Trojan Guest House: "Good food, great staff, neat & clean bed" Tabo Hotel Tip by Chrischopp
Tabo Hotels: 1 reviews and 3 photos
The managers of the Hotel Mount View, Kalpa, suggested a guest house for us that we drove to as soon as we reached Tabo. Unfortunately with the time of our travel being the same as the Bengali/Diwali tourist season all the rooms were full. We were met in the parking lot by a cheerful young man who had expected us the day before ,which, had it not been for my Inner Line Permit experience we would have arrived on schedule. Not to worry though...he jumped in the backseat and directed us to Trojan Guest House.
Located right on the main road you can’t miss this charming place. We were greeted as soon as we walked up to the front door by two younger guys. There was one room left which we were shown and quickly approved.
Sparse, clean hallways with tiled floor led to rooms blocked by simple wooden doors. At the end of the main hallway was a small seating area complete with a love seat, a couple mismatched chairs, a rustic coffee table and left over magazines, newspapers and guide books from previous guests. The room offered a large bed, a small eating table flanked by large sitting chairs. No TV or phone. With the size of the bed and seating area the room was definitely tight. Full time running water, a shower with water heater tank and western toilet are in the no frills bathroom.
The real treat here was the staff. Tea was brought to our room before we even had time to close the door from bringing in our luggage. The same guy who had shown the room just a few minutes earlier was now sitting in our room sharing stories of this night’s guests. We were lucky to arrive when we did...the room had been booked to another Bengali group but the crew of guys running Trojan gave it to us instead. The remaining rooms were overflowing with Bengali Indian tourists charting the same sightseeing map as we were.
Attached to Trojan is the Green Leaf Cafe and Restaurant. We opted to eat here after a quick walk of the town showed few other prospects for dinner. The menu lists a nice variety of options, however, actual choices were limited due to the upcoming end of season closure. Once again our helpful staffer was right there to go over the menu options and take our order. Normally I would not like the hovering but he was sincere in his mannerisms and seemed genuinely interested in our travels. Food was ordered and quickly served, all tasty and filling. Portions were generous.
The next morning we woke early to visit the Monastery. Tea service had been arranged the night before but the staff nor other guests were stirring. That didn’t stop us from venturing down to the kitchen where we discovered the kitchen doubled as the staff quarters. This wasn’t all that surprising as I’m used to waking up to find the staff sleeping in the lobby of most guest houses. Three guys were sleeping here yet I only recognized the friendly fellow from the night before. Tea was quickly made which we enjoyed while sitting on the bed side of the fellows. We spent half an hour discussing Tabo, their lives and the guest house.
Two of the fellows, including our new friend, were renting the Green Leaf Cafe concession for the summer season, May-October, for Rs 44000. Although not required to help with the guest relations they did so in order to promote the food service. After several questions we learned our friendly fellow was from Chandigarh. Summer 2009 was his first year working/leasing the cafe in Tabo. Within the week the season would come to an end for him and his coworkers. His plans had him spending 3 weeks back at home before heading off to Kullu to work the Winter tourist season.
After our tour of Tabo we returned to a quiet breakfast of boiled eggs, gobi paranthas and tea served outside in the sun filled courtyard behind the building. Once again our friendly staffer sat with us asking more questions and enjoying the company.
Many times with smaller guest houses the staff enhances the experience for guests. Trojan Guest House is an excellent example which I look forward to enjoying again in the future.
Room Rs 700 Food Rs 440 (Dinner/Breakfast)
Address: Main street
Price Comparison: less expensive than average
Directions: Right on the main drag running through town
Price: less than US$20