Van and Vilas do not go well together. Van means jungle, usually a place where it would get a little difficult to have Vilas (luxury) but then I guess the people who christened this particular hotel didn’t care.
Cut the Crap Mr. Jha and lets get back to topic. We were there on a tiring and wet weekend in July 2007 and wanted a decent place to kill the night. After checking out a couple of dingy ones, more so because of season, we saw this hotel right on the bank of Bhim Tal. If you are coming from main Bhim Tal bus stop (the point from which one road goes up towards Naukuchiatal), then you keep driving along side lake and look for a signage on your right. You would need to climb up and the rooms are set against the rock facing the lake.
There are 8 odd rooms and 6 odd cottages. Rooms are decent, clean loos, ok furniture and a breathtaking view. The only thing which is between you are the lake is that 15 feet tar. And since you a way above the tar, it feels like as if you are actually in the lake.
There is a common dining area but they serve in rooms as well with no extra service charges, the usual tariff is Rs 2200 on MAP and Rs 1800 AP for a deluxe room. We got that for Rs 1000 since it was an off season. They do not have Bar, but the state run shop is not too far and the guy can get you stuff for a tip of 20 bucks. But as always, its better to carry then to buy.
I did take the brochure and contact details but I dont have then handy now but I will get that and update it later.
All in all a nice place. 3/5