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“Truly Home Away From Home”
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The Himalayan
Ranked #1 of 123 Hotels in Manali
Certificate of Excellence
New Delhi, India
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Truly Home Away From Home”
Reviewed January 9, 2014

A very happy and peaceful experience at the resort. Definitely going to be our address for any future visits to Manali. Location is perfect. Just rightly away from the main mall road to escape the hustle bustle and yet easily accessible. Beautifully and tastefully decorated. Food was nice and served with a smile. However, the best thing about the place is the owners. They live on the premises and are extremely warm and helpful. In fact, that is what made the whole stay so pleasant, not impersonal , like it is when staying in hotels. Would recommend it to anyone who is not expecting fancy, huge buffet spread and turbaned service staff but is looking for a cozy experience!

Deepa & Ashish Ahuja

Room Tip: The Grand Room is just that. Has a working fireplace in the room which was like a blessing on a cold...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Barnard Castle, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 6, 2014

I stepped into my hotel room and immediately relaxed, this is one beautiful hotel in one of the most breathtaking areas of India.

There were four sets of windows in my room and three overlooked the pool and the snow capped mountains. There is an air of calm and peace around the castle/hotel and the whole place feels laid back and serene.

My room (number 4) was huge with an equally huge bathroom and a none stop supply of hot water for both the deep bath and the power shower. Toiletries were top of the range too. The huge bed was really comfortable and when you wake up you just see the mountains from the windows facing the bed. Full TV and complimentary tea and coffee are standard.

The hotel itself is simply stunning with antiques from all parts of India, indeed the world, decor is crisp white, simple, clean and really comfortable. The staff were incredibly friendly without being in your face, they were well mannered, educated and respectful as well as attentive and informative.

I stayed here for 5 nights before embarking on a month long solo trail around North India, I wish I could have stayed longer - to wake up to the most stunning of views, take breakfast by the pool surrounded by snowy mountains and then relax by either walking down to Manali (5 mins walk downhill and 50 rupees in a tuk tuk back!) or just sitting up in the top turret with a cup of chai and a good book. Eating at the hotel was superb too ...... the Aloo Puri was to die for and the evening meals were excellent.

I loved my stay here and would highly recommend it. A real 5 star experience that you would be hard to find anywhere in India ..... and its not expensive, just well worth that tiny bit more than you would pay for the rather less than beautiful hotels further down in Manali.

Room Tip: Room 4 was stunning - huge and beautiful, stunning views across the mountains and pool
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
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6 Thank Mollymaloney2
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed January 4, 2014

The biggest plus point of this property is the location, the ambience and the hospitality. We stayed in two cottages adjacent to each other and were lucky enough to see snowfall on the second day of our stay. The food was excellent, though a bit on the steeper side and the choices were limited.
Though we were literally stuck in the resort for a day due to the snowfall, we didn't miss going out one bit. Since the resort is at the top, one can see the entire town of Manali from the balcony of the cottage that are on the backside. On the day of our returning, the host was really gracious enough to drop us till our vehicle in his car since our vehicle could not come till the resort because of the snow on the road. I would definitely recommend this place for staying.

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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2 Thank Manoshi M
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delhi
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Reviewed January 3, 2014

What spoiled my experience was the food served at the restaurant, the service and the mandatory new years bash.

During our stay the first day we ordered dal fry, Spicy Fried Trout with veggies and rice, malai kofta,

The dal fry was undercooked and one could feel the rawness
The trout was ok but the rice served with it was undercooked
There was a hair in the kofta

It was very late in the night and we had travelled from Delhi, so were very tired ... disgusted with the food served to us we asked the waiter to send us a veg pizza and chilly chicken to our room and since there was a hair in the kofta curry the 10% extra charge on room service was waived off for us as a consolation.

Once we tasted the chilly chicken and veg pizza sent to our room we were very angry as we were all very hungry and had travelled a very long distance to get to the hotel. This place is quiet far from any eatry or restaurant to walk to on a cold winter night.

To be precise the chilly chicken was very bland for our palate and had no taste and the pizza was again undercooked .. we could taste the raw cheese and raw pizza base. It was like the chef had bought a pizza base and just placed veggies and cheese on it, forgetting to place the whole thing in an oven before serving.

