My family and I spent the last week of June 2012 in Himachal Pradesh. After a few days in McLeodganj, we headed up to Dalhousie for our 3-night stay at Hotel Mount View. I must say our experience was entirely positive but we have been travelling around India for long enough since moving here to know that our expectations need to be tempered for anything other than the established 5 Star properties.
The hotel itself is a charming throw-back to a different age. Sadly part of it was affected by a fire which is now being rebuilt. I only hope they stay sympathetic to the existing structures. While the entrance and reception are a bit underwhelming, once you walk into the property, the stunning setting and views take over. Location-wise it is a convenient stroll away from Subhash Chowk and an easy 10-minute car ride to Gandhi Chowk.
The food was excellent. Our package included breakfast and dinner (and one picnic lunch) and each of the meals we had were thoroughly enjoyable. Great buffet spread in terms of choice and quality.
The staff were very helpful and welcoming and truly made us feel at home. Special mention to Mr Pradeep Sharma (Sales head) for his personal attention to us. Nothing was too much trouble and having two (noisy) kids under the age of 5, we can vouch for how child-friendly this hotel is. Pradeep also had very helpful suggestions of what day trips to do from the hotel and had arranged for all our transportation in Himachal.
Our suite was admittedly tired but clean and comfortable. Likewise the bathroom has seen better days but again was cleaner and in better nick than we have been subjected to in other places. Frankly it could have been (and we were prepared for) a lot worse, so we ended up being very pleasantly surprised. The suite itself was roomy and airy and offered great views of the Pir Panjal range.
So, all in all, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will certainly not hesitate to go back. The true test came when our children just did not want to leave. Actually, neither did we.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The history of Dalhousie and The Hotel Mountview are dramatically intertwined. This hotel is Dalhousie's first landmark. For more than a century, the hotel has played an intrinsic part in the life of the city, hosting Maharajas, dignitaries and eminent personalities from across the globe. Today it's a number one hotel in Dalhousie and favorite destination for discerning travelers. The hotel is being constantly renovated, refurbished and modernized, to serve "The best of old world charm with new age amenities' Four Star Property "Hotel Mount View & Spa" is One Of the Finest Hotels and A Premier Resort in Dalhousie, Offers The Best Exteriors And Great Interiors Our Terraces, Landscaped Gardens, Water Bodies, Public Areas, Lobby, The Kettle House Restaurant And Cedar Restaurant, Gabfest Conferences Anandam Spa, Bodywise Fitness Studio, Freebees Gameszone, Kids Junction, Jumanji Children Park, Knick-Knack Store ,Jingles Cafe, Gazebo, Open Air Discotheque, Local Folk Singer Evenings Tambola, Games, Covered And Safe Parking etc. All Take The Client To A Wonderful Experience, Suites Are Done Up In Individual Styles And Have The Best Of In Room Facilities, Which Face Either The Majestic Views, Lush Green Lawns, Flowerbeds Or Water Bodies And Our Terraces Overlook A 180 Degree View Of The Snow Covered Pir Panjal Ranges. ... more less
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