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Hotel Sonar Bangla - Rishyap
Ranked #39 of 124 Darjeeling B&B and Inns
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“Surely, could have been better”
Reviewed 12 January 2010

Rishyap itself was a remote location with not much of road to travel by. Hotel Sonar Bangla is the hotel closest to the motor road, yet last 300m or so of our travel was essentially over boulders. The other hotels in the locality are at further distance from the motorable roads, and anybody having a back problem should take note.
The rooms in the hotel are big and reasonably clean, but they do not have running hot water supply. In fact the locality does not have piped water connection. The overhead watertank is daily filled up from a truck carrying water. Hot water can be obtained on demand in morning.
The rooms in the first floor have nice, unobstructed view of the mountains including Kanchenjungha, on a clear day (we were unlucky :)
The hotel has an open area in front, but there is nothing much else to do. There are no shops or restaurants around. So your only bet for food is the hotel cook, who cooks ok, but the food is expensive, may be due to remoteness.
The worst part of our stay is our experience at the checkout. We had prearranged a car to pick us up and drop off at the NJP train station. But the hotel people called up the local taxi cartel without consulting us. The taxi cartel gave us three options: travel to station with them (at a much higher rate than the car that we arranged), pay them Rs 400, which is there fixed rate to ferry you to the nearest highway at a distance of 1.5km and take your own car, or carry your own luggage and walk to the highway for free, where you can board your car. We chose the last one as we refused to cow down to the cartel. Our car caught up with us at three-quarter distance to the highway, and then we found that one of the hotel persons, who did not help us at all, was using our car for free to transport his stuff to the highway!!! Some hospitality and professionalism that was!!!

  • Stayed April 2008, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Sonar Bangla - Rishyap
Address: PO Lava, PS Kalimpong | Rishyap, Darjeeling 743191, India
Region: India > West Bengal > Darjeeling District > Darjeeling
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Ranked #39 of 124 B&Bs / Inns in Darjeeling
Number of rooms: 8

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