Bhutan's tourist industry is still developing, but the country's government is committed to providing all visiting travellers a great experience and comfortable accommodation. All hotels that want to accommodate tourists must obtain a 3-star rating and the tourist board inspects and grades hotels regularly. The standard nightly rate covers 3-star hotels, though upgrades are available to some really special 5-star properties, in particular the Amankora range. In general, hotels in the west of the country, particularly around Paro and Thimphu are of a better standard than those in the less visited central and eastern areas.
If you are travelling on one of our small-group tours, or you have booked one of our set tour itineraries to do privately, then we will let you know the hotels to be used on your tour a couple of weeks before departure. If you have specific requirements for hotels to be used for your holiday, then subject to availability we can always book them, but we will arrange and price the tour as a tailor-made itinerary.
The star ratings given on this website are the official ratings the hotels have received from the local tourism authorities. Despite the strict guidelines and check lists that hotels need to comply with to allow them to host tourists, there remains a wide variation between the standard of hotels within each star rating and we make our selections accordingly. At the top end of each level, the star ratings are comparable internationally, but further east you should be prepared for standards to be a little lower than you may expect from the star rating given.
All of our tours have been assigned different 'comfort ratings' to give you an idea of the level of accommodation used. More information about comfort ratings...
Tours that we have assigned this comfort rating in Bhutan will predominantly feature camping treks as the main part of the tour, , with some 3-star hotels used in Paro and Thimphu or other destinations at either side of the trek itself.
Nearly all our tours in Bhutan are set at this level, which is based on some of the best 3-star hotels available in each area. Some more basic accommodation may be used for a small portion of the tour.
These tours feature stays in on some of the very best 5-star hotels available in Bhutan. These can be very expensive, but do provide a great luxury experience. The Amankora hotels in Paro, Thimphu and Punakha are a particular highlight, though Uma and Taj also have some lovely properties as well.
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