Must-see hotels in Darjeeling

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    Windamere Hotel

    This quaint, rambling relic of the Raj is one of Darjeeling’s most atmospheric digs. The charming Ada Villa, with the tea rooms and bar, was once a…

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    Dekeling Resort at Hawk’s Nest

    Run by the good people at Dekeling Hotel, this is a great escape from Darjeeling's increasingly noisy centre, situated 1km south en route to the Japanese…

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    Dekeling Hotel

    Spotless Dekeling is full of charming touches such as coloured diamond-pane windows, a wood-fired heater in the sociable lounge-library, wood panelling…

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    About an hour's drive north of Darjeeling, this stylish, uberluxury tea estate is a true indulgence for those looking to splurge. The lovely estate sits…

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    Karmi Farm

    A two-hour drive from Rimbik near Bijanbari, this cheerful place is managed by Andrew Pulger-Frame, whose Sikkimese grandparents once ran an estate from…

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    Mayfair Darjeeling

    Originally a maharaja’s summer palace but renovated within an inch of its life, this plush choice sits among manicured gardens and a bizarre collection of…

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    Little Tibet

    A surprising number of Darjeeling's best-run hotels are Tibertan-owned and this is one of them, with a tasteful Tibetan theme throughout in the rugs,…

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    This Beatles-themed hotel certainly makes a change from standard hill-station hotel style. It's full of Fab Four memorabilia and the five small but…

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    Elgin Darjeeling

    Grand and full of classy ambience, yet friendly and comfortable, the Elgin was once the summer residence of the maharaja of Cooch Behar. The restaurant is…

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    Hotel Seven Seventeen

    This friendly Tibetan-run place on the edge of the bazaar has pleasant wood-skirted rooms with clean bathrooms. Upper-floor rooms are best; those at the…

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    Snowlion Homestay

    The Snowlion provides a friendly Tibetan welcome and cosy, clean, pine-panelled rooms with soft beds and Tibetan rugs and cushions. The two top-floor…

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    Bellevue Hotel

    This old-school building has a variety of sizable, clean, bright, wood-panelled and wood-floored rooms. The spacious breakfast-lounge area and location by…

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    Hotel Aliment

    A dependable choice in a quiet area well above the downtown hubbub, the Aliment has a variety of reasonably priced, wood-lined rooms. The best are on the…

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    Hotel Tranquility

    This very good-value place is sparkling clean, with 24-hour hot water, a comfy lobby lounge, views from the rooftop and upper floors, and 16 small but…

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    Hotel New Galaxy

    A simple budget option, with smallish, carpeted, past-their-prime rooms. All have hot showers and the sunny terrace is a bonus. Rooms vary considerably;…

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    Tibet Home

    Clean, bright, modern rooms with comfy mattresses make this a solid, central option, with profits going to the Manjushree Centre of Tibetan Culture in the…

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    Hawk's Nest

    Clean, basic rooms and satisfying meals in a cosy house among mountain meadows, 2.5km above Mane Bhanjang on the way up to the Singalila Ridge.

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    Green Hill

    Offers inexpensive accommodation with attached bathrooms in Rimbik, a trailhead for Singalila Ridge treks. Fooding available.

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    Hotel Sherpa

    Offers three comfortable rooms with attached bathroom and hot showers, with pleasant lawns out the front. No meals except breakfast, though.