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The Himalayan
Hadimba Road, Manali 175131, India   |  
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Ranked #2 of 103 Hotels in Manali
New Delhi, India
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51 reviews 51 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“money's worth”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

i couldn't have asked for something more. it's just like a hidden gem in the himalayas. what a serene view from your hotel suite. i stayed in 2 room suite with a private garden and a balcony. there is nothing much i can ask for in the room as it is was fully equiped with all the basic necessities from microwave to dishes. for a while we thought we are stayin in our own home.
but yes onething where the hotelneed to look upon is the choice of breakfast the offered in the morning. it is not at all upto the standard of this hotel. the variety as well as the taste. if they can work upon this then its a gem of a hotel. i would definitely like to come n stay here again.

Room Tip: the view from each side is great so no tip. but if family size is big go for the family cottage with...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
New Delhi, India
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

This property and your experience in it largely depends on what you are looking for. To begin with, the location is nice and quiet - away from the hustle and bustle of the mall road or salong valley. The achitecture is medieval and extremely quaint and resembles what you would expect from a castle.

We stayed in Chambers 2 and 3 and these are rooms which are ideal for a couple. You want the cottage if you are a larger family or friends group. The rooms (pictures available) is basic and functional but has a spectacular view of the snow capped mountains which makes for great viewing.

The staff stands out as extremely courteous, helpful and will go out of their way to make your stay as pleasant as possible.

You need to be careful with your food choices. Stick to Indian fare and the food feels like it was made at home and they make it very well. Opting for another cuisine may disappoint you. The breakfast buffet is limited and you may need to go a-la carte if you are looking for eggs to be made the way you like it.

Dinner ends at 10 PM - So if you're planning to stay up late, they have a seating area next to the lobby, near the restaurant where you can engage in private dining and drinks (carry your own) and play cards or whatever tickles you. The staff will stay nearby to cater to your requests. You will have to make your dinner order by 930 PM. So have stuff packed if you plan on staying up late.

If you are looking for authentic European fare (steaks, sandwiches) - you may want to pop down the road to Johnsons bar and restaurant (Recommended).

Overall, the hotel has a nice location, awesome staff, homely food and not over the top. If you are looking for a more exotic experience, this is not the hotel for you.

On the other hand, if you want to keep it simple and enjoy the service and home cooked meals and the quiet of the place - this hotel is a must.

Tips

1) I cannot stress on the importance of having a good cabbie dedicated to you. Our trip was largely successful due to our cabbie and him making the extra effort to ensure we went to the right places and indulging in the right activities. (Advance tips may help in ensuring that they stay motivated).

2) Dont waste your time going to Naggar. There is nothing there but a dilapidated castle which has nothing in it.

3) If you are planning on paragliding at Salong Valley (The High Flying option after the ropeway) be warned - once you take the ropeway and reach the top, you are required to walk/fall/slide across slippery snow slopes to get to the jump venue and you cannot turn back. This part is extremely dangerous so no matter what the guide sells you - they dont mention the approach. They also have medium flying options which are from below but not as good.

PS: Salong Valley is filthy and commercial. Gulaba/Rohtang Pass are way better options and much much cleaner.

4) If you are going to explore snow, paraglide or go to Salong/Gulaba/Rohtang - DO invest in the snow suits and boots. They were absolute life savers for us and I cant stress how much.

4) The Club House is fun - just go for kicks. Dont miss the ATV ride and the river crossing.

Room Tip: Cottages if you have a large family. They are well located with very good views. I saw a trampoline...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Gurgaon
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9 reviews 9 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

The himalayan resort and spa ......is a dream castle ..... Passionately build with great thought and detailing....we had a wonderful stay at the spacious cottage....the snow clad mountain view from the rooms was amazing .....loved the warm hospitality by the staff ....the food was nice .....though the buffet breakfast could have had more varietiy....the fire place in the rooms added to the charm of staying in a real stone castle ......one of the best properties at manali ....would like to applaud the effort and hard work of the owners in creating a beautiful experience for us .......

