MTDC Holiday Resort
Lonar is a small village with basic lodging facilities. The only big hotel close to the crater is MTDC’s Holiday Resort and so we had no option but to pick it. Unfortunately, it turned out to be our worst stay yet !
Calling this place a Holiday Resort is quite laughable! It is old and very poorly maintained. We stayed in one of their air-conditioned ‘cottage’ rooms. It was spacious but quite ugly. The bathroom was rundown and just about functional. There was a color TV but it ran only 4 national channels . At night there were quite a few creepy-crawlies in the room; I slept terribly !
The room was bad enough but the restaurant was worse. It’s on a level above the hotel’s reception area and is nothing but a large hall with worn-out furniture. It has more of a canteen feel than that of a restaurant. The only positive was a large balcony overlooking the crater. The food was edible but given how dirty the rest of the place was, we had our doubts about the kitchen’s hygiene-levels¦
Overall, this hotel is best avoided. In fact, until more hotel options develop in the area, Lonar is best visited as a day-trip from Aurangabad.
Rating: 4 out of 10