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Dewachen Hotel
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Reviewed April 10, 2013

It may just be that we were unlucky. There was no power in the entire area when we were there and there was still no power when we left. This may have an impact on our views.

This place is more like a mountain lodge, within 10 minutes drive from the black-necked cranes viewing/visitor's centre. It is very quiet and cosy. As there was no power, the place was very very cold but the staff was very helpful in arranging for the heating. They will light up the wood-fired stove in the room for you, they will also light up the wood-fired stove in the dining area. Endless cups of hot tea are served. The only remedy was to just go for the "red panda" to keep you warm.

The room is very spacious and overlooks the entire valley. At sunrise, the entire area was covered in ice and frost, it was beautiful.

The dinner is fairly simple with the usual Bhutanese "tourist" food being served - rice, stir-fried vegetables, stir-fried tough/chewy meat, chilli cheese and fruits. The breakfast was also fairly simple but it was fulfilling.

No comment on the shower as it was not available.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 10, 2013

This 'hotel' reminded us of an African safari lodge, although a spacious Swiss chalet could describe it as well. Everything was positive: the warm welcome (a hot towel to wipe your face the moment you step out of the car was great as we felt really cold); the spacious room with view on the valley and excellent amenities; the stove in the room which can be filled with more wood which is lying ready; the hot water bottles; the dining room with a fire in the middle where the guests can warm themselves and get to know each other; the good food (although only buffet was available); the welcome tea or coffee; the friendly staff; the surroundings. We asked for a room with view on the valley but the view was a bit hampered by the trees in front. However, there was still enough to see and I think all rooms have a great view.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 30, 2013

Even though we stayed at the fanciest hotel chain in Bhutan, the Amankora, this small hotel was the highlight of our trip for me. Real, human, beautiful, true to its nature and the nicest people among a friendly and down-to-earth country,

Room Tip: Any room is as good as any other
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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Thank be21
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Reviewed January 12, 2013

This hotel was gorgeous

The hotel and grounds were well maintained and just look amazing as you approach.

The rooms are spacious and very relaxing.

Unfortunately when we were there they were experiencing quite a severe power shortage (that lasted a few days apparently) the staff did everything in their power to make the stay as comfortable as they possibly could considering the predicament.
When we went to be there were hot water bottles in our bed, the fires were stoked, there were candles and matches ... the staff tried to rectify the situation as much as they could, they only thing they couldn't rectify was the hot water.

I thought it made the stay more quaint and memorable.

The food here was the best for the whole trip.

We went for a walk down to the village which was excellent

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 10, 2013

This hotel has a rustic look. Most of the rooms (I suppose) face the beautiful valley.

The best thing was the way we were received by the staff, a royal treatment. We were given warm napkins and that was it...I fell in love with this hotel. The staff is co-operative. I mean the staff took a special care to make us understand how to keep the old fashioned stove burning. A five star service.

The food is excellent too.

The phobjika valley itself is serene so is the hotel

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 2, 2013

Excellent comfortable place in the Phobjika valley. Location is just above the valley where the black necked cranes come in winter from Tibet. The main dining and bar area is great - everyone sits around a warm stove and makes for a great atmosphere to share stories with other guides and travelers. The service was very nice too - seemed to be a family run operation and the staff were very pleasant to deal with. The rooms were large and comfortable and hot water was available at all times.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 31, 2012

Dewachen: the very mention of the name and it evokes charm, warm hospitality, excellent service and indelible memories of this beautiful hotel. The loveliest hotel during my Bhutan visit. So sad to leave this cozy hotel with an old fashioned stove to warm the room in the night when the temperature is below freezing point outside, hear the nostalgic crackling sound of wood being burnt, hot water bottle provided just before bedtime, comfortable bed, tastefully furnished sitting area and a hot shower to end the day! Breakfast and dinner is deliciously prepared and I want to stay longer but my itinerary does not allow me.

There is no internet nor TV in the room but I don't miss it as I want to savor the rustic and quiet atmosphere of this beautiful hotel. I will return on my next trip to Bhutan and this time for a longer stay in Dewachen.

Room Tip: If you can, stay longer to enjoy the beautiful hotel and its atmosphere.
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled solo
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Thank soohiang
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Additional Information about Dewachen Hotel

Address: | Gadgety Gonpa, 00975, Bhutan
Location: Bhutan > Wangdue Phodrang District > Phobjikha Valley
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Phobjikha Valley
Price Range: $63 - $65 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Encircled by pine forests in the hidden valley of Phobjikha – Gantey Gompa, home to the very rare Black Necked cranes, the Dewachen Hotel features sixteen double rooms, modern bathroom fittings, heavenly bedding comforts, and a restaurant with a magnificent view and the finest cuisine prepared by a professional chef. At Dewachen, you’ll find each detail well thought of and your needs anticipated each time you return. For your enjoyment and recreation, we have a cocktail lounge, horse riding facilities, and cultural programs on request and for a fee. A traditional hot stone bath to unwind and end your day. With a capacity to accommodate 30 persons, our medium sized, convention hall equipped with support facilities can easily handle your most ambitious conventions. With rooms heated by iron stove and hot water bags in your bed, the coldest days and nights are not a challenge. So come away to unwind and enjoy being pampered and catered to. After spending a little time with us, you’ll come away looking at life with a difference. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Dewachen Hotel Thimphu
Dewachen Hotel Bhutan/Phobjikha Valley

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