Banon Resorts Manali
10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
A refreshing vacation
"We have just returned from a 4N/5D stay at the Banon Resort, Manali. Our overall experience has been good and the vacation was a refreshing break from the hot hot Delhi weather.
Upon arrival at 9:30AM in the morning after a long and tiring 15 hour road jornuey, we were not really greeted by the staff but made to feel comfortable and offered canned apple juice. Our rooms were offered within 30 minutes.
Banon Resort is located about 1.5 kms uphill from the mall road and hence easily accessible. Even if you do not get an auto-rickshaw at odd times (like early morning or late nights), you can simply walk.
The property is not very big really and the ambience is just about average. They have a nice garden with lots and lots of flowers and huge variety of shrubs, bushes and trees - a nature lover's delight. Each morning we woke up to the merry chirping of the birds right outside our bedroom window.
The rooms are very spacious indeed. Our deluxe room came with obe bedroom with a full size double bed, enough space for a small sofa, table, TV etc and had windows with beautiful mountain and garden views. Along with the bedroom was a spacious living/sitting room with 3 comfortable sofa chairs, dressing area and agian a window with a beautiful garden and mountain view.
The washroom/bathroom was spacious with a full size bath tub but pretty average in furnishing. Also, hot water was not available 24 hours, so you may need to ask for a bucket of hot water after 12PM, if you need one.
The room came with room service and cable TV. The TV was really small (20 inch screen maybe) and cable quality pretty bad. The kids were an unhappy lot!!!
The room also did not have any balcony which we missed terribly.
What we found exceptionally good was the service and attitude of the hotel staff who were very courteous and the hospitality was above average. Also, exceptionally good was the food offered at their restaurant; the soups were amazing and served in handsome quantity.
Also, they have a small open air area by the side of their garden where we enjoyed our breakfast daily soaking in all the sun and the beautiful mountain views while sipping lemon tea and enjoying their masal omelettes (very well made indeed), brown bread, baked beans on toast, pancakes with butter and honey....
I also enjoyed playing table-tennis with my son for which they had a nice table in the basement. However, we were glad we carried our own racquets as the ones at the hotel were in very bad condition.
They also have a net erected in their garden where you could play badminton or volley-ball. Also available was a dart-board and carrom board. you could even get playing cards from the front desk upon request.
While their garden is really nice with actually a very diverse collection of flora; we really missed a nice walk-path/jogging track. There was just not any room for taking even a short walk.
Overall we enjoyed our stay, appreciated the hospitality of the staff and the wonderful food. If your expectations are not too high from a resort offering spacious deluxe rooms with daily breakfast and dinner at an average daily cost of about Rs. 3500 (~ USD 70); you would love this place."
- Travel date: Mon 5th of October 2009
Excellent Place to Relax!
"We stayed in one of the cottages at Banon for 3 nights in July 2009. The cottage was spacious, clean and well furnished. There was a huge plush bed to sink into and a large living room with a wood burning stove ( though not used in July, but handy in colder months), a dining table and a large sofa. As we were 5 adults, we had two bed rooms and an extra bed in the living room for the not so lucky single fella. While there are no complaints about the living space and the bedrooms in the cottage, the bathrooms could do with a face lift. there were a few cracks and smudges here and there, but nothing substantial. Functional and lacked the wow factor. The restaurant served standard indian fare and some chinese cuisine. The service was excellent. Everything asked for was catered to , including take away breakfast at 6.00 am in the morning. The garden and the surrinding area were well kept with lots of seasonal flowers and shrubs. All in all, a very satisfying experience. Definitely recommend the cottages."
- Travel date: Thu 27th of August 2009
Awesome Manali & fabulous Banon Resorts
"We stayed at Banon Resorts when we had gone on vacation to Himachal Pradesh.
We visited Kullu, Manali, DHaram shala & Delhousie.
We had selected Banon Resort for our stay in Manali after lot of research on the net and we were not disappointed that we selected Banon for our stay.
The hotel is strategically located at apprx. 10 minutes walking distance from the main square. This gives it the advantage of being close to the main market & yet free form the hustle & bustle of the market area.
The hotel has a very nice indoor restaurant as also an open poirche for having breakfast in the open sun.
The rooms were very large & spacious with wooden flooring. There was the main leaving room a bed room & a balcony.
