Comfortable place to break journey while traveling to Manali from Chandigarh. It is supposed to have a good view of the Lake. We reached late evening in december so could not see the lake. The fog was so thick that we could only see an outline of the massive lake just below our hotel. But kept hearing the quacking of the ducks al the time! Food was tasty, room was clean. The staff was very friendly and caring.
We stayed here en-route Delhi. The rooms are huge and well furnished. The balcony overlooked the lake and an old temple. The bed was warm and cozy and the staff was helpful. Food was decent and palate friendly.
I have visited this hotel many times while going from Chandigarh to Mandi. I have stopped for food only. The quality of the food is good. The view from the dining hall is excellent. Otherwise also it is a good place to visit again and again.
This small Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (HPTDC) hotel is located a little before Bilaspur, on the road from Chandigarh to Mandi. It stands right beside the highway, above the river Beas where it widens to form the artificial Govind Sagar Lake. While we did not stay at the hotel, we did step in here for a late lunch on our way to Manali. Two separate but connected entrances from the road open into the hotels reception, and the hotels dining area, so you can actually step straight from the road into the dining area without going into the hotel proper.
The dining area is large and has lots of glass windows look out onto the view. There are even small balconies with table and chairs, should you want an unhindered view of the lake below. Visiting just before the monsoon, we found the view unimpressive. The lake had dwindled considerably, though you could see that at its full, it would cover a large expanse. Interestingly, theres an ancient stone temple on the lake bed, of which now only one tall spire and two smaller spires remain, jutting above the ground. A poster in the dining area had a large photograph of this same temple, standing in water, reflected in the lake.
The dining area of the Lake View is very basic: tables (food-stained tablecloths), chairs, a rather dusty floor, ramshackle ACs, and a washbasin at one end of the room. The menu tries to do everything popular: North Indian food dominates, though there's also some Chinese food, and a token nod to region in the form of three Himachali dishes, one of which requires advance notice.
We were in a hurry and wanted something simple and light. So we ordered zeera rice, dal fry, and mattar paneer. All arrived within ten minutes, and was good: full of flavour, not overly spicy or extremely greasy. It cost us only about Rs 450. Service was average, cleanliness was not a strong point (we had to ask for most of our cutlery to be replaced because it was dirty).
While we were there, we used the public toilets of the hotel, which are located in the hotel wing, off a long, narrow balcony that offers a panoramic view of the lake. The ladies, while smelling strongly of some disinfectant which just about masked more unpleasant odours, turned out to be cleaner than expected. No liquid soap (just a little end of a half-dissolved bar of soap) and no toilet paper, but since I wasn't expecting either of these, it didn't come as a huge disappointment.
My car broke down just next to hotel at 7PM, so I have no choice but to take this hotel but it comes as a surprise package. They have close of 20 rooms approx and by 10PM, hotel was full with all tourists going to Manali for a stopover and by 6am in the morning, hotel was again deserted.
They server good food though a bit expensive keeping in mind that hotel is being run by HPTDC.
Rooms are good but do not expect luxury. You will though find geyser, heater, AC, balcony, TV with satellite channels. Staff was really helpful to me particularly because of the reason mentioned in the start. They allowed late check out.
At little above INR 2500/ night this is a good option