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“Early days but it could be much more”
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Fountain Village
Ranked #16 of 125 Mahabaleshwar B&B and Inns
Reviewed 24 June 2013

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).

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 June 2013

Very nicely maintained. Spotless bathrooms.
Extremely nice and friendly staff.
Very close to market. So if you are looking for a quaint place then this may not be your best bet. Go for a hotel that is farther from the market.

What I didn't like is that, both the rooms I was given, had no balcony, no window. If you plan to use it only for the night to sleep then fine; but then you need not pay 6000/night. You can get less expensive options.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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2  Thank Rayan A
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Reviewed 9 June 2013

We migrated to "The Fountain" after paying the difference from day 1...it was a great experience and a great hotel with all good guys beginning with the receptionists, the bearers, the waiters and the restaurateurs...the food was great and we were fondled with a delicisous fare of breakfast, lunch and dinner...suggest that they also include coffees optionally at eventide and a discounted breakfast on the day of departure...everything hygienic, clean..overall great...I would recommend this to some of my friends. however, I wanted to rent the villas for about 4 to 5 days some time...to take my entire family if I get an opportunity...Notionally there is lot of scope for improvement...but surfeit as far as we are concerned.....

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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2  Thank Satyanarayan K
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Reviewed 2 June 2013

Pros:
1) The hotel rooms are very clean and nice inside.
2) The USP of hotel is that its right in the Mahabaleshwar city, so you can just walk down the road and hit the market area.
3) The taste of the food they serve is good.

Cons:
1) The problem is that the rooms near the reception (where we got to stay) have no windows at all, so there is no ventilation and you are at the mercy of A/C. But some rooms on upper level have fairly good ventilation.
2) The hotel does not have big area, so no space to roam around inside the hotel.
3) No rastaurant where you can sit and eat, everything is delivered to your room.
4) Expensive compared to the ammenities it provides.

Room Tip: Do not take rooms near the reception, they do not have any windows.
  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with family
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3  Thank deshiashish
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Reviewed 1 June 2013

Well maintained peaceful property with very good ambiance & excellent co-operative staff. I didn't get a pool facing room, but my Club Exquisite Room No.16, the last one in opposite wing was also very good. A big room with very good bathroom and a room side sit-out. Must enjoy having breakfast and meals at the sit-out outside the rooms. Nearly all rooms are having sit-outs. Good simple food on menu. Eating varieties need to be extended. A two minute walk will lead you to the Main market, a Domino's outlet, a variety of eateries, bars & a taxi-stand, if you want to hire a one for sight-seeing. You will not get any natural surrounding views from this hotel. Just go for it if you are with a family.

Room Tip: Rooms Nos. 13, 14,15 & 16 are the most inner rooms without any disturbance or external traffic...
  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with family
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2  Thank nikkpatel
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Reviewed 30 April 2013

We were a big family and occupied all the 4 Pool Facing Rooms with Sitout by the Pool. Always go for those rooms as it feels like you are in a different zone altogether and have access to the pool directly from your room. The rooms are big (especially room 12 is very big for 2 adults and 2 kids). Nice bathrooms and soft beds. The location is just perfect (next to Hotel Rajesh) right opposite the market. You could practically walk to the market for shopping, CCD around the corner and Dominos a 5 minute walk. You also have bars and alcohol and groceries available around the corner. They do not have a restaurant on site and serve breakfast at the sitout area. Its great if you are by the pool rooms as you have a relaxing time having breakfast. They would make lunch and dinner on request from the items in the menu. But there are lots of eating options around. Its a small boutique B&B perfect for a not so expensive weekend getaway with its own privacy and quite relaxing atmosphere and ambience. Go for it!!!!

Room Tip: 4 Pool Facing Rooms - 9,10,11,12 with Sitouts (Village Club Exquisite Rooms)
  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with family
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2  Thank IndiaTravelfreak
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Reviewed 29 April 2013

This hotel is very close to the market hardly 2 mins .
The rooms are nice just that there are no windows in the Club village so gets stuffy. The rooms have modern amenities and well maintained.
The breakfast provided is good, but there are no options to choose from.
The only disappointment is that they don’t have a restaurant of their own.

Staff is courteous and if you are planning a stay, book a room in Club Village Exquisite as it has a sit out.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: | Near Bharat Petrol Pump, Dist: Satara, Mahabaleshwar 412806, India
Region: India > Maharashtra > Satara District > Mahabaleshwar
Amenities:
Swimming Pool
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Ranked #16 of 125 B&Bs / Inns in Mahabaleshwar
Price Range: £44 - £69 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Fountain Village 3*
Number of rooms: 16
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