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“Located on observatory hill, with an old-world charm” 4 of 5 stars
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Bhanu Sarani | Next to Gymkhana Club, Darjeeling 734101, India   |  
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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“Located on observatory hill, with an old-world charm”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2012

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.

Room Tip: Main Building: Rooms with a balcony facing the Kanchenjungha range Annexe Building: First-floor roo...
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2012

Had a wonderful trip to Darjeeling this month. Stayed in this beautiful lodge for 3 nights. The location is great...just 5 mins walk from the mall. The service was good. The large rooms were actually suites. It was a nice surprise the way the hotel is run. Very professional. Sad that the same cannot be said about the restaurant. If the quality of food is improved , I would have given it the highest rating.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2012

Location is one the best...just 5 minutes walk from the mall. A hop skip from the Observatory Hill. And an awesome view of the Kanchenjungha from the rooms.

The rooms and bathrooms are large. A sit out balcony is provided in the deluxe rooms we stayed in. But the bathrooms are pathetically maintained. The bucket and mug were fungus lined and dirty and even when we pointed it out to them, the staff shrugged and said "sabhi aise hi hai!!" (All are in this condition). Even after they washed them, the dirt stayed on.

Food was freshly prepared and tasty. But only Indian item should be opted for in the restaurant. The rest left a lot lot more to be desired (Chinese and Continental)

The outdoors are very well maintained. Beautiful lawn with breathtaking views and lovely flowers all around.

Room Tip: Deluxe Rooms in main building
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2012

Stayed at Darjeeling Tourist Lodge for 2 nights in April, 2012 . So far this is situated in one of the best locations. One can get the best view of the Kanchendzongha from this Lodge. They have a nice sit out lawn from where the Kanchendzongha can be viewed. Service is not upto the mark but fodd is excellent. Great Value for money.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2012

I stayed in Darjeeling tourist lodge with my husband on 7th April for two nights. The location is awesome. It is only a 5 minutes walk from Mall. The rooms are well maintained. The service is also satisfactory. We enjoyed our staying in this hotel.

Room Tip: The rooms is the main building is better than that od annex building.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2012

Darjeeling tourist Lodge is one of the most underrated properties in Darjeeling. Due to lack of glittery advertisements this do not reach all the travelers adequately. This is in one of the best locations - most of the rooms in the old complex will enable you a glorious view of the entire range of mount Kanchenjungha - there is a beautiful lawn which can be a ideal spot for spending some quality time with kids and family. The restaurant is very good and offer a range of delicacy. Please ensure that you are staying in the old building and not the new complex - the new complex(Annex building) lacks the charm of the original building and very shabbily constructed.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2012

Being a local of Darjeeling, never been to this place until my marriage. My marriage happened in this hotel and I and my husband stayed for 2 days thereafter.
Rooms are very good, considering it is maintained by the West Bengal Government. Mall road is just 10 mins walk from the hotel.
Early morning view of the mountain is spectacular, and you can let the time pass by as you sip tea by the lawn. Garden is well maintained.
It becomes quite chilly at night, extra blankets and heaters are provided.
Overall great location, great view.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Bhanu Sarani | Next to Gymkhana Club, Darjeeling 734101, India
Location: India > West Bengal > Darjeeling
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