My wife and I settled on the Fountain Village Hotel after our usual hotel was booked out. The images online seemed nice enough and unlike the majority of hotels in Mahabaleshwar it wasn't garish or tacky. This perception bore out well once we actually got to the hotel.
The Property: Don't expect too much room to walk around. The hotel is built on a modest piece of land and they've used the space quite intelligently, managing to sneak in a rather curious attraction by way of a mini pool. I suppose it must make sense in the summer months. There's no restaurant on the property though they do have a fledgling restaurant with a bare-bones menu. You won't starve but you won't be spoilt for choice either. No matter. The Grapevine Restaurant is practically a hop, skip and half a jump away from the hotel and better food in Mahabaleshwar is yet to be found (I have a review for the restaurant as well).
The Reception: I had dialed ahead to confirm the availability of a pool facing room and when we arrived we were escorted to a different room. I'm not sure what-facing-room it is but it looked like it faced a brick wall. I retraced my steps to the reception and without having to utter more than a, "but I though...", my wife and I were shown a pool facing room.
The Room (pool facing): is just about large enough. It's not too big. It's not too small either. The bathrooms are clean and reasonably sized, by which I mean you won't back away from the sink and fall into the commode. Furnishings are appropriate, clean and not smelly. This is no mean feat in a place that gets as soaked as Mahabaleshwar does. I wouldn't recommend any room other than the pool facing rooms since I can't imagine what they look on besides walls and the parking lot. The pool facing rooms, however offer you a pleasing view of rain battered roof tops and trees. Room service is fairly prompt and efficient as is the house cleaning staff. The ladies working on the property are full of smiles and will readily swing into a friendly chat.
The Price: It's hard to judge this one. If peace and quiet is as important to you as it is to me then there are a couple of other places that do rank higher but the Fountain Village isn't lacking in serenity either, especially when the rain drowns out all other sounds. I have to be non-committal about the price factor and say, you won't balk at it but you won't imagine you got a great deal either. It's extremely relative to the kind of experience you're expecting. Personally, I like to be left alone on vacation and I got it here. At the same time, if I need something I like to be attended to promptly. I got that too.
I normally review a number of things about a property I visit but that's all there really is to this one, other than a large game room with a very well maintained carrom board. It's not my top destination in Mahabaleshwar, at this time but it's undoubtedly the most convenient one there if you need to make frequent trips to the market and back or if you're as big a fan of the food at The Grapevine as my wife and I are. Within the limitations of the space available, The Fountain Village Hotel does quite well to offer a very decent stay. The management is quick to respond to complaints of noisy neighbours (such a necessity and rarity when you're sharing walls with overly boisterous vacationers).
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