This was my second visit to the Tea Bud. I prefer government properties when I travel away from major cities and metros. They all have a more or less same kind of appeal. The locations are always good with parking facility, but they lag in customer service. For me, it was a hassle-free stay both times. I stayed for one night both times and i drove to Palampur both times. It is always enchanting when you wake up to the chilly and fresh air of the hills. The service at Tea Bud is manageable. The Himachali people as such are straight forward and simple. If you want to go to places such as Baijnath, Dharamshala, Mcleodganj, it serves as a great base for such excursions. The restaurant at the hotel is nice and it serves good local food as well.
Overall perfect for a quiet weekend trip with your friends or family.