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Orchid Retreat
Ranked #8 of 14 Hotels in Kalimpong
Reviewed 5 April 2017 via mobile

We did not see this properly at its best as when we were in Kalimpong the weather was terrible and on our first night we were disturbed by heavy rain and thunder and lightning. However we were given an efficient room heater and when the whole town was plunged into darkness the property had its own generator so we had light! NOTE the management is not responsible for the weather but it is for the fact that the hot water system was not working though it was repaired asap. On the positive side our room was comfortable and the wifi was good when we had electricity. We were on full board and the food was delicious, freshly cooked and plentiful. The homemade pickles and jams were mouthwatering, as was everything else. On our last morning the mist lifted and we had glimpses of the magnificent views from our veranda so I would not hesitate to recommend this Guest House.

Stayed: March 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 March 2017

We stayed for two nights. Bungalows are located in the somewhat unkempt garden on steep slopes of the hills. We were received by Honey, the owner, who was rather reserved in her welcome. Rooms are large but basic - no plugs for the wash basin causing precious water wastage and rudimentary shower fittings with electric geyser for hot water.
The major problem for us was no room heating. The temperature at night dropped to below 10deg.C and we were freezing!!! Some guests even bought extra blankets - maybe we should have too. We were also disappointed that the food served was also cold or cool, with courses being served all at once, making any hot dishes cold before they were consumed.
From our point of view - one to avoid unles you bring your thermals in cool weather.

Room Tip: Take warm clothes, hot water bottles and eat out!!
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  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

Spent 4 nights here in room 10. Honey was the perfect hostess and we loved her cooking ( not too spicy or hot). She was a good person to chat to about what to do and see and arranged taxis for us daily.The gardens were lovely and wild and the balcony perfect for relaxing and reading in the evening. We bought a blanket each in the town as there is no heating and it did get pretty cool in the evenings especially if sitting out.
Would not hesitate to return here.

  • Stayed: February 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

Loved the home stay style of the Orchid Retreat. Honey was wonderful,helpful in all sorts of ways. Rooms are as described but do not lack anything. Amazing view in the morning across the valley. Honey's father in law was fantastic in the way he gave up his time to talk to me about orchids.

Stayed: November 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 May 2016

The Orchid Retreat is a warm, friendly, welcoming guest house just outside of Kalimpong town in a beautifully landscaped 2 1/2 acre property, that was formerly an orchid nursery. There are still a lot of orchids and many other beautiful plants growing all around the property and the rooms. After the hustle and bustle of India, it was such a pleasant change to sleep here and be woken by birds instead of traffic noises. This is a place where you are really treated as a welcome guest. The rooms are comfortable, the dining experience is very personal. The host cooks for the guests herself and takes the trouble to get to know you and find out what you like. If I return to Kalimpong, I will definitely want to stay there again.

Room Tip: All the rooms are good
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  • Stayed: March 2016, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Orchid Retreat

Address: Home Hospitality Guest House, Kalimpong 734301, India
Region: India > West Bengal > Kalimpong District > Kalimpong
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Ranked #8 of 14 Hotels in Kalimpong
Price Range: ₹ 4,800 - ₹ 8,757 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 10
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Orchid Retreat Kalimpong, West Bengal

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