We opted for Mongas as it was ranked 3rd on tripadvisor and the other 2 options were completely booked. Mongas has good location 150m from Gandhi chowk and mall road. Its rooms are large. The wood work is done at local furniture shop, so you can guess the quality. All rooms have decent size bathrooms and large closets, a couch and a table. So in winters you can enjoy your meals in the room.
All rooms have LCD, with lower end rooms having small size ones - guess it was 19 inch or 22inch. The attic rooms had 32 inch LCD. But do mind it that we stayed during Xmas 2012 and the attic rooms were colder than the lower end rooms. So even though our budget allowed us attic, we chose the ones lower than that.
The geysers in the room are smaller and only one person can take a bath and then the geyser needs to be kept on for 30 minutes before the next person can take a bath. the reason is that the water is very very cold, probably only applicable to winter months.
Also noteworthy is the fact that all the rooms have large windows and the glass is ordinary and can't keep the cold out. So you need to opt for heaters which are available on chargeable basis - small and large. We took the small one and it was sufficient to keep the room warm.
The doors also need to be insulated as the gaps are large and cold air can come in. So better ask for some cloth which can improve the insulation.
The food was very good, the staff was very friendly. Especially the person who was taking care of us - Kishore was very very friendly. Smiling all the time and ensuring that small things which make all the difference were well taken care off.
During the morning of the day when we were checking out, there was a group which had arrived and electricity had failed in the area. So the overall situation was looking as if it had gone out of control. however the smile on the staff's faces was still there.
Ensure that you make the payment in cash, as even though there is the option of credit card payment, it fails to settle the transaction at the merchant end and the credit card company will debit your account anyway.
Overall with a topsy turvey experience I am still bent to recommend this property as there aren't any good hotels close to Gandhi chowk as Mongas.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rediscover yourself in the serene mountains of Dalhousie at the Mongas; one of the cleanest Indian hill stations. Mongas, thoughtfully appointed in the lap of nature yet in close proximity to The Mall, lets you take in the bounties of mother earth in a relaxing and leisurely atmosphere. Stay at Hotel Mongas, Dalhousie, is Ideal for those who just want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. ... more less