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“Lovely Ladies Save The Day” 4 of 5 stars
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Ranked #1 of 3 Mongar B&B and Inns
St. Andrews, United Kingdom
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“Lovely Ladies Save The Day”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2011

This is a modern property, part of a small chain, and is conveniently located close to Mongar town centre, which has a good variety of shops and a small vegetable market.
The outside looks a bit run-down and the reception hall lacks character, but the rooms are attractively arranged around an open central courtyard and are well appointed, with large, comfortable beds, T.V. and spotless bathrooms with a plentiful supply of hot water. We stayed the first night in an 'attic' bedroom with wonderful views over the town, which our agent apologised for but I thought charming, and thereafter in a first floor room. Both were very clean, and housekeeping staff much in evidence. As elsewhere in Bhutan, there is no central heating, but an electric heater and extra quilt were supplied on request, and we were grateful for a good night's sleep and a piping hot shower after the rigours of Eastern Bhutan's roads and the hard beds we had slept in elsewhere.
The internet connection was not working during our visit, the dining room and attached bar are rather soulless, and the food, as elsewhere, unimaginative. But the smiling service in both bar and dining room by four lovely ladies more than compensated for any shortcomings. These ladies worked hard to satisfy the requests of the various small tour groups of different nationalities, and lined up to wave us off on departure. They are a real asset to the hotel company, and made a comfortable but rather dull stay a memorable experience.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4 of 5 stars
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  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2011

When you get this far east in Bhutan there are few choices of accommodation and what is available is a bit rough. Given this reality, the Wangchuck is surprisingly good. We stayed here twice for one night each– once on our way even farther east and once on our return. Mongar is actually a nice small town and staying here was a good way to break up the very long drives to and from Bumthang.

The Wangchuck sits on a hill overlooking the town, just on the edge. There are excellent views of the valley and the town from most parts of the hotel, including both of the rooms that we had. The lobby is large and open, with the dining room behind. Rooms are entered from a central courtyard on two floors, but all look to the outside of the hotel. The first night we had a room facing the forest and the valley and the second night a corner room that looked over the town and the valley beyond. Both rooms were large with firm yet comfortable beds. There was a built-in closet, a desk, and an easy chair. The decor was a bit dated and worn but still attractive. The bathrooms were smaller and somewhat spartan, with a shower only and no enclosure to limit the spray and no counterspace.

The restaurant buffet was actually very good, with efficient, friendly staff.

No wi-fi, but computers are available for a fee in the lobby area.

As I mentioned, there aren’t many alternatives to the Wangchuck, the main one probably being the Shongar Lodge down the street. We were originally booked there, but our tour company (Nirvana Expeditions) failed to take into account that it was undergoing extensive renovation. From what we saw of the rooms they were comparable and in the future may be a bit nicer than the Wangchuck when the renovations are complete.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2011

The first room we were shown was dirty. (loose carpets on the parquet that had seemingly not been hovered for a while, toilet flies in the bathroom, spiders in the corners). The second room we saw was only slightly better (lost the dirty carpets and toilet flies). The doors to those 2 rooms did not close properly, plenty of noise from the inner courtyard in the evening. You do get your very own boiler for hot water, so plenty of it, and the beds are OK. Don't look at the hotel web site, you'll be thoroughly disappointed if you believe the pictures and wording.
The food quality was bad, we left half of what they served us just because it was no good. The hotel staff is friendly though.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2011

Large hotel with rooms set around an internal courtyard. Can be a bit noisy internally. Hotel overlooking main part of town.
Reasonable rooms, quite spacious. Comfortable beds but poor lighting for reading. No wifi. Has TV.
Helpful dining room staff, good selection of buffet food inc local dishes.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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: Mongar, Bhutan
Location: Bhutan > Mongar District > Mongar
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Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Mongar
Number of rooms: 27

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