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“fabulous location....hidden gem!!”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Apple Bud Cottages

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Apple Bud Cottages
Ranked #16 of 262 Specialty Lodging in Manali
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“fabulous location....hidden gem!!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2013 via mobile

I got the review of ABC from TA only...
I was looking for a resort just beside beas river but experts here said that's not needed as all resorts are at height from river...so I choose this Cottage ...little bit away from hustle bustle of mall ...
180 degree view of snow peak mountain ...hamta peak & solang valley...
and situated at very heighted point with hige balcony....what other anyone will need??!!!
I'll definately come here again....

  • Stayed April 2013
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ABCmanali, Owner at Apple Bud Cottages, responded to this review, April 30, 2013
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Greetings from ABC manali.
Sir , we thank you for sparing time form your busy schedule and expressing your views about ABC MANALI on trip advisior platform.
Sir, guest like you are assert to any organization.
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2013

Period of visit last week Feb 2013
We were highly disappointed at Apple bud cottages for the following reasons.
1) Annoying behaviour of staff- we reached at 7 pm in the nite. At 7.30 we order for snacks, on the phone they told us to order for dinner also, we said we will do that once we are threw with snacks and also we asked them till what time they take order they said till 9.30 we were ok we said we ill place the order by 9pm itself. But even before we got snacks they kept on bothering every 15 mins for dinner order which was very annoying and disturbing our privacy.
2) Food tariff: the charges of food were extremely high, as high of a 4 star where as it hardly deserve to be a 1star. e.g 1 plate of manchurian of 8 pcs was 320 Rs.
3)wrong marketing strategy:The charges of room heater was rs 500 for a nite which was also not sufficient for a bed of 6*6. Anywhere in Manali no one charges extra for room heater.
4)Apple bud is very far from the market and on a hill the road is in very very bad shape, you wl not get any conveyance or anything outside the cottage.
5)The way to standard rooms is very dangerous on the right side anyone can fall if u r not cautious enough forget abt Aged people or children. We have taken images of the same.
6)Initially the staff was co operative they showed us all the types of rooms, but the slight better rooms are not safe i.e if u r a couple u have to share the drawing room with any one which is not safe.
7)After all this we decided to move from the hotel next morning but again once again they showed us unprofessional behaviour i.e when we booked the room on the phone Mr Negi the owner told us that their driver will pick us from the market he did not mentioned any charges for the same, but when we checked out next day he charged us extra for that also, which is not a big thing but it reflects unprofessional way of operating business.
8)Apple bud do not had any facilities.

9)from the reception to go to standard rooms they dont even have a shade, forget shade we asked them for a umbrella till reception thay turned down that request also during snowfall.
Manali is a very beautiful place to visit after moving from that place we went to a different hotel and found it to be much better than Apple bud. Considering all the factors you will get much better places to stay in Manali by little research at the same price. Personally i would not recommend this place to any couples or families for the above mentioned reasons. After reading reviews of other people who are not satisfied the hotel management tries to counter argue with them by saying anything so here also If hotel management want to challenge our views,we have taken sufficient data on our camera to justify each point.
Regards,
dheeraj

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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ABCmanali, Owner at Apple Bud Cottages, responded to this review, April 30, 2013
Respected guest greetings from ABC MANALI.Thanks for sparing your valuable time for sharing your feeling on trip advisior plate form.
sir, U came to ABC manali and opted for standard room and stayed for one day after looking all the rooms which were available.
1. first off all I really feel very sorry personally that the kitchen staff called u again n again for dinner and disturbed your privacy.
2.About food charges ,they are almost comparable to the charges to the restaurants in manali.
3.sir , yes we do charge for extra items which are not in room like heaters. Staff showed u all types of room heaters from 200- 500/night, and he gave you heater as per your choice 2.5 kilowatt heater. its was never forced upon you to opt for heaters. all hotels they charge extra for heaters except all big hotels who have central heating system. But heating charges are included in room tariff in those hotels and there tariff is above 3000/night on room only basis, but as far as your case is concerned you had opted for standard base room at merely 900/night. So it was not possible to include heater in that as electricity expense for this heater is around 360/night .
4.Sir as far as road n distane of ABC concerned its merely 1.5 Kms from Mall road, and roads are maintained by HP public welfare department , not by us. Its incorrect to say that you don't get convenience for ABC from market. There are hundreds of autos , taxies in manali but U NEED IS TO PAY THEM THEIR CHARGES FOR YOUR COMFORT, OR CAN WALK from ABC FROM MALL ROAD.
5. Sir , we do agree that there is brast wall is on rt side of one of the standard room, and due to limited period of construction work we could not manage to apply fencing/railing on it, we have noted your suggestions and are in way for fencing/applying railing on it.
6.The higher category rooms like Lux and Royal del Rooms are in two seprate cottages. Yes you are right that in each cottage there is common drawing dinning are which is being shared amount tourists .Its a cottage concept.There are independent balcony with each room and clints can use their room balcony. in hotels lot of clints share lobby area.Sir as far as security is concerned ALL GUESTS ARE FROM DECENT FAMILIES AND THEY KNOW THEIR LIMIT.....,
7. Sir, for pick up from market to hotel on your request, hotel had engaged taxi services and charges have to be BEARED by the clients . Its nearly 150/- for a taxi as per taxi union rates.

Sir , umbrellas are there in reception and person in reception he offers it to clients, if not offered to you or denied , we feel personally sorry for that.

