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Windamere Hotel
Ranked #7 of 98 Hotels in Darjeeling
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“Old fashioned hotel”
Reviewed May 26, 2006

If you expected a modern hotel you would be very disapointed, but that is what gives the Windamere it's charm. It is clean and comfortable, the fire in the bedroom was a nice touch and needed on an evening as it does get quite chilly. The food was good and plenty of it, when the menu says 'or' it really means 'and' you would not go away hungry. The views were spectacular when the mist cleared. The walk at dawn around Observatory Hill to view the Hymalaya's is worth it. We are not ones for shopping but enjoyed walking round the market stalls and shops in the Chowrasta, good bargins to be had. The Tibetian Self Help Centre is worth a visit and a must is a visit to a tea garden. If you get chance go to the zoo to see the snow leopards, they are fantastic. Take a jumper or jacket, as it can get cool.

  • Stayed April 2006
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Reviewed January 18, 2006

Imagine the days of the Raj and this is their hotel. Great location in Darjeeling with an atmosphere to die for.
Rooms are reasonable facilities wise, although not modern by any means. Still, very functional. Staying the cold autumn I got a hot water bottle and a coal fire in my bedroom - very victorian feel to it all.
Food was very good. Buffet for all meals and very attentive staff.
The bar was a dream of old colonial India. The Tibetan barman is light on conversation (as one would expect for a colonial hotel - heaven forbid the staff speak when not spoken to!) but serves a mean Gin and tonic.
There is very little to do into the late evening. Most visitors these days appear to be trekkers passing through to the Himalayas (as I was) so early to bed is the norm.
But, just for fun, try exploring all the quaint sitting rooms. Some of them date back decades and the pictures and the stories they tell are priceless. It is just like an Agatha Christie set.
If you get as far as Darjeeling (and getting there is an experience either by 4 wheel drive, or minature train or helicopter from Bagdogra) then this is the place to stay.
Oh, and by the way. If the clouds lift (or drop into valley below) the views are quite simply, stunning.
Darjeeling is a brilliant place to shop for bargains - don't forget to buy the tea!

  • Stayed October 2005
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Reviewed April 12, 2005

The Windamere enjoys an absolutely unbeatable location on Observatory Hill with incredible views of the surrounding countryside (fickle Darjeeling weather allowing of course). The rooms are well-appointed and comfortable with the in-room water heaters allowing guests to bathe at their leisure. (Many hotels in Darjeeling with central water heaters limit the time that hot water is available.) Before one balks at the price, it is important to note that the rate includes three delicious meals each day as well as afternoon tea, served by pleasant and competent staff. This friendliness and competence extends to the rest of the staff including even the security guards. One possible drawback for some people, might be the absence of TVs.

  • Stayed April 2005
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Property: Windamere Hotel
Address: Observatory Hill, Darjeeling 734101, India
Location: India > West Bengal > Darjeeling District > Darjeeling
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Darjeeling
#4 Luxury Hotel in Darjeeling
#5 Family Hotel in Darjeeling
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Windamere Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are one of the oldest (and prize winning) Colonial Hotels in India - with reviews from the Asia Pacific National Geographic Magazine and The Sunday Times of London. We offer truly authentic and original suites from the colonial tea planter days, with absolutely FULL BOARD (4 MEALS PER DAY). Our hotel is world renowned, with many famous film stars and other celebrities finding a path to our door. Truly a "destination and not just another hotel". It is like being invited as a private guest and asked to stay and relax for a few days. We are aptly described as "one of the last Colonial Homes in the World". We have both Colonial Suites & Cottages, as well as standard and superior accommodation. ... more   less 
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