Paro is one of Bhutan’s highlights. It has the country’s only international airport and the iconic Taksang temple is located a short drive away. But, if you are a backpacker or a budget traveler, then you have to stay right in the heart of town as that is where all the cheap hotels are. I stayed at Hotel Pelijorling that is located in the town for 2 nights and 3 days. The below review is based on my recent experience of staying here.
1) The hotel is located right in the heart of the town, which means that it is close to the market, the restaurants, the bus stand, taxi stand and all the shops.
2) At 750 BTN per night, the hotel offers small, but comfortable rooms that can sleep 2 people. These rooms come with attached bathroom and hot water.
3) During winters, you will have to rent a room heater and this costs an additional 200 BTN.
4) During winter, the water service is stopped to prevent freezing of pipes. This can cause a bit of a nuisance in the morning if you have forgotten to fill your water supply for your morning ablution activities.
5) The place doesn’t have any sort of internet connectivity, though they have a television in their restaurant area.
6) The hotel restaurant cooks up some delicious Indian food and their neighbor makes the best Bhutanese food in town.
7) If you plan on visiting the Paro Dzong and/or the Paro museum, you can easily walk it from this hotel.
8) The hotel reception does not offer any travel services, but they will come forward and help you get a good taxi deal, like how they helped me.
This is a simple hotel that has budget written all over it. But, it is comfortable and cooks up tasty food. In my mind, a perfect budget choice.