The next morning I was particularly taken by surprise when the owners (nishant) sort or summoned us to their sitting area and instead of feeling apologetic for the horrible experience we had, they were like "we can't have food being returned so often ... and people rave about our food and how can you not like it". They told us that they would not charge us for breakfast if we do not wish to have it.

The place is about 15-20 mins walk from restaurants so it is not possible for you to take a walk for every meal. However, since we had to rush for site seeing and did not want to waste time and had booked the rooms with breakfast included we decided we will give the breakfast a try and order something like toast, idly and paratha with which no one can go wrong.

We were far from the city and did not want to waste precious time hunting for food, however, we decided on not having lunch /dinner at the restaurant anymore.

And once again we repented having breakfast that day as there was another hair in the paratha. We immediately asked the waiter to call nishant, however, we were told he is busy (how convenient) later his wife came and we showed her the paratha with the hair.

We never ate at the restaurant again.

For the new years we were made to pay INR 1800 over and above the room tariff .. which I thought was a bit too much for the party arranged was not very great.

The DJ was bad, the food again was below expectation and very limited menu. We would have certainly opted out if given the option.

The room service is slow.. your ask them to get hot water and they come after a very long time with cold water.

I would have liked to start this review with the positives first, however, I was there for new years and wanted everything to be perfect, but the experience was dampened due to things which could have been dealt well.

There are positives about this hotel and I would like to list them out too.
We stayed in classic rooms 2, 3 and 8. The property is beautiful, neat, clean, well maintained and asthetically very nice. Rooms and bathrooms are spacious and very thoughtfully done.

Location of the property is also very good it is close to the mall road (15 -20 mins walk) and Hidamba temple and old Manali.. yet far from too much crowd.

View from the rooms is also very good.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 28, 2013

We were warmly met by the family after a long journey. We booked for just a few nights as the Himalayan was way over our 3,500 nightly budget. But we came to a better deal on the price and stayed for the week!

We stayed in a little cottage with a large bedroom and bath upstairs and kitchen and lounge downstairs. So plenty of room for our little children to run around. There was small upstairs balcony with stunning views. Lovely toiletries and a great bath, the only bath we found in india.

My favourite part was the breakfast by the pool. It's a beautiful setting and the indian breakfasts were the tastiest we had in our 3 months in India.

The staff all took time to look after our children while we hiked up in the mountains. There is a trampoline and they also put out a Wendy house for our daughter. The cleaning was excellent.

The hotel is up above the sprawl of manali and so you are in the hills from your front door. There is a nice little pizza place round the corner, otherwise its a 10-15 min walk down the hill to town. You can also cut across the temple park to old manali and there are a few restaurants on the way.

The hotel was built by the family, who live in and run the hotel. Which means you can enjoy their company and informative conversation.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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7 Thank Simesky
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Mysore
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Reviewed December 18, 2013 via mobile

The location, the ambience and the vista are superb. The panoramic view of Hamta peak and its shoulder is charming. Though we were too cowardly to dare the swimming pool in December, I am sure it is a great welcome facility during summer months. Close by to most sights in Manali as well as that much isolated from the hustle and bustle of a mountain town teaming with tourists it is quiet and soothing in its environs.
Our room number six was an automatic choice and the four poster beds were comfortable and clean.
The working fireplace was an added luxury though it came with an additional charge.
The food though good can be much improved upon. It tended to be long on salt. A lot more variety needs to be added to the menu.
The staff is courteous, but the Restaurant needs to train the bearers better.

  • Stayed December 2013
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1 Thank Ravichandra1
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New Delhi, India
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed December 5, 2013

I didnt get to stay in this; but i visited it.
I was mesmerized by it.
A beautiful European Castle.
havenot seen more beautiful castle this.
The furniture, the view, the interiors every thing was top notch.
IT was like been transported to a Fairy castle in Europe.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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7 Thank Ambesh K
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Property: The Himalayan
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 #1 of 123 Hotels in Manali
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Himalayan 4*
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 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 rooms in the Castle (all with four-poster beds & antique armoires) and 8 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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