I almost passed this place over on the suggestion of The Old Inn next door (is there a rivalry?) but I'm so glad I took a chance on it. I ended up with a small room that opened onto a large terrace, with a full view of the mountains right from my bed. What more could you ask for? The room and bathroom were very clean, though everything, including the bed and bedding, smelled a little musty/damp. For some reason I was more forgiving about that here than I normally would be. Maybe because of the location?
Everything is done in very authentic Nawari style throughout the room and the entire building. Absolutely charming. (Note that Nawari style is generally dark, so be prepared for that.)
Great thoughtful touches in the room like a rechargeable flashlight (handy for all those power outages!), refillable water bottle, candles etc.
Hot water is only turned on between 6 and 8 pm and again in the morning, so if you're hoping to land in and take an afternoon shower like I was, it will be a cold one.
There's no WiFi but if you buy a beer/coffee at Heaven's Hills next door they'll hook you up to their WiFi for free, and once you've done that, from the front step of Gaun Ghar you can pick up the signal.
Food was delicious and from their organic garden. Breakfast was huge.
One drawback is that the staff is a little cool and stiff. I worked hard to get the manager, Ram, to warm up to me and I realized he's just a quiet, pensive, keep-to-himself kind of guy, but ultimately quite nice (got up at 5 am to walk me to a sunrise-watching spot).
I agree that it's a hefty price tag, but I'd be tempted to stay again just because it's so charming.
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