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Taj Tashi Bhutan
At the time of research, the finishing touches were being applied to this centrally located, 66-room hotel that towers over Thimphu but cleverly incorporates traditional architecture...
Offering a la carte restaurant and a massage parlour, Khamsum Inn is located in Thimphu. Free Wi-Fi access is available. The Memorial Stupa is 500 metres from the property. The Tashichho Dzong Fortress is 1 km while the Buddha Point is 5 km...
Property Location Taj Tashi is centrally located in Thimphu, walking distance from Textile Museum and close to Changlimithang Stadium. This 5-star hotel is within close proximity of Changangkha Lhakhang and Memorial Chorten...
This centrally located hotel bills itself as a boutique hotel and boasts a classy ambience and stylish decor...
On the 'less is more' theme comes this five-star resort on the forested fringes of town. Amankora looks like a mini dzong, its stone-paved passageways inspiring hushed tones in the reverential guests...
High above the Wang Chhu on the east bank is the old-fashioned but charming Jambayang Resort...
Hotel Dragon Roots
The old-fashioned and somewhat noisy rooms at the oddly named Dragon Roots are cosy enough but definitely at the lower end of the tourist spectrum. The pink and lime colour scheme doesn't exactly scream cool...
Shambala Executive Apartments
These spacious two-bedroom, two-bathroom, fully furnished, fully serviced apartments boast polished floorboards, wood panelling and other nice touches. Nightly rates for short-term guests are available on request.
Hotel Zey Zang
Characterless but clean and comfortable.
Rooms are a bit rundown, with thin mattresses and hot water in the mornings only, but they are essentially clean and it's very central. The restaurant's shepherd's pie (special order) has attracted a small local appreciation society.
The rooms are plain and not immune to noise, but the bathrooms are clean and it has a good Bhutanese/Indian restaurant.
On the east bank of the Wang Chhu is this hefty and somewhat dated group place. All of the spacious rooms have a balcony with fine views (which are slightly better from the upper floors)...
The old-fashioned Hotel Pedling is showing its age these days and certainly isn't a luxury option. But you can't beat the location, and the staff are very friendly. The hotel is owned by Gangte Monastery and often gets visiting Buddhist groups.
This hotel was for a long time the best in Thimphu but has enjoyed a lower profile over recent years...
Hotel Phuntsho Pelri
This bright, modern and central place has rooms set around a central inner courtyard, with polished floorboards, thicker-than-usual mattresses, and tea and coffee facilities. The businessy vibe is tempered by the bar and Turkish-style spa.
This central three-star place overlooking the southern traffic circle was extensively remodelled in 2010. Expect nice decor, teak flooring and a ground-floor restaurant. There are plans to create a chain of Galingkhas across Bhutan.
Looking a century older than its 1990s heritage, the rustic, wood-panelled Motithang is far from the centre, in the peaceful suburb of Motithang – not far from the residence of the King's Grandmother...
This hotel overlooks the stadium and is a favourite of many expatriates. The wood-panelled, carpeted rooms are spacious, light and comfortable, so don't be put off by the gloomy lobby. The restaurant has a good reputation.
Hotel Druk Sherig
This former guesthouse was under renovation during our last visit but should reopen soon as a solid midrange option with a very central location.
Yeedzin Guest House
This modest but quiet and friendly guesthouse overlooks central Thimphu and oozes old-world charm. It's popular with local NGO staff and consultants, who like the five suites, each with a kitchen...
A good, clean and fresh central option but you'll need to haggle to get a decent rate.
Namgay Heritage Hotel
At the tip-top end of the tourist class is this excellent new place, a short walk from the centre. Rooms are comfortable with good beds and stylish Buddhist motifs, though some rooms suffer from slow drains...
R Penjor Lodge
Upstairs from Ambient Café and run by the same people, the good-value rooms are clean and each come with a bathroom.
The Kisa has quickly become one of best-regarded hotels in town. It's central and stylish, with 35 very comfortable rooms and one of the best hotel restaurants in town. This is at the top end of the tourist class and recommended.
Thimphu's latest luxury choice is actually 7km from Thimphu, outside the valley on the banks of the Wang Chhu, just below the main road to Paro...