Hidden Forest Retreat

Hidden Forest Retreat

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Free parking
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Private balcony
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Non-smoking rooms
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Below District Court, Gangtok 737101 India
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gyrico wrote a review Feb 2020
London42 contributions42 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Great location in a nursery garden, frienly hepful owners, delicious food at very reasonable prices and all amenities. Room with terrace and views, public terrace for tea or drinks. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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JPittock wrote a review May 2023
4 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I spent a week here on a work trip. Hidden Forest Retreat is a real oasis in Gangtok. It is tucked well off the road in beautiful gardens, so it is really quiet. Despite being a series of low rise cabins, each room has an excellent view across the forested ranges. There is a wonderful covered deck coming dining venue with the same great view. The family who run the retreat are very hospitable and help source many supplies and services that we needed. The home cooked local food was delicious.
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Date of stay: April 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled on business
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Suzanne B wrote a review Apr 2023
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A group of 20 university students and 4 staff staying for 12 days, Kesang and her wonderful team looked after us really well. Breakfast and evening meal were delicious, the rooms were clean and comfortable. Kesang is a super host and a useful person to know in Sikkim, always on hand to advise and help us arrange our itinerary.
The retreat garden is a beautiful oasis, full of flowers, birds and insects.
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Date of stay: March 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled on business
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Hiren D Mehta wrote a review Jan 2024
Mumbai, India85 contributions9 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Came here for the 4th time, this time with my family. Hidden Forest is hidden from all the noise around Gangtok. The place is family run and is close knit. We had a wonderful time here yet again. Do not miss their food at any cost. It is from their nursery/farm directly to your table. Fully organic. The family is knowledgeable and are great conversationists. The Senior Mr. Lachungpa is a treasure trove of knowledge on horticulture and forestry. Their entire home has a very positive vibe and one cannot help but feel relaxed here. Their daughter Kesang helped me ship my gift bag left behind to my next destination. A service gesture i will never forget.
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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mugdha r wrote a review Jan 2023
Mumbai, India70 contributions8 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a stupendous family run stay that’s absolutely amazing! Meals are all vegetable patch o table and you are surrounded by a bower of flowers ! The matriarchal eye sees to every last detail of the place and it feels like your Nani’s house in the vacation! Food is brilliant and service over the roof !!
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Chandini H wrote a review Mar 2020
bangalore6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
When we arrived and walked through to the balcony .... I already knew I had come to the best place!! It felt like I was walking into the garden of eden, I got lucky to be there in spring, every flower was in bloom and was the most amazing experience to sit there and have many cups of tea and watch the best garden of the most exotic orchids and a lot more !
I interacted with with staff and the owners Kesang and her sweet mother who welcomed us with so m much grace. we loved our time there and I would be sitting there in a heart beat !!! They also have the best 'many green houses " full of lush plants and passion!
if you aren't here ... you are missing an experience that takes your Sikkim holiday to the next level1
Thank you Kesang !
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Date of stay: March 2020
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JagannathanPM wrote a review Jul 2022
Mumbai, India14 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed for three nights in mid June 2022. The rooms were good, the view was excellent and the food was delicious. Their service was persona; and with genuine warmth.

Not far from the market area and taxis were available on phone call.

Will recommend this retreat for n enjoyable stay at Gangtok.
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Date of stay: June 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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geminigirl_2405 wrote a review Jun 2022
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates239 contributions44 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Beautifully maintained homestay with care taken for need of guests. I travelled with my elderly parents and they had the most comfortable time with food and the helpful service of the staff.

Place is at a beautiful location with all rooms having balcony with great view. Being monsoon we didnt get to see all the bloom and beautiful flowers that i read about but still the garden was pretty and so well maintained.

Highly recommended
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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CDW wrote a review May 2005
Exeter, United Kingdom7 contributions141 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed at this hotel for 2 days in March 2005.

LOCATION
The hotel is outside the main centre of Gangtok providing a quiet haven. The hotel overlooks a river valley and the forested hills opposite. The hotel also has a garden nursery business including orchids and the grounds contain beautiful flowering plants. There is a small bamboo forest at one side of the hotel interspersed with plants and benches.

Sikkim is one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited. Very green with bamboo forest, rice terraces, and warm in the valleys.

SERVICE
This is a family run hotel, and you are made to feel most welcome during your stay.

ROOMS
Our room was basic and clean. There is a lockable drawer within a cupboard for valuables. The doors and windows have good bolt locks. The room we stayed in had a small balcony overlooking the valley. The bathroom had an individual heater for water. There are no water problems in this hotel as the main river in the valley below is fed by glacier.

FOOD
Food quality is excellent. Breakfast contains a variety of dishes. Evening meal is the same meal that the family prepare for themselves, and therefore no menu. You are served many different dishes for your meal, Similar to a Thali.

TERRACE
There is a main terrace where you can sit in the evening.

TRANSPORT
If you are not travelling locally, I would recommend that you hire a jeep for all mountain journeys with an experience mountain driver.

