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#10 of 244 B&Bs / Inns in Darjeeling
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The Goomtee Tea Garden Retreat is located inside one of Darjeeling's most serene tea gardens and offers an atmosphere of peace, seclusion and natural beauty. It is not a spa or a fancy hotel but a simple and authentic place to enjoy the soothing ambience and glorious tea. Excellent international vegetarian cuisine (including egg items) and minimalism are on offer here. The silence and serenity may not be for everyone but it is certainly for those who are looking for a peaceful and lazy retreat away from all the hustle-bustle of urban life. If one is looking for quaint and old-style rooms and a kind of a throwback to another time (along with the fresh teas at the tea factory) Goomtee is an amazing place to take it all in. The brilliant flower garden, the reading room with its unique collection of books on a variety of subjects, the long hikes, the waterfalls and the drives to scenic spots all come together to create an experience as enjoyable as Goomtee's teas. Goomtee is special because it doesn't try to be what it isn't; it is an old property - very clean, simple and unique, with an emphasis on nature, its teas, service, food and character rather than modern luxury which can be found in every semi-urban location.
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Richard B wrote a review Apr 2019
London, United Kingdom55 contributions82 helpful votes
We stayed 3 nights at Goomtee, in the Director’s Bungalow. We had a wonderful time. It is obviously a very old property and you have to make allowances for its antiquity but then that’s part of its charm. The staff were lovely and the food great. The tea is amazing.
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Date of stay: May 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from wpbr, General Manager at Goomtee Tea Garden Retreat
Responded 3 Apr 2019
Dear Guests, Greetings from Goomtee Tea Garden Retreat ! Thank you for choosing to stay at our property and taking the time out to share your experience on TripAdvisor! We have acquired Goomtee Tea Garden Retreat under the wings of Whispering Palms, having an experience in owning and running hotels for over 2 decades, and wanting to give travellers the benefit of staying in new destinations, enjoying the local flavour of each such destination, a home away from home. Our inventory of hotels now includes, a lodge nestled in the peace and quiet of the mountains, apart from a sea beach resort, and a city hotel. We thank you for your positive review on the Retreat, the food, the staff, and of course, the tea. We have great plans for the property, to give our guests an enriching, soulful and peaceful stay! Guests like you and your kind words of appreciation, are a huge motivation and inspiration for my team. We look forward to welcoming you back to Darjeeling! Warm Regards, Jacob John
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Saran S wrote a review Nov 2018
27 contributions3 helpful votes
I have stayed at your property and have liked it, however your reservation or whoever is involved with handling emails are really negligent. I have written a few emails and have also tried to call in the phone number given at your website. No one answers the phone and no one has cared to response my emails. I wanted to make reservations for my group in April and I have written many emails, but no response. Negligence to clients queries is not good for the reputation of such a nice property!
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Date of stay: March 2018Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from wpbr, General Manager at Goomtee Tea Garden Retreat
Responded 7 Jan 2019
Dear Guests, Season's Greetings from Goomtee Tea Garden Retreat ! Thank you for choosing to stay at our property and taking the time out to share your experience on TripAdvisor! We are sorry that your experience regarding communication, and I have forwarded your this issue regarding emails and phone calls to our Reservation Manager, Ms. Maya Kankonkar. Having recently acquired Goomtee Tea Garden Retreat under the wings of Whispering Palms, kindly excuse this lapse. We at Whispering Palms, have an experience in owning and running hotels for over 2 decades, want to give travellers the benefit of staying in new destinations, enjoying the local flavour of each such destination, a home away from home. Our inventory of hotels now includes, a lodge nestled in the peace and quiet of the mountains, apart from a sea beach resort, and a city hotel. All in all, on a positive note, thank you for appreciating the property. We take great pleasure and pride in serving our guests. Yes, as suggested by you, we see your comments as motivation to improve upon our services and transform the place. Hoping to have another opportunity to serve you and also to show you the impact your feedback has made. We look forward to welcoming you back to Darjeeling! Warm Regards, Jacob John
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Nachiketa C wrote a review Oct 2018
Kolkata (Calcutta), India46 contributions5 helpful votes
Great old tea bungalow maintained properly and very clean. Food served are made of local vegetables. Nice homely feeling in nature. Small equipped tea factory. Nice people guide throughout the factory followed by tea tasting. Awesome relaxing stay. Will go again.
