We spent six nights in March and found the positive Trip Advisor reviews were right on. The hotel has a great location just off the Mall with nearby restaurants and shopping. Everything is within easy walking distance. We booked a mountain view room and I'm sure the views would have been good too, but it was cloudy and foggy the whole week. Even with no mountain views, it was interesting to watch the activitiy on the streets below.
Our room had comfortable twin beds, 2 chairs, a small table and TV. The room was right above the lounge area and the heat from below kept it warm. The bathroom worked fine and there was hot water.
Mrs Norbu was helpful with local knowledge genuinely cared about her guests. The rest of the staff was very professional. We booked the room by email and they asked for an advance deposit of Rs 3000 by emailing our credit card info. The balance had to be paid in cash when we checked out of the hotel.
Breakfast was ample with eggs, toast, porridge or cereal, fruit, juice and tea or coffee. A couple of mornings there was a buffet breakfast and other mornings they took individual orders. I recommend the cheese omlette with Nepali cheese.
The lounge area has a couple of computers that you can pay to use, but they didn't always work. The lounge area also has a table with at least a hundred oil candles burning. Monks used a room off the lounge during the day and it was really atmospheric to listen to their chanting.
Other visitors have commented on the stairs. The hotel is far above street level and there is no lift. I have to admit, it was a bit daunting to lug our bags up when we first arrived. After almost a week, we were getting used to the elevation of Darjeeling.
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- Also Known As:
- Dekeling Hotel Darjeeling