Best Darjeeling Hotels Near Mall

 
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My reviews of hotels at or near Mall 
Ask any tourists in Darjeeling, and 9 out of 10 will say that they want to stay in a hotel located close to the Chowrasta Mall. Why? Because Mall is the town center or heart of Darjeeling and the area around it is bustling with shops, eateries, bars, activities etc. 
 
And also the fact is, Mall is one of the best view areas in Darjeeling from where you get lovely vistas of mountains including the snow peaks of Kanchenjunga. And the Mall itself is after all the town square where tourists and locals alike, come, sit and relax on the benches here and enjoy the views and the ambience. 
 
So if you want to feel the vibe of Darjeeling town, then you must plan to stay on or around the Mall area. And fortunately there are many hotels on and around the Mall. However all are not good and I don't want to dwell about the bad hotels here. But good or bad, these are the first hotels to get filled up during high season. 
 
Hotel Shangri La (Category: Mid Range) 
This small boutique hotel only with 4 rooms is located on Nehru Road and only steps away from the Mall. This in my view is probably the best hotel around in its category. But being small, it's very difficult to get rooms in this hotel unless you book well in advance. But once you get a room, rewards are plenty. 
 
First the Chowrasta Mall is only about 20 yards away. Second, the restaurant of the hotel located at the ground floor is considered one of the best in town and has a nice bar as well. Third, most rooms offer lovely views of the peaks. Fourth, lots of great shops and eateries are all within stones throw distance of this hotel. 
 
Hotel Windamere (Category: Luxury) 
Who hasn't heard about this lovely colonial property perched on the observatory hill overlooking the Mall? Again located only a few steps from the Chowrasta Mall and on Mall road itself, this in my view is the greatest property in luxury class. It is wrong to call it a hotel. It is more like collection of houses with rooms, spread across a wide lush area on the hill and having retained the original British colonial aura which are all reflected in its room furnishing, dining and all other offerings. 
 
 
 
Classic Guest House (Category: Budget) 
This is a small homely guesthouse and very well maintained. It's located right below the mall and only 2-3 minutes downhill walk from the main mall area. There are couple of great advantages. There are only four rooms and all have grand views of the mountains, snow peaks and the valley. Although very close to the mall, this place is strangely not noisy unlike many other hotels in the Mall area. This is a Bed &áBreakfast accommodation. They serve nice English breakfast and lots of tea. There are many eateries within short walking distances for you to take lunch and dinner. 
 
Darjeeling Tourist Lodge (Category: Budget and Mid Range) 
This lodge is run by West Bengal Tourist Development Corporation and like most of state government owned lodges, this too has a great location advantage. It's centrally located on Mall road and only 6-7 minutes walk from the Chowrasta. Walk from the Mall to the hotel is a bit uphill from Gorkha Bhawan onwards. However vehicles come right up to the hotel. The rooms from the main building offer fabulous views of Kanchhenjunga. The lodge also offers economy rooms (budget) in its adjacent Annex building. The Tourist Lodge has its in-house multi-cuisine restaurant and bar. 
 
The Retreat (Category: Mid Range/Luxury) 
The hotel is located on Mall road and about 5-6 minutes walk to the Mall. It's located right below the a View Point on Mall road and you can imagine the kind of views this hotel can offer from some of its rooms. It has deluxe, royal deluxe and executive rooms in three floors below the ground level. The ones with higher rates have private balconies with superb views. The lounge area just next to the reception too offers lovely views and so does the open terrace just outside the reception. It has an in-house multi cuisine restaurant which too offers lovely vistas of the mountains. 
 
Mayfair (Luxury) 
This is a heritage property and a 4 star hotel located right opposite to the Governor's House on Mall road (west). The mall is only 2-3 minute walk from the hotel. Great ambience. This is one of th ebest hotels around, however there is no Kanchenjunga views from here. Most rooms face the valley and town. 
 
 
 
The Elgin (Luxury) 
This grand property was once the summerhouse of the Raja of Cooch Behar and was built in 1887. The hotel owned by BR Oberoi has retained the old world charm and has combined with modent luxury amenities. Great views of the valley and township, but no views of Kanchenjunga. The hotel localted about 5 minute walk from the chowrasta Mall. 
 
The Hermitage Resort (Category: 3 Star) 
Great views from all its 20 rooms which are all similar and facing the Kachenjunga snow peaks. It's located on Mall road ánear Raj Bhawan. The chowrasta mall is an easy walk of 4-5 minutes. The hotel offers standard amenities including well furnished rooms, multi cuisine restaurant etc. Taxis will drop you at Bhanu Bhawan on Mall road (west) and the hotel is about 2-3 minute walk from there. 
 
Highlanders' Inn (Category: Budget) 
This small hotel is run by ladies and located right below The Retreat on Hermitage Lane. It's about 5-6 minutes walk to the Mall. Like The Retreat it too enjoys a great location advantage of offering lovely views from the rooms. Rooms are small, but clean and basic, and have color TVs, attached western toilets etc. They provide food. There is a small sitting area next to the entrance which too offers fabulous views. 
 
