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“Beautiful Himalayan”
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Himalayan Hotel
Ranked #7 of 14 Hotels in Kalimpong
Kolkata
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22 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Beautiful Himalayan”
Reviewed 18 April 2014

This is a very pretty old heritage building overlooking the hills with a wonderful garden which has nice sit-outs under an umbrella. The rooms are very cozy ( we stayed on the first floor) with a balcony with comfortable sitting arrangements where you can have endless cups of tea and look at the beautiful scenery. Food is very good and served in the dinning room . We were there in December end when it was pretty cold but the rooms and the dinning room was adequately heated and was very comfortable. Their SET dinner was quiet elaborate and nice. It's a short walk to the center of town / market. We had an overall lovely stay.

Room Tip: the first floor rooms with a balcony are very nice in the new wing.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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Reviewed 7 April 2014

One of the best holiday properties we have ever came across and certainly the best in Kalimpong. Quite close to the market area and main streets, yet enjoys a secluded spot, which is calm, quiet and beautiful. Just four double storied cottages built around the well kept lawn of the heritage bungalow owned by the fabled McDonald family. Lots of orchids and other flowers, lots of birds and the majestic Kanchenjunga on a clear sunny day! A notice in front of the dining room says, "Breakfast is from 8.00 am. If the Kanchenjunga is still visible then, you can have your breakfast in the garden."
But even if you don't get a clear view, you would probably like to spend your day just idling under the garden umbrella or on the private sit out of your room. Liked the way they divided the sleeping area, the seating area and the adjacent balcony in different levels to create a cosy ambiance. (We were not too picky about the small staircases eating out some living spaces). They changed the linens and the towels everyday. Only they should consider replacing some of the old towels which 'look' really dirty.
Another good thing about the hotel is its service. Very attentive, very efficient and always with a smile. A special mention goes to David, who waited on us with clock work precision in the very interestingly styled dining room. Food is also great! We tried everything from Continental to local Gurkha dishes and were never disappointed. But they should also consider serving A la Carte because their fixed prices for fixed menus are a tad expensive for guests who are staying little longer than usual.
Still, Himalayan Hotel surely claims a very special place in your heart. For us, we will love to go back there! :)
p.s - The heritage wing has rooms named after Edmund Hillary - Tenzing Norgey and Richard Gere who once stayed there. The creaking old bungalow is also known to have its own resident ghosts! That's good for the creeps (we didn't get our share though)!

Room Tip: Ask for the rooms on the first floor in any of the annex cottages built at a height, for a better vi...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Casablanca, Morocco
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2014

Himalayan Hotel in Kalimpong is one of those rare gems that travel writers like me scour the world for. It's completely magical and just run down enough to allow your fantasies to run wild. In a state that could never be described as renovated, it's creaking with charm, charm, charm. We loved the old paintings on the walls, the gramophone record player, the old two-piece telephones, and the sense that you're stepping into the Far Pavilions. Really recommended, although the bedding is a little musty. It's a short walk into Kalimpong itself.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Kolkata
2 reviews
Reviewed 21 March 2014

We selected this hotel based on its location and trip advisor review. Room and view from the room are very good. But looks like rooms are not properly maintained. The telephone in the room did not work. 3 bulbs were not working while we checked in. Bed cover was dirty. We had no clue that there is no menu card in the restaurant. So no option in the menu. They charge you flat, which is quite costly. Since there was no phone, we faced lot of difficulty in communicating with their staff. Very limited number of staff in the hotel. Night time we were having some security fear with no communication option. Overall experinec is average in this hotel. Location and rooms are only plus.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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New Delhi, India
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Reviewed 14 March 2014

Travel on 6 March 2014

excellent hotel or we can say, A Resort or Cottage

service is very good... way to serve breakfast n dinner is awesome..

Suggestion.. go for dinner with breakfast also.

Don't go outside after 6:30 pm

Room Tip: must prefer in yor itinary
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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15 reviews
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Reviewed 21 January 2014 via mobile

My partner and I stayed at your hotel from 30 December 2013 to 1 January 2014. To be quite frank it still retains the old world charm - mostly hotels are either too commercial or lack the touch.
Personally, we would have loved to have met with the owners since we have friends who have spoken highly of your property.
Request you not to sell it, it's a treasure trove!

Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Munich, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2014

We were surprised to discover a british Hotel in that arera, where once Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, the first men on the Mt. Everest stayed. It has a warm and welcoming atmosphere.The rooms are well equipped and cute.

Room Tip: It gives you a old and ancient feeling, how it must have been at that time...
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Property: Himalayan Hotel
Address: Upper Cart Rd., Kalimpong 734301, India
Region: India > West Bengal > Kalimpong District > Kalimpong
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Ranked #7 of 14 Hotels in Kalimpong
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Hotel Class:3 star — Himalayan Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 16
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