My wife and I have stayed at this tourist lodge five times: Darjeeling being a close get-away from Kolkata, we prefer to come here at least once a year. There is an old-world charm around the lodge, and a relaxed atmosphere which attracts us. The location is certainly one of the best; on a clear day, one could grab a chair and enjoy Kanchanjungha range from the well-maintained lawn behind the lodge. The chowrasta, or the 'esplanade' of Darjeeling is less than 10 minutes of walk, but the lodge is away from any noise of the town.
The rooms in the main building (around 1600 INR) are big; some also have balconies facing the Kanchanjungha. The rooms in the annexe building are inexpensive (around 700 INR; there is new policy for about 100 INR extra for the first-floor rooms, which are better). In the annexe, all rooms have new furniture, twin beds (no double beds), cable tv, big washrooms (mosaic floor, but to tiles on walls), and mammoth-size old water geysers. The common-balcony here faces the roofs of gymkhana club and distant-mountains on the west, and St. Andrews church on the south, which you could visit for a Mass if staying over a weekend. The balcony is a nice place to sit and chat in the evenings. The staff, many of whom stay in the quarters next to the annexe building are friendly, which makes the lodge lively but informal.
The dining room is spacious. The menu primarily includes Indian cuisine, and some Indo-Chinese dishes, but the cook will take care of your dietary requirements if you make a request in advance. The tea is excellent, one of the best-quality Darjeeling from Makaibari tea estate.
The front desk books cars for local sightseeing, including airport/ railway station drop (charges for airport/ railway station are the same here, but if you book ahead a car from the city for return journey, charges for the rail station is likely to be lesser) . While coming, if you are taking a car from New Jalpaiguri station or Bagdogra airport, have a talk with the driver, and make sure he will drop you at the tourist lodge, as some might insist dropping you at Darjeeling bus/ rail station (they will say they don’t have Darjeeling city-permit) from where you will have to book another car to the lodge. Also make sure the car drops you at the lodge and not at the bifurcation below; it could be a steep climb for seniors or travellers with luggage.