I travelled with my wife and kid to Holiday Cottages from Shimla to Manali. We stayed there from 26th to 29th Dec '13. The overall experience was great.
Driving in from Shimla in a car we did not have any trouble locating the hotel as there were good number of sign boards directing us towards the hotel in Manali town. The reception was warm and check-in process was quick. Since our pre-booked Super Deluxe rooms were given to someone else, they upgraded us to a honeymoon suite. The view from the room was awesome.
The food served in the dining area was hot and good. The staff were very courteous and enquired us well. I felt more at home, when the staff regularly asked us if the food was good and if we needed anything else. The room service was also prompt and good. We were also advised on what areas to see and which areas to look out for purchases. Small things like these add a personal touch to the entire experience at the hotel.
We had to check out early in the morning on 29th Dec, around 6am, the staff asked us on their own if we needed any packed breakfast, milk etc. Infact they suggested and gave us milk in a flask the previous night so that we could warm it up in the kettle provided in the room as per our convenience in the early morning.
The distance of the hotel from all major visit points like Hidimba temple, Mall road, Club house etc was just right. Some of the other thoughtful points that I liked were:
1. They had provided slippers in the room which, according to me, are needed as it was winter
2. Room heater provided in the room was perfect
3. I needed a print out of a document urgently and they obliged readily to let me take printouts.
My overall experience was great and I would definitely recommend the hotel for a pleasant stay at Manali
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Holiday Resorts and Cottages is one the best brand in Manali offering a complete holiday experience. TheHoliday Resorts and Cottages is managed by experienced professionals who have more than 18 years of experience in tourism and hospitality services.Holiday Cottages was started as a home stay venture by Mr. M.C Thakur, a horticulturist and a progressive farmer. Seeing that Manali had suddenly become a hot tourist spot, he built the first 'Holiday Cottage' with three bed rooms in the year 1994. The cottage used to be rented out to families for months together who would prefer their own cooks.He subsequently built another cottage in year 2000 with three more rooms and expanded further with another cottage with four bed rooms in the year 2005.By the year 2005 Manali was well established name as round the year preferred holiday destination in the Indian Himalayas. A generational change was also happening in the 'Holiday Cottages' family and Roshan Thakur, younger brother of Mr. M.C Thakur was getting trained in the hospitality sector in some of the best hotel chains in Northern India.Mr M.C Thakur, after interacting with guests had realised that hospitality was more than offering boarding and lodging. Being a progressive farmer himself he started grooming his younger brother in the hospitality industry. Roshan Thakur started learning the basics of hospitality at Asia Group of Hotels at their resort at Timber Trail in Parwanoo and later at Timber Trail in Manali where he worked for five years.After working with Asia Group of Hotels, he enrolled with Himachal Pradesh University at Shimla to finish his Master's in Business Administration (MBA) and passed out in year 2000.Once completing his education, he was picked up by Choice Group of Hotels who had then started a new property with Quality Inn brand in Manali. Roshan Thakur worked for three years with Quality Inn Manali and honed his skills in the hospitality industry before formally joining the 'Holiday Cottages' family. ... more less
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