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“Friendly staff, good rooms, but slightly cold in Dec.” 4 of 5 stars
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Snow Lion HomeStay
1.0 of 5 Hotel   |   27A Gandhi Road, Darjeeling 734101, India   |  
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Ranked #11 of 79 Hotels in Darjeeling
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Athens, GA
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“Friendly staff, good rooms, but slightly cold in Dec.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2010

We stayed at SnowLion for 3 nights in December. The rooms were small but clean. Our room had a small space heater that only somewhat warmed the room. We were provided hot water bottles at night for the bed that really stayed warm all night long. They were still pretty hot in the morning. This helped battle the cold while we were sleeping but while we were awake we were chilly. I think all the budget hotels in Darjeeling are like this. We didn't find heat anywhere in India so make sure to bring warm clothes!

Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Leuven, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2009

We combined a trekking with a stay in Snow Lion Homestay.
Perfect place to feel real Tibetan hospitality. Correct prices and payment (Paypall 50% in advance).
The hotel suggested us to do the trekking with Nawang's Trek - www.nawangtrek.com-
The small Sonam Bhutia from Nawang's Trek has a very small restaurant on Robertson rd. and gives great trekking service at 50% of the big trekking agencies!!
After 12 years travelling all over India I can assure you that this was a perfect combination in Darjeeling.
Herman Vercoutter, Leuven, Belgium

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2009

I booked few months ago - made deposit using PayPal.
The owner, Mr. Gaily is a very nice man - few days prior to arrival, he sent an e-mail saying his driver will pick us at the airport.
The Hotel is very cozy with hot water 24 hours a day - we booked 2 rooms and were provided with heaters. I liked the heaters so much that I wanted to give one to my aunt.
Mr. Gaily sent one of his staff members to buy one - a long walk.....
The Staff is very nice and provide prompt service. I was even allowed to use Mr Gaily's laptop to get on the internet. EXCELLENT OWNER and Priced right - Good breakfast!

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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hyderabad
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2009

Deciding upon the hotel when you are not familiar with the place is quite a cumbersome task. All you have is to go through the reviews and trust the people what they say. I did the same thing and I am very much happy with my decision.

Our vacation is over but I still cherish the beautiful moments I spent there. The hotel Snow Lion Homestay is located at the hill top very near to the Mall road, the most happening place in Darjeeling.

We had pre-booking in the hotel and at the time of arrival we were welcomed like a family. The hotel room is magnificent with all the required amenities provided like TV, greaser, telephone etc. The service in the hotel is incredible; you name it and the staff will arrange for you. We never had such an experience before.

At the time of checkout we were acknowledged with an expression of goodwill.

Overall this hotel provides all the needs one look-out for a memorable trip, and the best part it doesn't hit hard on pocket too.

  • Liked — Everthing
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Poland
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2009

Exceptionally clean and comfortable. Everything was fine, staff, rooms, etc

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2009

Stayed for a week at Snow Lion. Solo backpacker. Had a fantastic stay.

Highlights:

Central location
Price/value for money - not too high compared to other guesthouses in Darjeeling and breakfast is included in the sitting room upstairs (eggs/omlette/jam/toast etc)
Staff are amazing - nothing is too much for them.
Hot water lasts longer than another place with '24 hour' hot water I stayed in in DJ - lasts a whole 10 mins at snow lion before the boiler needs to re-heat another lot
Views - from their rooftop terrace you can get a clear view of the himalayas in the mornings
Room - large, comfortable, spotless (almost), comfiest beds/pillows I've ever had in Asia.
TV - seems to be limitless channels
Staff will wake you up at 4am if the day is clear enough to go to Tiger Hill for sunrise
They haven't got a restaurant but you can get room service - not sure where from but the food was good and the price was OK (menu in room)

Lowlights

The cold (but they can't help that (and I think they will give you a hot water bottle if you ask)
If you are staying for a while you have to ask for your bin to be emptied / room cleaned
Only small bad points really.

Great place - one not to be missed. Made my stay in DJ so much more comfotable.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chennai
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2009

Trip was during slack time and hence very few guests at the hotel. Hotel is located in central area and easily accessible from railway station and taxi drivers know this place.

Rooms were clean, spacious and well maintained. Our room did not have a view and faced the building on opposite side of the street. We really did not miss the view because the weather had thick mist and visibility was a bit low.

Room service was quick and effective. The receptionist was responsive, courteous and gave inputs on sightseeing. Rates for local sightseeing tours were a bit pricey.

The hotel does not have a kitchen or travel desk. They depend on nearby restaurant. We have to order in advance and sometimes the food is cold by the time it reaches room.

Overall we had a pleasant stay.

  • Liked — Cleanliness
  • Disliked — View
  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: 27A Gandhi Road, Darjeeling 734101, India
Location: India > West Bengal > Darjeeling
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 79 Hotels in Darjeeling
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1 star — Snow Lion HomeStay 1*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In the heart of Darjeeling, close to the Mall's shopping and entertainment, is "Snowlion Homestay." The hotel is owned & managed by a Tibetan family. Located on Gandhi Road, which is a continuation of the Mall Road, it provides an ideal base for the many local tourist attractions, whilst being in a central, upmarket area of the town. All our rooms have en suite (attached) bathroom with showers, hot & cold running water (24hrs), W.C, in-house telephone and remote control television with Cable TV (37 channels including BBC, Star TV, Zee, ESPN etc). We provide room heaters and hot water bottles at no additional cost during the winter season. WI-FI is freely accessible in the lounge. We would be happy to arrange for a taxi to collect you at BGD airport or NJP station. We have pick-up from BGD airport or NJP station and travel to Darjeeling (one way). If you choose to use us to be dropped back to the Airport or Station at the end of your stay, we will arrange it. The drive up to Darjeeling is 3hrs and is in any event very scenic. Often tourists choose to use a slightly longer (and even more scenic) route via Mirik Lake. This latter route is approximately 4 hrs. ... more   less 
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