Best hotels and hostels in Maharashtra

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Lonavla

    The Machan

    This astonishing choice hidden away in forested mountains 16km south of Lonavla buries the competition for the state's best hotel. The 28 pine and red meranti wood tree houses rising 10 to 13m above the forest come in all shapes and sizes, but every one is a postcard-perfect getaway from which you will probably need to be dragged at checkout.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve

    Tiger Trails Jungle Lodge

    Passionate enthusiasts run this two-decade-old, conservation-minded lodge, which is deeply entrenched in studying Tadoba tigers. It's located in the wildlife-rich buffer zone and has its own private park gate. Accommodation is spacious and divided between rooms nearer to the forest or those close to watering holes – there's also the option of overnighting under the stars in a 6m-high observation tower.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Matheran

    Dune Barr House

    This deliciously preserved 150-year-old bungalow exudes undiluted nostalgia, with quaintly luxurious rooms. Reminisce about bygone times in the company of ornate candelabras, oriental rugs, antique teak furniture, Victorian canvases and grandfather clocks. The verandah has a lovely aspect over Matheran’s wooded hillsides.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Pune

    Sunderban Resort & Spa

    Set around a manicured lawn right next to the Osho resort, this renovated Art Deco bungalow effortlessly combines colonial-era class with boutique appeal. Deluxe rooms in the main building sport antique furniture, while even the cheapest options are beautifully presented and spacious. The best-value rooms are the lawn-facing studios, recently given a modern upgrade.

  • Lodging in Mahabaleshwar

    Glenogle

    This 1840s tin-roof heritage bungalow sits just as it did when it was built by the British government for one of its captains. Nestled in its own forest just 1.3km from the main bazaar, it feels a world away from the town, with five beautifully appointed bedrooms teeming with arts and antiques.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Nashik

    Beyond by Sula

    Sula Vineyard's seven-room flagship resort sits a few kilometres from the winery (hence the name: Beyond) near the edges of the beautiful Gangapur Dam backwaters. Ubercontemporary rooms feature polished concrete flooring and huge windows framing the picturesque setting, which culminates in the massive three-bedroom Sky Villa (₹38,400), a modern, architecturally fascinating space evoking the modernist luxury resorts of Patagonia.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Nashik

    Vallonné Vineyards

    First and foremost a boutique winery known for its Cabernet Sauvignon and Vin de Passerillage dessert wine (tastings ₹400; 11am to 4.30pm), not to mention the fantastic Malaka Spice restaurant, Valloné also has two vineyard-view rooms that offer the most extraordinary vistas of any Nashik wine country hotel. Don't expect hotel services, however – though the views make up for this.

  • Lodging in Nashik

    Regent Resort, Soma Vine Village

    Soma Vine Village's luxury resort, 17km west of Nashik, sits by a lake and is bordered by rolling hills. Roam the landscape by bicycle, laze the hours away at the spa or grab a bottle of award-winning Chenin Blanc Gold and relax in one of its 32 beautifully designed, contemporary rooms and villas, some with lush plants and private pools.

  • Lodging in Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve

    Svasara Jungle Lodge

    Svasara is a beautifully designed luxury lodge spread over four or so hectares where the gorgeous suites and facilities really add some luxury to the location. The food is great and safaris are well organised and led by enthusiastic staff members. Relax at the pool or spa when not seeking tigers.

  • Lodging in Pune

    Novotel Pune Nagar Road

    Around 5km northeast of the centre, handily placed for the airport and tech parks, this contemporary-chic hotel gets everything right, with an excellent restaurant-cafe, a flashy lobby bar, a 2nd-floor outdoor pool big enough for laps, a good gym, superb service and commodious rooms.

  • Lodging in Ellora

    Ellora B&B

    For a bit of rustic cultural immersion, good-hearted man about town Sadeek and his uncle Rafiq have four simple rooms in their village home, 2km from the caves (and the crowds). The three best rooms open out onto a breezy terrace with farmland and mountain views and feature renovated en suite bathrooms with sit-down flush toilets and 24-hour hot water.

  • Lodging in Matheran

    Hope Hall Hotel

    Run by a very hospitable family, this long-running place has been hosting happy travellers for years (though slow internet often derails their ability to register – and therefore accept – foreigners); the house dates back to 1875. Spacious rooms with high ceilings and arty touches are in two blocks at the rear of the leafy garden. Good breakfasts and drinks are available.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Aurangabad

    Hotel Panchavati

    A traveller-oriented budget hotel, the Panchavati is run by ever-helpful, switched-on management who understand travellers’ needs. Rooms are compact but thoughtfully appointed, with crown moulding, comfortable beds (with paisley-style bedspreads), thick bath towels and newly renovated bathrooms. There are two decent restaurants and a 'bar' (read: drinking room) and it’s a great place to hook up with fellow travellers.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Aurangabad

    Lemon Tree

    The Lemon Tree offers elegance and class, looking more like a billionaire’s luxury whitewashed Mediterranean villa than an Indian hotel. It’s well designed, too: all rooms face inwards, overlooking perhaps the best pool on the Decca plateau – all 50m of it. The artsy standard rooms, though not large, are brightened by vivid tropical tones offset against snow-white walls.

  • Lodging in Malvan

    Vicky's Guest House

    Down a quiet residential lane surrounded by lush palms 400m from Dandi Beach and steps form Malvan town, cool and mellow Vicky has five (more on the way) purpose-built rooms that don't look like much on arrival but are actually spacious, well equipped and extremely comfortable for the price. Vicky himself is super helpful and hospitable.

  • Lodging in Sevagram

    Brahma Vidya Mandir

    Just 3km from Sevagram, Paunar village is home to the Brahma Vidya Mandir Ashram. Simple but well-structured shared rooms are available for overnight guests who can help with farming, cow managing, cooking etc – there are no set programmes.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Jalgaon

    Hotel Plaza

    This extremely well-managed and well-presented hotel is only a short hop from the station. Rooms vary in size and layout, but with whitewashed walls, a minimalist feel and bathrooms cleaner than a Jain temple, it's modestly boutique and brilliant value. Everything from the hospitality to the bed linens exceeds expectations.

  • Lodging in Murud-Janjira

    Golden Swan Beach Resort

    Cute seafront cottages and rear rooms, soundtracked by a cacophony of resident swans, occupy fine beach real estate and afford distant views of Ahmedganj Palace and Kasa Fort. Some rooms feature loft beds and small patios ideal for sea-view beers, and all feature newly tiled bathrooms. A charming old bungalow houses rooms nearby, too. Rates increase on weekends.

  • Lodging in Aurangabad

    Ginger Hotel

    This 2018 newcomer has upped the stakes in Aurangabad's budget hotel offerings with upgraded Ginger attributes: clean, modern, attractive rooms that are some of the biggest in the nationwide chain's inventory at 30 sq m. Hardwood floors, modern bathrooms, split air-con units and all the mod cons ensure a minimalist and hip retreat from Aurangabad's chaotic streets.

  • Lodging in Nagpur

    Hotel Hardeo

    The best hotel nearest the train station, this upper midrange, professionally run business hotel is 1.3km from the rails. The modern bathrooms, flat-screen LED TVs, lacquer-accented woods and soothing earth tones might just hit the spot after a long haul in sleeper class (as do the large dosas at breakfast). Prices include airport/railway station transfers.