We went to Kasauli for four days to do nothing but lounge around, walk a lot and relax in quiet surroundings. Ros common is easily the best located property if you want to be a little away from the noise of the mall. We went during the navratras when temples were blaring out bhajans on the mike, but no noise reached our rooms and all we could hear were the crickets and birds. The hotel also has the best views to the hills if you get the right rooms.
This time we stayed at the annexe, which is relatively new and therefore cleaner. They are also bigger than the main rooms. Our rooms were quite big, clean and affordable (a suite that accomodates a family of four for Rs 2200). The main problem in the annexe is that it's about half a km from the main hotel and service is nonexistent except for tea and coffee. You cannot be flexible about your meals and have to inform the one person who comes during the day an hour or more in advance about your meal. It helps to have a car if you're staying in the annexe because it's a good uphill walk from the annexe to the main hotel. Since the sun is a precious element there, they need to work on creating a nice porch for the annexe, which at present has some nearly broken plastic chairs.
Even in the main hotel, service tends to be indifferent, but what's more to be expected of HPTDC hotels? The main hotel also badly requires cleaning up and maintenance. About the food, stick to Indian food and you'll be happy. They make excellent coffee and pakoras, and parathas and sandwiches. Gravy dishes tend to be very oily and they don't undertsand the concept of less oil!
But all said, the location, the quietness, the views, and the long walks you can throw in make up for average sevice and the less than clean rooms. I would go and stay there again.
- Also Known As:
- Ross Common Hotel Kasauli