We were a group of about 50 students on a college trip. Our agent suggested us to stay at Chail to avoid the crowds at Shimla and enjoy the mountains in peace.
Monaal is actually on the hill slope. You need to climb down the stairs to enter it. The rooms are spacious with capacity to add more beds if required. This is helpful if you want to manage costs in a big group or are travelling with family. Whether its the "Honeymoon Suite" or the "Regal Room", each room has a different decor. Cottage type rooms are also available.
The staff is very courteous and helpful. Food needs to be ordered a day before since getting the vegetables on the hills is a challenge.
Overall a neat cozy hotel in the heart of the quaint Chail.More