Mid Range Hotel Near M. G. Marg Gangtok: The Nettle & Fern Hotel Review

Thursday, July 10, 2014


The Nettle & Fern Hotel (Jiwan Theeng Marg, Development Area, Gangtok, Sikkim (Phone: +91-3592-209377) is a decent mid range hotel where you get a deluxe non-view room for under INR 2500 per night including breakfast. Most hotels in Gangtok have this type of accommodation, some rooms with a view of the hills and others facing the city. But there is something that makes Nettle & Fern unique, its in-house bar & restaurant which is deigned like an American diner. The seating arrangement, the walls decorated in the Rock & Roll style and a lively bar counter are what make this basement restaurant look and feel like an American diner. Its not entirely a happy story though which I will explain later in this page. The hotel is located at about a 10 minute walk from the M. G. Marg, Tourist Office end. If you need to tell a cab, say "Development Area". Its a nice and clean area and cabs go right upto the hotel's gate. Speaking about the hotel gate, it closes at 11.00pm after which you need to call the guy sleeping inside on his cell phone to wake him up to get the gate opened. Coming to the accommodation, the non-view deluxe room I got was large with a King bed, a small but clean bathroom, a window overlooking the road outside, a small LCD TV on the wall, a small cabinet and a tea-coffee maker with some supplies. The bathroom had a water heater which worked well. Sleep quality was good. Keep reading for pictures and more about the property...

Nettle & Fern Hotel Development Area Gangtok Sikkim

Nettle & Fern Hotel Development Area Gangtok Sikkim

Cleanliness was maintained all over the property and the rooms were cleaned everyday. They had "Do Not Disturb" cards which were honoured by the house-keeping staff. Free wifi worked in the room but was slow sometimes. There is no lift so the bags had to be carried two stories up for which their staff helped. Check-out time is 12.00pm after which they keep bags for free.


Nettle & Fern Hotel Development Area Gangtok Sikkim Deluxe Room

Deluxe Room Nettle & Fern Hotel Development Area Gangtok Sikkim

Bathroom at Nettle & Fern Hotel Development Area Gangtok Sikkim

The Problem Breakfast


Breakfast at Nettle & Fern Hotel Development Area Gangtok Sikkim

Free Breakfast Nettle & Fern Hotel Development Area Gangtok Sikkim

The complimentary breakfast was the only serious problem I faced in Hotel Nettle & Fern because of which I did not have any other meal in their fancy diner. Here's why: Breakfast was served upto 9.30am but the restaurant staff started calling me at 8.30am. I stayed two days in Nettle & Fern. The complimentary breakfast served in their diner was OK for the first morning but not so good for the second because that day they did not have so many guests. Actually, they served very bad tasting Poha. The baked staff was stale on both the days. Another problem with the complimentary breakfast was that they served ready made Indian Chai only with breakfast. Coffee was served on demand but very reluctantly. There was an obvious disconnect between the design of the diner and the quality of service.

Apart from the poor service in the restaurant, Hotel Nettle & Fern is OK. I hope they address the problem in the diner. Otherwise, it will be such a waste of the decor. Hotel Nettle & Fern Gangtok Booking Page








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