You drive through winding roads up a hill side, past colorful buildings into what appears to be a quiet residential area. You turn a nondescript corner and suddenly before you is the Peaceful Resort. We would find it difficult to find on our own, but we had a local driver and it was quite easy.
The check-in formalities were quick and easy. Anncho, the girl behind the counter (an Audrey Hepburn in “Roman Holiday” look alike) was pleasant and efficient. We were booked into a room on the second floor and the wooden stairs were so steep that we were breathless by the time we got there. We realized of course that we had just flown into a elevated country from sea level and were still to get acclimatized to the rare air here.
The room was huge; you could fit in three European budget sized rooms into it. The suitcase rack was generously wide and deep enough to take three suitcases. The floor was parquet. A large wooden wardrobe, two beds were joined together to make one large one. The sheets were clean, the pillows large and plentiful. The comforters were perfect. Several windows ensured that the room was bathed in light. The balcony covered two adjacent rooms and was 4 foot wide and 40 feet in length. You could practice for a marathon here.
The view from the balcony was inspiring. You could see the tops of several buildings and in the distance the hills looked serene and inviting. There was an oriental looking building near the hotel. Looked like some well-heeled Bhutanese live there. The interesting thing was that at night we could look into the kitchen of that building and time passed observing smartly dressed ladies in aprons bustling in and out of the kitchen ferrying food to (no doubt) several hungry mouths in the dining room. I wondered if I could sneak into the house and take a seat at the table and participated in the meal and if anyone would notice. Wishful thinking!
The toilet was well appointed, health faucet, large sink, plenty of hand and bathing towels. The shower cubicle was badly designed, as there was no depression in the bath area all the shower water spread in the toilet making it wet despite having a shower curtain. A problem, simple to solve but left unattended. Several of the lamps would come on and go off mysteriously - the ghosts of the past may have taken residence in the electrical circuits to keep themselves warm.
The staff was all very attentive and room service was surprisingly quick. The food was just OK but was served hot and came with proper cutlery and crockery. The support staffs such as housekeepers, gardeners, room service all had genuine pleasant smiles and made us feel very comfortable.
I had read reviews saying that the area was noisy. But I found it quiet and restful. On a couple of occasions I heard some hammering and sawing but not much. Some wood varnishing work was in progress on the 1st floor and the smell of varnish permeated the air on day two making us feel quite heady and high - no extra charge for that though. A few large flying insects came to inspect the premises but buzzed off politely after a quick round.
We were told us that the hotel was being expanded by adding a few rooms on a new wing. Considering the moderate rates I am guessing that this resort will do well over the coming years. The management - Mrs Durga and Ms. Pratima are doing a good job of looking after this unpretentious property and I am sure many travellers will return to this friendly resort after staying there once. My wife and I certainly will re-visit.
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- Also Known As:
- Peaceful Hotel Thimphu