10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Best to stay in Manali if not India!!
"Fantastic home away from home, and great place to base yourself for a few days. Comfy room at great prices, and cool cafe to hang out in, and the great owners Nishant & Erwin make you feel totally at home!!
Would recommend to anyone coming to Manali for its chilled out vibes!"
- Travel date: Wed 11th of November 2009
Home away from home
"Two reasons for writing the review couple of months after the stay. One you tend to be biased immediately after a stay and two does the stay & the place ring a bell with you after you are back to the city life. Drifter's Inn does. I am still biased about Drifter's the place, the Drifter's team and even today I am looking out for an opportunity to go back to Drifter's.
The place is far away from the hustle bustle of Manali town and is situated on the Manu temple road in Old Manali. The place is run by Nishant and his team. Their coffee shop is possibly one of the best place that I have been too. The rugs on the floor, the cane basket lamps (check out their reflections on the glass windows in the night) and the music makes the place lively in the evening and well into the night. Ask for the apple pie the taste of which I am still carrying with me. The rooms are very cosy and spartan. Not too gaudy and garish like in other hotels in the Indian Hill Stations. Hot water is truly 24*7 though I would recommend to take cold shower at lease once. Toilets are very clean and the beds are bedbug free. Take the stairs to the roof top and watch the mountains around you. If you are an early riser then you will get to see the morning Sun rays reflecting on the clouds and the mountains getting lightened up with sun light. Sit in the verandah to watch the mountains around you and you will find couple of hours just passed away.
The place is at a walking distance from the various coffee shops which dot around Old Manali where one can enjoy all types of food right from English to Israeli to Tibetan. Walking down a bit further will bring you to the Mall Road for all your ATM and other shopping needs. If you are travelling to Ladakh and other places then you will find friendly travel agents in Old Manali though I took the help of Nishant to fix up a vehicle for Leh.
If you are carrying your own laptop then net surfing was free otherwise the cyber cafe facility is very helpful for checking your mails, updating your status on Facebook or Twitter or for booking your tickets for the next leg of your journey.
Though I stayed only for a night it was a home away from home. I would recommend that if you are travelling to Manali check this place out and spend some time with Nishant. He is a store house of information for trekking and travel around this part of the world.
I stayed in Drifter's Inn on my way to Leh during August 2009."
- Travel date: Sun 18th of October 2009
Our home away from home, a little bit of heaven on earth!
"WOW, trying to explain this place. DEFINITELY our fav place in Manali! Won't go to any other place but Drifters when we get back! Their staff, food, accomodations, internet, fees, help, location etc was TOTALLY off the wall great! Knowing that Drifters is 100% safe, friendly and has good prices made our experience there one worth reliving!!! You'll never regret staying at Drifters and will find it a home away from home! The atmosphere and vibe is freakin' SICK and you meet heaps of fun ppl from all over the world! Make your trip to India worth it all and stay at Drifters!
Jeff & Janelle (Seattle, USA)"
- Travel date: Thu 15th of October 2009
Drifters' home for all going that WAY...
"Home away from Home
Nice clean Rooms...Great Food...Super Views...above all an amazing CREW running this Fabulous Place....Looking for a Safe, Clean & Fun place to stay...your search ends here.
A BIG HeeeeeHAAAAA..!! to the Drifters' CREW...Miss UL...Miss Manali..."
- Travel date: Thu 15th of October 2009
Exceeding all expectations
"Drifters Inn is my favorite place to stay in Manali. I loved the atmosphere and the decoration of the place, as well as the music. It makes you feel like you're in a high-standard place, comparable to hi-priced cafes and guesthouses in Europe or in the states (besides the prices are in Indian standards). The first thing I told Nishant, the owner, was that this place felt completely western, and if you put it in the middle of Tel Aviv for example, it would blend in perfectly and people would keep pouring in.
In fact, I enjoyed this place so much that I brought my girlfriend there too a few months later.
Keep up the good work!
Tel Aviv, Israel"
- Travel date: Mon 12th of October 2009
Best Place In Manali
"For sure this is the best place to stay in Manali.
The view from the "Drifters" is breathless, the rooms is clean & comfortable, not noisy people, and the most imfortant thing for real drifters is the feeling - you feel like at home !!!
This is kind of place that you just want to stay forever and for surely you will came back again!
The owner of the place - Nishant, is one of a kind!
This trip was my thirdly time in India & second time in Manali, and i can say for sure that, this is was the best place I stay in India so far.
I am waiting for my next time....."
- Travel date: Thu 24th of September 2009
Drifters Inn & Cafe truly the best
"Drifters Inn and Cafe proved to be the best experience for me and family in Old Manali. The best location with great qualiy of rooms, very affordable, superb cafe with an international menu choice & great social activities, awesome services, mindblowing view and the overall experince made my stay in Manali amazing. I would recommend Driters Inn to one all visiting Manali. Its worth the experience.."
- Travel date: Sat 19th of September 2009
Amazing place..great host..outstanding food..n value for money...
"Hey guys..if u r looking for the best value for ur money..this is the place..really good rooms..affordable rates..delicious food..n a lovely warm host..what more do u want.."
- Travel date: Thu 17th of September 2009
Coolest place in Manali!
"The place was extremely clean, the staff hospitable and let us be! The food was fantastic and the view from the rooms was breath taking!
Suggest to one and all!"
- Travel date: Wed 16th of September 2009
feels like home ......
"With the thousands of tourists pouring into Manali every other day .. one would imagine that this little hill top wonderland would have many stay options to choose from. Apart from a handful guesthouses and hotels .. honestly, there isn't much to really talk about that will make you go "wow.. i love this place" - And this is where Drifters Inn & Cafe comes in!!
En route to Manu temple ; which in itself is quite nice, this delightful 15 room guesthouse is in my opinion, is the place to stay in Manali. A warm smile and probably a hug is what you can expect when you step into Drifters .. the owner of this little gem is genuinely one of the nicest people I've met. After a long and tiring drive from Delhi , we reached Manali at around 9pm and were instantly made to feel at home. The warmth and vibe of this place instantly makes you feel welcome and that's just the start. Set in Old Manali, you're far away from the commercial tourists and busy noisy markets and yet bang in the center of the laid back town with many restaurants, cafe's and stalls to choose from.
The 4 floor building houses about 14 rooms which are comfortable and cozy at the same time. The last floor houses the massive penthouse suite which can easily accommodate you, your family and your friends. The best part about Drifters Inn is its location. The view from the penthouse is unparalleled - an almost 270 degree view of the majestic mountains, villages and streams - and all this as you snuggle about in your bed.
The Drifter's Cafe is soon becoming a landmark hangout spot i believe. You can see people hang about all day playing boardgames, sipping coffee, tea or digging into some seriously delicious food. The portions here get a real "thumbs up"
If you want to experience Manali with a generous dose of clean home style comfort thrown in .. this is where you should be. But be warned - you might never want to leave!!"
- Travel date: Tue 15th of September 2009