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Stok Palace Heritage Hotel

Stok Palace Stok, Leh 194101 India
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#56 of 152 hotels in Leh
Built entirely by the Ladakhi craftsmen in 1820, the Stok Palace still continues to be a snug abode for the Namgyal dynasty. The Namgyal dynasty traces its origin to its founder –Lhachen Palgygon as early as 10th century. You are entering a historical property and the Palace stands 195 years old. The Stok Palace was opened to public in 1980 with blessings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and since it’s been over a decade and visitors continues to pour from all over the World. It encapsulates and reflects the lifestyle and history of Royalties set in the midst of the valley of Singey Sangpo which is known more popularly as Indus River.
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Sonal T wrote a review Sep 2021
London, United Kingdom91 contributions56 helpful votes
My husband and I stayed at Stok Palace Heritage Hotel for 2 nights, and really loved our stay there. It’s a 6-room functioning Ladakhi palace that the royal family still uses. Please note that it is a traditional Ladakhi palace and home set in the mountains, not a modern day over the top luxurious palace set in a big city. If you’re expecting a Taj or Oberoi kind of luxury experience, this is not the place for you. If you are openminded, understand that Ladakh is the remotest part of India and still has infrastructure challenges, then this is the place for you. We stayed in the heritage suite (one of four), which was really spacious, clean, and furnished in the traditional Ladakhi style. (As background, I've been traveling in Ladakh since the past 17 years, and have mostly stayed with local families. I am always looking for a traditional Ladakhi experience, and was not super excited when my husband booked an expensive boutique hotel, but Stok Palace gave me the traditional experience I was looking for). The bathroom was spacious and clean, and had hot water after letting the water run for 3 minutes, exactly as Vinay informed us when we checked in. Vinay and Vijay were both super accessible and helpful the entire time that we were there, and they made our stay very comfortable (from giving us toilet paper when we asked for it, to refilling our water frequently, to ensuring we got what we wanted at breakfast, to booking cars for us). Stok Palace hotel is in a beautiful location, and has amazing views of the mountains and Leh / Choglamsar. You can just sit outdoors and enjoy the views while sipping on tea and chomping on freshly fried pakoras! We really enjoyed our breakfasts at the hotel – Vinay would ask us what we wanted the night before, and we ended up being spoilt with amazing masala omelet with toast, puri and chana, Ladakhi bread, apricot jam, gur gur chai (Ladakhi butter tea), and aloo parathas split across our two days. We also ate two lunches at the hotel – grilled chicken and veggie sandwiches with fries on the first day, and grilled chicken with mashed potatoes and sauteed veggies at the Chulli Bagh property the next day. Both super delicious! We also had dinner at the hotel one night. It was a multi course Ladakhi meal with barley soup, thukpa, momos, different sauces / salsas, and other traditional Ladakhi food like chhu tagi (Ladakhi pasta cooked with meat, or potatoes and carrots). If you understand that Ladakhi food is more influenced by Tibet than India, and is not spicy, you will love this food. We certainly did. The dining room where we ate our dinner was really ornate, and beautiful, and exactly like the dining rooms of Ladakhi family homes, although obviously more luxurious since this is a palace. I would highly recommend a stay at Stok Palace Hotel if you’re looking for a traditional but upmarket experience, and are openminded to the constraints of Ladakh! If you’re fussy and demanding, this is not the place for you! PS: The hotel does not have wifi - we were warned of this before we paid. They do have a wifi dongle that can be used in the common areas, but we did not use it.
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Date of stay: September 2021
Jitin wrote a review Sep 2021
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We checked into Stok Palace Heritage Hotel - A member of Secret Retreats today for 2 nights. Little did we know that a horrendous experience was waiting for us. It all started at the entrance where they had no entry barricade and there was no one there to lift it. On calling Vinay (hotel staff) he rudely responded 'arrey press karne se lift ho jayega'. Next he and his colleague took us to the Heritage suite and there was no orientation about the place. No toilet roll in the bathroom, no room slippers, dirty flooring followed. I asked Vinay to get toilet roll and a heater to my room, then we went to the cafeteria. On coming back to the room, my wife had to again call Vinay for toilet roll. He got it in a hurry but there were 4 cockroaches in it which startled my wife. On enquiring with Vinay and of course I was a little angry, he responded 'sir mujh pe kyon chilla rahe ho, agar house keeping ka staff nahi hai toh main kya karoon' and he rushed out with bad attitude. Surprised to see this behaviour and bad attitude by the staff. I checked out today only as I can't be sure of the kitchen they cook food in is hygenic or not. Want to address this to the management to take action if you think fit and refund my one day stay tarrif, I would like to donate the same rather pay for this horrendous horrendous experience.....
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
bharathiraviprakash wrote a review Aug 2021
Chennai (Madras), India306 contributions73 helpful votes
The ambience is unparalleled, the beauty of the palace the layout- the rooms are amidst the museum, the views are 360’and a feeling of being transported to the glorious past 💕 The service was prompt and with a smile ,the team are lovely and the food impeccable. Will definitely come back for a longer stay .
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
Swaransehgal wrote a review Aug 2021
India53 contributions11 helpful votes
Absolutely amazing Palace and history. And they have amazing place chuli bagh just 100 meters below the palace . Each room is different and some have balcony too. Beautiful views from the palace esp at night. Warm hospitality and delicious food. Just one thing rooms maybe dimly lit but that maintains look and feel of a palace of a bygone era
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
purvi s wrote a review Jul 2021
6 contributions2 helpful votes
Don’t you dare to go and stay at Stok palace it’s rubbish, pathetic and very bad administration. I booked it fir my family and the day we went me and my husband had a huge fight as no hot water is coming, no wifi, no phone connection, the rooms were so dirty and not clean . It was a very bad stay for all of us every day we have to wait more than one hour to get hot water for shower . The breakfast had only pauva and aloo paratha u eat that ever day and that skid didn’t taste good . If you want to spoil your holidays stay there .
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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US$194 - US$295 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
IndiaJammu and KashmirLadakhLeh DistrictLeh
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Frequently Asked Questions about Stok Palace Heritage Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Stok Palace Heritage Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Namgyal Tsemo Monastery (0.3 km), Leh Royal Palace (0.3 km), and Pashmina House (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Stok Palace Heritage Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Stok Palace Heritage Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Stok Palace Heritage Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Stok Palace Heritage Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Sorriso Pizza & Meal Mastiyaan, Neha Snacks, and Sky Wok Ladakh.
Does Stok Palace Heritage Hotel have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Stok Palace Heritage Hotel offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are there any historical sites close to Stok Palace Heritage Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Riasi Fort or Zorawar Fort (1.9 km).