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Windamere Hotel
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Reviewed 3 September 2007

The best Hotel I ve ever been, The Decor, The rooms specially the cottages and the Heritage rooms. If you are an english men then you must stay in Windamere Hotel . One will feel the essence of the british culture. The food, service.....................

Please do visit the place, in other word......Its a Home Away From Home

  • Stayed: March 2003, travelled solo
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1  Thank nilanshu
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Reviewed 19 March 2007

Our stay met with unusually inclement weather which the management was completely unable (or unwilling) to deal with.Dressing for dinner had a different meaning -- thick coats and woolly hats !! Guests were not permitted to sit close to the inadequate coal fire , that was reserved for senior staff !!
Meals were of below average quality and water was charged for , the only hotel in India where we experienced this.
Nostalgic , yes , but at a very heavy price and one which we would not be willing to pay again.

Stayed: February 2007
5  Thank vonton
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Reviewed 20 February 2007

On Observatory Hill the views of the Himalayas are stunning. As for the hotel, it is like a time warp as everything from the light switches to the fireplaces/ hot water bottles in the beds is as it obviously was in the 1930s. The food is either very English and also Raj curries or both if you can eat it all. Tea at 4pm consists of cucumber sandwiches with crusts off, cake and Darjeeling tea (No milk or sugar please!) The staff very keen to please and the waiters wear white gloves to serve the food. If you want to go back and see hoe the Raj lived including the tea planters then this is the place to go. Take a trip on the "Toy Train"!

  • Stayed: February 2007, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank Niblick
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Reviewed 27 September 2006

The Windamere was a beautiful experience. We visited the not so little town of Darjeeling during Christmas last year and were surprised to find not a hotel, but a home.
1. The food, prepared under the guidance of the Chief Chef Beem Prasad, is outstanding. Each setting provides both Indian and Western dishes. And the menus are typed! The teas are wonderful - good quality tea and goodies around a cosy fire. 2. The service is excellent, professional and warm. 3. It was the most Christmassy Christmas I had experienced in a long time - all the good things - warmth, joy and peace were spread around the Windamere. Gershwin songs flowed as we and other guests met around the fire in the drawing room in the early evenings. The warm fire in the bedroom and hot water bottles in bed that greeted one at night was a wonderful treat. And the lovely smiles of the Windamere's people early in the morning as one made one's way to the breakfast room kept one warm high up in the Himalayas on a winter's day.

  • Stayed: December 2005, travelled as a couple
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9  Thank Bizet
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Reviewed 7 June 2006

Decided to stay at The Windermere, but having read some negative reviews on trip advisor, was a little hesistant. However what a delightful place to stay. The hote has an excellent position overlooking the Valleys. It serves afternoon tea, surrounded by books, photos of expedition and previous guests photographs and letters.
The room was large, well appointed with a shared veranda. The staff even came to check whether we needed the open fire lit for the slightly chilly evening
The staff are very courteous and friendly-always smiling. The meals are excellent. The hand typed daily meal meus are very quaint. There is always a choice of western or local food-however just when you have finished your main meal choice-you are offered the other main course!
The restaurant has a magnificent panoramic vista, and at night for dinner it is lit by candles only, creating an atmospheric, cozy romantic ambience.
The town of Darjeeling is VERY busy and the roads are very good, but I would go again for the charm an elegance of a beautiful hotel.

13  Thank sueb03
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