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Date of stay: May 2018
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Response from Jacob J, General Manager at Goomtee Tea Garden Retreat
Responded 25 Oct 2018
Dear Guests, Greetings from Goomtee Tea Garden Retreat ! Thank you for choosing to stay at our property and taking the time out to share your experience on TripAdvisor! We have acquired Goomtee Tea Garden Retreat under the wings of Whispering Palms, having an experience in owning and running hotels for over 2 decades, and wanting to give travellers the benefit of staying in new destinations, enjoying the local flavour of each such destination, a home away from home. Our inventory of hotels now includes, a lodge nestled in the peace and quiet of the mountains, apart from a sea beach resort, and a city hotel. We thank you for your positive review on the Retreat, the food, the facilities, the natural surroundings, and the overall stay. We have great plans for the property - as you will discover on coming back again, to give our guests an enriching, soulful and peaceful stay! Guests like you and your kind words of appreciation, rating us as excellent, are a huge motivation and inspiration for my team. We too look forward to welcoming you back to Darjeeling! Warm Regards, Jacob John
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mandrita wrote a review Oct 2018
Calcutta, West Bengal, India45 contributions10 helpful votes
This is a tea-garden based bunglow with 4 Rooms, called a Retreat located just one and a half hours from Siliguri amongst lush green tea-gardens and decorated lawns and garden. Its ambience promises to offer a change from the din and bustle of city-life, in peaceful solitude. But its exorbitant room-tariff surprizes you when u find different lack of facilities inspite of such high pricing! Most of the lamp-shades do not work in the living area, washroom equipments are wornout and function poorly, food is not only vegetarian but far from tasty, spiders and snalis are co-existing with us! Amidst all problems, the behaviour of the staff are worth-appreciating.....considering the little resources they are provided with! Thus it is a humble request to the management to explore this beautiful place in a more well-maintained, user-friendly manner and transform this place as a Retreat... worth for money!
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Date of stay: October 2018Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Jacob J, General Manager at Goomtee Tea Garden Retreat
Responded 21 Oct 2018
Dear Guests, Greetings from Goomtee Tea Garden Retreat ! Thank you for choosing to stay at our property and taking the time out to share your experience on TripAdvisor! We have acquired Goomtee Tea Garden Retreat under the wings of Whispering Palms, having an experience in owning and running hotels for over 2 decades, and wanting to give travellers the benefit of staying in new destinations, enjoying the local flavour of each such destination, a home away from home. Our inventory of hotels now includes, a lodge nestled in the peace and quiet of the mountains, apart from a sea beach resort, and a city hotel. That being said, we are sorry that your experience has left much to be desired, and we will do everything in our power to look into these issues deeply and rectify them to the maximum extent possible. We are making effort to ensure that the property is spic and span in every possible way, with all the amenities being in working order. Regarding the food, apart from being vegetarian, we shall endeavour to make the dishes more tasty. All in all, on a positive note, thank you for appreciating the staff. We take great pleasure and pride in serving our guests and receive your plaudits and critiques with a smile. Yes, as suggested by you, we see your comments as motivation to improve on our services and transform the place. Hoping to have another opportunity to serve you and also to show you the impact your feedback has made. We look forward to welcoming you back to Darjeeling! Warm Regards, Jacob John
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neham04 wrote a review Jun 2018
New Delhi, India6 contributions1 helpful vote
We stayed in this tea garden retreat for one day, the stay was absolutely delightful. It is a serene place with beautiful surroundings (unlike the chaotic Darjeeling city). The experience of guided tour to the tea gardens and tea factory along with the tea tasting sessions was amazing. The kids had a great time in their lush green lawns, badminton, table tennis and other indoor facilities. The food served was so fresh and tasty. Overall a great experience which has created wonderful memories! An absolute recommended place to visit if you are going to Darjeeling!
