Constructed in 2014, 4-star Hotel Osel has a freshly built feel and is an easy walk from Thimphu city center. The lobby and several of its rooms feature unobstructed views of the world's largest Buddha statue on a mountaintop south of town.
Osel welcomes visitors with a wood framed lobby entrance painted with dragons and other auspicious symbols, a fine example of Bhutanese architecture in the traditional style. The lobby is modern and spacious, with local touches like the big dark carved wood dragon near the restaurant entrance.
Osel's 35 rooms comprise four suites and the rest, deluxe rooms. All rooms have free wifi, in-room safes, laundry and dry cleaning service, room service and complimentary coffee/tea and bottled water daily, and all include use of the steam room and sauna in the spa as well as the small business center equipped with a computer.
Deluxe rooms are clean and spacious, with two twin beds, TV, mini-bar, and modern bathrooms. Suites offer all that plus more space, two adjacent twin beds, sink, microwave, and sitting area with TV. All 4 suites offer unobstructed views from the bathrooms of the Buddha statue at Buddha Point. Huge floor-to-ceiling windows flood bathrooms with sunshine on cloudless days, and all the bathroom fixtures are modern. Three of the suites also have south-facing open-air balconies with table and chairs for lounging.
Insider tip: Splurge on a suite — or ask for a deluxe room facing south — to get unrivaled views of the statue at Buddha Point. Light some candles and enjoy a hot bath while gazing at the Buddha lit up at night.
Osel Restaurant on the lobby level is large with an open layout, offering a good choice of Indian and Thai dishes. The hotel coffee shop (open 9 am to 6 pm) has a new espresso machine and offers fresh pastries daily. A gift shop near the front desk sells a solid but limited selection of fine Bhutanese textiles, along with ritual Buddhist items and other souvenirs. Their conference center has capacity for 50 people and is available by appointment.
The bar on the ground floor below the lobby has a karaoke machine and lots of long couches well placed for conversation. It serves appetizers and Bhutanese wine by the glass and bottle, and carries an extensive selection of foreign liquors and cocktails.