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“Our Himalayan home in Manali- even better than the last time!” 5 of 5 stars
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The Himalayan
Hadimba Road, Manali 175131, India   |  
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Ranked #4 of 103 Hotels in Manali
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Rishikesh, India
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Our Himalayan home in Manali- even better than the last time!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Being a regular visitor to Manali over the past 25 years, there always had been some amount of confusion and perturbation over which hotel / resort to choose here. The Himalayan seems to have fixed that issue permanently.

It is undoubtedly the best hotel in Manali, and some. My wife and I are now regulars here and this time we were returning from a tough high-altitude trek in the Greater Himalayas and were desperate for some luxury. As we were ending the trek and finally moving out of our basic tents, we looked at each other and in the the bat of an eyelid: 'The Himalayan is where we are heading to' was echoed by us, in chorus if i may add.

So what brings us here every time? The fact that it is an excellently located hotel? That is is the only place in Manali that offers a swimming pool? That the rooms are beautiful, the beds are sooo comfortable, the bathroom and showers are worth staying in themselves? The fantastic food? The unique character of the place with handpicked antiques and memorabilia from an age gone by? A defined architectural theme to the structure that is truly unique (amidst the dime a dozen faux 'local architecture' of most Manali hotels)? Or is simply the fact that the place and it's very hospitable and charming owners, the Mohis', always make us feel completely at home, amidst beautiful and luxurious surroundings to boot? Well...a tough one :)

Can't wait to get back to figure that one out!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The best thing about the Himalayan Resort if of course its intricately planned architecture. Based on a Scottish Castle design, this place is quaint, royal and modern at the same time! We took the premier room with the private balcony, and the minute we entered it, we knew that this was a place fit for kings. The room was immaculately clean, had a working fireplace (firewood costs extra), and a huge private balcony. The bathroom is awesome, with a tub, a shower and round the clock hot water. The view from the hotel is amazing surrounded by hills on all side, there was heavy snow for two days so you can imagine the view! Food is of excellent quality and is in generous portions. Everything was so professional yet homely that you feel you own the property while you stay. It is value for money.

Room Tip: Choose the Grand room . It has a small but amazing fireplace
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Helsinki, Finland
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This was one of the most memorable holidays in Manali. Amazing accommodation and service with Awesome food. Altough smack in the middle of Manali but still secluded for a perfect vacation. Close to almost every tourist location in manali. Very good staff. For a family i would Recommend to take the Cottage which is lavishly furnished with all amenities. All in all two thumbs up for the Himalayan Resort.

Room Tip: For family i would recommend the Cottage with 2 rooms else a couple can also book the single room in...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chandigarh, India
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Stayed in June

Room in Castle

Cost: Rs 5000 per night ( only room )

Ambience: Good
Room Quality: Good
Food: Good
Service: Good
Location: Good


Recommended: YES


Not a Budget accomodation. Recommended for people, who are willing to spend a little to make their stay comfortable.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Gurgaon
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

I visited this property in last week of May 2014 stayed for 6 nights in cottage.

The cottage was neat and clean. The food served at the hotel is very nice.

In cottage you have a full fleged kitchen, but we preferred to food at the restaurant, the food served was fresh & hot.

The breakfast is mind blowing. There is buffet breakfast, but you can prepare your customized breakfast, and having it near the pool was really soothing. .

I would definitely recommend everyone to stay at this property in Manali to make your trip memorable.

Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
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Mumbai
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Not too far away from the hustle, bustle and dirt of main Manali center, this Hogwarts school look alikeis a great choice to stay in Manali.

View: Expansive views of moutians as far as you can see, with snow capped mountains and quiet locations.

Rooms: We stay in the premier room which was spacious and had a big bed, TV and a big bathroom with tub and shower area. ( We had a bad experience with a stench emitting from it but hopefully it would be addressed)

Food / Bar: The food was decent with many choices and they have a well stock bar ( a bit pricey in comparison to other places) If you have your own balcony or bigger rooms it would be better to carry your own alco. Breakfast is also good and service is prompt and courteous. There is another bar in the basement but I assume it is better for winters with a fireplace and all.

Lawns: The best part of the hotel is the lawn and pool, surrounded with lot of greenery and trampoline ( kids had a blast on it) and a apple orchard attached to it.
There is a crows nest which too has great view of Manali. A small Shiva temple too is not too far for a walk.

All in all a great choice for stay in Manali.

Room Tip: We had the basic room # 2, which was nice but I would assume all are nice,they have bigger suites fo...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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new delhi
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34 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

The rooms were excellent value for money- very clean and good sized with great views of the ranges. This makes up for some start up problems like a weird smell in our loo ( we were moved to another room, fortunately) and the fireplace setting which was a bit hazardous as we kept tripping on it!
The downside is that it's in the crowded part of Manali town so traffic jams outside the hotel. Also, the food is not as adventurous as others in Manali but there are no dearth of options in this town.

Stayed June 2014
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Additional Information about The Himalayan

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 #4 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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