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“Great View - Average food.”
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Dina Hotel
Ranked #3 of 117 Mahabaleshwar B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Mumbai (Bombay), India
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Great View - Average food.”
Reviewed 13 May 2014

Went for a three day weekend at the Dina Hotel in Mahabaleshwar. The hotel really scores on the view & easily is one of the best properties as far as the view from the hotel goes. The property seems to have been recently refurbished, & the rooms / bathrooms were rally spacious, clean & comfortable. The staff too is very courteous & helpful, though this is not a 24x7 service hotel, & they have their timings. The one drawback was the food, which was a mixed bag. While the chef served some good authentic Parsi dishes, the food for most parts was very average. The set menu leaves little for choice, & this essentially is a meat lovers hotel. Overall a good getaway for a weekend, but you might want to eat out, despite the fact that the package is all meals included.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Ahmadnagar, India
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Reviewed 12 May 2014

We were booked at dina from 8th to !1th May.....The place is awesome with beautiful garden n blooming Exotic Flowers even in this season.....all the rooms are excellent......we were in 2 , 3 n 4....these rooms are spacious ,garden facing with a sitout as good as a verendah.....the bathrooms r huge....no problem of hot water.......the beauty of this place is right from the owners, staff n waiters.....extend tremendous hospitality n make you feel at home. .....one day we told them to make Sali Boti n Dum Biryan n Boy....they made it n it was awesome......they make u eat till ur neck n that too very sweetly,,,,,,The Hospitality is above par n i will give 10 on 10......will defenately visit next summers too.......All the Best DINA......................God Bless.....cheeeers

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Thane, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 May 2014

i would say it is the best heritage property in mahabaleshwar.food is simply excellent. the staff will never say no for anything. the always have a "yes Sir" answer to every thing.lovely and well maintained garden. every time i go there i see some or the other improvement.very neat and clean and well maintained.
the owners personally look into to day today affairs of the hotel,and trust me it makes a lot of difference. it is the best lake view property in mahableshwar. the food is simply awsome. it can never hurt your stomach..very very healthy.
i would definately go back to the same place..cause u feel like home..

Room Tip: top floor have excellent lake view
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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pune
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Reviewed 13 April 2014 via mobile

Dina has been an all time favourite with family and friends for a place that offers home food the good views of mahableshwar greenery - and a great experience.
Each time we go the experience is better than ever before.
Wonderful for a family with kids or a group of mature couples.

  • Stayed March 2014
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Pune, India
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Reviewed 1 April 2014

Stayed at the Dina Hotel (after decades) on our recent visit to Mahabaleshwar. The grounds of the hotel are a beautifully laid out garden that was in full bloom during our stay. That meant that we spent most of the time that we were at the hotel lounging on the many chairs and loungers provided around the hotel, admiring the view of the clean and well maintained grounds.

The rooms were average; we had our rooms in the detached wing of the hotel away from the main building (rooms 15-20 I think). I believe these have been recently renovated and the bathrooms were spacious and well appointed. Cleanliness of rooms was good.

Food was plentiful; each meal with multiple courses. However, the quality of the food was erratic. Some dishes were great, others forgettable; some like the utthappas for breakfast, poorly cooked. All meals are included in the room tariff.

My only gripe was the poor water pressure in the shower.

Overall, I would recommend this hotel to visitors to Mahabaleshwar who tend to like their meals at their hotel and who want value for money.

Room Tip: Try to get a room in the detached wing (rooms 15-20)
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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India
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Reviewed 30 March 2014

A trip to mahabaleshwar for my family always meant staying at the dina hotel and getting pampered by their delicious food topped with impeccable service. Growing up i remember the owners, Mr.Jal and his wife inspecting the food served in the dining hall with respect to quality and presentation.
A vacation for me at the Dina was all about the food! The accomodation is decent and the gardens are beautiful but what really stood out for me was the food!

I wanted to take my wife there for a long time now, but since we couldnt get reservations over the past 2 years we were forced to stay at other hotels.

