HOTEL MADHUBAN HIGHLANDS
USP: An impressive blend of utility and luxury
As you negotiate a hairpin bend and catch the first view of Hotel Madhuban Highlands, it seems like a huge lump of concrete stuck on a soaring hill. When you stand at the porch, you realise it is sprawling, layered with rooms at varied heights that offer different views.
The best part, of course, is that it is located comfortably away from the twirl of things at the touristy Mussoorie, yet at a distance that can be easily covered.
Owned by the Madhuban Hotel group, the resort's suites are swanky and opulent, but go for the valley view ones, and also those behind its king-size conference hall near the entrance. From these, take in the prettiness of the distant mountains, undisturbed. The resort also has villa rooms with two bedrooms each, ideal for a family of four.
There is Pebble Street, the multi-cuisine restaurant. Besides an a la carte menu with Indian, Continental and Chinese fare, it lays out a buffet spread too. Then, there is the recently-launched Saffire Lounge and Bar if you are looking for a place to relax in the evenings. In the warmth of the sprawling place heated by an age-old bukhaari, and filled with cosy beige sofas, you can nibble at piping-hot starters and pair them with your beverage.