Dewachen Hotel is an attractive, traditional Bhutanese style building in a lovely setting overlooking Phobjikha Valley. It offers spacious and comfortable accommodation in 16 rooms and provides modern creature comforts despite its remote location. This family-run hotel has a relaxed atmosphere.
Guest rooms are homely with polished wooden floors and bright textiles. They have picture windows making the most of the glorious valley views. Many rooms also have balconies. Corner rooms are particularly spacious. All rooms have bukhari wood-burning stoves which come into their own in the cooler months. Hot water bottles are also available.
The restaurant serves delicious multi-cuisine meals. Guests can enjoy the views while they dine. The hotel also has a cocktail lounge and a pool room, so there is plenty of space for guests to relax. Outside there are three acres of grounds.
The main attraction of the area is Gangtey Gompa, a 17th monastery at the head of the valley, which is just three kilometres from the hotel. This region is also the winter home of the endangered black-necked cranes, so guests staying here from November to March will have the opportunity to see these rare birds. The hotel can arrange horse riding, which is a great way to explore the valley. Gangtey village is within walking distance and is worth a visit. The valley has nature trails which guests can follow on foot or bike.
Open: Dewachen Hotel is open all year.
Location: Dewachen Hotel is located in the Phobjikha Valley on the edge of the Black Mountains National Park, near the village of Gangtey.
Rooms: There are 16 spacious rooms (12 twins and 4 doubles) all with modern, en-suite bathrooms. Rooms are heated by wood burning stoves and hotel water bottles are supplied on cold nights. Rooms are equipped with bottled water and tea and coffee makers. The large windows look out over the valley and most rooms have balconies.
Activities: Visiting Gangtey Gompa, Phobjikha village and the black necked crane information centre, walking in the valley, enjoying a hot stone bath at the hotel. Hotel staff can organise horse riding, hiking and cultural programmes.
Facilities: The restaurant has a central stove and windows offering panoramic views of the valley. It serves a range of cuisines. There is a cocktail bar where guests can enjoy a refreshing drink and a pool room. The hotel has a hot stone bath and a gift shop. There is a laundry service. The hotel has its own generator for electricity, which is generally available between 6.30 and 7.30 am and again from 6 to 9pm.
Dining: Meals are taken at individual tables in the restaurant.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Health: We recommend malarial prophylactics for travel to the low lying districts of southern Bhutan.
Communication: There is Wi-Fi internet access in the restaurant, but this can be sporadic.
Notes: There are no currency exchange facilities or ATMs in the Phobjikha Valley, so guests need to bring enough cash with them for their stay.