Choosing the Hotel
It all Started with My Best Friend Nirav deciding Mussoorie as Boy’s Trip Destination. As we were all from different cities, we had planned to make our meeting base as Delhi and then doing a Road Trip to Mussoorie.
Mussoorie is known as the Queen of the Hills, a Hill Station situated in the Dehradun District of the Indian State of Uttarakhand at an altitude of 2005 metres (6578 ft). Mussoorie is about 35 kms uphill from State Capital Dehradun and about 290 kms from the National Capital New Delhi
After doing some nice research, we ended up locking Sterling Resorts, Mussoorie as our Stay Location. We booked the hotel from Booking.com as we got nice offer for the Premier Room including Breakfast and Taxes.
Delhi to the Sterling Journey
Me, Nirav and Karan landed in Delhi headed to Mayank’s house for a night sleep. We started our Journey from Delhi to Mussoorie at 7.30 am in the morning which was a 290 km drive. It took us 7 hours to reach Mussoorie via road journey with 4 pit stops, thanks to the newly opened 6 lane highway.
The Hotel is at the top of cliff towards the extreme corner of Mussoorie Mountain Range. To reach the Hotel we turned left from Mussoorie Library into the bylane for about a km and again turned left towards the Military Camp site, from the camp gate turn right and further straight we could slowly see the hotel, and after few mountain terrain turns we reached our destination – Sterling Resorts, Mussoorie.
When we first sighted the Hotel we were so delighted and happy that we selected this property. We reached the hotel premises at around 3.30 pm.
Sterling Resorts is a unique destination in itself. It is perched on the edge of a cliff that overlooks the picturesque Doon Valley with deodar trees lining the ranges, snow-capped mountains at a distance and clouds rising from below.
The resort has 111 well-appointed rooms with a huge window in each room, and balconies in Premier Room and Privilege Suite from where one can enjoy the beauty of the alluring Doon valley. One can just grab a cup of coffee and watch the clouds dancing around. If one is feeling adventurous, the rocky forest terrain has many trekking routes. And the resort’s Holiday Activity Centre has a list of experiences like rope adventures, zip line, paintball, etc.
The Garhwali Welcome
At the Entrance, we were welcomed by a group of local musicians and singers singing their local folk songs.
While the staff completed the check in formalities, we are asked to wait near the balcony area with the View of the Mountains and we were just mesmerized by the awesome construction of the hotel property on the Hills. Being a cold weather they served us the much needed drink called Kahwa, using local herbs.
The staff of the hotel was very sweet, kind and humble, updated us about the hotel property and guided us to nearby restaurants, attractions and places to visit in Mussoorie.
The decor of the lobby was a mixture modern and antique furniture’s.
Types of Rooms:-
1. Classic Room
This contemporary room is of size 299 sq.ft . The classic rooms come with an option of queen / twin beds and can accommodate a maximum of 2 adults and 1 child.
2. Premier Room
Premier Rooms come with a choice of queen / twin beds and a single sofa cum bed. They are 341 sq.ft in size and come with a mountain view. Premier rooms accommodate a maximum of 2 adults and 2 children / 3 adults.
3. Privilege Suite
The meticulously designed Privilege Suite comes with a king sized bed and a separate living area replete with a double sofa cum bed. Covering an area of 642 sq.ft, this spacious suite can accommodate a maximum of 3 adults and 1 child. The suites have a spectacular mountain view.
Interior of the Rooms:-
The new styled decor compliments with the good old charm of Mussoorie history . At night experience Magical Scenic views of Doon valley which comes alive with glimmering lights from all over the city, scented by the aroma of thick Deodar trees.
To reach to the rooms we had one to take the lift down from lobby to ground floor, and then take another lift further down leading to our rooms.
Room No 220
We were allocated 2 Premier Rooms adjacent to each other. Nirav and I took the keys of Room No 220.
Entering the room there was a little kitchen on the right, the bathroom on the left, after which we entered the living area having the queen sized bed placed on the left side with two side tables with night lamps, and the LED Tv placed on the wall opposite the bed. For extra seating they have kept a sofa and a chair. Premier Rooms have Balcony along with the huge Window to sight the magical view of the mountains which awaited our arrival.
