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Hotel Caravan Centre
Ranked #18 of 75 Hotels in Leh
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 23 September 2008

The overall experience was good and the people were amicable, with the amount that we have paid we were totally happy.

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Anil

Stayed: June 2008
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Reviewed 2 August 2008

We spent 2 days in Leh end of July 2008 and spent really good time in this hotel. This hotel is really very nice to spend some days in Leh. Located 2 km from the cnetre of the town, you can take a tea in the garden and be quiet. (It is really better than to be in the center of the town where there is a lot of noise) Room are not of the highest level but it is more than you can expect. People are very kind. The food is very good and the restaurant offers different plates every day. Taxi is paid by the hotel to go to the town (return if on your charge but only 100 INR). If you plan to visit around the town, everything is organized by the hotel for a good price. We had during 2 days a very kind taxi driver. So, this hotel is good choice for people who wants to spend a nice stay in Leh.

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled on business
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Reviewed 12 September 2006

We stayed at The Hotel Caravan Centre in Leh, towards the end of August 2006.

About the hotel:
The hotel belongs to the Category A class hotels, which are the best hotels in Leh. There are about 25 rooms, including 2 suites. The rooms come with attached bath, and there is running hot water facility. The hotel is run by a local Ladakhi family and is set in the midst of a beautiful garden, off the center of Leh city. It is very close to the airport (10 mins drive) as well as Leh city (5 mins drive). When we visited, towards the end of August, the garden was in full bloom and we learnt that the garden is that way, pretty much most of spring and summer (May-Sep)

Ambience and Decor:
The hotel is open only 6 months in the year, in summer. In winter, the entire city is covered in snow and most hotels are shut. The Kashmiri staff then migrates to Goa to work in the hotels there and comes back again next summer. This means that the hotel is a glorified guest house.

We had large, clean rooms, with a TV and sufficient electrical outlets (220V). The rooms are cleaned daily. The toilets were clean and the baths had running water. You can only expect taps (with buckets), hand-showers and showers. We didn’t ask if they had bath-tubs in any of the rooms. The hot water came best, if you let the war run for sometime and used the tap and bucket, instead of the shower. Also, do not use ‘cold’ water from the tap around noon, without checking the temperature, as it gets scalding hot.

The furnishings and the wood-work could have been of better quality, but I suspect that what with being open only six months a year, that kind of an investment is not justified.

Our room had a nice view overlooking the garden, with snow clad mountains in the far horizon. There is also a large lawn with nice seating with garden umbrellas and chairs, where we enjoyed our breakfast and tea. We felt an immense sense of peace even when we just lounged around there.

Food:
There is a large vegetable garden attached to the hotel, from where they get fresh vegetables every day. The food is simple, but tasty. Each day, we got a different cuisine – North Indian, Italian, Chinese, Ladakhi. The Chinese is the standard Indian Chinese you find anywhere else in the country - nothing authentic Chinese about it.

Do ask for the Ladakhi food, which is similar to Tibetan food – momos (steamed dumplings) and thupa (a kind of soup). Other Ladakhi food to try out, which the staff gets from the house of the owner, who lives just next to the hotel, are Ladakhi bread and Ladakhi tea. The bread is dry and not sweet. Ladakhi tea is not made of milk and sugar – it contains butter and salt, and is said to be green tea. You could also try the local brew, called chang. And stick to the mineral water.

Service:
The service was good, quick and efficient. Unlike larger cities, where the service is courteous but impersonal, here the staff was genuine in their warmth. However, all the staff was not from Ladakh.

If the hotel is near empty, expect to get provided hot water in buckets, brought up by the staff, instead of running hot water in the taps.

Local Transportation:
We had gone with a package deal from Indian Airline. So the transportation was provided as part of the deal. However, if you so desire, the hotel will fix up a cab for you. There is a rate chart for the various commonly visited places. The rates are very high as compared to trips elsewhere in India, due to the high cost of fuel in Ladakh and the mountainous terrain which guzzles fuel. But, what is a trip to Leh, if you don’t explore the region?

Parking:
There is ample parking space within the hotel premises.

Blog on our experience at couchtrekker(dot)blogspot(dot)com

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Reviewed 30 August 2016
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  • Stayed: August 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 March 2015
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hotel Caravan Centre

Address: Skara Road, Leh 194101, India
Region: India > Jammu and Kashmir > Ladakh > Leh District > Leh
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 75 Hotels in Leh
Price Range: ₹ 5,984 - ₹ 8,260 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Caravan Centre 3*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Aesthetically built in the traditional architectural style of Ladakh, Hotel Caravan Centre is set amidst serene ambiance of Skara, an exclusive part of Leh, capital of Ladakh. It is conveniently located midway between Leh Airport (3 kms) and the City Centre (2 kms). Caravan Centre is a centrally heated "Deluxe-A" class Mid-Range Hotel, offering well-appointed guest rooms and suites, all with en-suite facilities, duly supported with professional management and personalized service, and enjoying the ambiance of a resort. ... more   less 
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