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Glenburn Tea Estate
Ranked #3 of 99 Hotels in Darjeeling
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 13, 2013

GLENBURN TEA ESTATE
The Glenburn Tea Estate is expensive but worth it. Not far from Darjeeling it is really a first class establishment. Situated amongst a working tea plantation with rooms straight out of the 1920's many with views of Kanchenjunga. Remembering of course that October and November are the clearest months for seeing the mountains. March onward you will get the smoke from farmers burning off undergrowth etc. Great food, great staff, great rooms, generally great plumbing and electrical fittings, decor perfect and location perfect if you want to escape the hurly burly of India. Getting to this part of the world can be a trial as the roads from the airport are the worst in India. Yet if you stay in the area for 7 or so days it is not an issue. Just make sure you know what days the strikes are on because you may not be able to travel anywhere on those days. One of the best hotels in India. Can't imagine how someone could not enjoy this hotel.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 10, 2013

The long and arduous drive from the airport at Bagdrogba is daunting, but at the halfway stage our Glenburn driver pulled over to a rest area with a stunning view over a deep gorge for a welcome picnic lunch. This moment is a foretaste of the extraordinary experience that is ahead. For the last few miles in the high foothills of the Himalayas the "road" becomes more nerve wracking, but the warmth of the welcome from the entire staff, the wonderful dinner that awaits you, the astonishing beauty of the morning, breakfast on the terrace under the pomelo trees, the sparkling air of the high country, and you know you have been transported to a very special place on the planet where your needs are met with heart-warming attention. A dream realised.

Room Tip: No tip necessary, all rooms have their own style, some may have more spectacular views, but all are...
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

If you are looking for paradise, please go to Glenburn...it has everything: stunning view, charming rooms, lovely food, delicious tea, great company... Glenburn has it all ! The level of service is unusual for India, and so is the concept of this boutique hotel. It is an all-included stay that reminds me of the best "chambres d'hôtes" I've been to in France. There are plenty of things to do on the domain or in the region, but if you prefer to rest and enjoy the montain view with a 1st flush Darjeeling tea cup, that's a great option too. The staff is very kind and discrete, they will make sure you feel like at home (or better !). Do note that the only - is the access to the property. The road is bad for the last 30 min, but that's maybe one of the reasons why Glenburn can keep remain a little piece of heaven...

Room Tip: For more privacy, ask for rooms in the annexes and not in the main cottage.
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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 20, 2013

This is such a fantastic find. The road to the hotel is long,windy and dusty but when you step from your car you are greeted with a lovely cup of tea and a warm greeting. Stay several days and you can enjoy the many different days out they will arrange for you such as trips into Darjeeling or a picnic by the river. The tea processing factory and local school are fascinating.

Room Tip: Any...all beautifully appointed
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 7, 2013

My wife and I stayed with a friend and their adult daughter 26-31 Jan - 5 nights.

The thing about GTE Is its enchanting ability to conjure up a "Do Nothing" holiday. There are, of course, many activities for the active types. - visits to Darjeeling & Kalimpong, trekking routes and even an overnight stay in a cabin next to a clean flowing river.

You have 4 meals under the shadow of the majestic Kanchenjunga - a truly exhilarating experience specially if you have a string chill in the air. Meanwhile, gallons of Darjeeling tea are on tap. Don't spoil it by adding milk and/or sugar!

The rooms are exquisite and you can see a lot of effort has gone into detail. We had the smaller room in the Burra Bungalow (refer to website) that was a bit claustrophobic. The crockery and cutlery were absolutely stunning if you have an eye for such things. The food is delicious but be ready for a steady stream of food through the day.

Staff are very very courteous and will attend to every need.

The journey from the foothills to GTE is not for the faint hearted but heaven awaits. Don't miss out on the views all around?

  • Stayed: January 2013
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Reviewed February 5, 2013

Glenburn is almost too good to be true. It offers a welcoming haven much closer to heaven than the rest of India. The arrival is dreamlike. A jeep takes you up into the foothills of the Himalayas, stopping for a tasty old fashioned picnic laid out on a tablecloth overlooking a stunning river vista. The tea estate itself sits in splendid isolation looking towards the outstanding Kanchenjunga. From the moment we arrived until the moment our driver took us reluctantly away, I was taken by how every tiny detail of our stay had been designed to please. Our airy bungalow room was just gorgeous with its eagle’s nest facing the mountains. Our guided walks through the estate down to the river camp and over to the Sikkim bridge were packed full of information about the wildlife and the history of the area. I was grateful for the exercise because the food - from the barbeques to brownies at tea time - was delicious and seemingly never-ending. This would normally be enough to please but at Glenburn the manager Sanjay and Jenni the hostess were an added bonus – extraordinarily professional and sophisticated. The evenings with them were really fun. I am reluctant to post this review because I want to return as soon as possible and I don’t want the rest of the world to join me.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

We went to Glenburn over the Christmas break. It was simply wonderful !

The whole area around Darjeeling is spectacularly beautiful. Glenburn is at a slightly lower altitude with Darjeeling town above and to the left, the hills at a distance beyond the valley extending all around and the Kanchenjunga peak and range almost directly ahead. Quite simply spectacular.

The staff at Glenburn are excellent. Gentle, efficient and skilled. Our guides on the various walking tours were great, Prakash is amazingly well informed about the flora. The drivers are very skilled and we always felt safe. The chef is awesome! We loved every meal, and I really enjoyed their baked goodies. The garden is quite beautiful.

This is much more than a hotel. We did several hikes. Besides being very scenic, they were really enjoyable and hassle free because of the guides who came along with us. The tea-tour was very interesting. The hike down to the lodge by the river followed by a picnic was good fun. The day trip to Darjeeling town was very nice. All of these experiences were enhanced because we were well looked after at all times and did not have to worry about any details.
We enjoyed socializing with our fellow guests and with Jenny and Sanjay, who manage the team.

It was a lovely holiday. Expensive, but well worth it.

Room Tip: Our room had a bath tub but no shower. That is one thing we did not enjoy.
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Glenburn Tea Estate

Address: Darjeeling 734101, India
Location: India > West Bengal > Darjeeling District > Darjeeling
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Darjeeling
#3 Family Hotel in Darjeeling
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Glenburn Tea Estate 3.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Also Known As:
Glenburn Tea Estate Hotel Darjeeling
Glenburn Tea Estate West Bengal

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