There are hotels and resorts in every destination which offer an unusual experience, a different one than the run of the house modern luxury hotels. There are certain characteristics which are unique to these hotels such as history of these buildings, personalized attention, a small inventory of rooms, off beat locations, these hotels offer a local flavor in terms of decor, cuisine, etc. The hill station of Mussoorie offers some of the most interesting options in the boutique hotels category, The top 3 are :
Fortune The Savoy Mussoorie – Located on Library chowk, is a historic luxury hotel located in the hill station, Mussoorie. The hotel was Established in 1902, built in English Gothic architecture style mostly in wood, the hotel is spread over 11 acres, and overlooks the Doon Valley. After the railway reached Dehradun in 1900, Its bar, known as the ‘Writer’s Bar’ remained famous for many decades after the independence of India in 1947.
At its height during the British Raj, according to a recent reviewer, “when the town itself was known as “the pleasure capital of the Raj”, the Savoy Hotel was the place either to stay (if you could afford it) or to be seen (if you couldn’t)”.
Kasmanda Palace – Located on the Mall Road, is one of the oldest buildings of Mussoorie. It was originally a part of the Christ Church complex which was built in 1836 by Captain Rennie Tailour of the Bengal Engineers. It subsequently became a sanatorium for the British forces. Later, it was one of the first schools to be set up at Mussoorie. In 1915, it became the summer retreat of the royal family of Kasmanda. Kasmanda Palace is an actual living museum unlike most heritage hotels. Magical and majestic. At any time of the year, Kasmanda Palace has this unmistakable air of old world charm, with a blend of modern luxury. The ideal retreat that’s perfect for a fun filled holiday, or for seeking those elusive moments of solitude and solace…
Rockeby Manor – Located in Landour (5-7 kms out side Mussoorie, at an higher altitude than Mussoorie ), was built in 1840 by Captain G.N. Cauthy and is one of the landmarks of Landour. The house and two acre estate are situated slightly above and to the east of St. Paul’s Church and the old cantonment parade ground, which is now Char Dukan. Like many houses in Mussoorie, its name is taken from the writings of Sir Walter Scott, whose book-length poem describes heroic battles near the original Rokeby Castle in England.
In 1891, Rokeby was purchased from the estate of Wilson’s son, Henry, for Rs. 10,000, by Rev. J.S. Woodside, one of the founders of Woodstock School. It then passed into the hands of Dr. J. Symington, of Carthage North Carolina, who sold it to the Woman’s Foreign Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1930. They converted it into a boarding house for young missionary ladies who were studying Urdu and Hindi at the Landour Language School.
Methodist missionaries continued to operate the property as a guest house throughout the rest of the 20th century. Today, Rokeby has been carefully restored to its original glory. This heritage building is resplendent with character in its elaborate brick arches and niches, intricate stone walls, real wood floors and beams, and cosy fireplaces. Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, the traditions of bygone years – where colonial officers, renegade soldiers of fortune and pious miss saibs lived under one roof – can still be felt. An air of mystery beckons visitors.
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