We were looking for a decent place to spend couple of evenings so we looked around and zeroed on ‘Solluna Resort’ which is sold as a ‘Sarovar Plaza’ property. Only few months back we had stayed in their Mussorrie hotel and were too impressed so after negotiating on price-package, we thought we are done.
The package was Rs 7500 for a double for two nights + all three meals, a welcome drink (I dont know why the hell they mention this at all, its such a trivia in any case), tea-cofee maker in room, sports facilities etc etc.
So here is what we discovered.
Solluna is at Marchula and is not conveniently located if you want to do Corbett day sojourns, its actually quite away, about 30 odd KMs. Marchula otherwise is very scenic, very quiet and jungle-ish area which should be enjoyed for its own. There is a river just adjacent to resort to kill time. Its pretty big with large lawns (not well kept when we went), lots of sport facilities, a mini-theater with a projector, ok-ok dining hall and lots of green. The lodges are in groups, so they have this concept of a small area which has 3 sets of two doubles each with a mini-lawn. With A/C, hot water and very polite service, its all good good except for few things which we didn’t like.
First of all, its not really a Sarovar property. After snooping around, we figured out that there is some Raja Hotel in Paharganj, Delhi which handles its booking n all. Apparently Sarovar is in some tie-up with Raja guys and do mostly marketing of it. Well what that means that you get quilts w/o covers, the ones of shaneel (that shiny thing), bed sheets were clean but not crisp (probably because of monsoon air), foot mats were old and dusty, tea maker was a jittery plastic tumbler with a wire-mezz thrown in and that quite apparent mountain dingy-ness in the room (needs air cleaning and is possible).
What it also means, that the cups were of plastic, dining hall had acrylic seating (no wood, not even wrought iron), food tasted well but choice was limited and so on and so forth. Probably we had more expectation from a Sarovar property and Solluna failed to live upto that. Staff was very cordial, polite and responsive but if they are charging in excess or Rs 60 for two cups of tea then you would expect a better infra-structure. Here’s the price list which we found in our room.
I am fine with a laser printed paper being served as a menu-card but not fine with a plate of peanut-masala at Rs 80.
Ok, here are some photos.
All in all, a recommended place if you are going with a group since they have large lawns, a swimming pool and lots of games n all to kill time but if you are looking for those extra finesse in life, better find something else.