Novotel Imagica Khopoli

Novotel Imagica Khopoli 

30 31 Sangdewadi, off Mumbai Pune Express Highway, Khopoli Pali road, Khalapur, Khopoli. 

(Family holiday destination near Mumbai.)

This resort is situated near the Sahyadri hills and is located just beside the Imagica amusement theme park and is 9 kms away from Bahiri caves. You can even get a view of the large theme park from your rooms. The rooms are huge but not very spacious and have mountain, pool or theme park views. The rooms have flat LED tv screens, mini bar and a glass enclosed bathroom. The rooms have balconies and suites have a separate living area. The room service is available 24/7. Breakfast is complimentary. There is an outdoor pool, gym, game rooms, kids play area (which also has an Xbox ) . There is a buffet restaurant, a cafe , a sleek bar, an event space and a pool side bar. The location of the property is splendid for a family holiday. The property has many modern amenities and decors. The hotel has in total 287 rooms. This hotel has got a solid 4 out of 5 rating but there's a catch.

We visited the hotel during the peak travel season and the hotel was filled with tourists who were mostly with children accompanying them. Let me tell you that the hotel's property is seemingly huge but when there's a swarming crowed of tourists, the hotel's lobby is too small to even stand in a corner! It seemed that all the travelers who visited the hotel were disappointed at the service, as it was very slow and the staff could not manage the growing crowd. It doesn't match upto the standard of the Novotel brand. Another disappointment for the tourists visiting Adalabs Imagica is that when you drive towards the property, you have to pay 100 INR per person to get past the main gate. You get your currency back as a refund only if you are staying at Novotel, otherwise you will have to pay unnecessarily every time you pass the main gates. Imagine paying additional charges to get into the property when you already have spent much on your tickets. Nevertheless, the hotel is beautiful but is to be avoided especially when crowded. This hotel is 57 km from Mumbai International airport. 
The hotel also keeps guests entertained by activities like the morning Imagica parade, baking, painting , archery, zorbing, dance class, pottery making, excursions to surrounding areas etc.

Booking link for family packages:-  The hotel itself offers packages with some activities for families, you can check it out at the link given below:

Getting there:-

The distance between Novotel imagica and Mumbai is 64 km which is a 1 hour 22 minutes travel time by road. The cheapest way to reach Khopoli is to drive which costs around 550-800 INR. You can also take a taxi if you don't want to drive which costs around 1,800-2,200 INR per person.
There are also 9 buses which take you to Khopoli from Mumbai CSMT, which take about 2 hours and 15 minutes approx.
Unfortunately there are no regular trains taht run to Khopoli so the nearest train station is Khandala which is 3 km from Khopoli.

Restaurants in Novotel Imagica Khopoli:-

The sqaure:- This is a buffet resturant that serves a blend of global cuisines and offers a la carte menu and fine international wines.

Nitro Bar:- It is located near the elegant lobby of the hotel. It offers the exquisite Nitro cocktails and many other explosive  cocktails, beers and wines, also serves a menu of light bites to keep your hunger at bay.

Tubbby's Bistro:- It is kind of a cupcakery that serves sweet and savory snacks to indulge your sweet tooth. Also serves simple homemade sandwiches,chocolates, cookies, muffins, pastries, cupcakes, croissants, deserts and much more.

Flotz Bar:-  It is a bar at the outdoor pool area, It serves few snacks and liquor or alcoholic beverages along with mocktails.

Overall the stay is comfortable and the buffet is lavishly spread, however i feel there are less starter options in the buffet menu. The food is delicious, also they have live pasta and noodle counters. 

What to do in khopoli?

The Adalabs Imagica Amusement park is at a 5 minute walking distance from the hotel.
You can visit the Gagangiri Aashram, Zenith waterfall,Shri VIreshwar Mahadev temple, Imagica snow park, western ghats, Nagphani (Duke's nose) and the Reversing Station.

With this the blog comes to an end. Hope you find this information useful enough to decide whether to stay at the property or not. Stay tuned for the next blog. Till then take care and remain happy and healthy! 


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