Hotels in Thimphu aren’t cheap, due to Bhutan’s tourist fee ($250/day). So forget about youth hostels. Here’s a list of characteristic stays!
1. Taj Tashi – Thimphu’s Ultimate Luxury
$$$$ Post Box No 524, Samten Lam Chubachu, 11001 Thimphu, Bhutan (map, website)
A true luxury in Bhutan’s capital. Taj Tashi harmonizes with the peaceful settings of Thimphu. The hotel is a blend of Bhutan’s Dzong architecture and modern designs. Adorned with classical hand-drawn Buddhist murals, its 66 elegant guestrooms offers striking highlights of the region’s art and color. If you want to feel like a true getaway after a few days of trekking and praying, then Taj Tashi is the perfect choice.
2. Amankora Thimphu – Best Leisure Lodge
$$$$ Near Kuenga Chhoeling Palace Upper Motithang, Thimphu, Bhutan (map, website)
Amankora is a series of lodges across the central and western valleys of Bhutan. If you’re looking for something not as extravagant as Uma or Taj, but still covet a sense of stylish leisure, then Amankora is an ideal option. Its minimalistic design provides a sense of peace that syncs well with a true Bhutanese getaway.
3. Terma Linca Resort & Spa – Best R&R
$$$$ Phuntsholing – Thimphu Highway, Bhutan (map, website)
Terma Linca is a 30-room resort, located right next to the river and the Himalayan mountains. Travelers love this place for the sense of peace and beauty that transcends through its designs and settings. The hotel comes with a fantastic restaurant, spa and bar. Opened in 2008, it has already become a favorite in Thimphu with a great mix of luxury and tranquility.
4. Namgay Heritage Hotel – Best Deal in Town
$$$$ Jangchhub Lam, Thimphu,Bhutan (map, website)
Namgay Heritage Hotel has everything you would need: clean bathroom, comfortable beds, delicious breakfast. It is quiet yet cozy without the overstated luxury. This hotel is one of our favoritesl, perfect for those who want to stay in Thimphu longer but don’t want to spend too much money on lodging.
5. Druk Hotel Thimphu – Best Mix of Old & New
$$$$ Post box 1178, Clock tower square, Wogzin lham, Thimphu, Bhutan (map, website)
Again, if you’re looking for something not exactly 5-star, but inviting and with warmth, Druk Hotel is great. It is located in the heart of Thimphu, with traditional designs but modern facilities. Whether you’re a business or leisure traveler, this hotel will have most of your basic needs met. If you’re simply looking for something a bit more modern but still want the classic Bhutanese touch, then Druk Hotel is absolutely something to think about!