by Vinu S R on May 09, 2013
Very good property to stay and good service. Food was excellent. Excellent balcony view to Sutlej river which we all enjoyed. Enjoyed activities like River Rafting, River Walk, River bank dining, etc.
by William R on Jun 11, 2013
My wife and I are Irish and recently got married. We travelled to India for our honeymoon and this hotel was recommended by Indian friends of ours. We had the time of our lives, everthing was just perfect. We arrived late 22.30, thinking the restaurant etc would be closed. The manager, Prem, was there to meet us. He simply said, "what I'd recommend is, we'll take your bags to your room, order some food and have a dip in the hot springs and your food will be ready when you finish". This was the theme of our trip, great experiences with excellent service. The hotel was clean, staff friendly and efficient, food lovely, facilities brilliant, great location for getting away from it all and revitalising yourself. We had loads of treatments in the hotel's spa and they were top-notch and extremely reasonable. The hot springs amazed us, they have a big pool, or smaller private pools and even an outdoors pool! We recommended the hotel to two other friends of ours, who went the week after and they also had an amazing time. We will definitely be returning and we hope very soon. I'd go there every year if I could! Just go, you won't regret it.
by royalescape on May 29, 2013
We have been using this lovely place... in fact a destination on its own...since last two years. Just a couple of hours drive from Shimla its a perfect place to spend your holidays in the lap of Himalayas.
Things to do here:
1. Visit to recently discovered Shiva Gufa which has created a lot of anxiety among local populace and researchers (10 kins drive).
3. Hot sulphur natural bath with proven medicinal value
4. Sundowning by the river with hot tea and snacks
I would recommend at least a couple of night stay here for pure relaxation and bliss.
by pointsup on May 25, 2013
One of the reviews below mentions that you shouldn't expect a resort type place when booking this hotel, and that is a really good point as I can see how one might expect this.
My wife and I booked this hotel for 11'880 Rupees for 3 nights. Upon arrival they upgraded us to a much nicer room, they said this was because we had booked it for three nights, it also could have been because there weren't lots of guests. Either way we weren't complaining. From looking around the local area it looks like this is the most expensive hotel locally and it's in a beautiful setting.
Our room faced into the valley with a view of the rushing river. I gather from other reviews that this is the side of the hotel you want to be on. The room was large and spacious, it had a balcony, was neatly decorated and really nice to relax in. TV and AC as expected and a lovey bathroom with really hot and cold water. Also the wi-fi reached our room and was fast, but I'm not sure it reaches all of the rooms.
The hotel common areas:
The whole of the hotel is tastefully decorated, the lobby has a nice small fish tank and there are public washrooms on every floor so you don't have to run back to your room from the lobby. There is a nice roof terrace which isn't being used for anything, but is a fantastic place to watch the sunrise from behind the Himalayan mountains (if you can face waking up at 5am in the summer). The hot spring pools are spacious and defiantly worth getting a private one (lockable door, own shower, and candles).
Has an outdoor terrace with shade and beautiful views of the valley, and an indoor AC restaurant. It is a very nice place to have breakfast every morning.
Has spacious hot spring pools and the private pools with own cold shower, candles and lockable door are a must. Having Ayurvedic tea while in the hot springs is a delight. There are all sorts of therapies, facials, manicures, massages etc. on offer, many I haven't heard of before. Sadly the woman at the spa said they don't offer facials for men, only for women. Not sure exactly why. It's not made clear on the leaflet of treatments either.
The gym looked good, but none of the equipment was working, the staff told me that not many people use the gym as most people come here to relax. I guess you could still use some of the weights if you wanted to.
Tourist touts & Yoga teachers
My wife and I walked to the local river and it was a lovely experience, we passed by lots and lots of shops and didn't get hassled by any tourist touts it was a very different experience to the rest of India. We went to the local post office to post some of our post cards and the people who worked there were really helpful, lovely and friendly, it was a refreshing experience.
The only thing is you will have to remember that people in the hotel will try to sell you things(it's their job to do so), but they are not too pushy.
The one thing that made me feel uneasy was at the hotel. After being told that the morning yoga was complimentary the yoga teacher told us that only the first lesson was complimentary and we should ask for the price at reception for the rest of the lessons. So we did, we spoke to the manager (Prem) at reception who told us it costs 200 rupees for non-guests but for us as hotel guests it would be 100 rupees each.
After our next lesson our yoga teacher asked us if we had asked for the price and we said yes and told him what we had been told. The following morning at my 7am lesson he told me that the price we had been told was incorrect and that we actually need to pay him 500 rupees each. I said "Okay so i will pay at reception when i checkout and pay for all of the other services & treatments" but he said "No, no, you can pay me now." The ambiguity in the price and the feeling that i was being ripped off annoyed me and reminded me of being confronted by the hustlers in Delhi, Agra and elsewhere in India, not how I wanted to feel before a 7am yoga lesson. I expressed to him in simpler English that I would not have the yoga lesson that morning due to the ambiguity in price. After saying this he said I could stay and have it for free. Again very confusing. Since he had also told me he was leaving and going back to Delhi that evening, I got the feeling that he was just trying to trick a Westerner into giving him some cash before he left the state. Either way I skipped the lesson and went back to bed. When we checked out, no yoga lessons appear on our bill and I forgot to mention it.
On the other hand the service form the management staff was impeccable, a T-shirt and pair of trousers had not been returned to us when we got our laundry done. My wife and I didn't discover this until we packed all of out things and were ready to checkout. We told the staff at checkout and they searched high and low for it but found nothing. In the end they told us they would take the 875 rupees for laundry service off our bill, and if they did find the clothes they would deliver them to us at our next hotel in Simla. I planned on asking for this money off anyway (due to the circumstances), but to their credit they offered it to us before I needed to say anything. A very professional response indeed.
Yes you read the title correctly:
Yes there is cannabis growing wildly everywhere here, bushes and bushes of it line the roads up to the valley where the hotel is, the streets and the banks around are covered in it. Don't get your hopes up, I wouldn't come here expecting a free smoke up, as you probably know the penalty for doing such a thing in India is very harsh! Also none of the plants look smokable. I assume they don't grow here in the winter, which is the tourist season in India. My wife didn't want me to ask about them in case it got us some unwanted attention, so I didn't but it seemed so unusual to me - they are literally everywhere, you couldn't ignore them if you tried.
I would visit this hotel again, but make sure you know what to expect so you are not disappointed. There's not a lot to do, but it is a lovely place to relax for a few days. Order some room service and unwind. There didn't seem to be any alcohol in the area so if this is important to you, bring your own with you.
by Pankaj S on Jun 04, 2013
nice family trip. enjoyed stay n therme. river rafting was arranged by hotel . it was a thrilling experiance. you can enjoy hot spring with privacy. on way to tattapani one can enjoy horse riding at naldehra.
by scorpi00 on Jun 08, 2013
Hotel is for couples.. Far from shimla but in lap of nature. Hotel is clean. Staff is very supportive. Rooms are big. Please be sure that you dont come for rafting like activities here.water is not as clean as manali.
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