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“Location is its USP” 4 of 5 stars
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Sahiwa Hotel
Buddha Temple Road | Himachal Pradesh, Dharamsala 176216, India   |  
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Ranked #51 of 57 Hotels in Dharamsala
New Delhi, India
Senior Contributor
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Location is its USP”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2012

i visited mcleodganj early this april . we had no advance booking with sahiwa. a friend of mine had mentioned that it was the closest hotel to the Dalai Lama temple complex . we got a deluxe room for rs 1500 which overlooked the mountains. the room was large with huge windows from where one could see the temple complex and road below. i found it to be very central as my aim was to visit the complex morning and evening. we hardly used room service except for tea and it was reasonable . the bathrooms are clean with hot water etc. i would recommend this hotel only to those tourists whose main aim is to be close to the temple complex otherwise there are lots of other choices which could be better priced than this hotel.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2 of 5 stars
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Thane, India
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2011

We visited Dharmshala during winters in Jan month. The Hotels location is just a minute away from Dalai Lama Temple. It is also near to market place of Mcleodganj. The Hotel has Nice Kangda Vally view from one side. The hotel rooms were spacious with decent interiors. The staff was co-operative but restaurent Service was very poor. Food quality was average. Parking Space for vehicles is also not available. Will recommend hotel for those who prefer budget accomodation.

Room Tip: Prefer rooms facing Valley.... you will have nice view in morning
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  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2011

Booked with advance at Sahiwa but room not available upon arrival. Instead offered room at a shady hotel called Sivalik. Management unreliable and not the least bit apologetic. Hotel security is questionable. Will not advice anyone to stay here.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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New Delhi, India
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35 reviews 35 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2010

The place is next to the Dalai Lama Temple and about a kilometer from the McLeodganj bus stand. Good place to stay if you are looking for a decent budget accommodation. The rooms are spacious, the staff courteous and the food is good. The location in the market makes it ideal for a walk or take a cab out for excursions to places like Bhagsu Nag and others.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2008

Dharamsala caters mostly to backpackers, many looking for the cheapest place to stay for a long time. There are a number of hotels in McCleodganj catering to a slightly more upscale crowd but all of these -- with the possible exception of the pricey Chonor House -- are not going to find favor with anyone used to international hotelry standards.

Thus the Sahiwa is no worse than most other properties in the neighborhood. But for the record, the rooms are musty and dark. The sheets and towels have stains. You'll find a couple of coat hangars in the closet. This hotel is so chintzy that it doesn't even supply a bar of soap. The barking dogs will make it nearly impossible to get a good night's rest. The Indian staff seem apathetic at best.

That said, it has a convenient location for those planning to spend time at Namgyal Monastery.

  • Liked — Nothing
  • Disliked — Lack of cleanliness
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: Buddha Temple Road | Himachal Pradesh, Dharamsala 176216, India
Location: India > Himachal Pradesh > Dharamsala
Amenities:
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Ranked #51 of 57 Hotels in Dharamsala
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 31
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