Room Tip: Cottage no 5 for the family ...it has an amazing view....the suite room is beautiful too...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013 via mobile

The architecture is amazing...one feels like you are in, Scotland. Lovely pool...I think this is the only property in the area with it. Great staff, we had the opportunity to meet the owner of this wonderful property also..very courteous and delightful person. Will definitely visit again this summer. Throughly enjoyed ourselves:)

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

I have spent time in over 50 countries and stayed in the highest and lowest places, the himalyan is simply my number one for so many reasons.

Its not only the atmosphere and character of the himalayan thats special, people can also help make places, to be great places to be, and the director and staff certainly helped in this, with their expertise and conduct. They helped make our stay unforgettable, which was wonderful especially as we were on our honeymoon.


Their are so many stand out features with this place that i will limit myself to just a few, the veiws are simply breathtaking and unique. If you go up the tower/turret it gives a brilliant veiw of the valley especially at sunset, the tower/turret gives you an elevation to veiw the valley which from our stay in manali, was simply the best veiw we saw.

The cellar and the building generally has the exclusive and extremely atmospheric feeling of an old english castle, if you get the opportunity to speak to the director, and you get the chance of hearing about the story of the himalayan its a simply extraordinary story of someones visionary thinking becoming reality against the all the odds of terrain climate etc.

Both types of accommodation work brilliantly, the rooms in the main building and the cottages themselves reflect the style and the atmosphere of the place brilliantly.
The cottages also have the added bonus of giving the feeling of staying in your own home, which as a newly married couple was simply more than we could have hoped for! we wish we could have stayed for longer!

  • Stayed February 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

it is by far the best hotel in manali, india.
the rooms are absoulutly WOW with fire place, excelent bad and bathroom
the food is very good
and the service as well at the second day the waiters have rememberd my liking and brought it to me without me asking
the view is amazing all mounteins and snow and you are next to beutifull apple threes
and sourondede by th catel
the hotel have arranged for a driver guide, that have taken us to all the must see location at a good price
the managment is superb and very attentive to all request and even the funny one
i cant say enough
to express the exelnt stay at the himalyan resort at manali

Room Tip: room no 4 and 5
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  • Stayed February 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dhaka City, Bangladesh
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

A beautiful place for a vacation, work, family time, friends party, spiritual holidays...whatever you say. It has the most splendid location to stay in Manali. The cottages and the rooms are marvelously decorated. The view of white Himalaya from the cottage that I stayed was mesmerizing both in day and night. The hand made soaps had beautiful smell that still reminds me of the place. Besides, the property has a great architecture which made me feel like a Hogwarts replica. The pool was ok....plus the internet connection and the common study room was just fabulous. The hosts are the best of all. They care and connect to their guests. The kitchen was enough delicious for my taste. Everything was so professional yet homely that you feel you own the property while you stay. It is value for money.

My favorite was the Gulab Jamun. Don't forget to try it.

Room Tip: Cottages are perfect for close friends traveling or family groups
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Hadimba Road, Manali 175131, India
Location: India > Himachal Pradesh > Manali
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 103 Hotels in Manali
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Perched at an elevation of 2003 metres & built in the Victorian Gothic Revival style, The Himalayan is an exclusive boutique resort with an al fresco swimming pool overlooking Manali town. Tucked away in its own cul-de-sac amidst an apple & cherry orchard are 8 opulent guest rooms in the Castle (all with four-poster beds & antique armoires) and 8 cottages (each with 2 Bedrooms complete with en-suite bathrooms, dining & drawing space with functional fire place). The Cottage kitchenettes are equipped with all modern amenities/appliances. All cottages have their own cosy gardens, balconies & mountain views. All rooms come with tea/coffee makers, in-room safes & bespoke bath amenities. Bar, Restaurant & In-room dining is available. Croquet, Trampoline & Table Tennis is provided for children & adults alike. Gymnasium is offered on the premises. Additional facilities in the near future will include a poolside Barbecue, conference facilities & Lawn Tennis court. An elaborate Spa will be added subsequently. ... more   less 
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