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“Delightful Stay” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Karma Vilas Resort

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Karma Vilas Resort
Ranked #33 of 74 Hotels in Mussoorie
Melbourne, Australia
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15 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Delightful Stay”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2013

Its a nice place situated out of the hustle of the Mussoorie. You get the astonishing view of the valley from the garden area of the guesthouse. Rooms are nice and clean and well maintained. I would recommend to go for valley facing rooms. Food is good though a little expensive, breakfast is served in small dinning area, so sometime you have to wait for your turn if more guest are staying. The staff is good and polite but room service was really bad, I had to remind them several time to clean the room and for other things.

I would suggest you to stay here only if you have a car or taxi on hire since there are no restaurants or market in the 1 Km radius.

Room Tip: "Take valley facing rooms"
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank brijeshkumar_sharma
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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8 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2013

This was one of the trips that I did with my friends in 2009 Sept/Oct. The stay in Karma Vilas was truly a bit of a time-travel. Since we went during the shoulder season (Not off/not peak), we actually got a decent deal on the price also.

The beautiful quaint Victorian Bungalow with its valley facing rooms, breakfast in the lawns and those wrought iron benches along with all those unique trinkets make this a stay that cannot be forgotten. The fact that at the time, the only 2 rooms that were occupied were ours. That helped in making us feel that we were the owners of this beautiful property for that brief duration of time.

The great thing about the location is that it is off the Mall Road which makes it quiet and secluded. We had our own car so we didnt have a problem of going to the Mall Road.

The staff were quite helpful except that we had to give order by 6pm so that they could go and get vegetables and non-veg (if any) from the market. But all this made the place even more delightful at the time.

Don't go there for the impersonal efficiency of a star hotel. Go there to soak in the air, sit at the lawns, keep looking at the valley, talk through the night sitting under those beautiful lights.

While we were friends, I think this place would be even more enjoyable as a couple.

I definitely rate Karma Vilas one of the finer non-standard properties I have stayed in.

Room Tip: Choose the rooms facing the Valley
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Bibinshivas
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New Delhi, India
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2013

Late with my review. Went in mid march.
Secluded, peaceful, serene and simply beautiful. You must have the rooms with a view...the presidential suite or royal classic ideal for that. Breathtaking view anyways.
Extremely helpful and fantastic owner who helps out till you are nicely settled. But what is mindblowingly perfect is the villa n its amazingly helpful, sweet and well informed manager lady...Nahid. Makes your stay a smooth one very easily.
She even played my favourite music when we arrived which makes it extra special. Food is good. Made on order. Courteous good men all.
The place to be if u want to go away from the maddening crowd.
Will recommend it to one n all... And would absolutely stay there next time we go there.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Poushali-Mullick
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India
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99 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2013

Karma Vilas is a decent guesthouse situated away from the hustle and bustle of Mussoorie. That is its plus point, but at the same time, you cant go walking anywhere, need your own car or have to hire a taxi. The rooms are simple but comfortable, we did not try the food but their dining room with 4 tables offers a limited choice. For Chinese we were offered Maggi!! And for a 7 am departure they said the kitchen was not yet open to offer a full breakfast, though that was included in the price we paid. They offered us tea and toast though.

Just keep in mind this is not a resort or a hotel as you may be lead to believe from the website - but rather a decent guesthouse with a dining hall. Good for a short stay.

Room Tip: Ask for a larger room if possible because one of the rooms we saw was quite small.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank petertheobald
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New Delhi, India
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2013

I booked this hotel on the basis of rating, reviews and photograph and found more than that.
Undoubtedly, it was a pleasant and memorable stay. Excellent location, away from crowded mall road , very cooperative staff. gives a feel like you are living in your personal bunglow , I would like to stay again and again.
However, should provide some add on services like message, spa etc, breakfast menu should have some more things like fruits, cornflakes etc.
Presence of night staff should be ensured. Rest is ok no issue.

Room Tip: Royal classic room are good. one should go for this room only not deluxe room.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Mjs91
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karmavilas, Manager at Karma Vilas Resort, responded to this review, April 22, 2013
Dear Guest,

Greeting from Karma Vilas

Thank you for your warm and appreciative review about Karma Vilas Hotel.

We are delighted to learn about your experience. Your compliments about the staff have been conveyed to the hotel team. The entire team at the Hotel is thrilled to have such a kind review from you.

It is heartening to know when the efforts that the team makes are appreciated by the Guest. We will definitely keep the suggestions provided by you in mind and will try to take action on it shortly

You will be pleased to learn that we have recently added Manali as one location by name of Karma Cottages.

I thank you for having taken the time to write about your experience with us.

Warm Regards,
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New Delhi, India
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2013

The staff was very nice.. a well planned place.. never felt like leaving karma vilas.. it is a complete relaxing and rejuvenating experience.. the staff was humble and very receptive .. you must visit this place .. and you will get to know ..

Room Tip: If you are four .. then go for presidential room .. select the view .. hill view or jungle view and...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Shagun304551
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karmavilas, Manager at Karma Vilas Resort, responded to this review, April 25, 2013
Dear Guest,

Greeting from Karma Vilas

Thank you for your warm and appreciative review about Karma Vilas Hotel.

We are delighted to learn about your experience. Your compliments about the staff have been conveyed to the hotel team. The entire team at the Hotel is thrilled to have such a kind review from you.

It is heartening to know when the efforts that the team makes are appreciated by the Guest. We will definitely keep the suggestions provided by you in mind and will try to take action on it shortly

You will be pleased to learn that we have recently added Manali as one location by name of Karma Cottages.

I thank you for having taken the time to write about your experience with us.

Warm Regards
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New Delhi, India
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2013

Karma Vilas is a lonely boutique resort with a very plush & serene setting. Rooms are quite large & spacious with all the modern comforts. The service time is slightly long but one does not mind that as you can laze around the property. The view from the rooms is stunning. We booked 2 Deluxe rooms opening into the oak forest and we left as if we were in a tree house. You could sit in the balcony of your room all day doing nothing. We had a very refreshing & relaxing vacation at Karma Vilas. Looking forward to visiting Karma Vilas again in the near future.

Room Tip: All rooms are good.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank sultanakhan
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Property: Karma Vilas Resort
Address: Claire Villa Estate | Claire Villa Estate, Big Bend, Balahisar, Mussoorie 248179, India
Location: India > Uttarakhand > Mussoorie
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Mussoorie
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Karma Vilas Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Karma Vilas Resort, Mussoorie is steeped in the allure of an era bygone. The 19th-century Victorian-style villa is nestled amidst oak and pine trees on a 6.5-acre estate. Karma Vilas Resort, Mussoorie is rated amongst the best heritage resorts in Uttarakhand India. At an altitude of 6000 feet, Karma Vilas Resort, Mussoorie is strategically located. One kilometer from the city centre, it is easily accessible from, both the Mussoorie-Delhi highway and the Mussoorie-Dhanaulti highway. ... more   less 
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