8. SIR NOTHING IS FREE IN HOTELS, EITHER ITS INCLUDED IN ROOM TARIFF AS PER THE REQUIRMMENT OF GUEST, IF NOT TOLD BY GUEST AT TIME OF ROO M TARIFF ENQUIRY, ALL EXTRA THEY ARE CHARGEBLE.
9. Sir, we don't have any intention to challenge your views, as views are personnel and varies from person to person.
Closing with regards
Team ABC Manali
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2013

Apple bud cottages is surely worth for the money you pay.
The rooms are very spacious, comfortable with LED tv and a cottage ambience
The service is great just that the food might need some improvement
A true value for money.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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ABCmanali, Owner at Apple Bud Cottages, responded to this review, April 4, 2013
Dear sir
Greetings from ABC MANALI
Thanks for your valuable review on trip advisior. sir we have taken action regarding your advice about food and we have added some of south indian dishes like SAMBAR VADA, POHA to our menu . thanks for your valuable suggestion.
warm regards
team abc manali
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2013

Apple Bud Cottages is a great place to spend your vacation. I had booked Royal Super Deluxe Room which had all the required amenities. Special mention for the quality and taste of food served at ABC..

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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ABCmanali, Owner at Apple Bud Cottages, responded to this review, February 19, 2013
Respected Guest
Greetings from ABC Manali
Sir it was our pleasure to serve you here at Manali and we are really greatful and thankful to you that you liked and joyed the hospitality at ABC Manali and expressed your views here at TRIPADVISIOR. Thanks for your great encouraging review. Surely it will boost our enthusiasm to serve our clients in future with utmost zeal and courage.
Closing with warm regards
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dapoli
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2013

stay at apple bud cottage was a great experience.service is good and prompt. rooms are clean and cozy.view from the balcony is marvellous.i learnt to prepare masala omlet like mr. Singh. thanx dr. negi.we visited the place in sept.2012 but still have great memories of apple bud cottage.ashwini and anand vaidya,dapoli,maharashtra

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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ABCmanali, Owner at Apple Bud Cottages, responded to this review, February 16, 2013
Respected guest. Greetings from ABC Manali. Thank you sir for your encouraging review. Your little words means a lot to us and pumps adrenaline in to us. Hope to see u again at ABC Manali
With Warm regards
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2013

We had a very pleasant stay at ABC, Manali. It was our honeymoon trip. And almost everything was perfect starting from location, facility, delicioud food. Behaviour of the hotel staff touched our heart so much that we decided to stay in the same hotel in case we would visit Manali once again! ABC is highly recommended.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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ABCmanali, Owner at Apple Bud Cottages, responded to this review, February 16, 2013
Respected Guest greetings from ABC Manali . First of all thanks for remembering us . It proves sweet memories lives for ever. thanks for your lovely review .A customer like you is an assert to any property.
With warm regards
TEAM ABC Manali
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sdngr
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2013

We went down to Manali On Jan 1st Week Of January ,Must say Great cottages, very spacious rooms / bath, ideal for family of four. Very clean. Great food. Very friendly staff. Beautiful location just A difference of 2 Kms away from Main Mall manali , in a place called sima. Ideal place for a quiet vacation. Make sure you have a car at your disposal to travel around in the Shimla area. thums up for great Service !

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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ABCmanali, Owner at Apple Bud Cottages, responded to this review, February 16, 2013
Dear guest Greetings of the day. Thanks for your encouraging review .
With regards
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Property: Apple Bud Cottages
Address: Kanyal Road | Upper Rangri, Manali, Manali Tehsil, India
Location: India > Himachal Pradesh > Kullu District > Manali Tehsil > Manali
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 262 Specialty Lodging in Manali
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Apple Bud Cottages 3*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
APPLE BUD COTTAGES "HOME AWAY FROM HOME"The Apple Bud Cottages(ABC) are located at upper Rangri one km short of Manali town on Kanyal link road at an altitude of 2050 meters (6700 feet) from sea level in middest of apple orchard FACING SNOW CAPPED RHOTANG AND HAMTA PEAKS. Kanyal road bifercates from left side of NH 21 after Nagesh hotel and one lands at the ABC in just 2-3 minutes.APPLE THE BUDGET COTTAGE WITH THREE STANDARD ROOMS ON GROUND FLOOR AND THEREE CLASSIC ROOMS ROOMS ON FIRST FLOOR.APPLE THE LUXURY COTTAGE TWO LUX ROOMS AND ONE LUXURY FAMILY SUIT WITH INDEPENDENT BALCONY FACING SNOW CAPPED HAMTA AND RHOTANG PEAKSWITH LUSH GREEN LAWN AND FOUNTAIN. APPLE THE ROYAL COTTAGE TWO ROYAL DELUXE AND TWO ROYAL SUPER DELUXE ROOMS WITH INDEPENDENT BALCONY FACING SNOW CAPPED HAMTA AND RHOTANG PEAKS. IN ROYAL SUP DEL ROOMS HUGE BALCONY WITH INDIVIDUAL GLASS DINING TABLE PERFECT FOR HONEY MOONERS AND COUPLES FAMILIES AND SOLO TRAVELERS. FOR MORE DETAILS PLEAS VISIT OUR WEB SITE AND CHECK FACILITIES AND PICS OF ROOMS BY SCROLLING COTTAGE TAB. ... more   less 

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