- The Amenities in the room were:-
- Central Heating System
- Tea Coffee Maker
- Hair Dryer
- Wide range of Channels
- Mini Fridge
- LED Television
- Air Conditioning
- Toiletries in the Bathroom of Biotique
- Mineral Water Bottles
In Room Dining had one of the nicest menu, and we were told not to forget to try the local Garhwali food, and it did activate all our taste bud senses and made our soul happy.
Winterline is an atmospheric phenomenon. It is a second horizon that develops under special conditions during an inversion when warm air is trapped beneath cold air.
There are only two places in the world from where the winterline is visible:-
The Winterline is visible almost everyday in Mussoorie during the cold months from the middle of October till January.
Now the best part is that to see this I did not have to walk out of the Hotel or Room, Just walk to the Balcony, and I got mesmerised seeing the Magical Evening Sky painted with a mixture of colours all call Winterline.
The First Snowfall of the Season
I was not even out of the happiness to experience the winterline, that God had more in store for me. We got a call from the reception and they informed that the season’s first snow fall has started so we can just come out of the rooms to experience that too, so ended up going to the balcony to feel the first snowflakes dropping and settling on our palms. It was raw snow so it within seconds start converting into water.
Staying for three nights, gave us three beautiful and different sunrises thanks to the constant change of weather conditions.
Breakfast with a view
The Doon Diner, the multi cuisine restaurant of the hotel was where the Breakfast was served, and i must say that they did not fall back even here.The view from the restaurant is phenomenal. The quality of the food was really good, and with a wide spread choices of delicacies. The food menu had everything from multiple choice of fresh and canned juices, local herb juices, milkshakes to tea and coffee. Corn flakes to Salads to Freshly cut Fruits were a delight. A nice variety of Garhwali Styled and South Indian Menu with Live counters did good justice to the quantity of food. Breads, Buns, Toasts to Pastries nothing was missing to call this breakfast incomplete or dissatisfactory. One of the tastiest food i have ever eaten.
Other Activities and Facilities
I always believe that when one goes to a place for Holiday, one should have the information about what are the other activities and facilities one would be enjoy and experience and Sterling does have a long list.
- Baggage Storage
- Fitness Centre
- Holiday Activity Centre
- In-Room Dining
- Multi Cuisine Restaurant
- On-Call Doctor
- Parking (Based on availability)
- Power Backup
- Selfie Point
- Travel Desk
- Air Hockey
- Air Tattoo
- Arts n Craft
- Board Games
- Bonfire/Party Games
- Carrom Board
- DJ Corner
- High Rope Adventures
- Internet Center
- Low Rope Adventures
- Paint Ball
- Playing Cards
- Pool Table
- Self Balancing Scooter
- Table Tennis
- Toddler Corner
- Treks n Trails
- Video Games
The Resort has stuck sign boards all around so that the Guests can be easily guided towards their destination within the property itself, as the property is made in a large space and few things and routes can definitely be confusing without these sign boards.
Negative points of Sterling, Mussoorie
- No Mobile Network – As we are close to a military base, the network towers are jammed, so the only place you can use your mobile phone is in the lobby and the parking lot area, not anywhere close to the rooms.
- The Paid Wifi Service – Even for Wifi, the hotel provides free wifi only once for one instrument during your entire stay, other than that you would be charged as per different schemes and the rates are expensive.
So if you wish to stay disconnected from the world during your hotel stay then you wouldn’t mind it.
- In Room Dining is also expensive as compared to the normal charges or any restaurant in Mussoorie.
Closet Landmarks from Sterling Resorts:-
2.5 kms from Mussoorie Library or the Mall Road of Mussoorie.
8 kms from Landour
10 kms from Lal Tibba
25 kms from Dhanaulti
62 kms from Dehradun Airport
37 kms from Dehradun Railway Station
2.5 kms from Mussoorie Bus Stand.
Lose your Heart at Sterling Mussoorie
If you are planning to travel to Mussoorie then you do not need to have second thoughts to visit this Hotel. I guess my trip to Mussoorie wouldn’t be this awesome if i wouldn’t have stayed at Sterling Resorts.
The Staff assisted us in going to places nearby and helped us in whatever we needed to make our stay more comfortable.
To get your heart stolen in Mussoorie go and stay at:
Sterling Mussoorie – Resorts and Hotels
Radha Bhawan Estate, Circular Road, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand 248179
Telephone: +91 – 9003302727