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Review of Hotel Galingkha
3.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 Oct 2017
We were booked into a corner room on the top floor, overlooking the traffic police kiosk at the main junction of central Thimphu (intersection of Hogdzin Lam and Norzin Lam). Great view of the intersection at all hours! Spacious room with TV, hotpot, mini-fridge, bottled water, modern shower, WC, and lavatory. As usual in many hotels in Bhutan the hot water tank is mounted to the wall in the bathroom, so make sure the switch to the receptacle is on to ensure practically instant hot water. Restaurant on the ground floor provides unremarkable buffet breakfast. Because we were foreigners the staff automatically delivered white bread toast - although it arrived after we finished our meal. Extremely friendly staff! Arrangements for spa amenities can be reserved at the front desk, although these are offsite (across the street). The spa is absolutely worth a visit - especially after a long day walking or after a trek! Perfect place to pamper your tired feet. Be aware that there is no elevator and the staircase is wide but quite steep in places - can take the wind out of your sails. Floors in the hallway on the top floor are uneven with ramps in unexpected places - so tread carefully. The best part of the stay for me was at night. Despite advice from friends to bring earplugs to muffle the din of the street dogs - I just listened. It turned out to be amazing to hear the local dogs organize themselves to belt out a chorus together. After that I slept soundly - in fact profoundly. At some point the dogs became customary and strangely comforting background noise.
Date of stay: October 2017
Room Tip: If you want to see the traffic police kiosk in action ask for a corner room.
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Reviewed 30 May 2017

This Hotel is located at the heart of the Thimphu Town saving time for the travelers to go around the town, do shopping or even for a late night party.
Having a Bhutanese Architectural with Modern amenities, it is a perfect place with extra Comfort and Atmosphere. The mouth Watering cuisine and with great care by the team make it a best to hold a night at.

Date of stay: May 2017
2  Thank Nim D
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Reviewed 18 December 2016

The short: for a restful night, re-read the review title. For details, read on.

Selected by our Bhutan travel guide, the Hotel Galingkha is located in a part of town with a nice local vibe. The staff was wonderful, gracious and helpful with them wrestling your luggage away from you if you attempt to carry it up the stairs in this elevator-free hotel. (A slim elderly man ran several laps from the lobby up the 63 steps to our room with several 40-pound pieces of luggage.) The dining room service was excellent, as was the food. On the other hand...

..after a long day, including the Tiger's Nest climb, additional stairs were not on our agenda. The rooms, which were spacious, are poorly designed for guests. There are not bedside lamps and no way to illuminate one side of the bed and no light switch at bedside. The makeshift desk by the bed had a non-working lamp.

The room was cold with a heater that was not up to the task in December. Worse, the bathroom was colder. Worse still, the hot water quickly ran out leaving us with cold showers in a cold room.

Just as bad, the WiFi was barely usable in the room and only slightly better in the lobby

The bed and pillows were pleasantly firm and up there with the most comfortable hotel surfaces I can recall, but the bed and pillow could not compensate for the cold and THE BARKING OF THE DOGS.

All night, throughout the night, stray dogs, some single, some in packs, responding to each other over the distances, maintained a sustained dysharmonic cacophony of noise that permeated our top-floor room. It was miserable. Most other reviews concur on this doggy issue.

While the Hotel Galinkha has some nice features, they are diminished by the poor WiFi, cold rooms, cold showers and the dogs, the barking of the dogs. Stay in an other part of town unless you want to awaken dog-tired.

Date of stay: December 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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2  Thank doctorbobster
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Reviewed 1 November 2016

This central hotel has nice rooms, with good showers and shampoo and soap. Nice pillows too. If you ask for asian food, like aloo paratha for breakfast it will come. Dog howling at night is a problem in all hotels in Thimphu, and this one is just the same. If in Thimphu expect to hear the dogs serenading.

Room tip: The stairs are steep so first floor is better if you are unfit
Date of stay: October 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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3  Thank Carolineoperalover
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Reviewed 31 October 2016

This hotel is right in the centre of down town Thimphu, close to the market and shops. Our room on the 2nd floor had a view of the police box "traffic light". The room was spacious and comfortable, the breakfast and evening meals were good, equal to most similar accomodation in Bhutan, staff were excellent and service was prompt. The only issue which is no fault of the hotel is the large number of stray dogs which rule the streets from 10 pm to 08 am, they bark and fight incessantly, so you will need to use ear plugs in order to obtain a decent nights sleep.

Date of stay: October 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Richmond G
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Reviewed 1 October 2016

The hotel offers spacious and tastefully done rooms and very comfortable bathrooms. Our room offered good view of two lively streets. However, stray dogs ensured that sleep would be fitful. In fact on the second night of our stay, the dogs seemed to be having some raucous assembly of their own, ensuring that sleep could not be had at all. Visitors are advised to carry good quality ear plugs or noise cancelling headphones.

The service was good with the chef even preparing a slightly early breakfast for us. Indian vegetarian options though are limited and not very great.

Date of stay: September 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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