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Drifters' Inn & Cafe
Ranked #12 of 315 Manali B&B and Inns
Reviewed 12 January 2012

I've stayed at Drifter's Inn 3 times and it has been a lovely experience every time. The rooms are clean and have all the basics you require. The view of the valley from the balcony as soon as you step out of your room is breath-taking!

What makes Drifter's Inn a winner though is its cafe. The food is fabulous, the music played is great and the staff are friendly and know their stuff. They have outdoor seating on the first floor where they also serve food.

Definitely a place I plan to go back to later this year as soon as the roads to Manali open up!

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Reviewed 6 January 2012

I booked drifter`s after reading the great reviews at tripadvisor.
From first interaction with Nishant, the expectations were sky high.....glad to say that they were met fully during the 3 night stay that i had at drifters.

Location - its located in old manali, the place was quiet during new year but i am sure its abuzz during the season. Either ways, it has a feel of small village which i liked. Auto to and fro from mall costs around 60 rupees.

Room- i stayed in the 3rd floor room which has a good view from it. The rooms are cozy with room heater and geyser. the room itself was very warm and good.

Service- Drifters is supposedly a no frill inn but the service was great. Specially the inputs given by the Nishants go a long way in making your stay pleasant.

Food - the cafe is the highlight of the place, which is frequented by ppl and you can play board games while you wait for your food. Food is good too.

Overall - its a fiver!!

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with friends
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1  Thank aashish303
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Reviewed 23 December 2011

The owners at Swaraj recommended us to this hotel and initially we were a bit apprehensive and we didnt want to stay in a b&B. Drifters inn is not the quintessential b&b, though it may seem like it, its really not. Lovely cafe downstairs and the food is as good as any. The music was right up my alley with house and trance taking centrestage. The rooms are a good deal as well. rs. 800 or so. dont think. go

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 December 2011

I stayed at Drifter´s for four days in october/november an i enjoyed it very much. only the restaurant was a bit cold in the evening and I had to use my coat. nishant is a extraordinary person who does what he can to help his guests. The staff ist okay and friendly. they helped me to get a bus to delhi when my flight back was cancelled. everything was so nice! I plan to come again next year!

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 21 December 2011

If you love value for money, lip-smacking food,cozy wooden rooms and a breathtaking view of snow clad mountains every day, then Drifter's Inn is your sole destination is Old Manali. Unlike the cliche resorts which are hell bent on pursuing you to take up holiday package, Drifter's Inn let's you enjoy the Himachal peacefully. The hosts and owners are there to help you in every way possible. From hiring bikes, cycles, cars and daily sightseeing to giving you precious information about some of the most unusual and beautiful spots in Manali, the owners know it all.The staff is really helpful and the chefs turn out some of the most authentic pizzas I have eaten. The thin crust, homemade pizzas are delicious. The masala chai and the chocolate pancake was my staple breakfast for a week.The rooms are spacious,very clean and cozy. You are allowed to bring in food from outside, the entire Drifter's Inn lane has some great restaurants, so try them out. If you want to have an interesting, comfortable and inexpensive experience in Manali, then please stay at Drifter's Inn.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 December 2011

I stayed at Drifters in late November when it was starting to get really really cold. The owner was very helpful and very nice. I arrived on the early morning bus from Shimla so it was really dark and he sent someone down to the bottom of the road to meet me as I was travelling alone and there were no lights on the path up to the hostel. The rooms are really nice, cosy and cheap but the standard is good. You get hot water which is very much appreciated in the cold weather. You can also get heaters which again is a great touch. The food downstairs is also great. Would recommend you stay here if in Manali.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled solo
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1  Thank sunshine_183
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Reviewed 15 December 2011

Stayed at Drifters' Inn in Oct 2010. Very well kept place. You should stay here if in Manali without a doubt. Nishant is a wonderful host and food is yummy. There's no room service which is good as you have go down to the cafe where the action is. This place is in Old Manali and quieter/non-commercial side of town which is exactly what you need. Can't wait to get there again. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank DonJohnF1
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Additional Information about Drifters' Inn & Cafe

Address: Manu Temple Road, Manali, Manali Tehsil 175131, India
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Region: India > Himachal Pradesh > Kullu District > Manali Tehsil > Manali
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Ski-In / Ski-Out Spa
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Ranked #12 of 315 B&Bs / Inns in Manali
Price Range: £531 - £1,251 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A home away from home for 'drifters' from all over the world - with well appointed & cozy rooms (en-suite bathrooms) and Sun Deck terraces. The views of the valley and the snow capped mountains are unarguably the best you will get to see from anywhere in Old Manali. We lay a special emphasis on your comfort, privacy and safety. We've even got an all day Cafe serving continental fare and a fully stocked bar - where we theme events. Some of the other on-site amenities are: Sun Deck cafe, free WIFI, travel desk, free parking, library of books, musical theme nites, free cloak room, etc. It's definitely one of the best stay n hang-out options in Old Manali. Happy Drifting! ... more   less 

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