The Swiss Hotel

15/A Gandhi Road, Darjeeling, West Bengal, 734101, India | Hotel
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Travel Blogs from Darjeeling

Darjeeling Revisited

A travel blog entry by trekpartha


I have always liked Darjeeling, more so when Darjeeling was free of GNLF and GMM. It was safe, tranquil and beautiful. Government departments we allowed to work and roads were without moon like craters. Last month my revisit made my belief that West Bengal is a sick state increased.

But natural beauty could not be taken away through …


A travel blog entry by sammy_moore


... As we drove in to Darjeeling two men chased down the jeep, jumping on the back and hitching a lift before helping us with our bags and directing us towards our hostel. They weren't hijacking the van as we had first thought! Uphill was the theme for the next 20 minutes, starting with a thigh busting set of stairs. We found a small guesthouse owned by a sweet elderly man with a single tooth and gummy smile, where we would share a double bed for 700 rupees (~ £7). ...

A cup of Darjeeling would be lovely!

A travel blog entry by mark.wilson


... country, completely separate from India! I think Ghorkhaland sounds like a cool idea but It'll never happen

  • Heading back to the hotel, Peter said I was starting to look like Professor Weeto! I therefore got myself a haircut for 40Rs,the guy did a bang up job! Later on, we did some computer stuff, mostly trying to sort out the trains, grabbed a nice dinner from the Frank Ross Cafe then to bed as we hadn't slept properly for 3-4 days!

  • Wednesday ...

    Trekking: day 4 and 5

    A travel blog entry by porkchopjim


    ... get some chicken! We couldn't wait. We hadn't been there long when the smiley and nice woman of the house started preparing dinner. She also made us a coffee. We had started to favour coffee over tea because they had been so nice and then we got to see why. There method is to boil some water in a saucepan (enough for half a cup each) and then add a generous amount of sugar into the saucepan at that point. The sugar in India and Nepal isn't nearly as refined, it is ...

    Tea Time - Darjeeling

    A travel blog entry by maja.flower


    ... jars and we visited a nearby zoo. I would normally hesitate to go to a zoo in a developing country after one disturbing experience in Bolivia but this zoo was not too bad, just some of the cages seemed to small. We saw Himalaya animals like snow leopar, tiger, black bear, monkeys etc. But mostly we have not been doing too much just drinking tea and relaxing around. In the next few days we will start to head towards Nepal! ...

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    This hotel, located on 15/A Gandhi Road, Darjeeling, is near Tiger Hill, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Mirik, and Barbotey Rock Garden.
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      TravelPod Member ReviewsThe Swiss Hotel Darjeeling

      Reviewed by desarkarpartha

      Happy Days at Swiss Hotel

      Reviewed Jul 24, 2011
      by (1 review) Kolkata (Calcutta), , India Flag of India

      Hotel is located at a walking distance from Gleneries, Kaventer, The Mall and centre of Darjeeling.
      Its cottages are nicely kept and heritage building is still aristocratic. Services was up to a standard and the assistant manager was the man Friday of all guests. Food is nice with scope to improve furhter.
      The lawn is very well kept and Kanchenjunga is visible from the lawn when sky is clear. Overall, our stay was a happy stay.

      This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of

      Reviewed by trekpartha

      Swiss Hotel Revisited

      Reviewed May 17, 2011
      by (1 review) Kolkata (Calcutta) , India Flag of India

      Swiss Hotel is a heritage hotel of early Raj era. I like it as its ambiance is fine. It has very comfortable rooms and cottages. Lawn is good but could be better with proper horticultural activity.
      Present visit made me wonder why the owners are oblivious of poor managerial skill to keep a heritage property real heritage. I am sure the Swiss couples paid close attention to house-keeping. It is lacking now. Drinking water is supplied in tiny flask and one flask for one room though two occupy the room. Every half an hour one has to call up attendant to get water in room.
      Manager is mostly invisible and when you meet him, he explains how busy he was in taking tourists to Manebhanjan or any such place. The hotel is generally left in care of Mr. Sudarshan, a hard working young with limitations.
      It is in quagmire and needs tough discipline to get it back in rail. We have run Air Force Messes which are like 4-star hotels and better than many clubs of Kolkata, We can straighten it in no time to make the Swiss couple lie in graves peacefully,

      This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of

      TripAdvisor Reviews The Swiss Hotel Darjeeling

      4.50 of 5 stars Outstanding