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Hotel Iceland
Ranked #2 of 5 Palchan B&B and Inns
Reviewed June 10, 2013

We stayed at this Hotel for 9 nights in May 2013 and the experience was simply awesome!
We arrived at 9.30pm, so couldn’t really fathom the views from our rooms, except for the sounds of the river flowing adjacent to the property. However; the onset of the morning next day made us realise what we had stumbled upon – a ROOM WITH A VIEW that was stupendous – the majestic snow clad Himalayas just across the room’s balconies! A truly awesome sight and coupled with the gurgling river next door, the location is a veritable feast for the senses.

The rooms are nice and cozy. The attached balcony, is however the place that I relished the most and spent hours admiring the splendours of nature that this place has to offer.

The place is owned by an extremely affable couple, Zuzer and Shabnam, who redefine the word “hospitality” along with their 2 charming daughters. Every need was taken care of, some on request and mostly others on their intuition. Their support staff too was wonderful!

Food was homely and delicious!!! Room service was highly prompt and efficient!!!

The adventure activities organised by them was great. From Paragliding to river rafting, Trekking to Snow Mobiles, Quad Biking to Zorbing they organised it all.

During winters, I am told that one can jump off the room’s balcony into a field of snow and ski off the roof-top of this Hotel!

Booked myself already for bringing in the New Year at this place...Counting the days to be back!

Tip: Please ask for the odd numbered rooms which face the meadows, mountains and the river. 201 is the best!

Room Tip: Odd numbered rooms. 201 for sure.
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 6, 2013

in solang valley the view is beautiful icy mountain n meadows on one side u can see cable cars ride, away from market area silent n peacefully located laundry is cheap, service is good ,we stayed for 3 nights when we went the work was going on so at night 12 the hammering was going on there were no receptionist to attend at night n early morning . THey come after 7:00 the serevice is limited hours on vacations time .HOT WATER comes only from 7 to 10 morning

Room Tip: if want to stay away from noice n crowd stay over here n u will not feel like leaving the room also...
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

Solang has limited number of hotels to stay and this no doubt is best among those.
We reached here after a tiring journey and a bitter experience at another hotel in solang but this hotel made us forget all that.
The view from the room balcony was heavenly with snow all around.
Hotel had all the basic amenities.

The open restaurant is icing on the cake. We enjoyed our lunches with the picturesque valley view and para glides sailing above.

Best was their overly helpful and polite staff.
They have maintained the property so well and are always ready to serve the guests.

Overall, it was a memorable experience to stay here.

Room Tip: Choose the rooms having balcony coz the view is heavenly!
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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hoteliceland, Director of Sales at Hotel Iceland, responded to this reviewResponded June 18, 2013

thanks all for their patronage

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Reviewed March 26, 2013

Travelling in 1st and 2nd week of March-13 we stayed in Iceland Hotel, Solang Valley for 4 nights. We were two families travelling together and stayed in 2 separate rooms. Mesmerised by the breathtaking views from the hotel rooms and pampered by the great service run by the hotel. During our stay there was 2-3 feet of snow all around.

This hotel is connected to the main road through an inner road. We understood that during the winter months this inner road remains perpetually covered with snow. As we had called up the hotel before reaching and alighted from our taxi on the main road, hotel personnel was waiting on the main road to pick our luggage and guide us to the hotel (around 100-150m walk). There are two hotel buildings, we stayed in the main building (building larger in size and red roof). Made of concrete and with all rooms fully paneled with wood, the rooms offer a very cozy and warm environment. The additional heavy duty room heaters are effective and helpful. Outside the rooms though, it gets very cold. There is no central heating in the hotel. The washrooms can also get very cold.

Each room has an electric kettle. This is very useful to prepare warm drinking water as the normal water gets quite cold. The hot drinking water delivered by the hotel staff would get cold pretty soon.

The hotel car parking space is covered in thick snow during the winter months. I understand for
people driving down, the main road will double as parking area. As such nothing really worrisome, except during heavy snowing you need to keep checking your vehicle and removing some of the snow.

For such a cold place our rooms did not have geyser, this was compensated by the hotel boy running to us (at times 2-3 times a day) with a bucket of hot water whenever we needed. Hats off and Kudos to Hemraj who always served us with a smile !

The food menu was little limited but all food items vegetarian and non-vegetarian were prepared and served nicely. We had almost all the meals in the hotel and enjoyed the food.

