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Amankora Thimphu
Ranked #17 of 38 Hotels in Thimphu
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 22, 2013

This was the first of five Aman properties that we stayed in during our two-week tour of Bhutan. And very impressive it was too. The staff were extremely friendly and welcoming and, above all, highly efficient. The ‘welcome drink’ was hot apple tea/cider … and was really excellent.

The rooms at the five Amankora lodges in Bhutan are of two designs, both of which are very large and beautiful. There was a great shower and a fabulous bath, and the beds were extremely comfortable (although they do have quite sharp corners!). There was a wonderful gift left on the bed each night, which meant that souvenir shopping was not necessary. My only gripe was the system of light switches, which I found all rather confusing and there’s no master switch. There could also have been a few more plug sockets by the bench seat … if you are like me and travel with laptop, iPad, mobile phone, two cameras etc., which all need regular charging.

We visited the Dzong in Timphu and the ‘folk and heritage museum’, which was most interesting. And the tarkin reserve is also worth a visit, if you’re into wildlife. And we were very privileged to have Nawang and Ugyen as our guides for all our excursions … some of the best guides I have ever encountered. The hotel also arranged a meeting with a Buddhist monk, which was wonderful and a great introduction to the religion if you are unfamiliar with it. There was also a good display of local dancing one night. I don’t normally like this sort of anthropological tourism, but on this occasion it was done with such friendliness and warmth that I was totally beguiled.

Be warned that Timphu is quite high, and I suffered with the altitude for a couple of days (dizziness and extreme fatigue). There are medications that can help so it might be worth a trip to your doctor if you think you might be affected.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

A 100 year old farmhouse is the dining and social hub of this property that is accessed by a suspension bridge. The food was AMAZING and the level of service and comfort what one would expect from an Aman property. A little pricey for what it is especially in comparison to other Aman properties.

Room Tip: Upstairs rooms have a better view ofthe surrounding countryside.
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank shaynetravel
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Reviewed July 1, 2013

My husband and I stayed here in April 2013 on the start of our 9-day trip in Bhutan. Thimphu is the capital and we had been told the town was charmless compared to the rest of Bhutan, so we only stayed one night, and only to slightly break up the long car trip from the airport near Paro to Gangtey. We visited the takin reserve, the paper factory, and the weaving collective, which were all small and disappointing.

The Aman hotel is lovely, and set up in the hills among tall trees. However, the settings at the other Amans we stayed at (Gangtey, Paro, and Punakha) were nicer. The one really great thing about our experience here was a meeting with a 13th-reincarnation lama. Apparently Aman had arranged for him to come to speak with the Aman guests that night before dinner, but we were the only guests, so we had a private chat. We learned how new reincarnations of important lamas are chosen, and how the National Library managed to scan all the important texts in Bhutan's remote mountains (by hauling scanners and generators on donkeys!).

See our Gangtey review for more about our guide (Tshering Dorji, tsheringbhutan@gmail.com).

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Traveller32810
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Reviewed June 29, 2013

There is nothing to do in Thimpu. The hotel is fine but we liked the lodges in Paro and Phunaka better. The food was not as good here either. There is nothing wrong with the lodge but its a waiting point for other Bhutan experiences...bypass if you can

Room Tip: They are all the same
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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7  Thank Imrahil5000
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Reviewed May 5, 2013

The hotel offers great comfort, excellent service (not like other Amankoras...) and beautiful surroundings. The only problem is lack of appropriate menu as it would be expected at 5* hotel.
Food is more like mediocre youth hostel style or something like this. You cannot say it is bed - just tasteless - professional cook with experience is urgently needed at all Amankora lodges we visited. This detail can spoil the entire trip.

Room Tip: not a place for you if you are looking for good cuisine
  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Jaroslaw S
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Reviewed March 20, 2013

We were all excited to book into two Bhutan Amans – the one in Thimphu and the one in Punakha. Our friends have always told us how great they were. The four of us were disappointed. They may have been great when built, but they have not kept up with the times. If you want to escape the world, get “Zenned” and relax, there are plenty of places to do that – that do not cost $1,100 per day per person.

The Thimphu Aman had wonderful food and fabulous service. Everyone was very nice. However, the rooms looked worn. They need to renovate this property. No real big things - but many small ones. Once again, not usually a problem - but at these prices there should be zero problems. Some examples: running toilets, squeaky bedroom floors, no doors or partitions separating the bathroom from the rest of the room, no door on the shower, the chairs were designed for very small people - with the back cushions much too low and the lighting in the rooms was much too low. The tables were also designed too low to be of much use.

The Punakha Aman had better designed rooms, with a door for the shower and toilet. However, there was only one chair in the room, same very low table and no place for two people to sit and read. Given the remoteness of Punakha and the early dinner times, you need a place to sit and read. The main house had sitting areas, but again, with poorly designed chairs, and many couches that were difficult to sit up straight on. The lighting was so low in all the common rooms and bedrooms, that reading was almost impossible. Once again, the service was very good, but the food was only average to above average. Pretty remote with a 3 hour vehicle ride over the mountain on a very poor and scary road. Not worth the trip.

All in all- the four of us would not stay in these Amans again and probably not at any other Aman. The world is full of first class properties. We did not get the value for the dollars at these.

Room Tip: Do not take room 5- the water pipes clang.
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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7  Thank Virginiatraveler777
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Reviewed March 15, 2013

This review encompasses my stay at Thimpu, Paro, Gangety and Punakha.

A fantastic third stay with Amankora. Unfussy, excellent service, very individualized activities with dedicated guide and driver, and seamless movement from one lodge to the next.

Take sunscreen: you'll get burned even in cool weather. Be aware that the roads around Punakha and Gangety are rough and make for bumpy rides.

Highly recommended.

Room Tip: At some lodges, ground-level rooms have a small patio that upper-level rooms do not. All rooms are i...
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled on business
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Additional Information about Amankora Thimphu

Address: Near Kuenga Chhoeling Palace Upper Motithang, Thimphu, Bhutan
Location: Bhutan > Thimphu District > Thimphu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 Luxury Hotel in Thimphu
#12 Spa Hotel in Thimphu
Hotel Class:5 star — Amankora Thimphu 5*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Combining aman, the Sanskrit-derived word for 'peace', and kora or 'circular pilgrimage' in Dzongkha, the Bhutanese language, Amankora, is a series of lodges in the Kingdom of Bhutan's central and western valleys. The sole surviving Himalayan Buddhist Kingdom, Bhutan is one of the most remote and pristine environments on earth. To best experience all that Bhutan has to offer, Amankora can tailor journeys that include a combination of its lodges located in the valleys of Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey and Bumthang. ... more   less 
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