This was my third visit to Balrampur House in as many years(!), and its as attractive as ever. A Raj era relic, it is a place of character and charm and is one of those place you hope won't change.
Run by the family themselves its not as professional or as luxurious as the many palaces in India now run by big hotel chains, dosen't have the best mattresses or toiletries, but has that level of service few can expect to achieve. The furniture is basic but classic, rooms are large with twenty foot ceilings, with bathrooms as big as most modern hotel rooms. Many rooms open up to shaded verandahs with cane chairs and beautiful garden views. The mountain air is priceless, and so is the sun.
Breakfast/Dinner included in our package is basic, but your omelet to order or hot purie will not be refused even if you woke up late and land up at 11.30 for breakfast, one full hour after closing of breakfast. Nor would the breakfast/dinner spread be picked up till the last guest has left his table. That is the level of princely luxury that the best modern hotel chains can never provide. You will not be charged extra for the many hot teas/coffees you ordered in the garden or in the verandah, and will be served with a smile, by staff who have been here for years.
There is not much in Nanital now mercilessly killed by population, commercialization and "development" like most Indian hill towns, but this is one of those little gems,that keep calling you back, timeless and frozen in time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- BALRAMPUR HOUSE RESORT AND HOTEL IN NAINITAL - BEST HOTELS IN NAINITAL Balrampur House Resort and Hotel in Nainital, The Best Hotels in Nainital was summer Palace of the former Maharajas of Balrampur, Since 1890's, reconstructed and redesigned in 1930 by the renowned European Architect Mr Mortimer in the style of French Chateaus. A five minutes drive from the Mall road Nainital.The Balrampur House Resort and Hotels in Nainital is situated on a quiet hill with spectacular view of the surrounding Naina Peak & the Ayarpata hill. Balrampur House Resort and Hotel in Nainital has honor and distinction to host His Holiness The Dalai Lama. ... more less
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