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Date of stay: June 2018
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Response from JacobJohnGoa, General Manager at Goomtee Tea Garden Retreat
Responded 9 Jun 2018
Dear Guests, Greetings from Goomtee Tea Garden Retreat ! Thank you for choosing to stay at our property and taking the time out to share your experience on TripAdvisor! We have acquired Goomtee Tea Garden Retreat under the wings of Whispering Palms, having an experience in owning and running hotels for over 2 decades, and wanting to give travellers the benefit of staying in new destinations, enjoying the local flavour of each such destination, a home away from home. Our inventory of hotels now includes, a lodge nestled in the peace and quiet of the mountains, apart from a sea beach resort, and a city hotel. We thank you for your positive review on the Retreat, the food, the facilities, the surroundings, and the wonderful experience. We have great plans for the property, to give our guests an enriching, soulful and peaceful stay! Guests like you and your kind words of appreciation, rating us as excellent in terms of value, service, location and overall, while also recommending us, are a huge motivation and inspiration for my team. We look forward to welcoming you back to Darjeeling! Warm Regards, Jacob John
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venke98 wrote a review May 2018
Mumbai, India42 contributions5 helpful votes
We stayed 3 nights in the property. Set amidst almost 500 acres of tea gardens. very close ti mahanadi railway station. This is a 2 hour drive from darjeeling and bagdogra aiprort is 2 hours away. So its like midway. Where as Darjeeling is at 6500 + feet level this property is at 4500+ feet. Good thing is Its not touristy at all. Its a lovely bungalow adjoining a tea factory. Vegetarian food served by an elderly cook Prem was amazing. Sipped umpteen cups of Darjeeling tea 'Goomtee' Clean and tidy surroundings and a lovely lawn. Superb views. We did a hike to the waterfall where River Mahanadi originates. its just an hours hike from the bungalow. Great place to soak into the nature, chill and unwind. Bathrooms definitely need an upgrade.The current owners have sold the property including the tea gardens. We met the new owner Mr.Agarwal who has great plans for the property.
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Date of stay: May 2018
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Response from JacobJohnGoa, General Manager at Goomtee Tea Garden Retreat
Responded 8 Jun 2018
Dear Guests, Greetings from Goomtee Tea Garden Retreat ! Thank you for choosing to stay at our property and taking the time out to share your experience on TripAdvisor! As you have rightly mentioned, we have acquired Goomtee Tea Garden Retreat under the wings of Whispering Palms, having an experience in owning and running hotels for over 2 decades, and wanting to give travellers the benefit of staying in new destinations, outside the tourist bubble, and enjoying the local flavour of each such destination. Our inventory of hotels now includes, apart from a sea beach resort, and city hotel, a lodge nestled in the peace and quiet of the mountains. We thank you for your positive review on the Retreat, the food, the experience, and the surroundings. Yes, we have great plans for the property, to give our guests an enriching, peaceful and revitalising stay. We take great pleasure and pride in serving our guests! Guests like you and your kind words of appreciation, rating our rooms and sleep quality as excellent, are a huge motivation and inspiration for my team. We look forward to welcoming you back to Darjeeling! Warm Regards, Jacob John
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Suzi101 wrote a review Apr 2018
London, United Kingdom28 contributions16 helpful votes
Within five minutes of arrival, we were on the phone, desperately looking for alternative accommodation. The rooms and common areas reeked of mould and damp, as did our bedding. The towels were dirty and smelled, and there was no hot water in the filthy bathroom. The wardrobe was full of men's clothes and every surface was covered in dust. We were served an almost inedible meal on a table covered with a cloth spattered with congealed food. Despite advertising on English language websites, staff spoke no English at all. There was no Wifi. We couldn't wait to get out of the place and cannot understand the many good reviews on this and other travel websites.
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Date of stay: April 2018
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Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Best to choose another hotel.
