It's a excellent hotel rather than a Homestay. Staffs are very Co-operative. Gailly is a nice person.Rooms are excellent. Try to book 202 or else you may book 201.Its very near to Mal, 5-7 minutes walking distance. Moreover the locality is good.
I had stayed in this homestay as a solo traveller. This place is not only secure for women but the staff is also very friendly and patient. The mountain view from the roof top is mind blowing. The owner Mr Gailley is a warm and cordial person, helping you in every possible way. Will surely stay there whenever I visit Darjeeling.
The Snow Lion is fine for many travelers that appreciate hostel style accommodations. Everyone there is friendly and does the best with what they have to work with. It's on a very busy street, it's noisy, it's as clean as it can be, the rooms are unheated, bathrooms have limited hot water, and the breakfasts are average. Beds are firm...but the biggest issue is the mildew and black mold in rooms. It's very moist inside the rooms so the bedding has that continual damp feeling. Think of the Snow Lion as a cool, damp, noisy, cave. It sits in a very busy area and within walking distance of many Darjeeling hot spots. It's inexpensive and meets the needs of many budget minded travelers....just not my needs.
Pros : Proximity to Chowrasta (Mall), Good, Courteous and helpful Staff, some good eating places nearby (this compensates the homestay not providing lunch or dinner). The owner, Mr. Gilly is a nice person, though mostly not seen. You can take his help for anything in Darjeeling. The homestay also has arrangements for sight seeing in and around Darjeeling. Cons : Rooms with view no longer provide the view one would want. Construction on the roof of a building opposite the homestay block most part of the view. Carpets smelly and could do with some cleaning. Room heater is charged after the first night - something that was not informed by the staff before settling payment. Breakfast could be improved.
Snowlion homestay is the best place to view Kanchenjunga from room/rooftop terrace with excellent room and room service as the added bonus. Breakfast is good, the reception and breakfast room is nicely decorated presenting the local culture with various paintings. The homestay has generator and has 24hours hot water in washroom geyser. Even you will get hot water tap in basin also. The location is excellent, just 5mins walk from mall road. The best part was when we were leaving the homestay they honoured us with 'Uttoriyo' as their tradition and that too starting from elder person to younger. They wished us for our good luck and happy journey. This gesture really touched us. I will definitely stay in this homestay when I go to Darjeeling again and will recommend to everyone.