We stayed 5 nights in Gangtok (in 2 chunks) all at the Bamboo Grove Retreat. Purna & Raju Rai are excellent hosts - very helpful, receptive/sensitive, friendly, informed and informal. We were 2 adults with a 5 year old and our friends took another room next door - 2 adults with two seven-year olds. The rooms are clean, spacious, immaculately house-kept each day (even our daughter's soft toys were creatively arranged to welcome her back each evening; such a remarkable detail for our part of the world) and we had views of the Kanchenjunga from our windows.
I wouldn't call the hotel rates very cheap (but that may be because we are used to slummin' it in the plains !) - and their rates seem in-line with most in this class in the region. We were glad we picked Bamboo Grove Retreat and I don't believe we would have been as comfortable, relaxed & at home anywhere else. Purna helped us plan our trips in Sikkim with much attention to stay places we would like and in/around Gangtok and this was very helpful with all the dynamics of traveling with kids and in a new place.
Thanks to Purna & Raju we also got to sample fantastic regional food at the Culture Cafe nearby and got to know Dushyant and Anupama - the terrific folks behind CC.
Two thumbs up for the Bamboo Grove Retreat !
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of the city and still maintaining its sanctity, the hotel has been aesthetically designed to blend with the environment and reflects the rich Sikkimese culture. The boutique hotel is just two floors and an attic. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bamboo Grove Retreat Gangtok, Sikkim