As far as charming hill stations go, Gangtok is one of the prettiest places you will come across in the eastern Himalayas. Prettiest here equals popular, which means there is no dearth of luxury as well budget hotels in Gangtok. Focussing on lighter pockets for the moment, the piece here looks at the best budget picks.
Gangtok is usually one of the stops in a long holiday to Sikkim-Darjeeling-Gangtok. A trip to this hilly paradise involves romantic sunsets, scenic attractions, excellent views of Mount Kanchenjunga and multitudes of Buddhist monasteries. And along with these attractions, there are plenty of budget accommodations in Gangtok that cost as less as 800 rupees per night.
1. Hotel Mayur – Centrally located with a welcoming ambiance
Lying in close proximity to the Bagdogra airport and the New Jalpaiguri Railway Station, Hotel Mayur is one of the most accessible budget hotels in Gangtok. This 3-star hotel has over 24 rooms with cable connections, shower facilities, kitchenettes, sofa sets, intercoms and more. The rooms are sufficiently airy and the staff is warm and hospitable. You can request for a room heater and a DVD player at a chargeable cost.
What’s special: Savor a delicious array of food at the multi-cuisine restaurant and wash it down with some cocktails or mocktails at the bar. The Tashi View Point and the Enchey Monastery are just walking distance from the hotel.
Tariff: INR 3600 per night
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2. Hotel Sagorika – Value for money with exceptional service
Location: Upper Arithang Road
Hotel Sagorika is one of the best low budget hotels in Gangtok that lies a little further into MG Road and is thus away from all the hustle-bustle. The rooms have 24×7 hot water and cable television connection as well as dental kits and tea and coffee makers.
The rooms are well-equipped and are maintained regularly. Enjoy delicious meals at the in-house restaurant here or head out nearby to any of the popular eating joints. This hotel is not recommended for families as there is a steep climb involved to reach the hotel.
What’s special: Friendly staff who are always ready to help.
Tariff: INR 2800 per night
3. The Nettle and Fern Hotel- Convenience at its best in modern settings
Location: Jiwan Theeng Marg, Development Area
Modern cozy rooms with grand views greet you when you arrive at the Nettle and Fern hotel that is situated in the heart of Gangtok. You can do all your shopping with ease here and never run out of money in hand as there is a convenience store and an ATM located in the building itself. Mountain biking and trekking can also be arranged from the hotel.
The local delicacies at the in-house restaurant are worth sampling and the bar is well stocked. You can also stay on the terrace that has rooms with private balconies and attached toilets. The rooms are all wood paneled and spacious and have flat screen televisions.
View the grand sunsets over Rumtek Monastery and Ranka Valley here. Transfer to the Bagdogra airport and Jalpaiguri station can be arranged at additional cost.
What’s special: A reading room and a travel desk where you can book tours to Darjeeling and Kalimpong
Tariff: INR 2700 per night
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4. Hotel Juniper Tree – Old world charm with a dedicated management and staff
Location: Church Road (Rai Cottage)
Hotel Juniper has some of the friendliest staff you will come across and the management makes sure that they accommodate your every need. Situated near MG road, this hotel is centrally located near all tourist attractions and markets. The rooms are well decorated and each one has its own appeal and charm.
There is 24 hour room service and a dedicated support staff to listen to any of your requests. You are greeted with tea or coffee first thing in the morning and the in-house restaurant offers delectable cuisine. The rooms are well maintained and there is express laundry and dry cleaning service at hand. Also, it is one of the top 3 star hotels in Gangtok near MG Road.
What’s special: Newly constructed lobby offers fabulous views of the Himalayas
Tariff: INR 2700 per night
5. Hotel Berries – Warm mountain hospitality coupled with an aura of peace
Location: Arithang Road
Situated in one of the most pollution free locations, Hotel Berries exudes an ambiance of comfort and hospitality. All around the hotel, there are scenic views of mountain ranges, lakes, and snow-clad slopes. You can choose from three different categories of rooms consisting of the Ruby Room, Emerald Room, and the Diamond Room.
Each room is spacious and airy and is lavishly designed with attached LCD television sets. There are customized sightseeing options as well as plenty of travel assistance offered for tourists.
