Tucked away a step below near the Raj Bhawan as you take a bend to walk towards the Mall along the "Kanchanjungha view path" is this little surprise. You would perhaps not take The Retreat seriously until you stay there and gaze at the majestic Himalayas from your room. The location is their USP and I dare say that it is the best located hotel in Darjeeling as far as "Kanchanjungha views" are concerned . The rooms are spacious and the bathrooms are clean with hot & cold running water (and bath tubs in some). There is glass covered balcony in two of the rooms with cane chairs and tea table from where you can have stunning views of the Himalayas. The view of the sunrise will also surprise you --- its so very beautiful that you will probably not miss Tiger Hill if you fail to go there. The staff is good and the manager D.P. Sarkar is friendly , helpful and efficient. Another plus point is the arrangement of return vehicles that this hotel does at reasonable cost. It would however be better if they can include the "heater hiring cost" to their tariff. the food was ok--- improvement is possible. Overall, a fine experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Laced by horizon-kissing green tea-estates and foggy hills, Darjeeling is the 'Queen of the Hills' in all its own splendour. For the world tourists, trekkers and globetrotters, Darjeeling is the gate to a tranquil world that is filled with enchanting and breath-taking picturesque beauty. The sunrise from atop the Tiger Hill is mysticism beyond compare. And who ever misses a walk to the Mall Road for some woollens shopping, or a ride on the famous toy-train that whistles its way through the greenery? Darjeeling will wrap you in its beauty, and your stay at The Retreat will make your trip more memorable. Here at The Retreat, you can see the Kanchenjunga peak from every room! ... more less
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