SUMMARY
This small hotel provides good clean quiet accommodation and excellent food.
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Ninad K wrote a review Feb 2012
Pune, India27 contributions21 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
I selected this place to stay after reading all the reviews on trip advisor but we were majorly disappointed after my stay here.
First three days we stayed at Demazong (Club Mahindra) which was indeed a good experience. After two days of stay at Lachung we checked-in here and there in the issue started rather the list of issues started.
1) The room which I had requested for wasn't allocated; I had requested a top-level room almost a month and a half earlier and which was confirmed. And when asked why it wasn't allocated they didn't have a reason for it. After spending time reading through reviews and comments of fellow travellers you do you planning and when you don't get what you'd ordered it is disappointment to the core.
2) Secondly, I accepted the room given to us without being haughty but horror of horrors the water-heater (geyser) wasn't heating up as it should be. I thought it might take some time (the label mentions should take 15mins), after waiting for around 20-25mins we decided to go over to the restaurant for coffee as it wasn't heated till then, hoping that by that time we are back the water will be pretty hot. Mind you right now it is a pretty cold weather, so a warm water is of no use and it is akin to a cold water. After coming back after 45mins at the restaurant we checked but the water hasn't been heated up, i.e. around an hour and a half. I again went out to fetch the hotels boys and tell them the problem. The landlady came herself with the other people. She was pretty apologetic about it but also accused (politely though) that she will give me a top room as agreed upon, by that time one of the other staff started educating me about the way the heater works and all which made me loose my mind. We had to bath with almost cold water. After a tiring journey, and in such cold temperatures it was really horrifying. They finally did some repair and early next morning it was working but by then the damage had been done.
And if you are unlucky as we were there is one more thing which adds to the misery, you have to chase the staff by leaving your rooms because the rooms don't have a intercom, and that was the last straw. I almost cancelled my 3 day stay and booked Demazong again but later cancelled the decision and stayed put as we were two tired after the trip to move again...
3) Thirdly the room heater wasn't working, was coughing cold air. And I just fused couldn't took it any more. One more thing, in such a weather they are keeping the heater as optional, you need to pay for it (Rs. 100/day) that is preposterous and on top of it it is not working. After much arguiging the same was replaced the NEXT day and that was a decent one. Otherwise at Club Mahindra the heater was on when we entered the room and the room was perceptibly warm, that is called as thoughtfulness . Due to this cold welcome my wife caught cold and we had to cancel our next days plan.
4) Then, when you order veg-cheese sandwiches you will get (it is for Rs. 60) but if the same is a part of your package - meal/breakfast and you order it you wont get veg-cheese sandwiches, in spite of telling multiple times they will offer you only cheese-sandwiches. Is it some sort of a cost cutting method, if yes I feel sorry for myself selecting this hotel.
5) Finally the last day when we were leaving we had to lug our own luggage from the room to the cab at the main gate otherwise I would've had to go chasing the staff and then they would've come to fetch it. I saved this bother to me and to them as well.
6) Food is un-expectedly not so good. After trying all the stuff we stuck to dal-chawal and some vegetables which is really decent and palatable. It really doesn't make any big difference to a hungry man whether the food is planted in an organic manner at there own farm or it is bought from the market as far as the cooking is soul stirring. Which is not a case here, out of compulsion as this place is a little away from town we had to had the breakfast and dinner at the hotel and we used to be eager to be in the town (MG Rd.) for a good hot palatable chow.
7) Finally, I suppose they (owners) who originally ran a nursery which is very good even now and the place is pleasing to the eye they should enrol for a hospitality course with some Hotel Management institute which will help them no ends. I can say the people are are soft and warm but when all this messes are happening and they can't handle it effectively how can I rate them, excellent or very good??? As here they are not being rated for being a good human beings but for the way they are offering the service and which wasn't up to the mark. I for sure won't stay at this place again.
Hope they read this review and use it as an opportunity to improve upon.
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Date of stay: January 2012
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
2.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: No use, even if you book one chances are you would be given some other room.
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Gairik asked a question Jul 2018
Kolkata (Calcutta), India2 contributions5 helpful votes
How to book this hotel?
Answer from Praveen G
4 contributions4 helpful votes
+919474981367 thus is owners number. they take booking only by phone and confirm by email. just call first...
dMeister89 asked a question Feb 2018
Kolkata (Calcutta), India81 contributions16 helpful votes
Do you have rooms to accommodate 3 adults ?? And what's the walking distance from Paljor or MG Marg ? thank you.
Answer from Vivekdto
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India20 contributions4 helpful votes
Well I have stayed there. Rooms are large enough to accommodate 3 adults. Not sure whether Hotel allows 3 adults in one room.... Distance from the heart of city is approx 3 kilometres.
Answer from The Slow Traveller
National Capital Territory of Delhi, India32 contributions9 helpful votes
You are probably back from your holidays in Gangtok by now. Hope you enjoyed them.
geminigirl_2405 wrote a tip Jun 2022
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates239 contributions44 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"If travelling with elderly, please note that there are stairs and litle bit of walk to most of the rooms and dining room. Walk is easy and stairs comfortable enough."
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Shashi wrote a tip Mar 2020
Bengaluru, India8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Room nr 7 is where we stayed but, I'm sure all the rooms are great"
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Beth wrote a tip Oct 2019
1 contribution1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"room 12 has a private balcony"
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David R wrote a tip Oct 2019
5 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The rooms toward the plant growing area are probably better for views."
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TusharDX wrote a tip Mar 2018
Pune, India413 contributions72 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All rooms are equally good with nice views of the gardens around"
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hidden Forest Retreat
Which popular attractions are close to Hidden Forest Retreat?
Nearby attractions include MG Marg (1.1 km), Ganesh Tok View Point (1.2 km), and Flower Exhibition Centre (1.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Hidden Forest Retreat?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Hidden Forest Retreat?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Hidden Forest Retreat?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hidden Forest Retreat?
Conveniently located restaurants include Roll House, The Dragon Wok, and Rhythm & Wine Cafe.
Are there any historical sites close to Hidden Forest Retreat?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Kabi Lungchok (6.7 km).
Does Hidden Forest Retreat have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
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