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!
- 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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