One of the highlights of my Kasauli trip was staying at the Ross Common Hotel. It was a different experience from our usual hotel stays as a family. We stayed for 4 days and 3 nights at this quaint heritage colonial bungalow converted into hotel property and enjoyed a relaxed, scenic & foodilicious holiday.
The Ros Common hotel is owned by state run Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation. The bookings for this property can be made online and also through the tourism front offices (We made it through HPTDC office in Himachal Bhawan, Delhi). It is always advisable to book rooms much in advance, as most of the times, this property is well booked. The USP of Ros Common is its location, as it situated in the heart of Kasauli town (Army Cantt area actually) and away from the entire hustle bustle of the town (though there isn’t much hustle bustle in Kasauli but relatively speaking). The views from this hotel are very pretty and the lawn opens to the view of the mountains. The mesmerizing play of the mists & fog through the mountains is one of the things we enjoyed everyday of our stay over a cup of tea/coffee in the lawns (even our baby loved sitting in her car seat cum carrier and gazing into the views tucked comfortably in the blanket).
The property in itself is a heritage bungalow converted into a hotel; it has a very old romance feel to it. There are not many rooms but I felt the room size was adequate (we had chosen deluxe room with an extra bed for adult) for the price it cost us (INR 3000 including taxes per day). A tip on the rooms is that the property has an Annexe which is relatively newly constructed and has better views (and facilities) so try to book those if available.
The food at this hotel (which is available for day guests also) is totally awesome and is easily the best one can have in any restaurant in Kasauli. I totally loved the Aloo Puri in the breakfast menu, the dal makhni in dinner menu, the pakodas in the snacks menu (we used to finish off two plates in one sitting). The food portions are generous and though the food is not cheap, the portions justify the prices. In fact, the restaurant at the hotel is popular with the locals too who come in mornings or evenings mostly. The only thing we found a bit slacking was the service which took a bit of time, but I guess that goes in with the laid back feel of the destination (we got used to it after a while). However, the staff is always very courteous.
I would recommend a stay at Ros Common if visiting Kasauli, it is definitely one of the best properties for a traveler whether one is alone or with family.