Reviewed 21 June 2014
I wanted to take a short break in the hills in the summer vacations and zeroed onto ‘Solitude’ based on recommendation from friends, TripAdvisor reviews and review of their website. Ease of access was also a consideration as we were 2 families travelling with 3 kids and an infant. The first experience from website was great as it provided all needed details of the rooms, access etc and helped us make an informed choice of rooms – we chose ‘Bliss’ (top floor, great views!) and ‘Quietude’ (first floor, with bunker bed for the kids at higher level :)) in the main building as it would be close to dining area and other common facilities. We took Shatabadi from Delhi to Kathgodam and then cab to the hotel (1 1/2 hrs). We were welcomed warmly by the manager Prithvi and his team who provided good service throughout our 3-night stay. While priced on the higher side,the property is beautiful, built and maintained excellently with great attention to detail in each and every space making it a cozy ‘home’ in the clouds. The views from the rooms and the decks is fabulous – with the clouds floating in and out, fruit trees in very well maintained gardens it felt as if we were in another world away from the all the city din… 🙂 They even have a good collection of books and VCDs for guests to use as well as board games for kids and a small area for outdoor games and barbecues. Our treks in the nearby hills were made fun by our ever smiling and helpful guide, Ganesh. The only downside was the food which was patchy and a big let down esp considering the reviews I had read and that there was really no other alternative nearby… Overall, highly recommended as short break for those who want to get away from the city in a non-hotel place, especially couples, with the hope that they will fix the food part quickly.
Stayed June 2014,travelled with family