What’s special: Every room is styled differently and is well decorated and spacious. Also, there is a range of delectable fare you can savor here from Indian to Chinese and Continental.
Tariff: INR 2500 per night
6. Central Hill Resort – Luxury at an affordable rate
Location: Gangtok-31-A, National Highway
Hand-painted murals depicting the local culture and tradition of Sikkim dot the walls of the Central Hill Resort in Gangtok that makes it one of the top 3 star hotels in Gangtok near MG road. Aiming to help you create the perfect memories, this hotel has luxurious rooms, a rooftop garden, a multi-cuisine restaurant and a game room.
Also, the rooms have bed warmers to help you get a good night’s sleep. The hotel is near all the major shopping centers and tourist attractions and thus is easily accessible. Also, there is a doctor on call at the hotel in cases of emergencies.
What’s special: There is a Foreign Currency Exchange facility at the Hotel.
Tariff: INR 2400 per night
7. Bamboo Grove Retreat – An enjoyable retreat at the House of the Bamboo
Location: Kazi Road
One of the most prominent social figures of Sikkim, late Chum Dorji Wangmo Barfongpa founded the Bamboo Grove Retreat Hotel. This hotel is an environmentally friendly hotel that has 15 rooms with double beds and 4 attic rooms and is one of the best budget hotels in Gangtok.
Each room represents the rich Sikkimese culture and is well equipped with intercoms, working tables, and coffee and tea makers. Enjoy the homely vibes of this hotel that offers splendid views of the snow-clad mountain ranges. The resort also has its own luxury taxi for your transportation facilities.
What’s special: The hotel offers special summer packages which include sightseeing at the monasteries in Gangtok and shopping at the local markets.
Tariff: INR 2300 per night
8. Greendale Residency – Superior quality and convenience
Location: 31-A, National Highway, Near Seesha Golai
Greendale Residency is one of the most well-maintained budget hotels in Gangtok and is located near the shopping hub of MG Road. Enjoy a luxurious stay at this modern hotel that provides all necessary amenities and facilities.
The hotel may offer strict vegetarian fare but Naya Bazaar and MG Road are just a stone’s throw away. The rooms are spacious, well-equipped and tastefully decorated.
What’s special: Try some cocktails at the in-house bar “Taatopaani” or enjoy some delicious vegetarian fare at the “Hara Bhara” restaurant. You can also get your own cooking team in the separate kitchen and dining hall but non-vegetarian food is not allowed.
Tariff: INR 2250 per night
9. Hotel Retreat Lamaz Residency – Exemplifying serenity
Location: Bodhi, Jeewan Theeng Marg
With the motto of ‘Athiti Devo Bhavo’, the Retreat Lamaz Residency seeks to spread warmth and hospitality to all its guests. Like most budget hotels in Gangtok, the rooms are all equipped with wardrobes, LED TV with satellite channels and 24 hours running hot water.
Sample food at the multi-cuisine restaurant, stay fit at the gym and stroll around the lush green garden. The hotel has rooms that cater to both business travelers as well as tourists. There is a travel desk, karaoke facility and laundry service provided by the hotel.
What’s special: The hotel chain offers special packages online discounts on rooms and an extra free night of accommodation.
Tariff: INR 2000 per night
10. Hotel Sonam Delek – Homely comfort with splendid views
Location: Tibet Road
If you are painting French windows and balconies with a homely traditional Tibetan touch in your mind, the image comes true at Hotel Sonam Delek. This hotel has some of the most tidy and comfortable rooms that offer excellent views of Mount Khangchendzonga, Rumtek and Gangtok Valley.
The deluxe rooms have king size beds, private balconies and royal furnishings that make sure that your stay is as comfort ridden as possible. There is also a doctor on call at all times, a car park, a room heater, hot water and laundry services.
What’s special: Terrace deck studded with colorful flags and a pleasant garden with charming views of the mountain ranges. Enjoy some delicious fare at the restaurant inside the hotel for a memorable stay.
