We were two families (4 adults and 4 children 10-13 years) and stayed for 4 nights from March27th to March31st 2013. I did a thorough research on the internet, especially with the help of tripadvisor before booking this resort. We were on MAPAI meal plan (breakfast & dinner included).
I would rather put the bad experiences first and then the good ones.
Let me start with exteriors, reception, lobby, gallery areas: On these fronts I think the property and management requires a facelift. There was some expansion going on one side of the property due to which construction material was lying in front. The front garden is not well maintained and requires a revamp. Reception, lobby and gallery areas are not well lit. Mostly fit with CFLs and that too only 30-40% were lit and rest were off. Looked like the hotel was on a power saver mode. Although after we pointed this out to the management they put on all the lights. We found most of the places (hotels and restaurants) in Manali on power saver mode and these are very dull and poorly lit. So, maybe this is a general system in Manali.
Food: Welcome drink was not good at all and was kind off a mere fomality instead of really making us feel welcome. Breakfast & Dinner on the first day was good. However they booked two buses full of medical students from Chennai for second and third day and this is where things went really bad on the food & restaurant front. Buffet breakfast and dinner had very repetitive and simple items like chole bhatura, dal etc. Felt like eating at a langar.
On the third day we had to really reject the buffet and ask them for ala cart, which was done. Once we were on Ala cart, the food quality and vaiety was good. On the check-out morning they packed specially ordered breakfast for us and was ready for us on time @ 7am.
Disco & Bar: Disco and Bar was good and we enjoyed two evenings there.
Gaming: Children enjoyed the gaming area. It was not big, but many hotels do not have this, so it was an added activity.
Housekeeping & Room Service: Excellent housekeeping & room serving. Staff was very courteous. We were in Duplex rooms, which had two complete sets of rooms, like two sets of beds, two sets of sitting area, two tvs, two bathrooms etc. This was really good and spacious and family could accomodate very well. There was a small basic kitchen with electric kettle. Fridge was available, but was empty. Outside view from the duplex rooms are pretty cool.
Location: Location-wise it is roughly 2 km from Mall road. So, you cannot get down and walk to the market. However, if you prefer to remain away from rush and have a quite evening walk it is perfect place. You have to take your car or get some sort of a conveyance to reach the main Manali Mall road, especially if you are with family.
Overall the experience was not bad, but could have been better epecially if they had planned properly on the days when they booked a group. So, my word of caution for visitors is that if you have a group booked in when you stay here, ask for specially prepared breakfast and dinner for you and ask them to reserve your table so that you don't have to wait for the group to finish eating.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 4 star property Ideal location: Right on the National Highway facing river beas & greenery (Buses stops at the gate on request) Hotel centrally heated,comfort of two lifts, Huge parking to accommodate several Buses & Cars,24-Hrs running Hot & Cold water,Full electricity back-up,For health conscious people – R/o plant fitted, Well stocked Bar Well Equipped Conference hall with OHP/ LCD/Multimedia Projector, Capacity of 200 in Theater Style ,Rooms fitted with latest magnetic card operated locking system keeping in view security arrangement of the guests,Apple orchard for outdoor Cafeteria/ Parties & Bonfire arrangements, Hotel famous for excellent food (Excellent team of Chefs), Best commercially & professionally managed Discotheque with regular DJ,Besides regular attractions i.e. Video Games, Pool Table, Jacuzzi, Gym etc. we also have the services of Photographer, in- house Travel Desk and & Kerala Massage (on request ) Safety deposit vaults ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Manali Hotel Manali