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“A warm n welcoming stay..!!”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Snow Lion Hotel

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Snow Lion Hotel
Ranked #5 of 12 Kaza B&B and Inns
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“A warm n welcoming stay..!!”
Reviewed 21 September 2012

We arrived in Kaza after already having travelled on road for about a week. As we were two girls alone we needed not just a clean and warm place but also safe for us to be comfortable. At the first look the hotel comes across as a simple stay. We stayed there for about three days before our trek to Chandra tal. Upon arrival we were met by the owner Tsering who is ever ready to help the guests with the smallest of problems even at his busiest times. Being a local resident he provided us with a lot of useful information as regards to our travel plans and also familiarized us with the local traditions. The rooms here were spacious, neatly kept n the bedding provided was absolutely clean and hygienic. Also the washrooms were clean with hot water.The view from the balcony was of mountains n clear skies reminding you of the tranquility around you. Located a little further away from the city hustle bustle the place is quite n calming to your senses.The staff here was very courteous and always smiling and willing to go the extra bit to make your stay most enjoyable. All in all a very warm n pleasant stay in the driest of lands. A special word of gratitude for Mr. Vishesh Shourie by whom this hotel was recommended to us.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 August 2012

The cleanest hotel in Kaza. Big rooms. We chose the 3-bed room (a double bed with a kind of settee) which could be used for a third person. Made the room more spacious- got it for Rs.1100/- which I felt was worth it. Clean towels, hot water, big bathroom (only it had a funny smell, probably from the drainage). We ordered Tib food, recommended by the manager, and it was hot and wholesome. Good momos too.

So:
food- excellent (can't comment on the Indian as we didn't eat it). well-priced. 5/5
room- excellent. 5/5
loo- 4/5

Loved that:
1. they have a sort of lounging space in the dining room with a wonderful collection of books and magazines that the guests can read (even take to their rooms to read).
2. we told them that we would leave early at 5 am, and would it be possible to get tea before that? they gave us an electric kettle with tea bags and stuff, so that we could make it on our own (free of charge). while this is the norm in nice big hotels all over, to see this service in the little village of Kaza was a very pleasant surprise.

Only negative was that the very spacious balcony opened to what seemed like a stream but was actually a kind of drainage nala. but not stinky, so i guess it was ok.

Room Tip: choose the biggest room with the settee (I think it was 204 on the top floor- ask for the 3-bedded r...
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
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delhi
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 August 2012

The place is good, staff is friendly, food is good but the rooms require a little work. Two problems i faced were regarding the toilets - 1. I couldn't understand the logic behind having a transparent glass on the ventilators of the toilets affording no privacy, 2. the strange stink/bad odour in the toilets. With some help from the hotel staff these could be neutralised to some extent. Try the Tibetan food here and its wonderful. The staff is very helpful and cheerful. Location is good.

Room Tip: Anywhere on first floor.
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Bengaluru, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2012

I'm truly glad we chose to stay at Snowlion.

The location is perfect with beautiful views of the majestic mountains and the well furnished rooms make you feel at home.The team at Snow Lion is warm and made each day of our stay comfortable and provided excellent hospitality within the economical budget .The Team goes that extra mile whether its making up the tasty food or providing that extra comforter to keep you warm and makes the stay truly enjoyable.

We surely recommend Snowlion and Incredible Spiti to all of you folks and wish you all to enjoy this beautiful experience.We for sure are looking forward to go again to snowlion as they made our stay special and we cherished every bit of it our stay.

Enjoy This truly beautiful Place.!!

Room Tip: Best Value for Money in the entire Spiti. We recommend it all fellow Travellers.
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Patiala
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 2012

The hotel is situated on the road and has well equipped and cozy rooms.
Parking is on the road itself.
The hotel staff was courteous.
Food was good.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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4 Thank Raminder N
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Switzerland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 July 2012

This is a clean and calm place (by Swiss standards) with a beautiful view from the balconies and the roof top. Snow Lion is perfectly situated just above the bazar.
There is a fine variety of tasty food though you have to wait a bit, if there are other customers. The stuff is helpful and friendly but sometimes a bit inscrutable. Kaja was my base for tours in the environment and it was allways beautiful to come 'back home' after long and exhausting hikes!

Tsering is a very noble person. He knows the people, the drivers and guides and is organising hikes and tours. Since he is a traveller himself he is giving you "expert reccos" (I love this expression) you can trust in. He is having a fine collection of fossiles and books about Spiti.

For me the best choice in in Kaja.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled solo
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Mumbai
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 July 2012

The stunning topography of the Spiti valley is reason enough to enjoy your trip there but a comfortable hotel makes it even better!

Snow lion is compact, cosy and helpful. Its co-owner Mr Tsering being a local, gives expert reccos of sight-seeing and travelling himself and arranges for requisite transport/camping too. Their kitchen too has good variety and flexibility for an exotic place.

There aren't too many homestays in Kaza now, so Snow Lion is your next best option!

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Snow Lion Hotel
Address: Kaza - Manali Road | Lahaul and Spiti, Kaza 172114, India
Region: India > Himachal Pradesh > Lahaul and Spiti District > Kaza
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Kaza
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This is a wonderful two-storied hotel that has 14 spacious double rooms, with ensuite baths. All rooms have a private balcony that offers a stunning view of the village and the spectacular Sakya Monastery. You can spend hours here, simply watching the village life unfold. Many of our guests comment on how wonderful they feel just seeing the Monastery at different times of the day, from the privacy of their balconies. There is a small restaurant that serves delicious and fresh meals. While you are waiting for your food, you can read one of our books or have a look at our special fossil collection, lovingly curated in one corner here. We have a range of them including some really rare ammonites from the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. There is a small roof that can be made accessible, if you wish to do some stargazing. We can set up some tea and seating for you at night. Here, you can sit under the most breathtaking sky in the world, spotting numerous galaxies and making wishes on the countless shooting stars that will cross the star spangled sky. The hotel has a doctor-on-call, and taxis can be arranged with some prior notice. You can also rent one of our mountain bikes, to explore the great Spitian outdoors. The Travel Desk will be happy to provide tips and info on Spiti. Should you have any other requirements, please feel free to speak to our friendly staff, which will do their best to help you. Meditation and inner wellness retreats can be arranged upon prior booking. Or you can book one of our specialized travel itineraries. ... more   less 

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