Tariff: INR 1700 per night
11. Hotel Tibet – Traditional aesthetics coupled with a cosmopolitan appeal
Location: Paljor Stadium Road
Adorned in traditional Tibetan handicrafts and motifs, Hotel Tibet is one of the most well-designed budget hotels in Gangtok. The rooms are furnished and offer splendid views of Mt. Kanchendzonga. You can choose your accommodation plans for the different rooms – from European to American and Bed and Breakfast options.
The rooms are spacious and well decorated in the traditional Tibetan style and have LCD cable televisions with cable connections. This hotel is quite family friendly and is just minutes away from the Paljor Stadium.
What’s special: Authentic Tibetan cuisine at the Snow Lion Restaurant in the hotel.
Tariff: INR 1600 per night
12. Green Retreat – A memorable stay in a friendly environment
Location: Indira Bypass
When you visit Green Retreat, you are welcomed as a friend by the ever-helpful staff. The rooms are airy and equipped with all modern facilities and this is what makes this hotel one of the best low budget hotels in Gangtok. There is also a fitness center in the hotel with a treadmill to keep you fit and healthy.
The multi-cuisine restaurant in the hotel has some lip smacking Indian, Chinese and Continental cuisine that are good for your tastebuds to feast on. There is complimentary WiFi in the lobby and the suit room, and most of the rooms here offer grand views of the mountains.
What’s special: Indoor games room with table tennis, carrom etc and a Karaoke singing facility
Tariff: INR 1500 per night
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13. Hotel Pandim – A scenic abode where even Richard Gere stopped by
Location: Bhanu Path, Secretariat Road
Nestled in a bamboo-lined street of Gangtok, the family-run Hotel Pandim is one of the best low budget hotels in Gangtok you will come across in this hill station. The rooms are warm and inviting and have been decorated in the traditional Sikkimese and Tibetan style. However, the hotel’s moment of fame was when famous Hollywood actor, Richard Gere stayed here. Or it might just be a story, who knows!
Sip a hot cup of tea and coffee while enjoying the beautiful mountain views from the rooftop restaurant. The food is all homemade and delicious and the momos and thukpa will warm you up sufficiently. The best part about this hotel is that it is located in a quiet part of Gangtok and is just a two minute walk from the Ridge Park, Ropeway and the Royal Palace.
What’s special: Enjoy scenic views of the Himalayas from the private balconies of these rooms. Also, it doesn’t disappoint on basic, but important facilities like hot showers, free WiFi, laundry and movie rentals.
Tariff: INR 1500 per night
14. Mount Pleasant Guest House – Where you are treated with utmost care
Location: Bodhi Marg, Sungava
The ‘Traveller is God’ for the Mount Pleasant Guest Hotel that is nestled in the Development Area of Sikkim. The traditional ambiance complements the modern facilities, and the rooms are spacious and airy. They offer complete privacy so you can enjoy your holiday at your own ease and thus this hotel is considered one of the best budget hotels in Gangtok.
The staff is friendly and courteous and is ever ready to help you out with any problems. The scenic beauty of the mountains and lakes around the hotel only add to the charismatic appeal of this budget accommodation.
What’s special: Close proximity to tourist attractions like Bakthang Falls, Do Drul Chorten and Hanuman Tok
Tariff: INR 1200 per night
15. Hotel Saikripa Gangtok – An ideal breakaway from the hustle and bustle
Location: Jeewan Theeng Marg, Sungava
Hotel Saikripa is one of the top 3 star hotels in Gangtok near MG Road. It offers world-class accommodation at affordable rates, and lies a little further into MG Road so you avoid the congested streets yet get to enjoy the grand views of the icy slopes of the mountain ranges.
The rooms are spacious and comfortable and the service is friendly and swift. There is a prayer room also in the hotel and each room is properly maintained by the staff. There are also special honeymoon rooms for those couples seeking to spend the best times at the abode of the Gods – Gangtok.
What’s special: Organizes trips to Nathu Pass and Zero Point with additional charges.
Tariff: INR 850 per night
Gangtok is generally cool and breezy all year round but in July the maximum and minimum temperatures are the most favorable. The maximum is around 15 degrees Celsius and the minimum falls around 2 degrees Celsius.
Plan an awesome trip to Gangtok around July-August and book your accommodation in any of these awesome 2-star and 3-star hotels in Gangtok.
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