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“A slice of history” 5 of 5 stars
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Ranked #5 of 15 Hotels in Paro
Zutphen
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“A slice of history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

If you are looking for western style blandness with assured creature comforts this is probably not the place for you. If however you want to stay in a hotel that oozes character and history then you will love Gangtey Palace. But it is not only the hotel that has character, the staff were all a delightful bunch of personalities, so unlike the faceless employees of most of the hotels we stayed in.

The hotel is magnificently situated opposite the Paro Dzong and overlooking the town. The owner is a keen gardener and the flower borders would not look out of a place in an English village

Yes, the keen eye will notice where a lick of paint would not go amiss and as all the rooms are different sizes it is bad luck if one ends up with one of the smaller ones. The rooms in the centre block, originally the main palace building, are however of monumental proportions and elaborately decorated in traditional style.

There is a charming bar and the food is generally good, the breakfasts especially. The bar and dining room staff are superb, as I said, a real bunch of characters, who joined in our group fun. They even sang the Bhutanese National Anthem for us. It is almost worth going to the hotel just for them. I stayed a night there alone at the end of my visit and I was warmly welcomed and served like a king.

One word of warning. They charge a whopping 20% fee for using credit cards, so I would pay with cash.

  • Stayed June 2014, 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu, India
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I stayed here for two days during Jun'14. We were two couples and we really enjoied our stay at Gangtey Palace. I would recommend this place to everyone.

Resort:
This place is located on the hill opposite to the Paro Dzong. you get a magificient view of the Paro Valley and Dzong from the resort. I really loved the Front Lobby where you can just sit around have a cup of coffee or read a book.

Rooms:
The rooms are beautifully designed and have a very Bhutanese feel to it. The rooms are low priced and well serviced. You can choose the rooms with the sit out which gives you lot of space inside the room. few rooms has less space.

Food:
We did not try the food here. It had a restaurant and mostly buffee type food was served.

Service:
The staffs and the manager were very friendly and helpful with everything. They do not keep bugging you but were there to assist you when ever you need them.

Over all, I have a very excellent stay here and strongly recommend this place.

Room Tip: Rooms with a sit out is good.
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  • Stayed June 2014, 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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New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

I stayed here for just a short 10 hours - arriving late evening and leaving for an early flight. I absolutely loved it. The lowest point was a small and fairly spartan room (twin) but it wasn't a great issue, although if I'd been travelling with another person it might have been. Also the walls are thin - I could hear every word of my travel companion's phone call from the next room. Still, the views are magnificent, over mountains and valleys. It's a very traditional layout with buildings set around a central courtyard. (Another minor drawback: the staircase was narrow and steep, so something to be cautious of for older travellers.) We had dinner in the bar, which is a round room with incredible views over the valley and dzong. The food was wonderful, homestyle, lots of vegetables and really tasty. The staff were pleasant and helpful. I loved it and will stay again if I ever return to Paro.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Hyderabad, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

The approach to the hotel is very unremarkable however the moment one enters the lawns and experiences the vast valley with mountains in the backdrop.. look right and you have your own stupa and the Paro Dzong in the background and on your left a palace... you are left amazed and inspired to experince more..

Enter and you find your self in a peice of history with is so well curated it is almost untouched by evolution.. there is wifi so dont worry..

The rooms are a little short on height for the tall and feel boxy at first... but the moment ypu see out of the window all your qorries are literally thrown out of the window as the view is amazing...

The bar is a semicircular glass house and need not say commiting sin while the eyes feast on the beautifully lit up Dzong at night has never felt this satisfying..

The rooms suffer from a lack of power points so be prepared to switch between charging appliances.. the bathrooms are equipped with a bathtub..

The wine is best enjoyed relaxing on the plantation chairs viewing the picture perfect scene and the nippy air..

Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
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Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

My first glance of GPH through trip advisor wasn't very comforting. Add to it the point that my trip organizer (Heavenly Bhutan) was insistent that GPH will be a great choice. I finally yielded and I swear this was an awesome place to stay in Paro. Here are a few reasons you may also consider this hotel :

1) Awesome location: on a hill, with breathtaking views of the entire mountain ranges surrounding Paro. The Paro monastery, its museum and the whole town lies below and make an impressive sight. Very close to the airport, the Druk planes landing and taking off are so close to the hotel that you may feel like you can touch them. Once dark, the lights of the town and the monasteries look so beautiful as well.

2) The hotel itself: very spacious, Bhutanese living inspired rooms with enough rugs and carpets to make you feel warm and comfortable. The rooms surrounding the inner courtyard as well as the rooms which are in the central building, both are stunning in terms of how they are kept from within inside as well as the views from their windows. The exotic or the clincher of the Hotel for me was its vast outer courtyard...oh, what a place! On an open terraced cliff (or table maybe) that suddenly drops down a hundred feet below is a wooden deck with enough chairs and table that overlooks into the empty expanse of the valley and the might snow covered mountains around it. The view (I have shared a picture) needs to be experienced. I probably spent 40% of my time there (tea, coffee as well as food). Further, the bar and the restaurant both have their own personality and make you feel warm. I never felt the need of a TV there (there is only 1 TV set and that's in the bar).

3) The staff: excellent people each one of them. My son probably had them at their wit's end for 4 nights that we stayed there, but they are such nice and happy lot that they kept on serving and meeting our needs. My son probably spent most of his time in their kitchen and quarters than our own room!

Would I come back...YES...If I ever am back in Paro, this is the place I will go to and recommend it to everyone. Its a 100+ year old place that everyone needs to see and experience.

Room Tip: None. However, try the 3rd floor rooms!
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 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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Mumbai
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

The entire layout & the architecture of this hotel is beautiful & typically Bhutanese. Beautiful gardens with lovely flowers & a sit out area make it ideal to just relax in the gardens. It has a great view of the Paro Dzong & the hills. The staff is also very warm & accomodating.
It has a real old world charm to it.

Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
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Edmonton, Canada
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67 reviews 67 reviews
44 hotel reviews
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131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

This hotel is a traditional Bhutanese building and located in a beautiful place overlooking the Paro valley. Our room is not in a great shape and need upgrading work soon. Our room is in the ground floor and i noticed that staircases to the upper rooms are pretty steep. The restaurant provides good breakfast and dinner. The hotel has a very nice garden with wide variety of flowers. We really enjoyed our stay there and would love to go back.

Room Tip: If you have a problem with climbing stairs, choose a room in the ground floor.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Address: Paro, Bhutan
Location: Bhutan > Paro District > Paro
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 15 Hotels in Paro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Gangtey Palace is the only palace in Bhutan converted into a hotel. Natural spring water flowing through all pipes of the hotel. Traditional hot stone bath and massage. ... more   less 

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