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“We had a wonderful time at karmavilas.” 5 of 5 stars
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Karma Vilas Resort
Claire Villa Estate | Claire Villa Estate, Big Bend, Balahisar, Mussoorie 248179, India   |  
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Ranked #14 of 63 Hotels in Mussoorie
New Delhi, India
1 review
“We had a wonderful time at karmavilas.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

We choose karmavilas over other properties simply because of it’s location and its heritage status. Wrapped by thick forest from three sides with the front opening into the vast expanse of Doon Valley, We were glad that we made the right choice in selecting karma vilas as our weekend getaway. We had a quiet & relaxing weekend which is exactly what we were looking for. Karma Vilas is a charming heritage property having just 12 rooms. Room service is prompt, in front we ordered all our meals in room service which we had sitting in the verandah right outside our room. The staff goes out of their way to help us in any manner whatsoever, whether umbrellas or information or local sightseeing, Taxi service is prompt as and when we need one either for a drop to the mall or for local sightseeing. We had a wonderful time at karmavilas.

Room Tip: All rooms are good.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Gurgaon, India
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

Accidentally found this victorian style min-hotel on internet search in late 2009. Found this place to be extremely serene and beautiful. Took two royal classic rooms, the view is excellent. Clouds literally came to our rooms if we wish to keep doors open. Limited choice of food and breakfast though, it was all good. Almost a km walk to mall road but you can take a taxi there since this place is excellent and much better than the properties close to or on the mall. Anyways who wants to spend more than 2 hrs at mall. Tag price for rooms seem a little pricey though, I could negotiate a bit and got a satisfactory deal for two royal classics. I would surely recommend it for a leisurely stay here.

Room Tip: Try taking royal classic with open garden in front ones for the best view.
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  • Stayed October 2011, 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

Karma Vilas is a delightful little hotel, a mere kilometer from the hustle and bustle of the main Mussoorie market. It's location allows you to enjoy the beautiful view of the Doon valley and the lovely weather of Musoorie, while keeping you away from all the noise and clutter that is the Mall road. Also the period feel attached to it (it is an old British bungalow converted into a hotel), gives it that extra bit of quaintness.

The staff is extremely soft spoken and helpful, making sure that you are completely at home; bowing to your every whim and fancy, including setting up your breakfast or dinner outside on the wide terrace overlooking the valley.

The only minus is that it's a little difficult to catch cell network in the property, but with so much beauty around to enjoy, who wants a clattering cell phone breaking the peace every few minutes??!

On the whole a lovely stay, have been to Karma Vilas twice already in the past 6 months... once with friends and once family... and am sure to return to it whenever in Mussoorie.

Room Tip: The Valley view rooms have a nicer feel as they open out onto the terrace.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Morrisville, North Carolina
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

I have visited Mussoorie few times, but Karma Vilas is the best place i have stayed in...

View from the rooms...good food....very very good service....

Nice cosy crisp rooms...small neat restaurant...

we used to walk around the hills n come back & relax in the lawns or the rooms...gorge in the warm food served by the smiling staff...i still remember the smiling owners (uncle & aunty) who used to visit every evening and check with us about the day and personally take care of the evening activities...

Overall 5 based on the complete experience...

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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19 hotel reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

My wife and I , along with family and our closest friends, who are more like family celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary at the Karma Vilas over a 2 and 3 night stay ( some stayed for 2 , others for 3 nights ) . There were 15 of us , in the 18 - 76 yrs age group , we had booked 7 of their 11 rooms . The warm adjusting hospitality and enthusiastic service levels were evident from check in to check out . We had a truly memorable and comfortable stay , the food while restricted to Indian cuisine was excellent and the waiters/chef combo were accommodating and willing to cook any type of variation to suit the various palate requirements of our group . Kudos to them for letting us celebrate our very private occasion at the pace and hours that suited us . The staff were courteous , polite and service came with a smile . I'd be hard pressed to pick a fault with this unique boutique hotel , other than the time taken to service the room.
Would recommend this place wholeheartedly

Room Tip: They have 4 rooms that face the valley , with a large courtyard , and are overlook a full view of De...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New Delhi, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

Got an opportunity to meet the owner, Mr. Tomar who is an excellent host and does not blink an eye while offering options tha would cost him quiet a bit but will make a good ingredient for a memorable vacation. Excellent staff, willing to go that extra mile to make the vacation special for the guests.
Will look forward to visiting their upcoming properties in Manali and Mashobra.

Room Tip: Presidential Suite
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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karmavilas, Owner at Karma Vilas Resort, responded to this review, July 24, 2012
Thank you for your encouraging words. Our primary objective is to turn around abandoned properties with super location into a profitable hospitality venture thereby creating local employment and also an opportunity for seasoned travelers like you have a home away from home experience in such great wilderness settings. Keeping this in mind, we have identified two beautiful properties in Manali and Mashobra with spectacular locations. We should have them up and running by Oct 2012. Thank you for your blessings and best wishes. We hope to service you at Manali and Mashobra in the near future.
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Gurgaon, India
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

Karmavilas is a s superb place for a getaway. strategically located on the Mussoorie-Dehradun highway and just 1 km before the mall road yet very quiet and peaceful as it is surrounding by thick deodar & oak forest. The rooms are quite large with private sit-outs either opening to the valley or the forest. The staff is not professionally trained but is very helpful & courteous in their service. Food is good, just like home food and our children also had a blast. karmavilas club house has enough activities for children besides having all the board games. lots of wild life including monkeys and different species of birds can be spotted in the forest. we were 4 families together and we all had a great time at karmavilas. we have to stay that karmavilas because its large spacious rooms with sit-outs/balconies opening to the forest gave a very personal & exclusive feel which typically you do not get even in a 5 star property. karmavilas is a complete value for money family getaway from Delhi.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Address: Claire Villa Estate | Claire Villa Estate, Big Bend, Balahisar, Mussoorie 248179, India
Location: India > Uttarakhand > Mussoorie
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Mussoorie
#16 Family Hotel in Mussoorie
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Karma Vilas Resort, Mussoorie is steeped in the allure of an era bygone. The 19th-century Victorian-style villa is nestled amidst oak and pine trees on a 6.5-acre estate. Karma Vilas Resort, Mussoorie is rated amongst the best heritage resorts in Uttarakhand India. At an altitude of 6000 feet, Karma Vilas Resort, Mussoorie is strategically located. One kilometer from the city centre, it is easily accessible from, both the Mussoorie-Delhi highway and the Mussoorie-Dhanaulti highway. ... more   less 
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