Finally we did manage to get bookings for the 21st and 22nd of March 2014. Mr.Hormuzd was very polite on the phone to take our booking and informed us about the fare and other standard booking procedures.
We checked in around evening time and were waiting for dinner to be served. To our disappointment the menu was pretty ordinary(soup, some very oily deepfried cutlets,small piece of chicken in brown sauce, potato curry and bhindi) and the service was even worse. Basic things like laying the table, serving water were not taken care off.
I was hoping that the meals the nxt day would be better but i was wrong there as well,
After an ordinary breakfast(poha and eggs), lunch was again ordinary(esp for my vegetarian wife! there was a deep fried cutlet, potato curry again!, and lauki sabji) At the near end of the meal we were served with dhansak.
All this left me very disappointed, but i was not ready to accept as yet that The Dina hotel could have dropped its standards so drastically.
Dinner was the last nail in the coffin! Again a deep fried cheese toast as a starter, pretty stale panner prep and some other things not worth mentioning. Since i didnt get a non veg starter for a long time and after observing a big group table nxt to us(around which all waiters were encircling ignoring the rest of the residents) I was told there is tandoori chicken! I waited and waited and waited but my chicken refused to come. I was almost about to lose my cool when one waiter came in with a tiny piece of chicken shabbily placed in a plate! I was so disgusted and wanted to take this up to management, but decided against it as it would just spoil my vacation further.
At breakfast we were asked bluntly by the waiter if we ll have idli or eggs! That just summed it up!
we decided to chk out there and then(we decided to skip our paid lunch) and i decided to inform the management bout this experience. But the lady(who looked in charge) was so rude that i stopped short of complaining further and decided to take this complaint further on tripadvisor!

A name built by Jal uncle over decades of serving good food, good service and letting us have memorable time at the dina is surely getting tarnished.
I would suggest you the stay at the prospect hotel or the il pallazo in panchgani!
Definitely not worth the price they quote!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Goa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2014

We are in Mahableshwar every year during the Holi holidays and have stayed at Dina 3 times in the last five years. Last year, we stayed at Ramsukh (terrible factory food) in old Mahableshwar but this year went back to Dina. My wife is a strict veg and my son and me are non veg. Dina has an old world charm and the owners have maintained the property well. We stayed in Room No. 6 which had 2 joint beds and a separate bed for my son. The room is quite big compared to some of the hotels diagonally opposite Dina. The bathroom which has a glass cubicle for a shower is a mini room by itself. It is like a mini closet where one can dress and come out of the bathroom. Outside the room you have sofa and chairs where one can enjoy tea in the morning / evening gazing at the Venna lake.
The breakfast, lunch and dinner are almost like a four course meals. One request to the Dina management is to allow a customer to skip one meal say lunch or dinner (pre- decided) during the room booking itself and reduce the rate marginally. Later if the customers eats the meal, he should be charged full rates. Am suggesting this as the lunch or dinner is extremenly heavy and the water of Mahableshwar is hard to digest. The meal starts with a soup, bread butter, salad, veg or non veg cutlets, main course, rice, chappatis, 2 veg dishes and desserts. Breakfast is corn flakes, eggs made to order, toast butter with home made strawberry jam (don't miss it), a new dish of the day like poha or masala dosa followed by fruits. The food is absolutely home made (don't miss parsi food like dhansak/kheema/chicken cutlets/trifle pudding) and tasty. One tends to overeat a bit and unless one takes long walks it becomes difficult to digest. The bearers who serve food (Baban/Suresh Kamble/Suresh/Dagdu) are very friendly and also coax you to have extra helpings. In fact when my son was making a fuss on eating his dessert Dagdu made sure he didn't leave the table without finishing it.
The management also eats here as well. The property is conveniently located on the way to the Venna Lake and a morning walk to the lake and a post dinner walk to the market helps.
This year Holi has been the warmest in Mahableshwar and the strawberries too are not the sweetest (Global warming??). It drizzled briefly one evening too.
For dog lovers, there is always Lucie to pet and play with. We will definitely book with Dina next year.

Room Tip: Ask for rooms next to the Dining hall and with a lake view
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Property: Dina Hotel
Address: 142a C T S No 143a, Mahabaleshwar 412806, India
Region: India > Maharashtra > Satara District > Mahabaleshwar
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Ranked #3 of 117 B&Bs / Inns in Mahabaleshwar
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