Brisk business for hotels as National Day celebrations fever grips Samtse
Visitors wishing to travel to Samtse these days may have to find their own accommodation, if they have none, as all the four hotels in the border town of Samtse are occupied thanks to the upcoming 111th National Day celebrations.
All hotels in Samtse are already booked till December 17 and most of the reservations have been done for December 15 to 18.
Hotel owners say the Samtse Dzongkhag Administration has booked all the hotels for the visiting officials from within and other Dzongkhags.
Sonam Hotel’s Proprietor, Dezang Dorji, said hotels these days have been busy in Samtse and the‘Food, Fun and Fair’ festival’ which happened in Dhamdum Industrial Park from December 10 to 12 also increased the demand for hotels as the festival had attracted hundreds of visitors.
Rooms of Sonam Hotel are booked from December 9 till 17. The hotel has 14 commercial rooms and the charge ranges from Nu 600 to Nu 700.
“There are no rooms for the walk-in customers,” Dezang Dorji said.
Similarly, rooms in Hotel Maitri are also booked from December 10 till 18. The hotel that was opened in 2017 has 10 rooms with rent ranging from Nu 600 to Nu 800. The hotel also has a deluxe room costing Nu 1,000 a night.
The hotel’s Proprietor, Karun Giri, said the rooms for these days were already booked earlier.
Meanwhile, more than 1,000 people are expected to attend the 111th National Day celebrations. Samtse already has a population of more than 45,000 people. Further, people from other dzongkhags are also expected to attend the celebrations.
Local leaders say that everyone wants to attend the event as it is historic.
Further, all the rooms at the Samtse Lodge are also booked from December
15 till 17 by the Samtse Dzongkhag Administration. The rooms for other days are also booked. The hotel which has the maximum number of rooms has three apartments with kitchen and 24 normal rooms. It costs Nu 2,500 a night for apartment, while room rent ranges between Nu 800 to Nu 1,500 per night.
The proprietor said the requirements are high at such times when there are only four hotels with lodging facilities in the town.
The Thuenphel Hotel, located at the heart of the town, is also booked from December 14 till December 18.
The hotel has four king sized bedrooms and 10 twin bedded rooms, costing Nu 1,500 for King sized bedroom with air conditioner and Nu 1,000 for twin bedded rooms.
“The demand increases during such occasions,” Phuntsho Wangdi, the proprietor said.
Meanwhile, hotels are still receiving walk in inquiries and phone calls for reservation even now. Every hotel receives up to seven phone calls and inquiries each day.