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!
- 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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