Darjeeling hotels are either very obnoxiously priced or very shabby. The mid segment hotels are sorely lacking and I was so glad I discovered hotel Sunflower.
I would say it is the best mid range hotel in Darjeeling because of the following winning factors -
LOCATION - Chowrasta!!! The caption of this review says it all. Chowrasta is to Darjeeling, what Marina Bay is to Singapore and Time Square is to New York.
QUALITY OF STAY - I'm told the rooms and lobby were recently given a face lift. The rooms are tastefully decorated, brand new upholstery, fresh clean sheets n towels, squeaky clean bathrooms and the beds are super comfy.
HOT WATER - While most Darjeeling hotels suffer from water shortage, this hotel provides 24hrs hot and cold water. No more asking for hot water in the bucket, or showering as per the hotels hot water timing. This for me was the USP of the hotel.
F&B - The hotel has a no meat, fully vegetarian menu which is a rarity in Bengal and for veggies like me it is a blessing. Needless to say the food on offer was the best vegetarian food I had in Darjeeling.
SERVICE - Warm, attentive and prompt..our last moment sightseeing demands were handled with such ease.
Before I start looking like a mascot for the hotel let me share a few tips to counter the cons.
- The hotel is located at a no vehicle zone so you would need to ask your driver to drop you at Bhanu Bhavan where the hotel rep would greet you. It is a 2 min walk to the hotel hereon. Not so much of a disadvantage I would say since Darjeeling's beauty is best enjoyed on foot, most tourists come prepared.
- No eggs on the menu, so book at a room only tariff and treat yourself to a colonial style breakfast at the iconic Glenary's or Keventers, instead.
All in all the hotel offers great value for money and I was thrilled to finally find a hotel in Darjeeling that I would love to come back to. Thank you team Sunflower, see you soon.