Nainital and Mussoorie are known for their breathtaking views of the mountains, lakes and forests. While Mussoorie is regarded as the “Queen of Hill stations”, Nainital is called the “Lake District”. Both of these destinations are believed to be among the first few locations to get boutique hotels in India.
Cute and compact, these cottage-like hotels are known for their cosy ambience. What makes boutique hotels so special is that each of their rooms is designed according to the aesthetic of their location, with unique decor fitted to the likes of each guest. Here are the top luxury boutique hotels in Nainital and Mussorie.
1. Bara Bungalow, Nainital
A serene boutique resort, Bara Bungalow is a charming, 100-year-old British bungalow nestled atop the Kumaon mountains in Gethia. The bungalow was built by the wife of a British army officer in the 1890s after she fell in love with the village of Gethia. The home-style bungalow has 12 accommodations including 2 suites. The rooms are all uniquely designed in different contrasting colours, each with its own private balcony, providing a beautiful view of the mountains and valley. The hotel’s in-house dining restaurant serves delicious homely meals, cooked with only the freshest ingredients.
Price: Rs 8,800 per night onwards.
2. Soulitude by the Riverside, Nainital
Situated along the banks of the river Kalsa in Chanfi village, Soulitude by the Riverside is a retreat that provides guests with a soulful experience away from the chaos of the city. It has an organic farm, emerald green rock pools and waterfalls. The retreat exudes a calm and relaxing vibe. Soulitude has seven chic rustic-styled rooms. The suites and cottages come with a private balcony, overlooking a river. Guests can opt for traditional ghar ka khana served in the Main House Dining Room while facilities for making beverages like tea and coffee are available in each room.
Price: Rs 11,300 per night onwards.
3. The Imperial Green, Nainital
Located above the Mall Road in the Mallital region, The Imperial Green is an exceptional property that is surrounded by lush green mountains overlooking Naini Lake. There are 7 stylish lake-facing rooms and 1 family suite, all designed with a tasteful blend of rich decor complete with modern-day resort amenities. The hotel’s in-house restaurant offers delightful meal options including Indian, Chinese, Mughlai and Continental food, which can be enjoyed with a pristine view of the Nainital Lake.
Price: Rs 5,800 per night onwards.
4. The Naini Retreat, Nainital
Situated on the scenic Ayarpatta Slope, The Naini Retreat Hotel is regarded as one of the best heritage hotels in Nainital located near the Naini Lake. Sometimes it is also referred to as the residence of the Maharaja of Pilibhit. The palatial hotel has a luxurious vintage charm with about 52 rooms furnished with contemporary modern decor, garden access and private sit-outs. The hotel has 3 restaurants— Gurney House, Garden Café ‘n’ Jim’s Grill and The Walnut Café, giving guests a wide variety of meals to choose from, along with only the best liquors available in the Stella Bar.
Price: Rs 9,400 per night onwards.
5. WelcomHeritage Ashdale, Nainital
Situated right in the midst of oaks forests and deodar trees, the Welcomheritage Ashdale is a charming little heritage hotel located in Mallital. It is an 18th-century building designed with an amalgamation of stone and wood, giving it an old country cottage vibe. The hotel boasts 24 luxurious rooms that are divided into four categories to suit each guest’s unique preferences. Each of the available rooms is equipped with all the modern amenities, and provides a stunning view of the lake. The hotel’s main restaurant The Green Oak offers a multi-cuisine experience with Indian, Chinese and Continental meals, while The Verandah serves delicious milkshakes, coffee and tea, and light bites like cakes and sandwiches. The hotel also has a tennis court up-front, a conference room and a children’s room that is filled with fun games and pastimes for children to have a blast.
Price: Rs 7,900 per night onwards.
6. Rokeby Manor, Mussoorie
Built in the year 1840, the Rokeby Manor is a heritage building turned hotel, located in the town of Landour. The hotel displays splendid architectural character with elaborate brick arches and niches, intricate stone walls, wooden floors and a cosy fireplace. The English- style rustic rooms, suites and residences are designed with their original 19th-century decor, with balconies overlooking the hills and valley. The hotel serves delicious Indian and Continental meals which can be enjoyed indoors or outdoors on the terrace, under a starry sky.
Price: Rs 15,000 per night onwards.
7. The Amber Vermont Estate, Mussoorie
A boutique retreat situated in the Himalayas, Amber Vermont Estate is one of the oldest estates in Mussoorie built in the 19th century. It has a total of 16 rooms. Each of these rooms come with a private balcony, overlooking the Himalayas. Buffet-style meals are prepared by chefs after consulting with guests about their preferences. They serve an assortment of Indian curries, Indian tandoor and Continental food, which can be enjoyed in the dining room or on the private deck.