We spent less than a day at Casa De Mama. Had a bit of a hard time finding the place, but Stacey was quite helpful over the phone. Nobody was home when we wound up there and the only person around was the caretaker who seemed to be a bit elusive. The rooms were sparsely furnished.
Now, for the not-so-good things: A lot of dust had settled on the mattress and we asked for the sheets to be changed. The caretaker Rukmina put a fresh sheet on top of the old one and my friend lost his sleep from coughing all night. We saw a cockroach run around the room and it petrified me! The bathroom had no toiletries, unless you count a few bars of used soap in different sizes with hair stuck on them. No handwash liquid either. One of the two towels that was given to us seemed to have stains and we were not comfortable using it. No airconditioning, but night time was cool enough for the beginning of summer. Day time I would presume might get a bit hot at the first floor where the rooms are. No entertainment whatsoever! Not like you'd need if you're planning to go sight-seeing or drive around! The breakfast made by Rukmina took quite a while. Give yourself an hour. The omlettes were way too oily.
The good things: The balcony outside the room was absolutely lovely. Lot of greenery around the bungalow and we sat out several hours in the night (make sure you carry/buy mosquito repellent cream) listening to music and chatting away. Excellent pricing. Geyser for hot water. The masala tea made by Rukmina was delicious!
Go if you want a not-so-expensive place to crash and if you have company to keep busy and enjoy the balcony with!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in the slopes of the Sahayadri ranges and situated just off NH4, your home away from home awaits. Casa de Mama is a quaint 3 bedroom duplex residence that has been converted into a homestay, retaining its rustic charm without sacrificing any modern creature comfort. For those weary warriors who are looking for a place to unwind for as long as it takes...a drive of little over an hour from either Pune or Mumbai, would bring you to Casa de Mama. Wake up to the sound of warbling birds, sit out in your balcony and watch the trees cast their dappled shadows on the ground. Casa de Mama is the place where you can tune into yourselves and turn off the outside world! We'd love to see you embrace the experience that is Casa de Mama and would hate to see you leave! ... more less