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#23 of 54 hotels in Thimphu
Welcome to the restored and redefined Hotel Galingkha. Situated literally in the heart and junction of what is the burgeoning capital of Bhutan in Thimphu, the hotel is one of the oldest in the kingdom. When the capital was first planned and developed, the area in which Hotel Galingkha is located was literally Ground Zero. This area is as much the beginning of what is today a rapidly growing capital of 90,000 inhabitants as it was when the area was nothing but rural houses and rice fields. Change is imminent and the agrarian life and its accompanying tools and symbols have led way to a vibrant and commercial hub that breathes life into the rest of Bhutan. Today Thimphu is not just the face of a changing Bhutan but also the face of a kingdom that wants to transform in its own image. And this is where Hotel Galingkha takes pride in being one of the faces of a changing Bhutan. The hotel has been restored maintaining a delicate and fine balance between the traditional Bhutanese architecture and practical modern amenities to keep provide our clients with the comforts of a home, the caring services and atmosphere of a family and a vantage location to explore the main streets, bars, restaurants, handicrafts and the colorful nooks and corners of Thimphu.
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Paid public parking on-site
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Hot bath
Bar / lounge
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Airport transportation
Business Centre with Internet Access
Non-smoking hotel
Street parking
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Air conditioning
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Flatscreen TV
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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rajat1982 wrote a review Nov 2021
Kolkata (Calcutta), India162 contributions26 helpful votes
Located in central Thimpu about 5mins walk from clock tower the hotel offers clean spacious well heated rooms Rooms are spacious and decent amenities , our room offered views of central thimpu Breakfast was basic but okay Overall a comfortable stay
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
kencho z wrote a review Jun 2020
2 contributions
It was a great experience staying in Galingkha Hotel with excellent facilities and warm hospitality.Me and my friend stayed for almost 10 nights and it was very peaceful and beautiful view of aThimphu city.......
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Date of stay: June 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
NehaKannan wrote a review Mar 2020
Vadodara District, India82 contributions33 helpful votes
Hotel is centrally located right in the middle of everything. Inspite of the coronavirus scare the staff was very attentive. Room service was upto the mark. The chef made Bhutanese food for us and it was delicious. The cleanliness and hygiene was well maintained. Good bathrooms, well equipped, hot water available all the time, housekeeping does a good job. Two problems, I’m writing this review on my last night in the hotel, it’s past midnight and I can’t sleep because of dogs barking right below my window for the past one hour non stop. The room heater is just not effective and the room is chillingly cold. I have a corner room with wall to wall windows and it’s very cold, can hardly feel the heater.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Samanwita Mitra wrote a review Jan 2020
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Some of the hotel amenities were not upto the mark in respect of the cost. Room heater hardly produced any warmth. Food was very expensive. Overall hotel service were really not up to the mark. We faced a power cut during our stay, hotel service people were non co-operative. However, location, room space,cleanliness was good.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
Mayur Prabhu wrote a review Dec 2019
47 contributions41 helpful votes
The location of the hotel is it's biggest plus point. Town centre, equidistant from immigration and transport hub and also the town square. The biggest set back is that it's bang on the road and for a road facing room, it can become a nightmare. The food quality is good and service is prompt. The big challenge is unavailability of elevators and a proper heating system. The staff is supportive and helpful. A good hotel, but will not advise for stays. There are other options, probably at equivalent prices in the vicinity.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled solo
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len5man wrote a review Nov 2019
Singapore, Singapore147 contributions20 helpful votes
The hotel provides exemplary customer service to their guests with politeness and care. The room was very spacious for the 2 of us. It is also well located and walking distance to the heart of Thimphu. Really enjoyed our stay at Hotel Galingkha!
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Date of stay: November 2019
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Footprints80753 wrote a review Jul 2019
Phnom Penh, Cambodia13 contributions3 helpful votes
We spent a week in this hotel and loved the location and proximity to everything in Thimphu. The hotel staff were courteous and friendly. They smiled and assisted with every enquiry without being pushy. The rooms are spacious and very well appointed. The food was consistently good and every effort was made to accomodate our needs. I highly recommend the hotel and especially the staff and location
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Date of stay: June 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from pkuenzang, Manager at Hotel Galingkha
Responded 27 Sep 2019
Dear Footprints80753 Thank you for your excellent review. We truly appreciate, you for talking the time to do this for us. It gives us immense pleasure to note that. We look forward welcoming you again in future and our team remains at your disposal for any assistance you may need. Thank you once again for your time and patronage.
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VAS2011 wrote a review Mar 2019
Cambridge, United Kingdom38 contributions16 helpful votes
Warm staff, huge rooms, good food, perfect location. Excellent information contained in the hotel welcome pack, especially about the humane dog population management programme in Bhutan. Nice restaurant serving local beer, lovely way to celebrate our first night in Bhutan.
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Date of stay: January 2019
1 Helpful vote
Response from pkuenzang, Manager at Hotel Galingkha
Responded 26 Jun 2019
Dear VAS2011, Thank you very much for taking a time to review our hotel in TripAdvisor. We are trilled to hear you had a fabulous stay with us. We look forward welcoming you again in future and our team remains at your disposal for any assistance you may need. Thank you once again for your great review
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Judy L wrote a review Feb 2019
Sydney, Australia12 contributions1 helpful vote
Really central to Thimphu main streets. V. Friendly. Room serviced daily and clean, friendly staff. Good service, good food. I would recommend. Staff fluent in English and helpful. Thoroughly enjoyed stay.
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Date of stay: February 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
Response from pkuenzang, Manager at Hotel Galingkha
Responded 26 Jun 2019
Dear 178judy, Thank you for taking a time to share your recent experience in Hotel Galingkha. We look forward welcoming you again in future. Thank you once again for your time and patronage.
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Hans K wrote a review Dec 2018
Vienna, Austria105 contributions44 helpful votes
Nice hotel right in the city center. Rooms are heated, which is a big plus in winter. Restaurant is not heated. Rooms are spacious and beds are good. Negative is that there is no isolation so you will hear the dogs bark at night.
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Date of stay: December 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
1 Helpful vote
Response from pkuenzang, Manager at Hotel Galingkha
Responded 27 Sep 2019
Dear hjkort, Thank you for your review. Yes we fully agree to the fact that we do have problems with dogs. But unfortunately this is a problem of the whole city and the stray dogs are also on the outskirts of the city. The Government is trying very hard and putting in a lot of effort to curb this issue. We have also started installing the sound proof glass in the rooms and have a central heating system in restaurant and reception area. I am certain you will find all aspects in line with your expectations on your future visits. We look forward to welcoming you back in near future.
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$60 - $84 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hotel Galingkha
Which popular attractions are close to Hotel Galingkha?
Nearby attractions include Bhutan Post Office Headquarters (0.3 km), National Folk Heritage Museum (0.3 km), and Clock Tower Square (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Hotel Galingkha?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Hotel Galingkha?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Hotel Galingkha?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Hotel Galingkha?
Yes, paid public parking on-site and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hotel Galingkha?
Conveniently located restaurants include Ambient Cafe, The Zone, and Seasons Restaurant.
Does Hotel Galingkha have airport transportation?
Yes, Hotel Galingkha offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Hotel Galingkha located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.4 km away from the centre of Thimphu.
Are any cleaning services offered at Hotel Galingkha?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to Hotel Galingkha?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Simtokha Dzong (4.8 km).