As charming as the town of Darjeeling, we truly enjoyed this 5 story hotel close to jeep taxi drop off, great shops, the main market and good restaurants. We found it very central and enjoyed the views over the town. We only walked a block or three with our bags from the jeep taxi rank that came from Sikkim.
At reception we were greeted by friendly, knowledgeable staff and walls painted in colourful Tibetan style. The staircase shows off traditional Tibetan artifacts and leads us to our room high up - decorated in wood and rich fabrics. We enjoyed tea one night with warm and friendly owner Yeshi, that was in her home on the top floor of the hotel. We also loved the reading room, beautifully furnished and just a perfect place to read and reflect on the day.
Coming and going we were always politely greeted be staff - most friendly we've experienced in India so far. The restaurant is good and we tasted both Indian food and traditional Tibetan fried Momo's (with some extra veggies prepared personally by owner Yeshi). What really blew our hair back was the impressive painted walls in the dining room and common areas...it felt like a proudly Tibetan museum showing off the rich culture - and as Yeshi explained, it took 20 years to build up, floor by floor - all done with much care. Be prepared for a little normal Darjeeling noise at night... the Darjeeling Dog Choir is unsurpassed for originality and they relish showing off their vocal stylings! Still - definitely our favourite hotel (and town) in India and don't see how it could be improved upon.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Conveniently located in the heart of the town, Hotel Seven Seventeen is the ideal place to stay in whether you are here for holiday or on business trip. The Mall, main bus and taxi stands, local market, banks and entertainment centers are all within walking distance from the hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Seven Seventeen Darjeeling
- Seven Seventeen Hotel Darjeeling