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The Sood's Garden Retreat
Ranked #1 of 63 Kalimpong B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Kolkata (Calcutta), India
1 review
“A treat to remember for times to come.....”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2014

Nestled in the lap of mother nature, with clouds hustling down from the mountain tops to greet you, is one picture-perfect backdrop of the resort. We had stayed in this beautiful property on the first night of this New Year and I have no qualms in admitting that the stay really gave a charming start to the New Year. A personal thanks to Mr Sidhdhant Sood, the owner of the resort for upgrading our Super Delux booking to the Suites. The rooms were very comfortable and cozy with a picturesque surrounding outside. The staff were very prompt, co-operative and always ready to help with a smile. Food was one thing I wish were better. Veg offering was better than the Non-veg stuff, which was a surprise for a resort owned by a Punjabi!!! And the dessert was a real let-downer. But, overall, a great experience; aptly justifying its tagline. If its Kalimpong Sood's gotta be your address.

Room Tip: Suites were where we had put up. And the suite on the left hand corner from the reception has got an...
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Siliguri, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2013

Thanks to the Management of the Hotel.
Service, Food, Cleanliness, Room, View........................................
Everything is perfect.
Mr.Siddhant, the owner of the property is a gentleman by nature.
Reception Manager Mr.Manzil is very friendly & cooperative.
Room Service was done by Mr.Saroj, who would never say no to anything.

Two of us stayed for a night. We wish we had more time to stay there.
If you love a quiet place away from the hustle bustle of the city, it is a perfect area.
For fitness freaks, there is a well equipped gym with a trainer.
Food is just amazing. Portions are more than one can think of. Be careful not to order too much.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled on business
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New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2013 via mobile

Me and my wife stayed here for a day and I must say the service is just too good...the food quality and taste was matching the taste of food we have back at our home in Delhi...!!.. The rooms are also pretty spacious and airy too !! Kudos to team Sood's garden retreat team :-)

Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Mumbai
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2013

We (self and wife) arrived at the hotel on 27th night. I had booked a Standard room through Cleartrip. However the manager offered me a semi deluxe suite without any extra cost. Sweet. The room was very spacious and neat. The room had a view overlooking the valley. Bathrooms were clean. However we faced some problem with the geyser which was sorted out eventually. The food served in the restaurant was simple and tasty. The staffs were well behaved and humble. The room used to get too chill at night as there is no sun ray reaching the room nor the room has got a warmer. Its a bit far from the kalimpong market. Overall a good place

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2013

The only correct bit about the name of Sood's Garden Retreat is the first bit. It is owned by the Sood family. However, I had chosen it after reading about the garden and the hotel's quiet location. Neither is correct. The "garden" comprises some potted plants and two tiny, unkempt patches of grass, one of which is used for drying hotel towels and sheets and the other with some broken slides and swings. There is no "direct access" from rooms to lawn as claimed on the website - many sets of stairs are involved. The hotel is also just off a main road and one can hear lorries, cars and motorcycles roaring up and down at all times of day and night. A few noisy dogs add to the din. We too were in room 101 right next to the reception and all conversation in that area could be heard clearly in our suite.
The restaurant menu was limited. Variations of eggs, aloo paratha, puri bhaji and poha for breakfast. A selection of North Indian mains, very few Chinese dishes. No momos, thukpa or cheese. In Kalimpong? They did cook us a Nepali chicken curry one night, not authentic, but tasty.
Our sheets were not changed even though we stayed for three nights. I know, because there were dirt marks on my sheet to begin with and I got quite familiar with them over the course of three nights! Our towels were threadbare and stained and, I suspect, not changed either.
Here is the good part: The staff are extremely helpful, cheerful and ever-willing to go that extra mile for you. Any request that we made was met with as soon as possible. The room and bathroom were both very large and clean, water was always available. The internet (when it was asked to be switched on) worked like a dream. The best part was the view of the mountains from our windows.
My personal feeling is that the place is poorly managed. The staff is willing and available -- someone has to tell them what to do and how to do it. Breakfast eggs cannot be served on quarter plates. When there are parties in the restaurant, a separate area should be cordoned off for hotel residents. Drinking water in the room needs to be replenished every day.
Sood's Garden Retreat has the potential to become a great boutique hotel.

Room Tip: Rooms facing the mountains (north).
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2013

The hotel is about a 15-20 minute walk from Kalimpong market and has spectacular views - or rather it would do if the weather hadn't been so bad during our visit. We had occasional glances of the mountains in between lots of clouds and fogs.

We had room 101 - next door to reception. It was ENORMOUS - way too big for just two people. Spotlessly clean, everything in good condition - not exactly stylish, but no complaints from us.

In mid October with the tail of the Bay of Bengal cyclone causing the rain, the room was really rather cold and we would really have appreciated more blankets as the room had no heating.At least there was lots of water.

Staff were polite, efficient and professional. The food and service in the retaurant were both excellent. We were only there one night but there was little to fault about the place.

For anyone with mobility issues, these street level suites are the best option to avoid lots of steps. No lifts or other accessibility ramps etc. To be fair though, the Himalayas in general are not exactly disability friendly. Despite being close to a road, the noise in the rooms was minimal and we slept very well.

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2013

we had been here with our school friends on a field trip. Out of all the hotels we stayed during the trip, this is the "BEST(est)". rooms were sparkling clean, and bathroom was clean and spacious.
and not to forget is their hospitality, they even arranged for a bonfire!!!that was great and we got the room overlooking the mountains!!!! we were received warmly and trip became much more FUN!!

Room Tip: "ask for mountain view suite"
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: The Sood's Garden Retreat
Address: Rishi Rd | 8.5 Miles, Kalimpong 734301, India
Region: India > West Bengal > Kalimpong
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 63 B&Bs / Inns in Kalimpong
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — The Sood's Garden Retreat 2*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
8.5 Miles is where you will find us, just 800 meters before the hustle and bustle of the market area set amidst nature with a breathtaking view, on the sunniest part of the hills. For whatever you have in mind you can't be better located. Near to all the site seeing interests. Laze on the rolling lawns or just admire the glory of the mighty Mt. Kanchenjunga from the restaurant, balconies or lawns. Let the children get naughty on the outdoor play area, swings and slides. ... more   less 
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