booked the Splendid Room on the ground floor and facing the woods (In the pic, its the 3rd one from the right). This included the ‘All Meals’ plan. The room is spacious, equipped and brightly lit up with a small wardrobe. There’s also an AC. But who needs an AC when it’s so chilling already. The room has a large sliding window with a mosquito mesh. So you don’t really miss the balcony. It was nice to sit on the window sipping a hot cup of ginger tea and enjoying the rains.

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The bath/ toilet is also quiet big and clean. Hot water is timed from 7 to 10 am.

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Facilities include a huge, clean and well-maintained swimming pool, a lawn, children’s play area, table tennis, carom board, a big dining area, laundry, car on rent and an almost 24 hrs help desk. There is an ample space for car-park.

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Mr. Amol, the Manager had been very helpful right from the time of booking till the check-out. The check-in time at the hotel is 10 am. Our bus was pretty fast and we reached at 5.45 am, which was almost 5 hrs earlier than the check-in time. It was very thoughtful of Mr. Amol to leave the keys of our room with the care-taker the previous night. This saved us from cooling our heels in the already biting cold.  He is at the reception around 7 am till after 9 pm. I couldn’t stop myself from asking him how he did this with the same energy throughout the day. We were amazed by his service… not a single call made to the reception went un-attended. The room-service is also really fast. They are on their toes to serve. A type of hospitality every tourist dreams of.

Speaking of food, we had 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners. You have to trust me on this…not a single item on the menu was repeated. The food is tasty without any compromise made on the quality. I was astonished to see veg clear soup, dum aaloo, malai-kofta, veg fried rice, kheer, soft chapaties smeared with ghee, etc… and served with so much of love. The guys attending the food counter are simple but so very eager to serve.

Hotel Regal hits all my checkboxes – room, service, food, facilities and entertainment. I give a 10/10 for this hotel.
Last but not the least, it’s the captain of the ship, Mr. Rahul Shah, the owner, who deserves the credit for everything. Thank you Mr. Rahul for the wonderful and memorable experience we had. We’ll visit you again…

Again, a hearty ‘Thank you’, Team Regal and all the very best!!!

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My humble little blog has its own story to tell… my story… I’m gregarious being, vagabond at heart and have a monstrous appetite for food. I used to be a Human Resource professional until few years ago. To be among, with and for people was the reason I’d chosen this field.
Being in HR, I could only accomplish the ‘people’ part. I still yearned to be in those places I saw on TV and travel magazines and craved to eat all kinds of food that lulls you into coma. I didn’t want to be just a spectator anymore. I wanted to be in those pictures.
Luck smiled at me and I fell sick with an awful heart, lungs and liver disorder. Family said stay home. Rest.
Rest? Were they crazy? I grabbed this opportunity and quit my job; to pursue my passion – people, places and food.

Being on my own gave me lot of spare time for all the three.
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I religiously follow Andrew Zimmern’s favorite quote – what looks good to your eyes, EAT IT!! After all food is something that follows no boundaries, isn’t it.

Travel, I believe, is about exploring new places, meeting new people, building new relations, soaking in their culture, gorging on their cuisines, discovering their stories and of course, capturing all of these in my teeny-tiny camera.

After having been there and done that, I was inspired to share my travelogues with you, encourage you to travel and in some way find a bit of your happiness through me.
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