This is a budget hotel and they serve all essential requirements very well; very good value for money. The location of this hotel is very good.
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For first time travelers to such cold places –
1. Solang Valley gets quite cold during winter months. During our stay itself night temperatures hovered -5 to -2. Heavy woolens and woolen inners are a necessity.
2. The weather changes each day; in non-sunny or cloudy days with precipitation, the jackets and lower wear should be somewhat water resistant
3. A good pair of shoes preferably water resistant and with good grip is a must for walking. Snow melts and small pieces may enter the shoe; feet get very cold / wet and need to be protected. Boots are available on rent on the main road, they are adequate for mild walking around
4. Walking sticks / trekking poles are extremely helpful. Again one can easily get the cheap wooden ones carved out of tree branches or metal trekking poles on hire.
5. Fields of snow look beautiful but can be treacherous. Always follow established pathways in the snow; places where people have walked and snow is flattened. In unchartered areas sticks / poles need to be used to gauge depth and slow trek is advised to avoid mishaps due to snow giving way to concealed crevices.
6. To begin with, you could stroll around and visit the old Solang Village on the hill slope. It’s a great walk where you cross two small wooden bridges over tributaries of river Beas.
7. The Solang play-ground houses lots of activities – snow biking, beginner level of skiing, zorbing, paragliding etc. On a typical day it is very crowded and a bit chaotic.
8. The paragliding (flying strapped to a pilot) is conducted from two levels – lower and higher level. The lower level flight lasts 5-7 mts whereas the higher level flight time may be little over 15mts. From personal experience the safety precautions specially at the lower level flight can (should) be much better. It’s a highly commercial venture with queues running and chaos; safety takes a little back seat with inadequate regulation, relatively inexperienced pilots and inadequate infrastructure in case of any emergency. The higher level flight involves travelling up the ski lift and around 100-150m of snow trek / climb down a steep slope (not for the faint hearted). The pilots are much more experienced, and with fewer people the take-off point is better and structured. The view from take-off point and the flight itself is amazing (worth all the effort and the cost) ! Hiring a Dungaree / full body jump-suit, readily available outside the play-ground is helpful.
9. 2 Km uphill trek behind the play-ground leads to a Shiv Mandir / Shiv Linga formed naturally out-off snow falling from higher cliffs. When we went there was thick snow all around. The trek is little tiring with nil habitation in between and crosses a small stream to be crossed via a wooden plank. The trek is a little adventure in itself, the views and the experience is amazing and memorable. Once there, we were also amazed to see a priest meditating wearing saffron coloured wrap-around and thin cotton towel on the shoulders. It was freezing cold outside ! Carrying drinking water and some biscuits / chocolates is quite helpful.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 18, 2013

The hotel faces beautiful mountain ranges which are mostly snow clad. The sunrise and sunset to be seen from here are magnificent. The best part I'd say is the spacious outdoor lobby area that has open air restaurant kinda feel. The rooms are small but comfy enough for two people.

Room Tip: Choose any room that faces towards the sunrise.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 13, 2013

well , i have been going to solang valley from about 7 years , and almost everytime i prefer my stay at iceland , with beuty all around , iceland has alll, with nice staff and all the required amenities .thier respect for travellers and moreover thier helping nature impressed me alot . beside all this iceland cafetaria has excellent cafetaria serving delicious food , i bet no one can deny this .
miss my each trip at solang with beutifull memories of iceland and valley .

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 28, 2013

If you want a calm place with lots of snow and some adventure sports (skiing and paragliding), then I suggest you stay at Iceland in Solang valley, 30 mins drive from Manali. I highly recommend this hotel. I was there a couple of weeks back. The mountain view rooms with the windows opening to the snow capped mountains have one of the best views I have ever seen in a hotel room. The food, service, owner - all are reliable, honest and nice people. We did paragliding and skiing. The hotel arranged for all of these. The stay here was the highlight of our trip.

However, be warned - other than serenity and adventure sports, Solang has little else to offer. i.e. no shops and not many restaurants like in Manali.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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Address: Solang Valley | Village Solang Nallah, Palchan, Manali Tehsil 175103, India
Location: India > Himachal Pradesh > Kullu District > Manali Tehsil > Palchan
Amenities:
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Ranked #2 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Palchan
Price Range: $28 - $58 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Iceland 3.5*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Iceland is beside the River Beas in the picturesque Solang Valley, the adventure capital of Himachal Pradesh, 12 km from Manali. Trekking, Skiing, Paragliding, Zorbing, jeep safaris are all possible here. The hotel has 40 comfortable rooms, many with stunning views of the surrounding snow capped mountains and pine forests. It has a multi-cuisine restaurant, wifi, lounge, conference room etc. It is run by experienced mountaineer/skier and hotelier Khem Raj Thakur. ... more   less 

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