Advantages Quiet and very charming - fabulous views
Disadvantages The food - but then you could say that of the entire country. It's no worse than anywhere else.
The Zangto Pelri was my favourite of the three hotels we stayed in during our tour of Bhutan last November and I really enjoyed the two days that we spent there. It's located a few miles outside Punakha, the city that was the historic capital of Bhutan before the Fourth King moved the capital to Thimphu.We arrived by car from Thimphu after a nauseating drive up winding roads and over the Dochu La Pass - a place with fabulous views of the Himalaya and a good place to stop and top-up on your travel sickness tablets.
After we dropped our bags in the room we headed back to the main hotel building to get some lunch. There was a large lobby with a big reception desk and a counter selling odds and ends. A large seating area served as a sort of bar although drinks had to be ordered from the restaurant next door. The restaurant was large, rather soul-less and served exactly the same food you find in every hotel and restaurant throughout the country. Our lunch included fish full of bones, tough stringy green beans and some of the nastiest coffee I've tasted in a long time. But this was our third hotel and we were getting used to the food and the view made up for it.Dinner on the first evening wasn't too bad - the usual bland buttery soup but a good buffet selection which included red and white rice, naans and parathas (breads), fish in garlic, mutter paneer (cheesy peas!
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