It is "One of the three Jewels of the Raj", said a celebrated travel writer of The Windamere Hotel. Established in the 19th century as a cozy boarding house for bachelor English and Scottish tea planters, it was converted into a hotel just before the outbreak of the Second World War. Well known to sophisticated travellers the world over, the Windamere is famous for its unique ambience and charm, and has been the subject of many leading stories in the international media. Windamere is one of the original "Heritage Houses of the Himalayas". It is situated on Observatory Hill, a Darjeeling landmark, believed to be the focus and repository of life-enhancing cosmic energies.
Come and celebrate life with an ambience that breathes elegance in its every sense with Hotel Windamere, Darjeeling. The hotel is famed for its unmatched ambience that makes up the ideal atmosphere for a wonderful stay. The colonial ambience present at the hotel makes Hotel Windamere `a jewel of the Raj`. The hotel was built in the mid-19th century when the then Hotel Windamere in Darjeeling in India was a used as a boarding house for bachelor English and Scottish tea planters. The facilities provided by the hotel makes it unarguably one of the chosen Heritage Hotels in Darjeeling.
The location of Hotel Windamere, Darjeeling puts the guests on the Observatory Hill offering unmatched panoramic beauty of twenty of the world's highest mountains which displays the vibrant colors featuring deep purple valleys and the green open lands along with the amazing picture of the promenades and the gorgeous Mall.
The Hotel Windamere in Darjeeling offers elegantly designed 37 rooms in all divided in to two wings;' both unique in the services it provides. The Windamere wing of the hotel is the preferred side for the travelers from the bygone era who loves the old world charm. This wing is not provided with the modern electronic gadgets offering a calm stay. The other arm, The Little Windamere wing attracts those who prefer to be in touch with the happenings of the world. The accommodation in this wing is embellished with all the modern amenities like television and telephone.
The rooms at the hotel are categorized as Single Room, Single (superior), Double Room, Double (superior), Heritage Suites, "Tinkerbelle's Cottage", "Forget Me Not" and "Little Peppers".
Windamere Hotel is going to be an unmatched affair in terms of epicurean experience too. The British style restaurant and bar offer the best of Indian and Continental cuisines along with the choicest brands of liquor.
The hotel sponsors The DHR Club , which is located on its grounds. The club aims to foster fellowship among people who like rail travel, by providing a congenial meeting place for them in Darjeeling. The club's facilities are open to people of good standing, with valid membership cards of recognized railway societies from anywhere in the world. Members in good standing of mountaineering institutes, explorers clubs and geographical and botanical societies, may also be admitted to the DHR Club.
For recreation of the mind The club offers a beautifully designed library of travel related reference books, and provides facilities for viewing video films and slides. It is housed in The Snuggery, a 19th century stone cottage, and one of the oldest buildings in Darjeeling. A residential facility of eight double rooms with or without meals, is available to club members, at moderate rates.
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