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Reviewed 30 October 2008

My favourite hotel on our tour of North India - wonderful discrete service from the very hospitable staff. Our room in Observatory House was huge - loved the open fire which was lit on request every evening. The bed was the most comfortable one we had in India. Great location in the town just off the main square and close to everything. The food was slightly eccentric being an odd mix of British and Indian but I think that was part of the charm. Highlight was taking 'afternoon tea' in the chinzy sittingroom. Loved the old colonial feel of the place and would recommend this as a destination in itself.
Darjeeling was a revelation after being in the heat and chaos of Kolkata - the setting with Kanchenzonga and the Himalayan ridge in the background was absolutely stunning. Worth taking the early morning trip to Tiger Hill to see the sun rise over the Himalayas.

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank ElleGolightly
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Reviewed 5 October 2008

When we were unable to arrive at the hotel on time due to a demonstration which closed the road, they were so helpful. Put us in touch with driver who would take us when safe. Advised us about what to do in Siliguri. They sent a safe and experienced driver.

When we arrived...3 of us, at past 10pm at night, the Hotel had kept the restaurant open for us, They provided a delicios meal, did not make us feel uncomfortable about keeping the kitchen open.

We were very touched to find a bla
zing fire in our rooms, hot water bottles in our beds, and felt totally cosseted.

The period atmosphere was enchanting. We found letters from previous guests with whom we had links.. totally unexpected.
We all loved the music, the ambiance and found the service faultless.

If we are ever in Darjeeling again, we would definitely return to the Windamere Hotel .

Susan Bennett and Earl Hyde

Stayed: January 2008
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Reviewed 22 January 2008

"Why not come for Christmas this year to the Windamere in the Himalayas? It may be an experience of a lifetime. 'Windamere is nestled on Observatory Hill in beautiful Darjeeling, long known as a place of mystery and romance, where the Gods reside."

These were the words on the poster for the Christmas and New Year's entertainment at the Windamere Hotel this season, and it was indeed the experience of a lifetime, a magical one at that.

The staff at the Windamere Hotel are quietly and gently efficient, leaving one feeling nurtured and cared for. It is like stepping back in time. Every meal is a delicious delight, with the added bonus of high tea served every afternoon in front of a roaring fire. Homemade cookies and cakes, and cucumber sandwiches, of course! One must not forget the delicate Darjeeling tea which is served in abundance. Also flowing generously were the alcoholic beverages, all included in the price. And when you retire to bed, you will find a cosy hot water bottle to warm you up!

We met travellers from all over the world who passed through the hotel during this holiday period. There was even a brother and sister, who had spent their school years in Darjeeling, and had also stayed at the Windamere when they were quarantined with German Measles! They were given the same room that hey had stayed in as children all those many years ago. A couple from Australia have been coming there every year since 1992.

Christmas is celebrated in a big way at the Windamere. There is nightly entertainment during the season, and on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, local school children come up to the hotel to sing carols, both in English and in Nepalese. The morning of Christmas Day- well, if I tell, it won't be a surprise when you go! Suffice to say- you will be enchanted. Christmas dinner is complete with traditional plum pudding with brandy sauce, funny hats, and crackers.

In between meals, one can easily walk down from the hotel to explore the town of Darjeeling. Much shopping to be done! There are also other tourist places to visit, for which the hotel can make arrangements for you, including watching the sun rise over the Himalayas from Tiger Hill, and a trip on the Toy Train, recently granted World Heritage status.

One can also walk or take a car to the nearby Tibetan Refugee Center, where you can watch the Tibetans weaving incredible carpets, and place an order, if there is one that takes your fancy. There is a one year's waiting list for completion and delivery!

You can easily go on day trips from Darjeeling to nearby towns, stay overnight at one of the tea-gardens, or go trekking. We did none of the above, as we did not want to leave the hotel!

If you want to have a simple and truly relaxing holiday, with a bit of old fashioned tender loving care, clean mountain air, and beautiful views of the Kanchenjunga range of the Himalayas, then the Windamere Hotel is the place for you to go.

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Reviewed 25 October 2007

I've actually been lucky enough to have stayed here many times prior to leading treks either to the Singalila Ridge or on to Sikkim and Kanchenjunga base camp. Ok, it may have it's quirks, but isn't that part of the experience. I love the place and all that goes with it.

  • Stayed: May 2007
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Reviewed 10 October 2007

A delightful experience; the cosy coal fire and hot water bottles were the final thoughtful touch. The staff are a friendly, helpful team representing many people of the Himalayan region (Gurkhas, Tibetans, Lepchas, Bhotias etc.) We were there in the Monsoon, but when the mist lifted one day, we were rewarded with a stunning view of Kanchenjunga and associated peaks. The gracious dining room offered choice of European and/or Indian meals of fine quality. One of our best memories of a memorable 3 weeks in India.

  • Stayed: October 2007, travelled as a couple
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