Excellent in e v e r y way - loved my room with a balcony and luxurious bathtub, the Jiva spa and above all, the hospitality of the hotel staff.
My stay here was so so good that I chose to explore western Bhutan by staying at Taj Tashi and driving to the other places. Nothing against other hotels in Paro and Punakha but they're not even half as nice and similarly priced.
While I am used to excellent service at Taj hotels, the Tashi staff managed to beat even that. One front desk employee (Ms Rinzen) took exceptional care and would call in to check if everything is okay (they arranged the sightseeing) even when she was at home unwell! Not just her, the whole team was outstanding and that makes all the difference in a good stay and a memorable one.
Being a delighted Taj client, I have frequented their other Jiva spas in India. This one is as good if not better. Recommend their hot stone bath besides the usual massages. The hotel has cultural dances in the evening which are fun to watch and a priest in the morning who comes and can say prayers on your behalf.
Some other reviewers on this hotel had complaints on food. I agree with them partly but also note that food is a problem in Bhutan in general. Their local cuisine is nothing great and even the outside restaurants I dined at in Thimpu and Paro were disappointing. Specifically at Taj Tashi, the problem at their restaurant is to do with variety rather than taste, and yes it can be quite expensive.
While there is a shopping area outside the hotel, that is more for browsing than actual buying. I highly recommend a visit to the gallery of a well known local artist who has done the large painting behind the reception desk of Taj Tashi. Once you see that painting you will know why! His art is extremely expensive but also extremely worth the price.
I cannot wait to go back to Bhutan, simply to stay at Taj Tashi where they made me feel like I am in heaven.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Taj Tashi, perfectly located in the heart of the capital city of Bhutan, enjoys panoramic views of the mountain valley. The hotel is designed in traditional Bhutanese architectural style and hand-embellished by master craftsmen. The 66 rooms offer guests a magnificent blend of tradition and modernity with their resplendent grandeur and contemporary luxury. The restaurants and bar present a choice of regional delicacies and beverages as well as Continental and Asian specialities in elegant indoor and outdoor settings. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Taj Tashi Thimphu
- Taj Tashi Hotel Thimphu