Its very good hotel..its a home away from home..it was a pleasent stay..hotel owner is very courteous and helpful..food is also very nice..they serve veg and non veg thali and break fast in morning. It gives scenic view from balcony. I guess it has biggest space in amboli after mtdc.. budget minded customers can definately go their.
We booked this hotel at a price of 600/night for a non-AC room, however the quality and conditions of the room were not at all upto the mark.
Toilets - Very Clean
Room - In a bad condition
Bed - Had a very bad smell
Staff - Although the manager was very kind and helpful, the staff wasn't.
We had to ask three times for fixing the TV (which was smaller than a tablet screen) and it was fixed in the night.
If you just need a shelter on your head in Amboli at the cheapest available price then there's no better option than this, but if you're looking for a comfortable stay, I won't suggest this place.
This must be one of the best hotels when it was built but with zero upkeep & maintenance, it has turned into a low-end lodging.
1 Scenic view from 3rd floor
2 Central location in Amboli
3 Pocket friendly option for budget travellers
1 Old rooms with ancient & creaky furniture
2 Room service extremely delayed & poor
3 Don't expect anything apart from tea & coffee from their (non-existent) restaurant
4 Hot water only between 7-9 am that too if the hotel capacity is low.
5 Drinking water & glasses were made available on 2nd day after making personal request at the reception...they just won't answer the calls.
So to sum it up, either go there with zero expectations or if you are on tight budget.
I consider Shiv Malhar Hotel an excellent choice for budget travellers, it is far less expensive than most other places. Although the amenities are fairly basic, the rooms are perfectly fine, clean, light and airy, and the bathroom satisfactory with a powerful shower and hot water in the mornings. It is one of only two hotels in Amboli which provides wi-fi for its guests. The Owner/Manager, who speaks good English, made me most welcome, and was helpful and obliging, as were the other staff.
For few years now, once a year I drive down from Mumbai to Goa and I always prefer taking the expressway and then NH4 via Kolhapur to Goa. Since it is generally very hectic to drive alone for the whole stretch in a day, I has planned to take an halt on the way, my mind was oscillating between Kolhapur and some other place for a change, probably Amboli. Moreover it was my first long distance trip on my VW Polo too, so I was not in an hurry!! After a lot of research in Tripadvisor, and also with budget constraints in my pocket, I zeroed in on Shivmalhar hotel in Amboli. I had read good reviews about other good resorts in the surrounding area, but it was pinching my pocket, so that was one more reason why I chose Shivmalhar too. Having said that the reviews given by the advisors who had stayed in Shivmalhar were also pretty encouraging too. Our plan was to reach Amboli by 2:00 PM, however We encountered a difficult journey till we reached Amboli, since my better half was suffering from motion sickness and I had caught a very bad throat infection. We reached the hotel by 6:00 PM and were met with good hospitable welcome. The assistant helped us with the accommodation and also gave us instructions regarding the dinner and breakfast arrangements. The thing is that the hotel does not have a restaurant of its own. So you need to order in advance. The rooms were neat and clean for the price we had paid, I was cursing myself of the fact that I had not booked a room with an AC, since it was the peak summer season and Mumbai was suffering from sweltering heat. However the care taker assured that we would not have the need for an AC. And that was true, the temperature of Amboli to such a low level as the sun sets, even in prime summer, that the whole area was filled with fog. The hotel is very simple, quiet and peaceful and is bang opposite to the forest check post (well few steps from the check post). The staff and the owner are very helpful. The hotel has ample parking space. We got a room on the 2rd floor, from there the view of the adjoining fog filled dense forests was just amazing. This is one USP of this hotel that it you get an panoramic view from higher altitude compared to other resorts. Once you walk to the main road i.e. Amboli Goa road, there are lots of small eateries which serve you scrumptious, lip smacking authentic dishes like Teesrya (Mussels) Masala, Fish Masala, Chicken Masala. All this along with Bhakri (local pancakes made of Bajra or Rice flour) and Solkadi. The area is so peaceful, it reminded me of the sleepy villages of konkan, the way I love it. The people here are polite, welcoming and hospitable. The hotel is centre point all the local tourist attractions, the one which I liked was MahadevGadh point, the view from this point was breath taking. All in all, the hotel is very reasonably priced, and at the cost that we are paying it is worth the money. I would definitely visit this place again. Thanks to the helpful staff of the hotel.