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Response from Goomtee, Owner at Goomtee Tea Garden Retreat
Responded 28 Apr 2018
This comes to us as a big shock, as we have never received a negative feedback of such a strong nature in the past. However, it is an eye-opener for us that the property can be perceived in this way as well. As per our understanding, the maintenance was happening at a top-notch level (we aren't there physically all the time, but we have never heard anything on these lines by our trusted staff and guests). That being said, we are extremely extremely sorry that you had such a terrible experience with us and we will do everything in our power to look into these issues deeply and rectify them to the maximum extent possible. We have doubled down on our efforts to ensure that the property is spic and span in every possible way. Although we weren't sure that the linen, etc were unclean, we've replaced them all with newly-purchased bedsheets, pillow-cases and table covers. Regarding the food, we aren't sure what we can fix here. If you could help us with some specific feedback with what you didn't like about the food (eg. too/very little spicy, unfamiliar dishes, etc), we will take steps to ensure that we take that into account in the future. The points about English and wifi are known but work is already underway to fix them. These should get fixed in a week or so. It just so happened that the company that provides internet went bust recently. We are trying to find alternatives, which is a bit difficult in a remote area like where we are. Again, we are deeply sorry that you had a bad experience with us and will ensure that we fix things. The management is taking your feedback very seriously and is trying to act on every point mentioned to the best possible extent. We are grateful that you helped us see things from this perspective. Hoping you can forgive us for this.
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Nicola E wrote a review Jan 2018
Sydney, Australia1 contribution
My friend and I stayed here for one night, although we wish we had planned more! It’s a beautiful old house with the original colonial furniture. It was very quiet and had beautiful views out over the estate. Our stay included a tea estate tour and tea tasting. They cooked for us as well, which was great!
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Date of stay: October 2017Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Goomtee, Owner at Goomtee Tea Garden Retreat
Responded 28 Mar 2018
Thank you so much! We look forward to hosting you again sometime. :)
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fbdxb wrote a review Jun 2017
Dubai, United Arab Emirates11 contributions10 helpful votes
I am writing this review to express my gratitude towards excellent customer service received from Ashok (Goomtee Manager/Owner) in handling our booking/cancellation – which does go on to reflect great hospitality in itself. Summary – booked for 5 nights for 6 people for stay in Jun’17 - Unforeseen political chaos broke loose in Darjeeling closer to our booking dates. I had made FULL payment towards our reservation which was a relatively handsome sum towards a staycation, and was afraid such would be subjected to cancellation/etc. fees. Another property booked during the same period originally levied such cancellation charges of a whopping 50%. Ashok on the other hand understood the genuineness of our grievance, related to our disappointment, and refunded 100% amount to us. Businesses these days are rarely that scrupulous to extend such courtesy especially when customer’s cash is with them. We on TA must acknowledge such honest attitude in return and hail such sincerity from businesses that dignify themselves with such incredible customer service. It’s a shame that we could not visit Goomtee; we will in the future. I have read most reviews here, and whilst I cannot speak from experience, I had booked this property for us after due diligence and perusing through almost ALL reviews on TA. A 5/5 from our end for the level of customer service received. Many thanks Ashok & Goomtee! Hope to see you soon!
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Date of stay: June 2017Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Goomtee, Owner at Goomtee Tea Garden Retreat
Responded 24 Jun 2017
Thank you for your appreciation.... we would have loved to receive you and assure a memorable holiday, but it was not to be! We look forward to better days.....
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Gargi D wrote a review Jun 2017
7 contributions2 helpful votes
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Extremely beautiful experience with my entire family. we spent three nights at Goomtee which turned out to be much more beautiful that what is on any of the website. will want to go back again for sure!!!
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Date of stay: May 2017
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Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Great view, great home cooked veg food
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Response from Goomtee, Owner at Goomtee Tea Garden Retreat
Responded 24 Jun 2017
Thank you for your appreciation....great encouragement for all colleagues at Goomtee!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Goomtee Tea Garden Retreat
Which popular attractions are close to Goomtee Tea Garden Retreat?
Nearby attractions include Chimney Strawberries Garden (iof) (3.3 km), Castleton Tea Estate (1.7 km), and Sitong (3.8 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Goomtee Tea Garden Retreat?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, free parking, and airport transportation.
What food & drink options are available at Goomtee Tea Garden Retreat?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Goomtee Tea Garden Retreat?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Goomtee Tea Garden Retreat?
Conveniently located restaurants include Margaret's Deck Tea Lounge, 33 Dream Cafe, and Timboor On The Trail.
Does Goomtee Tea Garden Retreat have airport transportation?
Yes, Goomtee Tea Garden Retreat offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are there any historical sites close to Goomtee Tea Garden Retreat?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Rabindra Bhavan (11.5 km).