Sunflower Hotel (Category: Mid Range) 
This hotel is right on the mall and at the corner of a radial lane going out of the mall. However the rooms all face the backside and have valley views. You won't get any views of Kanchenjunga from this hotel. There are about 15 rooms which are laid out in three floors below the ground level. The reception is at the ground floor. The rooms are well maintained, recently refurbished and have modern amenities. There are several types of rooms including deluxe rooms and suites. 
 
Main Olde Bellevue Hotel (Category: Mid Range/Budget) 
This is another hotel which is located right on the mall and right next to where the popular Nehru Road full of shops &áeateries begins. That's probably the reason why this hotel hasn't felt the need of having its own restaurant. But rooms in the main building are good. There are standard, deluxe double and attic suites in the main building - total 21 rooms. The attic suites are special with complete wooden paneling and slanted roof with nice views. But the highlight of the hotel is its attic lounge .. a huge area with comfy wicker sofas and glass panels overlooking the mall and offering great views of the mountains. The hotel also has an adjoining heritage section with lawn. 
 
Hotel Broadway (Category: Budget) 
This is a nice family operated budget hotel with over 20 rooms. It's located very close to the foot of Nehru Road and only at 5-6 minutes walking distance from the Mall. The rooms are all wooden paneled and have standard amenities including color TV, room heaters (at extra cost) etc. There is an in-house restaurant serving North Indian, Bengali and Chinese food at reasonable prices. 
 
Viceroy Hotel (Category: Luxury) 
This is a very good and popular 4 star hotel in Darjeeling located on Gandhi Road and only 5-6 minutes walk from the Chowrasta Mall. Rooms are laid out across several floors and elegantly furnished. Out of 39 rooms, the attic rooms are special and are fully wood paneled with slanted roofs. Some of them even have a common sun deck area with lovely vista of the mountains. Amongst many amenities, the hotel has a nice in-house multi cuisine restaurant. 
 
Hotel Fairmont (Category: Budget) 
This a nice clean budget hotel very conveniently located right opposite The Viceroy and about 5-6 minutes walk from Chowrasta Mall. Rooms are standard and the ones at the upper floors have good views of the valley. Very friendly staff. They have a newly setup in-house multi-cuisine restaurant open to hotel guests and outsiders. 
 
Magnolia Residency (Category: Budget/Mid Range) 
A small midrange hotel with three floors and a lovely roof top terrace with wonderful views. The hotel is located on Zakir Hussain Road that goes out of the Mall and at a less than 2-minute walking distance. It has several room types including standard, premium, deluxe and executive rooms. All are clean with LCD TV, wi-fi internet access, carpets and western style attached toilets. The in-house restaurant (Sonam's Kitchen) serves Continental dishes and Nepali (lunch and dinner). 
 
Alice Villa (Category: Low Budget) 
A small family owned hotel with 17 rooms with types such as standard, deluxe, duplex 3-bedded etc. Rooms are well maintained, clean and have standard amenities including western style attached toilet. Rooms have fireplaces. The hotel is located on HD Lama Road. The mall is only 3-4 minutes walk. Staff are friendly and service is good. 
 
 
 
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Visitors' Reviews/Comments 
 
Dr. Mriganka De Sarkar (January 2017) 
Dear Raj, your informative website is of immense help. I am planning to visit Darjeeling in Mid May this year. Based on your reviews I have shortlisted three hotels. Could you please narrow down my choice based on parameters like: (i) closest to Mall ( as I have a little daughter of just 3 years old), (ii) plenty of place in side the hotel or property for playing and off course (iii) breath taking view of mountains: Darjeeling tourist lodge, Central Nirvana Resort, Classic Guest House. Thanks and Regards. 
 
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) January 2017 
For your requirements, the choice should be between tourist lodge and Central Nirvana. However the latter doesn't have great views from all its rooms, while all rooms in the upper floor of tourist lodge main building have great views and there is a nice lawn in the backside which too has excellent views. So, go for Tourist Lodge (but note that quality of rooms in Central Nirvana are better although a little smaller). 
 
Sudhansu Mohan Chakrabarti (August 2014) 
Dear Mr. Raj, I have gone through your site thoroughly and thank you for making valued advises to the travellers. I will visit Darjeeling during the 1st week of November 2014 for 3 nights and want to stay in a hotel near Mall which should have good views of Kanchenjunga from the room/attached balcony and not very cold. I have narrowed my search on Darjeeling Tourist Lodge (Room No.15), Classic Guest House and Hotel Central Nirvana (Room no. 401). Now please advise what should be my choice or any other hotel (preferably Rs.3000/- per day). I also intend to purchase the Darjeeling Tourism Card. My Best Wishes and Regards to you for such valuable advises to the tourists. 
 
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) August 2014 
All three are good choices. Classic Guest House is one of my favorites, but they serve only breakfast, no other meals. Rajen Singh has recently refurbished the rooms, and they look all new now. It gives a very homely feeling. Otherwise, you can go with any of the other two. Darjeeling Tourist Lodge has the advantage of cars reaching right up to its premises, while the others will require a bit of walk. You may not be able to specify room number while booking. In tourist lodge, the large rooms in the main building have covered balconies and great views. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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