The food was excellent & so were the drinks.
The best part was undoubtedly the hot piping water available 24 hours of the day which enabled us to take shower as many times as we felt like.
Very nice hotel, good food, warm staff and nice location"
- Travel date: Sun 3rd of May 2009
A real cozy cool place for Honeymooners
"Good place for Honeymooners, good food, wine,
Very good service, near to town and other related stuffs."
- Travel date: Wed 22nd of April 2009
Wonderful place to spend time in Manali... Had a very good tim
"I spent 4 nights in Banon resorts during my stay here in December 2008... The experience was truly enjoyable in terms of room, service by staff, food and the package they provided....
It was complete value for money and I would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to have a great time in Manali..."
- Travel date: Sat 18th of April 2009
A perfect stay for a memorable moment with loved ones.
"Hello, I recently have visited Banon resorts at New Hope Orchards, Manali during this month early February 2009. The resort is an excellent 3 star rated category. I would infact take a step ahead and rate it 3 star plus. It has the perfect ambience, hospitality of staff and their warm courtesy to attend guests at any point of time during my stay. The view of the valley from the room where I stayed was absolutely fantastic. They also have an open air restaurant which serves good delicious indian food. Should you go there dont forget to taste the hot momo's (a dish prepared using veg as well as non-veg items) with tamarind chutney. It is absolute treat to the mouth. Hot tea served with snacks and a spice of the cool breeze from the valley pouring into the hotel is a mistique moment. A perfect destination for a first honeymoon or a repeat honeymoon. I wish if I can come back next time during the peak snow fall in winter. The hotel has a perfect ambience for a family stay as well as a romantic gateway with spouse. Will recommend to visit this hotel to everyone planning for manali.
Find attached photos of the hotel and its landscape captured from mobile phone."
- Travel date: Tue 24th of February 2009
Good Choice Lucky I'm
"I stayed here for 4 days and find excellent service. The room staff is well mannered and very helpful. Food is awesome, so we decided not to look anywhere else. Rooms are very big and not much decorated though provided every comfort. My room has 2 balconies and provided good view of the mighty Himalya. Bathroom is clean and having all the amenities but small in area. This is the only negative point there."
- Travel date: Mon 11th of February 2008
Nice hotel, could have been cleaner
"I stayed here 2 nights in September.
Lovely area, nice gardens. My room had a little balcony. Very nice food, service was good. The room was large with a lounge, working TV and double bed.
Although everything was fine, the bathroom was a little dirty and hot water wasn't really hot enough. The room was musty. Then again, given that this was rural India- any other hotel would probably have been about the same or worse."
- Travel date: Wed 24th of October 2007
Planned on one night, stayed for five.
"We arrived in Manali recently, only planning on staying for one night and then continuing to Leh, but once we checked into our cottage, sat back and relaxed on the wicker chairs on the balcony overlooking the Himalayas, we knew we had found heaven.
I wish I was still there. The beauty of their grounds is unmatched in Manali. It is peaceful, relaxing and relatively cheap. We negotiated a rate of 2500rs (about $60usd) per night. We got a ton of room service and alchohol and the bill only came to about $350 after the five nights. (their food is EXCELLENT).
Definitely go for the cottages (room 304 is the BEST--2nd floor at the back corner of the gardens--very private). You can pluck some weeds from the edges of the garden and smoke them in one of your TWO balconies. 304 is also wonderful because it it very far from the road so there is almost no noise.
The finishing is a little rough around the edges in the room, but you'll overlook that with the expansive space, the balconies, the fireplace, mini fridge, and peace and quiet.
The balconies are also excellent for bird watching. They have thousands of wild exotic birds that come out especially in the evenings. The birds enjoy the gardens as much as the guests.
They also have games you can have brought up from the front desk...Ask about the mini snooker."
- Travel date: Mon 1st of October 2007
Felt at home at Banon
"Our stay at Banon was very comfortable. We had booked a suite. Only after staying there for a day we realized the Standard deluxe rooms are better located & of course are cheaper than the suite. The view of the hills from the balcony is great. The bathrooms were clean & spacious with bathtub but were slightly poorly lit. The best part of the hotel was fantastic, delicious food & very prompt room service. The restaurant room extends into a huge open balcony & this is where we enjoyed our breakfasts."
- Travel date: Sun 15th of July 2007