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About Alasia

The Hotel is situated in the Hill Cantonment of Kasauli, which is midway between the major cities of Chandigarh and Shimla.

Alasia has a very chequered history and goes back to 1873, when the building was constructed and towards late 1930, this was used as banking establishment. In 1938, C.J. Tidwell purchased the property and was granted permission to convert the Bank into a Hotel on 4th November 1941.

The Hotel was named `Alasia' in honour of Pearl Alasia, a shrewd businesswoman and a close associate of Tidwell. In 1949, Major and Mrs. Cosscrat, who operated the hotel until their return to England in 1960 purchased the `Alasia'.

Major Robert Hotz and Mrs. Mary Hotz managed the Hotel from 1960 to 1966, when, finally they sold the hotel to what was then, Hotz Hotels Pvt. Ltd. (now Hotz Industries Limited). Alasia Hotel acquired reputation for excellence in warm hospitality. Its pastry shop and ice cream parlour too, were par excellence. In the last 1950's an ice cream cone at the hotel was priced at eight annas. In 1960 when the ownership was transferred to Hotz, the hotel became an important center for wining and dining.

For the students studying in the Lawrence School (Sanawar), Alasia was a landmark place to visit. Till date, Sanawarians (Alumina) have very fond memories of this fine hotel and regularly revisit with nostalgia.

The hotel also basked in the glory of the Theatre world and has to its credit a number of films shot in the hotel with cast like Shashi Kapoor, Jenifer Kendall and others. It also has hosted the Late Sir David Lean, the famous Hollywood Film Director (Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago amongst others).

Presently, the hotel has 13 Suites, which have been classified into Luxury Suites, Deluxe Suites and Family Suites. All Suites are tastefully designed, keeping in mind the comforts and needs of the present day guests. The Suites have attached baths, colour TV with DTH service, STD/ISD and newspaper facilities.

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