This is an extraordinary hotel in an extraordinary place. No cars can reach Matheran. If you're sick of Mumbai traffic this is an immediate enormous plus.
On the day i got there, nor it shoudl be said, could the famous toy train - the line had been damaged by the monsoon. So having taken a suburban train from Mumbai (destination Karjat, get out at Neral) I shared a taxi as far as you can go, then had to walk the remaining 2 or 3 km. Which was very pleasant, through forests, with dramatic views, and monkeys to entertain you.
If you're like me, you'll probably refuse the offer of a porter to carry your bags. But after about 10 minutes you'll give in, and be glad you did (300 rupees or so, the charges are actually listed at the gateway by the car park). Even if your porter then turns out to be a short, thin middle aged lady, as happened to me on the way back. She seemed much less worried about this than me, and never broke a sweat.
Anyway, the hotel: a Raj era building with some later additions. And it shows. Some of the furnishings look as if they were installed not long after the British left. Which adds tremendous charm, but not always, it must be said, tremendous comfort by modern standards.
To be fair the room had AC (I didn't test it because I didn't need it - with the fan and mosquito protected windows it was lovely to escape AC); and there is a nice, small, swimming pool, and lovely terraces looking out over a staggering view. So basic creature comforts and spiritual and aesthetic needs are abundantly satisfied.
Just don't expect crisp four star linen or immaculate modern bathrooms with fluffy towels. Or freshly ground coffee. Or, alas, gin and tonic on the terrace - the hotel announces that you can bring your own alcohol if you drink it in your room but they don't serve it. So drink a fresh lime soda instead.
By comparison with many hotels I've stayed in in India, it must be said that this place might seem expensive given the quite basic level of accommodation. But: remember the view, and the peace; and bear in mind too that it only makes money at the weekend - weekdays are almost devoid of customers. So the relatively high prices are defensible.
Very friendly and accommodating staff, who happily allowed me to stay on for hours after my checkout time. A wonderful imposing moustached waiter who will serve you a quirky mixture of Indian food and Raj era culinary legacies: the bread pudding was a particularly nice surprise.
Go midweek if you can but even at the weekend when I left it was far from bursting at the seams.
History: Lords Central exists in Matheran from the time Matheran began to develop as a hill station. It is being run by the Lords family for over 6 generations. The present owner Mr. Shiavax Lord is pretty knowledgeable about the history of Matheran and was instrumental in the legal battle resulting in Matheran being designated an eco sensitive zone. Lords Central was located elsewhere and shifted to present premises 150 years ago and it has been there since.
Location: It is located close to the market but it's not noisy at all. it's a 5 minute walk from the Toy train station.
Rooms: Rooms are spacious. you have an outer room and a big spacious bedroom. Bathroom is modern with hot water. Tariff includes all 3 meals (veg or non-veg). Menu is almost fixed though you can ask some things like eggs to be prepared as per your liking.
Lords Central is perfect if you want to escape from the crowd and relax amidst natural beauty. Valley view rooms offer spectacular views. They have a small but very clean swimming pool too. Overall it's a great place to stay in Matheran.
I stayed for 4 nights with my family from 17th Sept, 2016 in room nos 7 & 8 (Valley view rooms). It rained heavily for all the four days so could not see the valley at all from my room because of the mist and dense fog. I also could not see the sunrise from my balcony which other reviewers have spoken about. The food which is served in a central dining hall is awesome and full of variety. The spread is excellent, the dishes are not repeated and the servings are more than adequate. Tukaram who served us throughout our stay had a smiling face always and was ready to take care of our needs instantly. The hotel was virtually empty on weekdays with only one other room occupied. While our stay was excellent, I must mention here that the bathing area and the toilet needs maintenance. Hot water is only available for 3 hours in the morning which is problematic on a holiday. But the owners are very nice, helpful and accommodating which made our stay very pleasant.
Matheran in rain looks beautiful and the monkeys kept us occupied with their tantrums. Charlotte lake is not very far from the hotel and the market is a 10 minute walk. Would love to stay at this hotel again in future.
Central Lords hotel is one of the good hotel at Matheran. You can get peace & very quite . You can see the beauty of valley without noise from surroundings. You can enjoy the natural beauty with Hanuman ( Monkeys & birds ). Hotel has nice Swimming pool & big Chess board /Badmitton court . Only things to be upgraded eg TV & furniture. That r old. Foods was awesome.
Visited Matheran in January and stopped over at this place for dinner (which needs to be booked in advance). Stayed in the hotel for the weekend, we thoroughly enjoyed the comfort of the place. It has some some great Parsi food (3 course meals), a very charming aura and open badminton courts!
It's one of the places that isn't too far from the bustling market, but yet its quiet enough to enjoy the serenity of Matheran.
Would highly recommend having a meal here!