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“Comfortable stay. Great service.”
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Snow Lion HomeStay
Ranked #16 of 98 Hotels in Darjeeling
Certificate of Excellence
United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
34 hotel reviews
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“Comfortable stay. Great service.”
Reviewed April 13, 2013

We stayed here for 7 nights, so we're able to negotiate a good reduction.

Positive points; very clean, spacious, excellent breakfast, overall service was excellent, great location only about 5 mins walk from many nice restaurants etc. Very nice and spacious communal areas. Some nice touches, ie complimentary hot water bottles.
Negative points; the WiFi was very slow and difficult to connect to, we had to use a nearby internet cafe. The building was extremely cold and our room had a lot of damp. Another guest had been locked out at 11pm and was ringing doorbell, so we were woken up and had to let him in, I don't know where the staff were, but he had been waiting a long time and would probably have been left to sleep on the streets had we not let him in.

Our negative points are relatively minor and might not be applicable had we been in another room or had different computers. overall I would definitely recommend staying here and would stay here again.

  • Stayed March 2013
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Reviewed March 25, 2013

Spent three nights here in march. Room cost was Rs 1500 including breakfast for first floor room with window but view is building next door.
Room size is large with a king size comfortable Bed.
Breakfast the usual Eggs,Toast and Coffee.
Hot Shower is ok once you master the operation.
Home Stay owners are very nice people and exceedingly helpful.
All the Staff are great which makes for a nice stay.
Is five minutes walk from a multitude of good clean well priced Restaurants and the relaxed touristy "Chowastra" area is close by.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 22, 2013

Very nice place, very nice staff. A bit on the pricey side but there is hot water, a comfy bed and the rooms are very nice. It is wonderful to watch some TV and drink some warm tea on a cold night.
Darjeeling "closes down" around 9pm so when we were out late with some friends (12:30pm) we came back and the doors to the hotel were locked. We had to knock for a very long time before getting in. That is the only complaint we would have about this hotel.
Great location (no hills!) , lots of character and very nice staff.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 12, 2013

Had gone to drop my son to St. Paul's School, Darjeeling and had stayed in Snowlion Homestay from 8th to 11th March, 2013. Have had a great time. The Service provided by the Hotel Staff was excellent and the best part was they were always smiling. Also had a great time in the Common Room on the Ground Floor - chatting and partying with friends. Their small Library has an interesting collection of Books. Found the owner Mr. P.T. Gailly to be a wonderful and a very helpful person.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 18, 2013

We visited Darjeeling in first week of January 2013 and stayed at Snow Lion homestay (opposite Bethany school on Gandhi Road) for 4 days. We had booked a mountain-view room that was on 2nd floor. It was a well-furnished room. Bed tea and breakfast is complimentary but you will get either bread toast-egg or aloo paratha for breakfast. Mr. Gailey is a nice person. The hotel staffs were good, polite people.
The hotel interior is clean, tidy, well-decorated with Tibetan flavour.

Room Tip: Choose mountain-view room so you will get to see Mt. Kanchenjunga from your room if its a clear day.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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Reviewed January 11, 2013

We had been Darjeeling from 1st Janury to 5th january and stayed at Snowlion homestay (Gandhi Road, Darjeeling). The location is conveniently distanced from the famous mall, Keventer's, Glenary's, Nathmull's.....and all the nice old stuffs that Darjeeling cherishes. The room had great view of Mt. Kanchenjungha. The room was nice. Room service, housekeeping was pretty good. The hotel staff was polite, very helpful.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 28, 2012

I stayed here for about three nights towards the end of November. I chose this place based on Tripadvisor reviews and have absolutely no regrets. Centrally located, 10-15 minute walk from station / Gangtok taxi stand if you want to avoid being fleeced by the local taxis. While we were there there were frequent power outages, however, the hotel staff were very professional in arranging hot water at various times to tide over the problems. They are also quite helpful in responding to queries etc. Breakfast is decent - toast, butter, jam, eggs. Some rooms have nice views. Would definitely go back there, if I had to visit Darjeeling.

Room Tip: Try to get rooms on higher floors to get a good view.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Snow Lion HomeStay
Address: 27A Gandhi Road | Opposite Bethany primary school, Darjeeling 734101, India
Location: India > West Bengal > Darjeeling District > Darjeeling
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 98 Hotels in Darjeeling
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Snow Lion HomeStay 1.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In the heart of Darjeeling, close to the Mall's shopping and entertainment, is "Snowlion Homestay." The hotel is owned & managed by a Tibetan family. Located on Gandhi Road, which is a continuation of the Mall Road, it provides an ideal base for the many local tourist attractions, whilst being in a central, upmarket area of the town. All our rooms have en suite (attached) bathroom with showers, hot & cold running water (24hrs), W.C, in-house telephone and remote control television with Cable TV (37 channels including BBC, Star TV, Zee, ESPN etc). We provide room heaters and hot water bottles at no additional cost during the winter season. WI-FI is freely accessible in the lounge. We would be happy to arrange for a taxi to collect you at BGD airport or NJP station. We have pick-up from BGD airport or NJP station and travel to Darjeeling (one way). If you choose to use us to be dropped back to the Airport or Station at the end of your stay, we will arrange it. The drive up to Darjeeling is 3hrs and is in any event very scenic. Often tourists choose to use a slightly longer (and even more scenic) route via Mirik Lake. This latter route is approximately 4 hrs. ... more   less 
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