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“An unexpected far off place!” 4 of 5 stars
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Club Mahindra Kanatal
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   11 Km Stone, Chamba Mussorie Road | P.O. Kanatal, New Tehri 249145, India   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in New Tehri
New Delhi
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“An unexpected far off place!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

We visited the resort on the new years eve of 2012. Before starting the trip, the main attraction for us was the road trip from Delhi, leading through Merrut, Rourkee, Dehradun, Massourie, Dhnaulti and then Kanatal. One the way back, it was Chamba, Tehri (a bit off the route but worth vising because of Tehri dam), Hariawar, Rourkee, Merrut and Delhi (around 1,200km). All our expectations were from our road trip and somehow our expectations from the resort took a backseat.
We indeed had a very good time reaching the resort through this beautiful route and we thought we got our money worth till we reached the resort.
We were welcomed at a big reception area, leading to a huge dinig room, a small well done smoking room/bar with a small library. Also from the same area, you can get the elevator which leads to the other portions of the resorts (the guets rooms, the game room, gym, spa). We had a warm welcome and were lead to our room which was very spacious and well done. Though this was good enough, I wished there was a vallet to take care of my parking after driving so long.
Through our stay of two nights they hosted two difgferent parties and both of them were pretty good. The last party was a lunch hosted at an apple orchard which was a kilometer trek through the biodiversity area and it was wonderful. Their regular lunch/dinner/breakfast was also pretty good. The dining area overlooked the hills and its a beautiful view from there. Though the resort is on the other side of the hill from where you can see the Gangotri range, but itss just a walk away so I didnt missed much.
Also, I have heard that these guys specialize in spa therapies which I didnt take any. They also have a heated indoor swiming pool but I found it too overcrowded since everybody wanted to be in it.
In all, I think its a good resort, with a good service, great food and a very nice location. If you get a chance dont miss on this one.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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59 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

I have been to various Club Mahindra properties including Manali, Shimla (Mashobra), Goa, Coorg, Binsar etc and this was the first time my parents and brother and his family (wife and daughter) were coming along too. My intention was to show them what Club Mahindra was all about and also spend a good weekend with the family.
The route from Delhi is straight forward - take the Meerut route of the city and cross Rishikesh, Chamba and finally the last 12km to the resort. However, road sense in this part of India is pathetic and this combined with 2-lane highway from Muzzafarnagar onwards really slowed us down. It took us a good 8 hrs for the 325km journey.
The resort's first look is very good. Its a bigger property than the Shimla (Mashobra) one though the parking seemed limited for season customers. Check-in was smooth and we were given three rooms together for the benefit of the kids.
However, the rooms next to us had a large group of males (30-40 yrs) who did drink heavily and made full use of the big verandha - this is the last thing I / member wants when traveling with a family. Why cant the reception guys make sure males only groups are accommodated somewhere else?
The rooms were decent in size and the huge verandah a boon for kids. The quality and up-keep of the resort is very good and so is the restaurant that serves tasty food. Ordering ala carte is like burning money - the quantity of food is very less. Hence stick to the buffet meals and though expensive, worth it - except for the last night when the resort didn't have a simply thing - curd (yoghurt). How on earth....?
The resort is based in the middle of nowhere but thankfully there is a small shop and a restaurant next door. We did drive to Dhanaulti, 12km away, for the Eco Park - a pretty good place to be with kids.
Overall, we were all happy with the quality of the place and tasty food. However, small things can ruin your holiday. Another tip for them will be to make the play area bigger : the Shimla property, though small in size, has a much bigger play area for kids.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Noida, India
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

This one qualifies for state of art in the middle of lower Himalaya's. More famous for another hill station within an hours drive and a beautiful landscape called Dhanaulti near by it's any families hideaway. We enjoyed doing many physical activities and visit to nearby apple orchard was worth the hike.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Mumbai
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Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

Excellent food (a la carte not buffet)..decent rooms and good staff.. its not the best option to stay as its on the wrong side of the valley, you don't get Himalayan views from this property. also reaching thr is quite tricky, thr is no option but to come in your own vehicle and keep it with you during the stay..

Room Tip: higher floor, don't take the ground floor room, there is no view from the balcony..
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Gurgaon
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10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

Went to Club Mahindra Kanatal with my family (wife and 2 daughters) for new year (Dec 31- Jan 3). The location is 320 kms from Gurgaon and took 7 hours to reach by own car. The resort is beautifully located with valley views on one side and view of snow peaks on the other. Ideal place for just lazing around. The wather was perfect with average day tenperature around 5-10C and bright sun shine (against foggy days in Gurgaon).

I had booked a 1 bed apartment which was great...very spacious and overlooking the valley. If possible, go for higher floor. I was on ground floor, which has huge terrace. Higher floors will give you good valley views. There is a great 8 km jungle walking trail opposite the resort..really great.

The staff is good. The new year eve was well planned. The restaurant service has room for improvement. The buffet selection was good but I had to greally grab the staff to get the dishes replenished in the buffet. Same story at breakfast. Ordered room service for b'fast (an hour in advance) and I was told that it will take time since buffet was a priority for them.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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New Delhi, India
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

This property is now under the management of Club Mahindra. The property is beautiful, well appointed and the room and bathroom get 5 stars on comfort and functionality, it was nice to have a shower cubicle which kept the water in. The praise stops here. The maintenace is poor, large glass windows which are not cleaned it seems for weeks at end, monkeys in droves that prevent you from sitting out, a spa that has a small heated pool with a layer of oil floating on top and seemed totally unhygenic so did not aspire any confidence in the treatments available at the spa, and the food was atrocious, they attempt to get you to have the buffet meals, so a bunch of lazy cooks can serve large quantities of sub-standard food to guests who mostly not being a discering type unsuspectingly partake the buffet. The check out was also irritating as the bill could not be given to jus as the printer was not working since the night before and they rang up maintenace only after we raised issue at 10am and the manager and reception staff a bunch of teeny boppers, appeared at all times unwashed and unkempt which was very off putting. I must add though the sunset from this resort is amazing, one is dependant completely on resort food, however my chicken club sandwhich sans the coleslaw and the fries was edible so worth a stop for a night if you driving around that area.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Gurgaon, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

We had a very short trip to Mahindra Kanatal Resort during Oct 2012. A very beautiful and cozy property, the rooms are almost five star standard with nice sitout areas (large terrace for ground floor rooms and balconies for others). The resort fortunately has a lift to go down to room level from the reception area. The key attraction of the resort is small but beatiful gymnasium surrounded by glass panels on all sides with beautiful valley view. There is also the novelty of having a heated pool on the property though the usage is charged at 250/- per guest per use (comes free with spa packages). There is a small games hall for kids with a TT Table, chess, carrom and some books etc. The food was nice and service attentive. Dining hall also has glass panels on two sides giving panoramic view of the valley.

On the whole the place is quite relaxing and is a muct try...

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 11 Km Stone, Chamba Mussorie Road | P.O. Kanatal, New Tehri 249145, India
Location: India > Uttarakhand > New Tehri
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in New Tehri
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Club Mahindra Kanatal 3*
Number of rooms: 37
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Club Mahindra Kanatal, a name for restoration, is a concept based spa resort located in the Himalayan vicinity. An insignia for absolute living, Club Mahindra Kanatal resort, with its exquisite range of spa therapies, christened as Rasayana, extends the essential ingredients for exploring the true self. In an encapsulation, Club Mahindra Kanatal resort is the most precise term for natural curing by way of sophisticated spa treatments. Guest is priority and thus all efforts are extended to enable a pleasant stay, thus attributing special focus to the culinary preferences of the residents. ... more   less 
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