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“Only if it was better maintained” 3 of 5 stars
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Barog 173212, India   |  
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Barog
New Delhi, India
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36 hotel reviews
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“Only if it was better maintained”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

First things first. The Pinewood is a HPTDC owned property. Earlier I have reviewed their property in Dharamshala. And the story is no different. A large spacious property with big rooms. I was in one of the two bridal suites; no suites for the groom!! In the name of maintenance, there was a thick layer of dust on the edges of the bed all around, curtains desperately waiting for a wash. The TV was an antique 19" piece, where you can tune in only two channels with clear picture and sound. On rest of the channels, you have to chose sound or picture.
The good thing was the magnificent view of the valley from the balcony of every room.
Staff were extremely courteous, polite and prompt but not competent. The house keeping and the technical persons kept fiddling with the TV for some time but the end result was 'back to square one'. Spacious bathroom, but only two microscopically tiny pieces of soap and the cheapest sachet of shampoo (Re. 1/-). Towels were a shade better than a floor mop.
There was no buffet breakfast neither was there a buffet dinner. Quality of food was below average. The 'dhaba' about 3 minutes away from the hotel offered better food at one third price.
Only if the HPTDC sheds its govt. tag and competes with private business without protection from the govt., each of the HPTDC property will become a paradise on earth.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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New Delhi
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37 reviews 37 reviews
16 hotel reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

The Pinewood at Barog is an excellent choice if you are looking for a no-boxes-to-be-checked holiday. It is bang on the main road on the way to Shimla but elevated enough to be away from the noise of the passing cars.
The rooms are clean enough and the staff very helpful and friendly. The garden is very well-maintained and a treat for the eyes. The outdoor bar is quiet and well stocked. One can just laze around there all day long watching the beautiful view.
I can heartily recommend this place for a quiet holiday.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Meerut, India
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

A decent getaway at the foot hills, the property is value for money. you will get Good accommodation and serene environments for a really peaceful rejuvenating stay. really good for a short stop over to get back in to shape for onward journey to the hills.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Indore
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8 hotel reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

On my way back from Kasauli stayed here for Two days,nice place with good hilly view,rooms are well maintained,good restaurant with good quality food,one of the best luxurury property of HPTDC.Rooms are very well maintained and all rooms are valley facing,Pinewood restaurent serves you fresh food with a peaceful relaxing atmosphere.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New Delhi, Delhi, India
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24 hotel reviews
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99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

hOTEL - PINEWOOD BAROG is “the” hotel on highway (not bye-pass) from Parwanoo to Shimla/ Chail onwards. Barog, the name itself has a history. It is named after an English engineer who committed suicide as he was token-fined for not being able to connect to tunnel from both sides. However, the Himachali Local “Bhalku” who could do the same is not known. therefore, in his memory and as a tribute to Bhalku, I would like to name the hotel as "Bhalku Barog".

I have a taste for colonial history; and therefore, whenever we went to Kiarighat; Shimla, Fagu, Narkanda, Kharapathar, Theog, Aut, Largi, Khanag, Sarahan, Kalpa and/or Manali, or go to Chail (which we do almost every year), we do stop-over or break our journey at PINEWOOD BAROG. The hotel is an excellent property with superb location in the thick pine and oak forest; and built right on the highway with ample parking.

PINEWOOD BAROG has a variety of accommodations to suit one’s preferences and budget. There is no pollution in or around the vicinity. If you need to enjoy your holidays, it is the nearest good hill station from Delhi/Chandigarh, at a reasonably good height with cool and superb climate, Good lawn with a very good quality of flowers, plants and trees. One can have spectacular views from the property and even from the hotel-room.
It has its own small but good Bar, Cafe with approach from both the high-way and the Lawn of the hotel, multy- cusine Restaurant with good quality food, which is served witgh smile in no time. Food both at the cafe and the Restaurant is value for money, with fresh ingredients, and tasty. PINEWOOD BAROG, is a hotel, where you can sit-back and lay-back, during your lazy holidaying. All the members of staff including its chef; are friendly and eager to give you the best of hospitality Industry.
But you have nothing much to do, except play billiards, laze around and /or hiking.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New Delhi, India
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15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013 via mobile

Very good hotel right on the highway.
Amazing gardens, nice restaurant.
Our room was on ground floor and its door opens in the garden, which was very nicely kept. Very spacious for kids to enjoy and play.
Stunning views. Overall a must stay for all.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Ambala, India
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013 via mobile

Poorly maintained hotel.will never recommend it to anyone. The rooms are old and are being kept in a very sorry condition. They are stinking. Food quality is still poorer. Only good thing about the place is its location.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Barog 173212, India
Location: India > Himachal Pradesh > Barog
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Restaurant
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Barog
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 29

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