We visited Kalpa for 4 nights in July. The hotel is a basic accommodation with good staff. Pretty much all hotels are very basic in Kalpa. If you decide to visit Kalpa, you must stay here if you cant get into or dont want to stay at the tourism hotel.
This hotel has 2 floors. The top floor offers better views than the ground floor rooms. The reason being the height of the trees next to your room.The bathrooms are very basic like in a non - star hotel; but then for the isolated place that kalpa is, it is a very good choice to make. The water was hot and beds warm at night. The bedsheets were clean and rooms were cleaned everyday.
Most people staying in Kalpa came to eat here, especially during dinner. The tourism hotel has a limited variety of non-veg food. If you are buying an all meal plan, you might be making the correct choice as options to eat in Kalpa are limited, especially if you are there for more than 2 nights.
To give you an idea of the location of the hotel. If you are facing the kinnaur mountains, the tourism hotel is kind of in the middle of the range and this hotel is to the rightmost end of kalpa in the same line / altitude. The views don't change much except for the angle
I felt this hotels location is better than the tourism's as the areas near the tourism hotel had garbage along its water streams leading into the river / valley.
We had a private sitting lounge in our room (208), but we hardly used it as we sat with other guests in the common sitting verandah facing the entire kinnaur range during bonfires and dinner. They have a den for a single traveller as well.
The manager Mr. Purohit (pretty much a one-man show) is very efficient and remembers all your food & beer choices well. The main chef will cook something out of the menu if you ask him for it, provided the hotel has the ingredients. The owner Mr. Negi stays next to the hotel and is a nice person to talk to.
There is no facility that caters spas and swimming pools and bars in or around Kalpa. this village is home to probably 500 people. Its like being in Ladakh where bare essentials make a huge difference to your quality of stay.
I recommend this hotel to couples, families with small children, friends, etc. When I go back to Kalpa, I will stay here again, without a doubt.
There is a small tea shop in the village which serves good coffee / tea, momos, maggi, eggs & bread. It is frequented by foreigners and backpackers. There's also a small grocery shop where you would find essential supplies such as batteries, tissues, or toothpaste.
I woke up early in the morning at 530 am and roamed around kalpa to get a real sense of this 1 kilometer diameter beautiful world heritage village which makes you feel like you're standing at the edge of the world. The views from my room's window to the end of the village near the school were ever changing and awe inspiring.
Good luck and happy hiking.
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