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The Royal Hotel
Ranked #39 of 50 Hotels in Nainital
Reviewed June 11, 2013

We 5 couples stayed here for 2 nights at weekend of June 2013. It was an average experience overall. As we went there in season , less rooms were available, we checked 4 rooms, all have same old look very high wooden ceiling, all are big rooms. Room and bathroom cleanliness was not up to the mark. Room service took lot of time although they were quite helpful and friendly. Food was tasty and reasonably priced. They can serve you in rooms but its better to have it in hotel restaurant. One thing I personally liked the surroundings were clean with lots of open space for kids to run around and well maintained beautiful flower plants.

Pros:
Near to Mall road
Ample parking space
Really big rooms
Friendly/Helpful staff
Greener surroundings

Cons:
Need maintenance/cleanliness issue
Located in front of noisy/busy street

Room Tip: If you are in group select the rooms which have two bedrooms attached with a single door. It is grea...
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 7, 2013

The brilliance of this Hotel lies in its old world charm and very relaxed srvice. While these may be minuses for a business trip, for a holiday its FUN. The location too is not too taxing on your feet.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank Arvind V
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Reviewed June 5, 2013

This was my first trip to India so I did not know what to expect from The Royal since I had booked online. I was very pleasantly surprised by the hotel and I would highly recommend it to anyone. The building itself is beautiful with beautiful hardwood floors and very large rooms. The courtyard is magnificent and the food is absolutely delicious. Very satisfied with my stay!

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Charlene S
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Reviewed June 5, 2013

Cons:
1. No hot water shower. This is appalling for a hotel in this price range
2. Dirty bathroom
3. Rooms are smelly & dark
4. The area is noisy
5. General poor maintenance
Pros:
1. High ceilings
2. Period charm

Room Tip: We looked at six rooms, they were all substandard, some had real odour problems. I'm unsure if...
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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3  Thank Jesse311
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Reviewed June 4, 2013

Stayed here for a weekend with my family. Quite an average experience overall.
About 10 min walking from Mall road, the biggest positives of this hotel are BIG rooms & dedicated parking.It does have some old world charms but definitely requires better maintenance. Room cleanliness was questionable as the carpet had quite a lot of dirt. Bath linen also was not up to the mark.Service left much to be desired.
And being quite an old property (when wood used to be norm for floor or ceiling), it did initially give an unpleasant feeling because even while walking inside the room, the floor vibrations could be felt!

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1  Thank RishabhSingla
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

Writing first hand review of the hotel where i had put up for 4 days. Just 5 min walking to mall road makes this place good for staying close and avoiding mall road mess. Good hygeine, excellent food with a cosy hospitality. rooms are clean, people r friendly and the owner himself looks aftrr everything.This is a good n one of the best option for family stay.

Room Tip: Nice Family stay with good food n excellent location
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1  Thank Sarabjeet4u
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Reviewed May 26, 2013

We organized a Media workshop for 2 days in the hotel in May with 35 participants and have been organizing the activity consecutively for past 4 years. The atmosphere was lovely, rooms were very spacious and morning view in the garden was awesome. We love to sit in the front patio garden and watch the sun rise and sun set, and look at the clouds playing with mountains in the background.Vatsalya Lucknow
We organized a media workshop for 2 days in the hotel in May with 35 participants and have been organizing the activity consecutively for past 4 years. The atmosphere was lovely, rooms were very spacious and morning view in the garden was awesome. We love to sit in the front patio garden and watch the sun rise and sun set, and look at the clouds playing with mountains in the background. The participants enjoyed the day with British royalties.The tariff offered by the hotel was very reasonable.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled on business
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1  Thank Rajesh T
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Additional Information about The Royal Hotel

Address: Bara Bazar, Mallital, Nainital 263001, India
Location: India > Uttarakhand > Nainital District > Nainital
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #39 of 50 Hotels in Nainital
Price Range: $42 - $120 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Royal Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 49
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Since the very days when the the British arrived and settled in Nainital, the Royal Hotel has been a defining landmark of this quaint lake town. Established in 1906 by Colonel George Edward Bridge, an officer in the East India Company, the hotel was a hill retreat catering to officers, policy makers and nobility during the British Raj. After the colonial years however, the hotel was taken over by the Indian Government and subsequently sold to the Punvani family which runs it to this day. During the early post-colonial period, the hotel witnessed its renaissance, when it was revived from the ghosthouse that it had become, and transformed into a disco/night club, Nainital’s first and only for a long time. While it may seem ironic, over the decades gone by, the Royal has undergone a complete metamorphosis, but maintains its nostalgic charm notwithstanding. After the decade of the swinging seventies, the hotel was renovated and expanded. Six new rooms were built and others renovated to meet modern standards. It was during this time that the Royal was the set for “Masoom,” the Shekhar Kapur directed classic. In addition, the hotel was officially recognized as a heritage hotel by the Indian Goverment. But perhaps the greatest honour bestowed upon the hotel was its recognition in the book of the “Leading Hotels of the British Commonwealth.” To date, it is the only hotel in Nainital to have ever acheived this noteworthy distinction. From British noblemen to Indian businessmen, the Royal Hotel has been a home away from home for visitors since over a hundred years. With its quintessentially British architecture, when one walks the corridors at the Royal Hotel it becomes abundantly evident that history and heritage is all around. Formidable bay windows, wood-burning fireplaces, stone walls, rustic walkways and impressive sculptures echo an old world charm that is seldom recreated in these modern times. It is no surprise then, that guests at the Royal Hotel often describe their stay as unique, nostalgic and unforgettable. ... more   less 
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