This was one of my favorite places to stay on a recent trip to India. My girlfriend and I stayed her for four nights, and we both loved everything about Grace Cottage. First of all, it's just a beautiful property, with rich history, and a great deal of character. The room we stayed in was the "Prime Minister of Kashmir" room, and the other rooms have similar designations, depending upon which former dignitary stayed there. Rooms vary from Lord Elgin, the last English viceroy, to the large Mahatma Gandhi suite downstairs, where Gandhi stayed when he passed through the area. It feels like everything you see in this place is either a piece of history or art (or both). There are beautiful Kangra paintings adorning the halls alongside photos and copies of letters from Mahatma Gandhi.
The location is great as well, as it's not set directly in the chaos of McLeod Ganj, while remaining close enough. It's about a 20 - 30 minute drive up to McLeod Ganj from the hotel, so you're close enough that you can get up there during the day, then return to some peace and serenity at night. What's more is that the property is within walking distance to Kotwali Bazaar (about 2 blocks away), the Kangra Art Musuem (a 5-10 minute walk), and some beautiful mountain views. There's also a small, but beautiful temple about 10 minutes away.
The hotel staff are very friendly and helpful. We had some wonderful, and plentiful meals here! The included breakfasts were a mix of an egg dish prepared to order, fresh fruit, cereal, toast, juice, and tea. The lunches and dinners featured several different Indian dishes, all of them delicious, and way more than the two of us could finish.
There was always someone from the attentive staff around, ready to lend a hand if needed, whether for a light snack, or assistance with getting to a nearby location.
We happened to also be around while the owner of the property, Yogi Mahajan, was staying there. He was kind enough to join us for some wonderful discussions, and teach us some new meditation techniques. He also gave us some great advice on some things to do in the area that would fit our tastes.
As for the basic amenities, the room was very tidy, and more than ample for two, including a small living room space, and another area in the back for luggage. They brought in an air conditioning unit, as we stayed during the summer months, but we only needed it on one night. The ceiling fan sufficed for the rest of the time. The balcony outside of room gave us a lovely view of the valley. The wi-fi service in this hotel works exceptionally well, though I can't imagine wanting to spend much time on the internet when you're here, surrounding by so much natural beauty and history.
I can't recommend this place enough. If you have any specific questions about our stay, feel free to contact me. I'd be happy to answer them.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- WelcomHeritage Grace Hotel is built in traditional hill architecture, the hotel is a 200 year old country manor and a statement of elegance & courtliness against the backdrop of the richly forested Dhauladhar range. Grace Hotel belonged to Late Mehr Chand Mahajan, the first Chief Justice of India and prior to that Prime Minister of Kashmir during the reign of Maharaja Hari Singh. His son, Yogeshwar Mahajan restored his ancestral home and has adapted it to a WelcomHeritage hotel. ... more less
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- WelcomHeritage Grace Cottage Hotel Dharamsala, India, Asia