Gorgeous and convenient location high up in new Manali, The Himayalan is a beautiful stone castle which took over a decade to build (told to us by the owner Nishat, who took excellent care of us).
My husband and I went here in the first week of July for 5 nights, stayed in the Classic as well as the Premier Room. Classic is smaller, but since we got the corner room we had the best view in the hotel of the mountain tops. Premier Room was extremely spacious and had a balcony overlooking the pool.
Rooms are rustic and are very clean, well maintained and same applies to the bathrooms. Bathrooms have a shower cubicle as well as a bathtub. The rooms don't have fans, but are available upon request. You don't really need them as weather is cool all year around. Must keep your windows closed towards the evening so to avoid mosquitoes. If you have an early check-in do mention that to the hotel prior to your arrival. Housekeeping and room service are very efficient. Indian food here is delicious! Breakfast is very average, you would rather go to the wonderful restaurants/cafes close by. Poolside is very nice to eat your meals by or unwind for a drink.
The hotel is relatively new, so everything is not functional. They have a massage room with a male and female masseuse, where I thoroughly enjoyed my massage, but my husband wasn't too happy with his. Book your massage much in advance as well.
Overall we had a great experience, and would definitely visit the property again, especially once it's entirely up and running! Thanks for the hospitality Nishat!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Perched at an elevation of 2003 metres & built in the Victorian Gothic Revival style, The Himalayan is an exclusive boutique resort with an al fresco swimming pool overlooking Manali town. Tucked away in its own cul-de-sac amidst an apple & cherry orchard are 8 opulent guest rooms in the Castle (all with four-poster beds & antique armoires) and 8 cottages (each with 2 Bedrooms complete with en-suite bathrooms, dining & drawing space with functional fire place). The Cottage kitchenettes are equipped with all modern amenities/appliances. All cottages have their own cosy gardens, balconies & mountain views. All rooms come with tea/coffee makers, in-room safes & bespoke bath amenities. Bar, Restaurant & In-room dining is available. Croquet, Trampoline & Table Tennis is provided for children & adults alike. Gymnasium is offered on the premises. Fully equipped Boardroom. An elaborate Spa will be added in the near future. ... more less
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