Hotel Migmar

Hotel Migmar sits on a service road alongside Babesa–Thimphu Expressway in the suburb of Olakha, a 10-minute cab ride away from central Thimphu. Billing itself as “a popular venue for conferences and seminars,” Migmar has a conference room with capacity for 150 people and a board room with floor heating.

Traditional Bhutanese touches offset its suburban location along a busy road. The exterior is yellow and orange, the colors of the Bhutanese flag. Its painted wood entrance way and reception desk feature dragons, garudas, and auspicious symbols. A large Buddha statue draped in white monk's robe, offering bowls before it, is set prominently in the lobby. Pictures of Bhutan's five kings line a wall of the lobby sitting area.

Migmar's 27 guest rooms on 3 floors are more spartan, however, with significantly less Bhutanese style. The 25 deluxe rooms come with two twin beds, flat screen TVs, on-wall heaters, modern bathroom fixtures, showers in bathtubs, minibars, and bathroom floor heating. The two suites also have king size beds, separate showers, dining tables, and huge desks.

Razzee restaurant and bar has a wider selection of Indian foods than many hotels in this category, and Indian guests are said to like the food here. Breakfasts can be made to order (even items not on the menu), and a lower dining area with floor heating and lots of light is a popular spot for coffee in the mornings. The bar in the back of Razzee has a big flat screen TV and serves a good selection of foreign liquors — whiskey, gin, rum, tequila, martinis, cognac, and liqueurs. Front desk is 24 hours.