What We Love
- Excellent location in the heart of Bhutan’s capital city
- Choice of two restaurants
- Heated indoor pool
- Award-winning Jiva Spa
What To Know
- Enormous guest rooms (Luxury Suites are 1,000 square feet)
- Interiors feature indigenous rugs and hand-painted murals
- Free WiFi available; premium WiFi is an additional per-hour fee
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Serene mountain retreat with two restaurants, an award-winning spa, and spectacular views of the Himalayas
Amid snowcapped Himalayan peaks, primeval forests, and shadowy ravines, this five-star mountain retreat is ideally located for exploring Bhutan’s magical monasteries and diverse landscapes. The property’s striking toffee-colored façade is a mesmerizing blend of modern design and Bhutanese Dzong architecture. The grand, marble-clad lobby leads to 66 enormous bedrooms (Luxury Suites are 1,000 square feet) all with kingsize beds, indigenous rugs, hand-painted murals – and phenomenal views of the Himalayas. The Suites are suitably plush with added extras like walk-in closets, canopy beds and a separate living area. Bathrooms are decked out in olive marble, with rain shower cubicles and standalone Christina bathtubs. Sample Bhutanese cuisine in the delightfully ornate Chig Ka Gye restaurant, with its oak paneling and traditional gold-leaf paintings; or enjoy floor-to-ceiling mountain views at The Thongsel, a creamy marble dining room that serves upscale European fare. Don’t leave without sampling the traditional Bhutanese Hot Stone Bath treatment at the award-winning Jiva Spa.
In the Area
As the first country in the world to declare that GNH (Gross National Happiness) is more important than GNP, this tiny Buddhist kingdom is truly unique. The hotel’s central location in Thimphu is the perfect base from which to explore; start with the Druk Path, a short trek between Paro and Thimphu; or an amble around the weekend market north of Changlimithang Stadium. Vendors in brightly colored traditional dress sell dried fish, pork and homemade soft ‘datse’ cheese. Then head to Bhutan’s most famous monastery, Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) originally built in 1692. The elegant structure was erected around the cave where the ancient Guru Padmasambhava is said to have meditated for three years, three months, three weeks, three days, and three hours.
How to Get There
Our stay at Taj Thimpu was undoubtedly the highliwght of our trip across Nepal and Bhutan.
Located in the heart of Thimpu town, right next to the handicraft market, the hotel allows you to use your time optimally.
Lovely views from all our rooms (standard deluxe room, Luxury Room, Luxury Suite) are only the beginning of the beauty of the stay. Spacious rooms, with an included complimentary mini bar(first consumption), the choice of teas in the room were all Taj hallmark. The Luxury Suite had a beautiful welcome chocolate and a bottle of lovely red wine, which only added to the hospitality.
What stood out was how well the Taj understood these local culture and helped us imbibe it. Whether it was the evening butter tea (the local Suja, perhaps the best we had in the entire trip), the cultural dance show (organised, thoughtfully, by a bonfire, with plenty of blankets and hot water bags to keep warm), the opportunity to spend an entire evening wearing the local attire, Kira and Gho (again, the attention to detail was marvellous, with the 8 dresses delivered in the room being perfect fit for the 8 of us varying in age from 4 yrs to 73 yrs; and not to mention the help provided by Ms. Tenzin and team in getting us draped in these clothes), the Taj Thimpu undoubtedly stands out as a unique experience.
In spite of having received numerous recommendations to have at least one dining experience at the Chig Ja Gye (the number 108 in Bhutanese) for ours great authentic local cuisine, we ended up having all our meals at the Thongsel, the multi cuisine restaurant at the Taj Tashi. In our defence, we had already had a LOT of local food on the trip and were craving something regular, we were travelling with 3 kids who were no longer willing to experiment, AND, the food and the staff of the Thongsel gave its no reason to want to try anything else.
Since the Taj has done away with its buffet (reducing loads of food wastage, even though serving a-la-carte probably is more expensive for the hotel), you have the run of their entire menu for your meal - not to be taken lightly. The food (breakfast and dinner were our meals at the hotel) was simply outstanding, with every dish better than the previous. The staff are extremely attentive and take care of every little need. Restaurant Manager Macavoy (sorry I'm certain I've got the name wrong), Bhanu, Nandalal, Chef Dhanpal, just to name a few who made our visits to Thongsel so memorable.
The biggest surprise however was yet to come, as the restaurant staff brought out a plate of exquisite, melt-on-the-tongue cheese cake with a farewell message PB the morning of our departure. THANK YOU for all the love and affection.
We also had the pleasure of spending some time with the General Manager (Moncrief A), who shared a lot of local insights as well as tourism tips.
Overall, an unforgettable experience. If you're going to Thimpu, this is the place to stay.
The food was good but we didn't get in time you have to wait 45 min for each item even after waiting so long we have received cold food sometime restaurant asked some unwanted food which we have not ordered.
Great ???? experience.Good /clean rooms.Excellent room and restaurant service.Very close to city market.Enjoyed good quality Indian and Bhutanese food.Will definitely recommend others to stay in Taj Tashi.