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The Himalayan
Ranked #2 of 126 Hotels in Manali
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 1, 2012

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 folks at the reception are helpful and rather unobtrusive. The food is not bad, but the choice is quite limited, so eating here everyday may not be an option. The complimentary breakfast is adequate, though it does take a while for them to get it served, as it is prepared afresh. Make sure you order yours from your room at least 20 mins before your are set to leave.
The only flipside, which has pretty much nothing to do with the hotel, is the extreme cold temperature. They do provide a heater in the room, but it may be quite inadequate if you are not used to this kind of temperatures! We used the fireplace for one day and that was heavenly - a must try!

Room Tip: All the rooms are excellent and spacious. Choose the Premier room (Room no.1) only if you want the p...
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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8  Thank Vijay Krishnan R
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Reviewed October 26, 2012

I arrived here on a whim alone after a delayed business trip and had an incredible stay here for 5 nights in the main building. The castle is up on a hill overlooking Manali town, and feels a worlds away. It is very quiet and peaceful, which is a rarity for India. The grounds are stunning, and the architecture and features of the place are top notch. A lot of thought was put into all of the details, including the hospitality of the staff once you check in. The owner Nishat, is a great guy and can really help hook you up with local guides and give you advice on the area. You really feel like you have your own private castle at the top of the world when you stay here. HIGHLY recommended, and one of the top places I have ever stayed.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled solo
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12  Thank Matt C
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

What do you say about this place. Getting around Manali is a challenge due to the nature of the area. Its on a hill so the streets are narrow and you tend to go round and round and round if your driver is not familiar with the places to take you. However as long as the destination is what you saw in the pictures and the image in your head you wont be disappointed. That said and done The Himalayan truly does not disappoint one bit and is like it advertises a beautiful castle with cottages and orchid around it. It does take your breath away when you enter the premises and look at this gorgeous structure and i am not even an architect. Architects will love this place and the effort it had taken to start it from what it was.
i opted for the Premier BR with private balcony and this was fantastic. The room was spacious. Spacious is not even the word. It is basically like a one bedroom apartment. The toilet is one of the biggest i have seen in india. It had those rustic looking tubs as well as a stand in shower. The tub really gives the place its charm. Hot showers are avaiable throughout the day or night so that wasnt an issue. The room had a flat screen tv with 2 comfy chairs to sit on and a balcony.
The balcony was a winner on its own. You could watch the moon go down or the sun come up in the winter chill and it was amazing. Have your breakfast out there and you wont be disappointed. Go with the option of the room with the balcony if money isnt an issue.
The food was nice and homely. It took time to prepare because everything is made from scratch. However that isnt an issue as i prefer fresh food and unless your absolutely starving there is no harm in that. Another winner in my book.
The pool and the orchid is lovely. You are allowed to swim in the day time when the sun is up but we were busy going around Manali. The orchid is fun to sit and just be with your loved ones. Greenery is a rareity in india so i would suggest getting in your fill.
We met the owner on another occasion had a cup of tea with him and got talking. Very friendly guy. If you have any questions ask him and i am sure he will help you with whatever you need. If your a big family go with the cottages it is absolutely worth the money. This place is lovely and can accomodate a decent amount of people and their up to mark with their furnishings and everything.
All in all this was what i expected it to be. A castle like it was advertised which made us feel very at home. All the help were friendly and nice and no issues at all. Would definitely stay here again and recommend others to also.

Now the other stuff:( HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH OUR HOTEL)
Ate at two restaurants
1. Casa Bella- go for the pizzas their good not spectacular but good and can make a good lunch.
2. Johnson's Bar & Restaurant - a must if you enjoy trout. It was fantastic. My wifes meal was good also. She took the local chicken curry and it did not disappoint on the cold night. Overall a good place and i could have had all my meals here.

