Best hotels and hostels in Thimphu

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    Amankora

    A 'less is more' philosophy presides at this exclusive five-star resort, Thimphu's finest, edging into the forest by a tinkling brook northwest of town. The graceful cluster of whitewashed buildings resembles a mini dzong, and stone-paved passageways lead past open fireplaces to elegant, wood-lined rooms with bukhari heaters, free-standing bathtubs and a touch of futuristic minimalism – Bhutanese-Nordic might be the best description.

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    Termalinca Resort & Spa

    Perched beside a peaceful stretch of the Wang Chhu, about 7km south of Thimphu, Termalinca packs a lot of comfort into its stone and timber buildings. Scattered around stone courtyards and beautifully tended gardens are multiple restaurants, a gym, spa rooms with a hot stone bath, and enormous wood-panelled rooms decorated in a modern-Bhutan-meets-dynastic-China style.

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    Taj Tashi

    The striking dzong-like architecture of the five-star Taj Tashi fits effortlessly into the valley, and the elegant interior is full of Bhutanese motifs (note the dungchen trumpets as door handles). The understated rooms are full of dark timber and most have excellent views, particularly the corner suites and the four deluxe rooms with private balconies, where you can relax on a day bed.

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    Hotel Druk

    This understated but stylish place is the closest Thimphu has to a grande dame hotel, with an old-world charm that sets it above some of the pricier five-star hotels in town. It's right in the centre on Clocktower Square, and the grand rooms have free-standing bathtubs in open-plan bathrooms and subtle Bhutanese details that complement rather than clash with the belle époque styling.

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    Six Senses

    Set in carefully tended grounds high above Simtokha, the immaculate new Six Senses is effortlessly refined. There are no TVs in the graceful, timber-filled rooms, but with the sweeping valley views (including from the bathtub) and bukhari heaters, you won't mind. Everything is about peace and contemplation: an infinity pond reflects the sky, and a meditation room looks out over the valley.

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    Namgay Heritage Hotel

    A top-end tourist-class hotel, Namgay Heritage is a riot of hand-carved timbers. The rooms are less traditional than the five-storey atrium, but are warm and comfortable, with murals on the walls. Perks include the quiet location away from the hubbub, a decent restaurant, a free sauna, gym and indoor pool, and a great bar across the courtyard serving draught beers, coffee and cakes.

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    DusitD2 Yarkay Thimphu

    This new Bhutanese-Thai venture is on the road to the National Memorial Chorten. Each floor has an animal theme, inspired by the Buddhist legend of the Four Harmonious Friends, which extend to the decor in each room and the cuddly toy on each bed (which you can buy to fund local charities).

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    Heritage Home Babesa

    A gorgeous restoration of a traditional rammed-earth farmhouse, this place feels more like a homestay than a hotel. The home, which is more than 120 years old, is full of trinkets and original features. Some rooms share a bathroom but all are full of dragon rugs and Bhutanese fabrics. It's located just off the road to Paro.

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    Thimphu Tower

    A business-like business-class hotel facing onto Clocktower Square, with good service and nice little touches, such as free earplugs in the rooms to keep out the noise from downtown. Inside, it's modern rather than traditional and the upper-floor premium rooms boast good views over Changlimithang Stadium. You might need to pay a small supplement to stay here.

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    Namseling Boutique Hotel

    It's all about colour at this smart modern hotel above Norzin Lam. Rooms come with a concept – awakening, purity, balance and harmony – and a colour scheme to match the mood. For our money, the saffron-coloured rooms are the most inviting. There's a spa and a sleek modern restaurant, and an imperial Chinese vibe. Expect to pay a surcharge to stay here.

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    Hotel Jumolhari

    This centrally located hotel swaps the usual Bhutanese interior design for a smart art deco feel and lots of brown and gold tones. The rooms are snug but tastefully decorated and well appointed, and the above-average restaurant serves good Indian dishes, and buffets for groups. For our money, this is the best-value option close to Clocktower Square.

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    Walk Inn

    A spick-and-span new arrival on Norzin Lam, nudging into the Bhutan-tourist-hotel category. There's a spotless restaurant overlooking the town square serving good Indian vegetarian food, and upstairs, marble corridors lead to clean, calm rooms with gleaming white sheets, dragon carpets and wood-effect tile floors. Enter at the back of the building.

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    Norkhil Boutique Hotel & Spa

    One of a new breed of boutique hotels in Bhutan blending designer decor with a modern, international outlook. It's all tastefully done, and the spacious rooms offer great views over the town or hills. There's a good restaurant, a spa, and a bar with an open-air terrace where you can sip your drinks while looking out over the city.

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    Wangchuk Hotel

    This well-cared-for hotel overlooks Changlimithang Stadium and is a favourite with expats. The wood-panelled, carpeted rooms are spacious, light and conducive to relaxation, and the service is excellent. The outdoor terrace seating is great for a Red Panda beer or espresso at the end of a busy day of sightseeing.

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    Kisa Villa

    Feeling more like a family home than a hotel, this cosy stone property looks out across the river towards Trashi Chho Dzong. Two houses with snug, wood-lined rooms are set in a pretty garden. The best rooms have windows on two sides and views of the dzong from your bed.

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    Ambient Café Serviced Apartments

    Upstairs from Ambient Café and run by the same friendly folk, these tasteful one-bedroom apartments have wooden floors, neat marble bathrooms, a small kitchen and lounge and upbeat, modern decor. Access to the rooms is past the cafe's coffee grinder.

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    Hotel Tashi Yoedling

    There's a certain design flair at this bright, modern hotel just south of the centre, but it's the views right over the National Memorial Chorten that steal the show. Even rooms without the view are light and airy, with stylish modern furniture.

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    Wangchuk Resort Taba

    Edging into the forest high above the east bank of the Wang Chhu, this old-fashioned but charming resort is set beside an ancient goemba built on the site of the vanished palace of the Druk Desi (secular ruler) Lam Tsewang. Rooms are comfortable rather than luxurious, but it's the tranquil location and the restaurant and terrace overlooking the city that are the main drawcards.

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    Bhutan Suites

    Business travellers, NGO workers and passing tourists all appreciate the set-up here. Bright and comfortable suite rooms have underfloor heating, a separate lounge and dining area and mini-kitchens, plus sweeping balcony views over Thimphu. It's away from the centre but close to the Changangkha Lhakhang, and you can order room service from the good vegetarian restaurant or snack in the ground-floor cafe.

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    Osel Hotel

    A notch above tourist-grade hotels, the four-star Osel has an understated modern style and a full range of in-house facilities, including an atmospheric coffee shop, a spa, restaurant and bar. The suites have fine corner bathrooms where you can take in city views while soaking in the free-standing bathtub. There's a pleasant outdoor terrace and guests have free use of the steam and sauna rooms.