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“Should be called Leh view hotel” 4 of 5 stars
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Below Shanti Stupa,, Leh 194101, India   |  
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Ranked #5 of 127 Leh B&B and Inns
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“Should be called Leh view hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

This is one of the best value for money hotels I have seen in the recent times. This hotel located just outside the city center away from all the noise. Since it is located at higher altitude (just below the shanti stupa rock), you get an excellent view of the city from the rooms. The staff were quite helpful in arranging cabs for local travel. We stayed here for 4 days. Though the food quality was ok, but choice was very limited.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

The Oriental is a wonderful, homely place to stay in Leh. Not only is it ideally located a little away from the noisy and polluted main market area, the home-grown vegetable gardens within the walls of the buildings make for a beautiful atmosphere. Phunshuk, the co-owner, is warm, friendly, helpful and humourous - she really welcomed us and it was a pleasure to hear her stories. Electricity (and therefore internet) on site was fairly sporadic at times, but we came to understand that this was the case for the whole town of Leh, and it was certainly not the fault of the Oriental itself! It is clear that some rooms have a fantastic view of the mountains, and others look down onto the breakfast courtyard, so some are better than others - 403 was a favourite for us, with mountain views from both the bathroom and bedroom. The Oriental is fantastic value for money, and although not 5* as some reviewers seem to expect, this family-run guest house is the perfect place to stay in Leh. We will be back!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

Amazing place, very helpful owner and staff. Although we're short on time but Ms. Phunchok ensured that we get best out of the places we could cover. We just booked the flights and rest everything was taken care of (by Hotel) including Taxi, permits, etc. We got really good deal on taxi.

Hotel is situated just outside the Leh City below Shanti Stupa with amazing and interrupted view of mountains. Prefer staying in C Block room.

Highly recommended for International / Solo / Family tourists

This is definitely the place to stay on my next visit to this Heaven

Room Tip: Ask for Rooms in C Block - Hotel Wing (Top Floor)
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

I have stayed at oriental guest house three times - every time I go to Leh, I stay here.
There has been a sea change in the looks of the place but the warmth has remained unchanged.
The guest house is a little away from town and from the city centre - a long walk but worth while. Located just below the Shanti Stupa, the guest house has the quaint air of the mountainside inn, the windows opening up to magic realisitic views of mountains.
The family at the guest house are typical of Ladakhi charm and warmth. They also organise tours on request.
I do however miss the ladakhi naan sevred with apricot jam next to the fire early morning in the small kitchen.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

I have been staying at the Oriental for many years while running expeditions to the mountains of Ladakh. It's a brilliant place with amazing hospitality.

The place sits in a quiet part of beautiful Leh and it's a real oasis of calm and peace. The bedrooms are clean and simple and the in house restaurant offers great value food that is perfect after a day's trekking, sightseeing, shopping or just relaxing.

Dawa and his family are so welcoming and absolutely nothing is too much trouble. It's a fantastic home away from home.

Dawa also runs trekking and moutaineering trips from the Oriental and again he is an expert at making everything run smoothly while making it seem so effortless. If you are staying in Leh I really couldn't recommend the Oriental Guest House enough.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

This summer i went on a trekking trip to leh and we were recommended this place by our school. I would just like to start by saying that the people running this sure could teach us all a bit about hospitality. They were without a doubt the friendliest staff I have come across. The rooms we stayed in were extremely basic and the mattress was quite thin but nothing too uncomfortable and we all still got a few very decent sleeps out of the place. However for the price we payed we really could not expect anything more. For just a little more money the rooms really do become very good quality with wooden flooring, thick mattresses and a decent flatscreen tv with a dvd player. The meals are also of a decent quality and they have all the typical cooked breakfasts (most of them with a slightly indian twist). Finally it is also in a decent location and is only a 30minute walk into the town centre but there various restaurants and toursisty shops much closer. Also from personal experience whilst acclimitising i found that the filtered water they provide for free can do funny things with weaker stomachs, so if you know that you have a weaker stomach i would recommend buying bottled water from the reception for the first few days just to ensure that you feel 100%. Overall i would recommend this to any adventurous people looking for an affordable place to stay and really appreciate a friendly atmosphere.

Room Tip: The front facing rooms onto the courtyard all have a very nice view onto snow capped mountains.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012

We spent a week at the oriental. the view from the room is amazing, the people are very courteous and helpful. We did not have too many meals at the hotel but breakfast was great and so were the wide variety of teas they served.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Oriental Guest House

Address: Below Shanti Stupa,, Leh 194101, India
Location: India > Jammu and Kashmir > Ladakh > Leh
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 127 B&Bs / Inns in Leh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 40
Also Known As:
Oriental Guest House Leh, Ladakh

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