Manali is one of the most popular hill stations in India. Everyone from backpackers to adventure sports enthusiasts and honeymooners flock to this scenic town all year round. Even Bollywood filmmakers haven’t been able to resist the beauty of the place. If you’re planning a trip to Manali, these are the best hotels to stay in.
The Manali Inn is a cosy hotel sitting across the banks of the mighty River Beas. Besides the 47 comfortable rooms, the hotel also has a fitness centre with sauna, steam and jacuzzi, spa rooms, a conference hall, a video game parlour and a discotheque. Manali Inn is located just three kilometres from the city centre, popularly known as Mall Road.
ManuAllaya is a luxury resort where you can either choose to book a spacious and elegantly designed room or opt for a private cottage. This is one of the handful of hotels in Manali which offer an indoor temperature controlled swimming pool. There are three restaurants at the resort Cafe Jardin, D’Jong and Kibber that serve western, Asian and Indian cuisines respectively. They also have a bar called Library, should you want to relax with a drink in the evening.
As far as architecture is considered, there’s no other hotel in Manali which compares to the exquisite Victorian Gothic Revival style of The Himalayan. The luxury resort, set amid apple and cherry orchards, offers beautifully designed rooms all furnished with antique furniture and objets d’art. The Himalayan also works towards sustainable practices like energy and water conservation, waste reduction and local community outreach, making it ideal for those looking for an eco-friendly hotel in Manali.
Johnson’s Lodge & Spa was conceptualised by a couple who are both avid travellers. There are three different types of accommodations available here— standard rooms, cottages and private residences. Each room has hardwood flooring and are as cosy as they come. The cottages even have a fireplace perfect to warm up during chilly Manali winters. In the evenings, you can enjoy live music and signature cocktails at the hotel’s bar.
Club Mahindra’s White Meadows is ideal for those coming to Manali for a family vacation. Apart from the regular sightseeing and adventure sports for adults, the hotel also organises outdoor adventure activities for kids like paintball. White Meadows is located about four kilometres from the main town, but the distance shouldn’t keep you away from this charming hotel. The quaint property looks especially beautiful during the winter season when it’s shrouded in white snow.
Urvashi’s Retreat is located in the lap of nature amid apple orchards and a lush green forest. The rustic decor of the rooms is reminiscent of colonial era splendour with artfully designed period furniture. In case the weather turns out for the worse or if you don’t feel like stepping outdoors, you can also spend the day at the hotel taking cooking classes from the in-house chefs.
Manali Heights looks like it’s straight out of a fairytale. Perched at a height of 6,930 feet and nestling amid the 500 years old Dhungiri forest, the property offers stunning views of scenic Manali. You can also enjoy local Himachali cuisine at their Whistling Pines restaurant. The famous Hadimba Temple, where many Bollywood films have been shot, is very close to the hotel.
Span Resort and Spa is the perfect place to be if you’re looking for a rejuvenating vacation to Manali. The nature resort is surrounded by walnut orchards, pine forests and pristine mountains. The luxury property comes complete with a gymnasium, billiards room, library lounge, jogging track, helipad and a private river access service. You can also request a customised yoga programme at the hotel.