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“A nice, comfy place to stay at Lava”
Review of Hotel Orchid

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Hotel Orchid
Ranked #5 of 14 Specialty Lodging in Lava
Reviewed October 25, 2013

The rooms were moderate in size, neither too crampy nor spacious. Bathroom is clean and well equipped with geyser that worked without any hassle. A smallish wardrobe with hanger was present. No lift, so be wary of taking higher floors. The bed should be OK for two but a bit tight if you are traveling with a kid. (You can ask them to open up a separate bed out of the divan at some extra charge of course!)

There is rampant power cut at Lava. This place has generators in evening from 6 to 10 pm. After 10, they provide hurricanes (a type of kerosene lamp) for the rest of the night.

The hotel has a built in restaurant and a shop selling gift items as well chips, batteries, chocolates. The place is fairly well stocked with things, so good if you need to pick up some supplies for your onward journey.

Food is good. Try the momos (in one occasion they had put some junk stuff in them, though), egg noodles. Standard bong dishes like chicken curry and 'alu-posto' are also available, and quite good.

Owner is helpful and cooperative. As we were short on cash, he agreed to accept a part of the payment through online transfer. While checking out I mistakenly carried away the room key with me. He seemed to be irritated when he called me up, but was OK when I apologized and made sure that I send it back with the driver who was ferrying us.

Room Tip: Take the rooms in second floor: 202, 203, 204. They have Kanchenjunga and the valley view from the r...
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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6  Thank xl3k
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

The bus from Kalimpong to Lava reached around 10 in the morning. Hotel Orchid was right there near the bus stop. All the people there were very friendly nice and helpful. The restaurant was good enough to come back to after having walked around Lava.

The room was nice and the bathroom was too. That was very important. The room was quite small, though, and had no wardrobe space. Also the electricity supply was erratic. The hotel supplied a kerosene lamp that is scary to anyone not used to it.

The main thing was the great location of the hotel. It is on Lava's one main street. Just in front there are benches facing the mountains where one can sit and read. It is close enough to run back into the hotel as soon as a cold wind starts blowing.

There are shops selling souvenirs nearby, a post office from which to post picture post cards down the road, a place from which to get taxis just on the left...what more can you want?

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled solo
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13  Thank rugiada
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Additional Information about Hotel Orchid

Address: Lava Bazar, Lava 734319, India
Location: India > West Bengal > Kalimpong District > Lava
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Ranked #5 of 14 Specialty Lodging in Lava
Price Range: $27 - $59 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 14

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