A Spiritual Escape : The Maple Residency, Gangtok Sikkim – Review

A Spiritual Escape : The Maple Residency, Gangtok Sikkim – Review

A perfect vacation destination is a place that let’s you unwind in its blissful experience. One of such thrilling and beautiful destination to loosen up yourself is Sikkim. Bordered with mountain valleys of Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet, the legendary monasteries, marveling landscape that makes perfect vacation postcard, meadows, the world famous temi tea gardens and many more. The state is a wonderland that makes you explore a little more each time, making it a perfect getaway.

Video take from “The Maple Residency” Room no – 401 balcony view.

The scintillating Himalayas, evergreen spread of trees over the endless humps of mountains under the tufts of dancing clouds weren’t enough to call this holiday a perfect one, until the newly opened hotel “The Maple Residency” in the lap of nature, extended their warm invitation to Team Pentwister for 2 nights. The property is a pathway to the “Buddha Paradise” (that’s how I like to call it), of the decor it offers. From the lobby to the stairway including the rooms and dining area, the place is beautifully designed with big / small, wallpapers / hangings of various forms and mudras of Lord Buddha. The hotel is an amalgamation of the rich Sikkimese culture presented in urban cosmo decor.

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Reception

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About the Property

Exterior day
The thoughtfully designed property of 25 rooms is located at B.R Ambedhkar road, close to Palzor Stadium (home to the football legend Bhaichung Bhutia) approximately 10 mins away from the vibrant M.G Marg, that gives you an easy approach to the town yet away from hustle bustle of the city. The hotel also boasts of a modern banquet hall named “The Divine hall” catering to 100 guests, apt for business conferences and leisure. In discussion with the owners they also revealed that, another 14 rooms will be added to the property by early next year through an adjoining building and business centre for guest use.

Entrance

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Lobby

As you are parked, the first sight greets with a display of grand, majestic wallpaper with a lady folding her hands that makes you fold your hands too and bow down. Walking ahead, the lobby has a taste of corporate and state cultural heritage being in the buddhist circuit knitted together to give a rich, opulent and spiritual feel.

Check In

Spoonful of incredible hospitality and warm smiles has never hurt anyone. The Maple Residency welcomed team PenTwister with bountiful love and kindness. The hotel team including the general manager Mr. Santosh was there to welcome us, scheduled by a heart felt gesture of greeting with khada (Buddhist ceremonial silk scarf that is presented to inaugurate an occasion or greeting a person) followed by quick check- in process and a little interaction about the property with the front office team.

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Traditional welcome with Buddhist Silk Scarf “Khada”

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The Front desk is well equipped, knowledgeable and understands how desperate are you to get a room after an adventurous mountain ride and throw yourself into those comfortable beds. In minutes after check in, the room was allocated and all the personal features placed in the room , immediately made me feel I am on a holiday.

Accommodation

The hotel is categorized into 2 room segments. Executive and Suite Rooms.

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Suite Room
Executive Room
Executive Room

I stayed at their Suite room and as I entered the room I was surprised by the efforts of placing a personalized note addressed to Pen Twister.

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The room has an extended balcony with a beautiful set coffee table that overlooked the beautiful mountains, lush greenery and the dotted prayer flags. The rooms are well planned in terms of amenities and décor. Décor that is Sikkimese inspired for example, the dragon printed coffee mugs, rugs, Buddha wall hangings, sofa covers etc. to give their guests a feel of being there. The comfortable beds and amenities provided inside the room gives one inner peace on this paradise on earth. The bathrooms are spacious with modern fittings.

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It was truly an experience never imagined and absolutely serene to wake up to the magical view of Mt. Kanchenjunga while the room service served delicious breakfast in bed.

Crescent restaurant – Multi Cuisine Restaurant & Bar

The Crescent restaurant is a multi cuisine restaurant that serves flavorful for every palate as the hotel witnesses travelers from all across the globe. The restaurant is beautifully designed with exquisite wall papers, structured furniture and table wear. The dining area is also very spacious that lets you have a private affair and prevents you from being a part of conversations on the other table. It’s an all day dining restaurant that serves lavish spread of buffet for breakfast and dinner (A la carte menu is also available).

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The highlight of the Cresent restaurant is its Tandoor, the chef knows the art of marinating so well and has proper idea of the temperature inside the tandoor that each and every part of the dish is cooked to perfection and the falvors are to die for.
P.S: It is the best place in gangtok that serves finger licking delicious tandoori murgh.

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Terrace Restaurant & Rooms

Saving the best to be delivered at the end, the property lets its door open to its alluring terrace restaurant and rooms that is set against the backdrop of Gangtok’s beautiful mountains. The terrace is a beautiful spot to enjoy the morning tea and evening drinks with the perfect splash of hilly drills across your face and blissful gaze for your eyes.
Don’t forget to request the front desk for the Terrace rooms that directly lets you witness the best, making it a mesmerizing stay.

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Other facilities :

Free Wifi access.
Concierge & Luggage storage
24 hours front desk
Free parking area
Doctor on call

Verdict

The Maple Residency, Gangtok is perfect for leisure travelers, visiting the city for relaxation and to drown in the beautiful nature. It is equally good for business conferences. The hotel has right standards of hospitality maintained and friendly staff which has set a new benchmark.

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Overall Review

Food : 4/5
Service: 3.5/5
Ambience: 4.5/5
Accommodation : 4/5
Hospitality : 5/5
Overall : 4/5

Thank You The Maple Residency for an incredible hospitality and a memorable stay. To know more about the property and updates, kindly visit the hotel website :  www.themapleresidencygangtok.com

Photography : Ashish Agarwal
Editing : Darshana Banthia Photography

 




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