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Dekeling Resort at Hawk's Nest
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Reviewed December 28, 2009

The Dekeling Resort at Hawk's Nest is a fifteen minute walk from the tourist centre of Darjeeling. This peaceful location and elevated position are just the beginnings of its charms.

The old Raj building which forms the basis of the accommodation is a delight in itself: broad wooden plank floors, open fires (very convenient to cope with frequent blackouts), window seats, high ceilings - a wonderful enveloping and nourishing atmosphere.

Most important of all though, is the kind attention of the staff. Their thoughtfulness in all aspects of the hotel's operation - from meals, advice, conversation to washing dry - was very much appreciated.

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled with family
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2  Thank Mary2Australia
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Reviewed November 21, 2009

I stayed here in November '09 before and after trekking the Singalila trail. My room was large with both a bedroom with fireplace and a living room with fireplace and a great view frmo the windows. The owner lit the fire in my bedroom before arrival on both nights which was wonderful. The bathroom was clean with a shower, toilet and met basic requirements. I found the food to be excellent with tibetan/oriental influences which was a welcome change from spicy india fare. Breakfast was served in a separate breakfast room adjacent to the house with a wonderful view. My dinner was served in my room. This place is a nice change of pace from the typical hotel as it is more of a historic old house converted in a 4 suite homestay hotel. the only negative would be that the house is at the top of a steep hill of about 50 yards long. the distance to the main shopping area is about a 10 minute walk or a 100 rupee cab ride.

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled solo
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1  Thank adventure_fam
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Reviewed November 20, 2009

Posting this review as reviews posted earlier do misguide you a lot (I believed those and wasn't satisfactory)

Not for you at all if you are looking for luxury. The location of the resort is very steep and not recommended for any person who don't have strength to climb up. Met a couple who left resort in a night complaining resort bedroom complaining too cold. There is no security at the resort and furniture, TV set and even Doors are too old to be used (struggle to lock the door couple of time for 20 minutes). Bathrooms were really basic and quite cold (though you get hot water 24*7) and chances you wil get Cough and Cold are high. You need to order the dinner at Breakfast or a before a day. If you need few specific things (even Curd) you need to order a day advance.

The day we arrive there was no body at resort and all the room were unattended (Key hanging outside each room) and couldn't see Human presence for 45 minutes (took me couple of hours to calm down my complaining wife).

You can view Kanchanjunga only from one room out of four or from the reading box (not a room definitely).

I will recommend the place only to person who are looking to relax at a calm place.

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Naveen0610
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Reviewed November 14, 2009

Dekeling resort is made up of about 4 suites. They are not really Westernised though and quite basic. However they have fantastic views and a charm of their own including fires in the living rooms and breakfast in a little house out of the back door. The owners are lovely and friendly (English limited) and the food is good (although dinner is ordered at breakfast for a chosen time in the evening).

Downsides were;-
That it is not well signposted so the taxi driver had difficulty finding it on arrival.
The bathroom was really basic and not modern and the shower temperamental. No bath.

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled solo
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1  Thank Loneladytraveller
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Reviewed September 29, 2009

I stayed at the Dekeling with my mother (a not so weathered traveler) last fall. It was meant to be the "splurge" during our trip through northern India. Our budget had allowed for otherwise comfortable guesthouses and midrange hotels, but we were really looking forward to this. The resort is set off from the hubbub of the city of Darjeeling. Although Darjeeling is small, it is still quite active, but the mountains and vistas lend themselves to a more serene stay. Our rooms were charming and a true glimpse into raj-era living. Our hosts would light a fire in our room each night - a necessity because of the cool air, but a luxury all the same. The owners are gracious - with good attention to detail. The food, should you opt to eat at the report, is delicious and well worth the additional cost. The resort captured the imagination of two very different-style travelers (myself and my mother) - being the case, I would definitely recommend it to anyone.

  • Stayed: October 2008
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1  Thank AMcD0524
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