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4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Satsam Chorten, Paro, Bhutan   |  
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Ranked #2 of 15 Hotels in Paro
Seattle, Washington
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“Stone and Wood”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

This hotel was one of our favorites of all the places we stayed in Bhutan. The architecture is astonishing - lots of stone, wood, and incredible carvings. The staff is fantastic - extremely helpful. The food was delicious and they had a good variety. Great views, a wonderful spa, and comfortable beds as well as nice, hot showers. This is one of the most upscale places I've stayed that doesn't seem pretentious.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

It is not so easy to find good hotels in Bhutan. This is one of the few excellent places in Bhutan!
Very nice and clean rooms, friendly and helpful staff, a very good restaurant and an overwhelming lobby come on top of the very nice location in a valley, not far away from Tiger's Nest.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

the drive upto the Zhiwa ling hotel is a bit dicey since its still a dirt track ( getting done however) . but once you have reached and enter the impressive lobby of the hotel and warmth of a traditional greeting all thoughts of the bad roads vanish . Stunning lobby entrance, doors and ceilings of typical bhutanese art are a delight . The rooms are away from the main building and a little difficult if you are a little short of breath due to the altitude - but all you have to ask for a buggy and the dilemma is solved . If you can walk through they have beautiful lush green surroundings, that belie the tranquility of Bhutan . Large rooms with balconies and good bathrooms with good hot showers are the major plus points . Breakfast outside in the patio overlooking the mountains is a delight and so were all the dinners we had . The warmth of all the staff members and their eagerness to be at your service all the time is worth praising.
The spa is also excellent with an extensive spa menu and well trained masseuse - a must visit.
Tigers Nest is walking distance if you are a walker else a short car ride away . A definately beautiful option to stay in Paro if you cant get rooms at Uma Paro !

Room Tip: get a room on the first floor instead of the ground floor - nicer to watch the sunsets from.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

This was a very nice hotel choice. The lobby is gorgeous, breakfast was good with solid variety except if you go to breakfast late (845am) when most options are gone. Rooms were pretty and the shower, radiant floor heat a treat. Gift shop had the prettiest textiles we saw across the country, about a 20% upcharge but superior quality. Tea room was nice as was the free steam/sauna option. My sister said the stone massage was excellent.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

The lobby is enormous and big, the bar is quite comfortable but pretty small, the dining room is a bit too large too.
The breakfast is fantastic but the dinner is average.
the main building with the suite was very warm this November, but to access your rooms you will have to go outside,since it was very cold, it make the trip back to your room slightly unpleasant.
The rooms are very big and unfortunately badly designed, there is a little sitting area with uncomfortable sofas, you can hear people walking in the room above!
The bathroom is badly designed, you had to do an extremely large step to get into the bathtub for taking a shower... it can be challenging when wet.
Pity, it could have been a quite nice hotel

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

We stayed here for 2 nights while visiting Paro and the Tiger's Nest. For town, the location is currently not excellent because of the bad roads (being upgraded, though). It is close to the Tiger's Nest, however. The rooms were nice but not outstanding, service was excellent, and the food the same. They made special allowances meal-wise for our group, which varied greatly in times of arrival for food. We were in one of the buildings most distant from the main one, however, and after climbing at the high altitude, it was exhausting to get up and down the hill to the restaurant! The answer? Get a suite in the main building!

Room Tip: Pay a bit extra and get a suite in the main building; some of the outer buildings are a bit of a cli...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

We stayed for three nights and Zhiwa Ling turned out to be the best choice. Hindsight: It was probably just as well that the other five and seven star properties didn't have rooms for us, we would have missed out on this GEM of Zhiwa Ling had they given us rooms!

Zhiwa Ling ranks high on local authenticity, flavour and Bhutan architecture. Quite simply, its luxury Bhutanese style.

Lobby - lovely high ceilings. Rooms are located away from the lobby block, which otherwise only houses the suites.

Rooms at Zhiwa Ling - very spacious (makes us wonder how big the suites were!), rooms were clean, and heating comes on in the evening which is just nice as the day turns dark and temperatures turn cold.

Beds - huge and comfortable.

The wooden flooring was lovely to walk on (btw the stone flooring on the bathroom actually gets warmed up too so it was fantastic to walk on as well) just that the wooden plans creaked quite a bit.

Room comes with coffee/tea making facilities so it was great the morning we had to depart at 5am for the airport.

There was a tea house which was lovely to sit in and read, and a green house good for a quick pop in to visit.

If the hotel was full, we didn't feel it as the grounds were massive and sprawling.

Good dinners, even if some dishes tended to be a little more salty. Breakfast is usually served from 7-9am but as trekkers tend to leave early around 6am or 6.30am for Tiger's Nest, a lesser but adequate spread is usually ready by 6am. The full breakfast which we had the chance to enjoy for one morning only, is otherwise, as good as it gets.

We enjoyed the spa after our trek to Tiger's Nest and the therapists were really good. Highly recommended. They were considerate too, and called for transport for us after the session as the night was turning cold and the gardens too dark to walk through.

The hotel also provides trekking sticks for those who do not bring their own. Base camp for Tiger's Nest was only 15 minutes drive from the hotel.

Staff at the hotel were friendly, efficient and helpful.

The dry cleaning and laundry service came with shoe cleaning service, we were really grateful for that after all the past days of trekking.

Room service offers a limited menu (no steak sandwiches) but it works for when we are too tired to head out.

Regretfully our itinerary was too packed else we would have taken part in the activities at the hotel (such as archery).

We had a wonderful stay overall.

Room Tip: Book ahead if you want the spa. For some reason they can only take two guests per slot.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Address: Satsam Chorten, Paro, Bhutan
Location: Bhutan > Paro District > Paro
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Paro
#5 Family Hotel in Paro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Zhiwa Ling 4.5*
Number of rooms: 45
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The 45-room Zhiwa Ling hotel combines the sensibilities of a fine Bhutanese guesthouse with the best of 21st-century technology. Envisioned and created by a local Bhutanese company, the hotel’s elaborate hand-carved wooden cornices and masterful stonework coexist beautifully with cutting-edge telecommunication systems and Swedish under-floor heating. The Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) announced the Tourist Accommodation classifications and Zhiwa Ling Hotel is the first and only wholly Bhutanese owned hotel to receive a 5 star rating. Zhiwa Ling Hotel is the only Bhutanese owned hotel and one of only two in the country to be ISO22000 certified. Set on 10 acres, Zhiwa Ling has many amenities available to guests. The spa offers all the facilities guests could want; a fitness centre, sauna, steam room as well as a traditional Bhutanese outdoor hot-stone bath. There is a business centre, Tea House, two fully equipped conference rooms, a Meditation House and the hotel has its own greenhouse. Zhiwa Ling Hotel practices sustainable tourism. ... more   less 
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