"This is not your usual Manali location and it's all the better for it."
"One of the best memories of this year."
"Absolutely different experience."
"My pick of the bunch so far. Highly recommended!"
"The views are spectacular."
*Meal plan includes breakfast and dinner. Individual meals at breakfast for ₹200 and dinner for ₹300. Community kitchen hours 11 pm to 7 am.
Tariffs vary based on length of stay - choose your intended duration of stay below to see applicable nightly tariffs.
Or choose a flexible plan below to use later
We chose a more remote area in the valley in the interest of living in the most natural setting possible, about 8km from Mall Road and 4.5km from Old Manali, halfway between Old Manali and Solang Valley. If being close to town is your goal, we are not the place for you - otherwise, get ready for a breath of very fresh air!
The road comes straight to our property, so most times driving here/taking a taxi/auto is an easy way to get here. The only time things get a little tricky is right after big winter storms, when the last 800m of our road may occasionally become covered in snow or ice. In this extreme case, you’ll just have to hike the last 800m to reach our place (we did say we’re an adventure hostel!).
It’s not the preferable option. Usually we recommend you split your group between the private room (2 people) and a dorm bed in this instance. If it’s really important that the three of you share a room, we can provide an extra mattress, but the room price will be 1.5x the base private room price at the time of booking. You’ll need to call us to arrange this.
We keep the hostel fully stocked with firewood during the winter for the tandoors that we light in the common spaces. In addition, we give electric blankets to keep you cozy in your bed too.
Children below the age of 16 are not permitted admission or accommodation at Playground. We’d love to host you, but we strongly discourage children and older adults staying at the property (even if you book a private room) given the nature of hostel life as well as the workspace requirements of many of our guests. Contact us directly if you are traveling with children or older adults and believe you would be a good fit at Playground.
Short answer, yes - usually. Our standard check-in time is noon, so while we can’t guarantee being able to show you your room before that time, you are more than welcome to relax in the common spaces on the day of your booking in the meantime. Same goes for check-out (10:00am) - we do need you to vacate your room or bed by that time, but you can hang around the hostel until later in the day if you’d like. This flexibility is always at our discretion, and every once in a while we may not always be able to provide this depending on the day-to-day situation at the hostel.
Our wifi is backed by 2 redundant, enterprise-grade 100mbps+ fiber links and a wireless leased line for backup. In terms of networks, Airtel & Jio are very reliable, while Vi has poor reception in the valley.
Get outside! Honestly, we’re in our own little corner of the valley, so you won’t find many commercial activities to do around here, but you will find tons of trails (mostly unhiked by anyone but locals) to explore right behind our hostel. We also have lots of games & books at the house, a slackline in the backyard, contacts for cycle rentals, a TV lounge with Netflix access, and plenty of suggestions for hikes/walks in the area - including one to a cafe in the village above ours that overlooks the entire valley.
No, we are unable to cater to specific dietary requirements. We have a small a la carte menu and a daily changing home-style vegetarian menu, but in general we are unable to offer vegan meals on request.
We serve a healthy breakfast and a home-style, vegetarian Indian meal for dinner with a daily changing menu. Meal plan available at ₹400 includes breakfast and dinner. Individual meals at breakfast for ₹200 and dinner for ₹300. In addition to fixed meals, we have a small a micro bakery & cafe with authentic Italian coffee, a small a la carte menu for munchies & occasional special meals.
Yes, you can use the kitchen between 11pm and 7am. This is not a typo - it's when our kitchen space is available.
Yes, we have dedicated workstations with dual power backup.
Our guess is as good as yours! If it’s winter, maybe. If it’s not winter, probably not. We like to use two weather apps, Windy and meteoblue, to get an idea of upcoming weather - check them out!
We like to think the community we aim to foster here is a respectful one. We do not have separate dorms for genders, but to-date have never experienced any guest feeling unsafe during their stay here. In fact, most solo travelers end up extending their stay, oftentimes by weeks because they say they “feel home.”
We do not allow smoking in guest rooms out of respect for the next guest checking into your room. You are more than welcome to smoke anywhere outside, on our balconies, or in our designated third-floor loft (inside).
Yes, as per the cancelation policy for your reservation mentioned at the time of booking, on the reservation voucher & email and our website. Refunds will be provided in the form of credits for reservations made at discounted tariffs or in case of regulatory/administrative closures due to COVID-19.
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