When going Para Gliding we went at the one for 3000 rupees a person. Kinda steep but it was a nice experience. Avoid the ATV ride. At 2500 rupees its a rip off. Do not ask your driver for any advice because he is most probably with the hand in hand with them. As i was at the atm withdrawing cash i saw my driver getting his reward from the guy with the atv.

Another interesting gimmick. On the day you are leaving your driver most probably will tell you he wants to pick up sumting for the winter. It was early in the morning and we went in . Needless to say we ended up picking up stuff and our driver did not get anyting. So im sure he got a nice commission out of that. If your will is strong by all means check it out otherwise avoid it at all costs.

This small bit is the area that the hotel can do minor adjustments to make an already amazing place even better if that is possible.
1. The door knob to the premier room is kinda hard to turn. My wife coudlnt do it and it was a little challenging. However i felt like the kinght in shining armor getting it open.
2.The flush just needs to be a bit more stronger thats all. However what went down stayed down :)

Someone once said that you can't build casltes in the sky but i tell you The himalayan comes pretty damm close to doing so. Great experience over all. Fantastic Hotel. Thank you for making my honeymoon romantic The Himalayan.

Room Tip: If travelling in big groups cottages are a must. Take the Room with the balcony. You will not be di...
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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13  Thank aviseq
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Reviewed October 21, 2012 via mobile

What a stay! You will feel like
Nawab(prince).owner is very friendly. Dont think for any other place.This is best
Hotel in manali. If you cant afford please
Borrow , but stay . You will never regret.
Everything here is like royal palace.

  • Stayed: August 2012
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12  Thank Rustam9
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Reviewed October 20, 2012

I went with my family and landed up at the hotel in the morning.I was greeted with a warm welcome and an up-gradation of room came as a surprise. I entered the Hotel and Checked my room.It was indeed done with a royal Interiors,Spacious and Comfortable.Excellent Location,Peaceful Environment,Nice Food,Great Courtesy by Staff and Beautiful Manali View.All together Made a great Stay.

I strongly Recommend Himalayan Resort and Spa.

Room Tip: Rooms on First floor have superb View.
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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12  Thank Romil S
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Reviewed October 17, 2012

This place is a must visit , if not to stay...visit this place just to have a look. Its made like a scottish castle, reminds you of one of those fairy tales...you'll see yourself feeling like a knight in this stone walled fortress. The doors creak and the beds make that all so eerie rumbling noise. The food was unexpectedly delicious. Try Kadai paneer. Service was above average. If I really absolutely have to be critical of something, there are 2 dog on the premises and though they are harmless,some might be afraid seeing their sheer size & the fact that I woke up with a bad back ache because of the extremely cushiony mattress that makes you sink into them. All in all a must visit!!!!!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled on business
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4  Thank RctravelsRajasthan
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Reviewed October 2, 2012

Imagine going to a trip and arriving to a beautiful mension where you can,see the snow of th Himalaya while relaxing in a beautiful and comfortable foster bed. Well, no need to imagine, just go to the Himalayan resort in Manali. T he place is a gem not yet exloited. The rooms are large, most comfortable, hyper clean, huge bathroom with plenty of hot water. The hotel looks like an old Scottish mension, with picturesf plantsgand alovely decoration that gives the right atmosphere,the garden is a most relaxing place and the swimming pool is aplus when its not too cold. On top of that you find a warm and friendly staff, helpful and welcoming directed by Nishat, the owner who is a treasure of knoeledge about Manali but not only. Unfortunately we had toy leave but we will try to come back soon.

  • Stayed: September 2012
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12  Thank irit_lillian
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Address: Hadimba Road, Manali, Manali Tehsil 175131, India
Location: India > Himachal Pradesh > Kullu District > Manali Tehsil > 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 #2 of 126 Hotels in Manali
Price Range: $137 - $229 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Himalayan 5*
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 castle 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 Chambers in the Castle (all with four-poster beds & antique armoires) and 8 Duplex 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. Fully equipped Boardroom. An elaborate Spa will be added in the near future. ... more   less 
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