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“Time stands still” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Kalimpong Park Hotel
Ranked #5 of 14 Hotels in Kalimpong
Newcastle
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104 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Time stands still”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2013

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.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2013

My friends and me intended to go to Sikkim. One of my friend can't enter Sikkim due to the visa error from tour company in Thailand. The local tour company - Marcopolo world travel, rearranged to stayed at Park Hotel, Kalimpong, at the top of the hill.
First night , we've been there around 8 pm. : dinner was prepared , they changed to vegetable salad - room service as we requested. The front office staff offer us to fill in registration form in the morning , coz we were tired from switched plan - traveling.
The room was clean, quiet, good bed, hot shower. The view around the hotel was so beautiful.
Second night, our local guide & hotel staff go out to buy "Tongba" Sikkim drink & served at dinner (as we request).
Hotel staff assisted us to solve the problem on getting flight details to Delhi on the 2nd morning.
My friend and me intend to be back there again and go to Sikkim, contact directly with the local travel company. I love Park Hotel - where we can get services from the heart.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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new delhi india
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2013

I visited ths place wit my friends last march. We booked d hotels fr tour on advice of the trip advisor and took a Sikkim-Gangtok-Kalimpong package from Antilog Vacations.The services and prices we got were very good..bt regarding this particular stay@kalimpong Bt I hv to say I was fairly disappointed. The place is good. Good location. Good people. Good food. Bt with every good there is also loads of bad attached to it. I mean u cant go fr a walk. U cnt explore the surroundings. U cant even hv fun outside coz it seems freezing sumtyms and u feel numb indoors too coz there is shortage of adequate heating facilities. Less burners or heaters.

Thankfully the food ws served hot and fresh. The baths had a the facility of good hot water. Al thanks fr tat bt otherwise the rooms wer pretty damp r cold almost all the time. U feel very dull at the place. Nt very brigt. Windows do gv a gud view. Though litle bt yes it ws nice. Remote locations nd good. Rooms wer nt huge bt served the purpose wel. Good area. Little complain abt the cold feeling in the room bt rest was fine. Staff ws nice. Friendly. Spoke very well and courteously also. They wer helpful in guiding us abt the trip to nearby localities.

One imp thing abt this plan ws tat u need a vehicle. Nd the roads are nt worth the effort. Quite hilly. R nt well to trail. Nd u need loads of effort to walk the place.So its ur choice. We decided to tk the risk and its worth it. We enjoyed. After returning to the hotel the refreshments were nice. We were very pleased. The rooms had a nice bathplace.less in space and décor bt average. The hotel itself is nt overpriced bt transportation could cost u a little , if u do everything by urself. An average and occasional place but good.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank pooja c
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Calcutta, West Bengal, India
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13 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2013

Purpose of my visit to kalimpong was to seek silence, deep meditation &soul searching...and my wish was fulfilled with the 3 nights stay at the Kalimpong Park Hotel.Located bit away from the otherwise clumsy Kalimpong town, this hotel is itself a place to spend a short vacation.The front two storied portion is a heritage building, with wooden floors, ceiling, many antique items.. an overall vintage feeling!..A newly constructed portion of the hotel is behind the heritage.My room was at heritage building, 2nd floor, overlooking the hills.Service was good, and so was the food...wish to be back here again some other time...

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank tiirthankar
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Kochi (Cochin), India
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26 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2013

Kalimpong is one of those forgotten old places which is thankfully off the usual tourist radar. Kalimpong park hotel reminds you of a typical English bed and breakfast place. Quaint is the only word which comes to mind. It's old world, with wooden cane furniture and deer trophies on the walls from years of yore.
It is a fair (uphill) walk from the main market via a narrow road. Carry a torch if you venture out in the evening, coz it tends to get dark quickly. The hotel itself is well run, nice cute bar, a small dining area and bespoke dinners if you are on MAP plan.
The beauty of Kalimpong and the Park hotel is that not much happens around here, and you can let lazy afternoons envelope you while you get engrossed in a good book.
Definitely worth a trip. Don't forget to pick up a bottle of red hot chilly pickle from the market. Locals call it 'dalle' (worth every penny).

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank VikasNautiyal
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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25 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2013

The hotel is situated a bit away from the main area...but one can walk down to the market place... first time i went there in 1995 with family , after that i revisited park with my husband in the year 2011 december... the place is exactly the same one , even after 16 long years.....
The place is absolutely nostalgic. couples would definitely love it. view from the room is wonderful... preferably take the 1st floor rooms......the furnitures are pure antiquities......the service of the hotel was too good.........food was good too....
Most of all the hotel fits the best in ones budget and facility wise it is cheap ....

Room Tip: preferably take the 1st floor rooms.... couples would love it.....
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Kalimpong Park Hotel
Address: Rinkingpong Road, Kalimpong 734301, India
Location: India > West Bengal > Kalimpong
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #5 of 14 Hotels in Kalimpong
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Number of rooms: 24

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