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“Could be much much better”
Review of Sterling Mussoorie

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Sterling Mussoorie
Ranked #5 of 76 Hotels in Mussoorie
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 25, 2013

This is a hotel with a great potential ruined by the hundreds of steps you have to climb and rude management. Following are the good and bad points

Good points
1) View from rooms is amazing. The rooms themselves are spacious and clean.
2) Food is decent, but nothing to rave about. Service in the restaurant is amazing.
3) Room service is good and so are the amenities and complimentary toiletries.

Bad Points
1) You have to climb hundreds of steps to get from your room to the lobby and the road.
DO NOT GO if you are travelling with children, elderly or disabled. Even healthy people will find it exhausting. The lowest rooms are a heart attack inducing 300+ steps.

2) Food from the ala carte menu is terribly over priced. So opt for the package instead,
3) Management is rude and un-accommodating. They did not give us our choice of rooms despite them being available. We had to literally fight and yell at them to give us good rooms. They were also unwilling to give us discount on food package as we were referred guests of members. We had to fight and point that it is written on the brochure before they acceded.
4) it is situated 2.5 km from the town, so you have to spend at least 600 per car for a round journey every time you need to go to the town.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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SterlingHolidays, Owner at Sterling Mussoorie, responded to this reviewResponded April 6, 2013

Dear Sir,

Greetings from Sterling Holidays! Thank you for your positive feedback regarding our rooms, F&B and room service. However, we regret the inconveniences caused during your stay with us. We would like to let you know that we have made note of all your feedback. We assure you that we will look into it and take the necessary actions.

We thank you for taking the time to let us know your views and please be assured that we are making the changes that will showcase our property in a way that earns your appreciation. We sincerely hope you will visit us again and give us an opportunity to serve you.

Sincerely,
Member Relations - Sterling Holidays.

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Reviewed December 27, 2012

Resort is little away but the wak is nice, I stayed twice, didnot use room service but the view and the place is beauty. Would to hold a cottage for ever. Only problem is rooms starts after 60 steps. They have shop also which has titbits

  • Stayed: December 2012
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1  Thank honet99
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Reviewed December 18, 2012

One of the worst and non-co-operative staff. Recently we went on office trip and the experience was disheartning. They did not even provide water even after asking for it several times. WORST.Bathroom drain was choked, tap was broken and housekeeping did not bother to change the towels and linens.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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4  Thank sid4u4ever69
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SterlingHolidays, Owner at Sterling Mussoorie, responded to this reviewResponded April 3, 2013

Dear Sir/Madam,

Greetings from Sterling Holidays!

We are deeply concerned about your experience with our Staff and also note your disappointment with the maintenance. We would like to assure you that we have looked into the issues raised by you and taken corrective measures.

We value our customers’ feedback immensely and want to thank you for taking the time out to let us know your views. We sincerely hope you will visit us again and give us an opportunity to serve you.

Sincerely,
Member Relations - Sterling Holidays.

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Reviewed November 17, 2012

The hotel was exellent but it was a quite far from city.
Nearest market is in library chawk(2.5 km). Very good rooms and services. Calm and quite location and best for family trips. Awesome facilities for children like captain juniors lounge for children upto 5-6 years. Their is a play room also available. Childrens park is very clean and safe for kids. Overall it was a good experience.

Room Tip: Their are too many stairs. Room no.201 is best
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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3  Thank Mrinmay101999
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

Large Property, and fully equipped. Lots of games for all ages and a very co-operative & supporting staff team. Rooms are about 10yrs old but spacious. Few of them are already under renovation, hence some more time & maybe quite a bit is going to be upgraded. You need to have stamina to walk in and out of your room, anything between 2 to 5 floors. Phew. hence visit to my room was only once a day. Although am informed that an elevator is already under negotiation.
Wonderful team of adventure activity co-coordinators.

Room Tip: Higher floor till they install an elevator.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank vtibrewalla
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Reviewed October 26, 2012

Its a great place to relax after a tiring work week. spacious rooms with beautiful view. Maintenance could be a notch better. Reaching can be difficult as the approach is very steep, but most cars wont have a problem, specially SUVs. The food is good and there are taxis to take you to the Mall at minimal cost. Overall, a very rejuvinating experience.

Room Tip: choose the view carefully, but you have to take the steps for most of them, but its a good walk!!
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 28, 2012

The good:

1. Excellent views of the valley from the room (may depend on the room you choose).

2. Far from the crowd, and hence lots of privacy. This means it's good for couples seeking privacy.

3. Quiet, and pleasat through the day and night.

4. The resort is full of beautiful and fragrant flowers - especially wild roses.

5. The hotel is located in the part of the valley is not heavily crowded, and as a result, one gets views of mountains that are largely uninhabited. This is a huge plus.

The bad:

1. The resort is situated about 2.5 kilo meters away from the main market, but the resort does not provide any kind of transportation for free. Worse yet, the travel desk loots the guests by overcharging them unreasonably. NEVER use their travel desk.

2. One needs to shell out Rs. 300/- just to go out to the market.

3. Breakfast buffet and dinner buffet is very OK for the money they charge. The idlis they serve in the breakfast are the worst I've had in my life.

4. The a-la-carte menu is overpriced like there's no tomorrow to steal. The food was bad in most occasions.

5. The staff in the reception can be exceptionally rude and unhelpful at times. The staff in travel desk were too busy playing pool to answer any of our queries properly.

6. The water was stinky, and at times looked whitish. We were scared to use the tap water. There's simply no excuse for them to supply water of this quality.

7. The geyser did not work efficiently, and this was a major drawback, given that it's a hill station.

8. The bed in the room felt like it had no structural support through it's center. Upon examination, it looked like they had joined two single beds and had put a double bed upon them. The single beds had rollers and they moved away from each other, creating a gap. I had to take the mattress away, push the beds closer, and lock the wheels with the help of several pieces of paper.

9. The window panes were rattling all night because of the wind. Upon examination, it appeard to have completely worn away. I had to adjust those with the help of papers. Same goes for the door which leads to the balcony.

10. The paint and coatings in the wall had marred away.

11. The linens were torn, and had holes in them.

12. The bigegst problem of them all is that rooms are located far away from the restaurant and reception area. If one wants to go to the restaurant, the only way is to climb something like a 100 steps. This wasn't easy, considering we need to get out at least thrice a day for the meals.

This would have been a 1 star, if not for the beautiful views of the valleys and the exotic flowers. Not recommended, unless Sterling does a major overhaul to renovate everything.

If you're going there, make sure that you take your car. They'll rip you off for transportation otherwise.

Room Tip: Pick a room which can be accessed relatively easy, and not via several hundreds of stairs. Make sure...
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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Sterling Mussoorie

Address: New Circular Road | Dehradun,Mussoorie, Mussoorie 248179, India (Formerly Mussoorie - Dancing Leaves, A Sterling Holidays Resort)
Location: India > Uttarakhand > Dehradun District > Mussoorie
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 76 Hotels in Mussoorie
Price Range: $38 - $177 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Sterling Mussoorie 4*
Number of rooms: 80
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
New décor combines with the good old charm of Mussoorie to . At night, be amazed by the Doon valley which comes alive with glimmering lights from all over the city, scented by the aroma of thick Deodar trees. Experience this magic, and a lot more at Sterling Mussoorie where our staff await you with lovely surprises. ... more   less 
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