Kalimpong Park Hotel is from a bygone era and is the epitome of quaint! The reception room bedecked with deer antlers, where tea in china cups and saucers is served on arrival, is straight from the era of the Raj and creates a fabulous atmosphere.
The staff are so helpful and accommodating, and the laundry service is fast, efficient and excellent value. One male member of staff, whose name i regrettably can not recall, was helpful above and beyond the call of duty. He was constantly to-ing and fro-ing, tending to guests and had such a pleasant, gentle nature.
My room was on the top floor and had lovely views from the large landing area in front of the 2 rooms in that section of the hotel. The rooms are basic but adequate and come with a small heater to take the chill off on a night. The walls are thin so noise from adjoining rooms is inevitable.
There were a couple of niggles but nothing that i felt it necessary to make staff aware of. Given it's location and the relatively new advent of tourism in this location, I think western travellers need to leave their usual standards and expectations behind when staying in such areas. Despite the cockroach in the room (it's not a holiday if you don't have at least one in your room at some point!), the random grains of rice in the bed (in a hotel which states no room service!) and the intermittent flow on the cold shower, I actually loved the KPH! I managed to run enough lukewarm water from the tap in to the buckets and improvise a 'jug shower' each day...when in India...so the shower issue wasn't an issue at all.
The restaurant accommodated our tour group excellently, having placed our orders in the late afternoon each day. The cooking is undertaken by the wife of the proprietor and she does an admirable job. The restaurant is rather cold but again, heaters are provided. However, it is chilly in a morning when the french doors are open to elements during breakfast.
The walk up to the KPH from the town is pleasant with picturesque views, although by some standards would be considered moderately steep. The gardens are pleasant and well kept but would have benefitted from some outdoor seating areas. A lovely verandah off the reception room/bar area provides the opportunity to wile away a couple of lazy hours with a good book, thereby allowing time to stand still in a location where it appears to have done just that.