Although the palace has today been transformed into a luxury hotel, it still retains most of its original features. The air inside the palace is silent, clean and respectful, as if inside a temple.
On every part of its corridors, entrance halls and rooms are placed ancient Bhutanese antiquities that arouse fascination and fantasies of Bhutanese arts and crafts.
On its walls are hung rare photographs of the palace owners and foreign dignitaries who visited Bhutan during the time. The walls are also generously festooned with traditional Bhutanese paintings, of Buddhist Gods and Goddesses, rare murals, Bhutanese lucky signs and allegory arts.
After climbing three wooden ladders, one reaches the alter room. A whole room, half of the top floor is set aside as a shrine. On the other side of the alter room is the old private chamber of the Paro Penlop himself.
Some of the steep wooden ladders in the palace has been removed and replaced to suit foreign travellers. The spacious entrance halls and corridors provide a relaxation spot for evening coffee and casual chats.
Foreign visitors can chose from a total of 19 rooms most of which offer a panoramic view of the beautiful Paro valley. The majestic Paro Rinpung dzong faces the palace from the other side of the valley.
One can experience a feeling of Bhutanese nobility by lying in one of the palace rooms surrounded by beautiful wall paintings and a view from the window, which wanders off into a natural Disney land.
Unlike many other hotels in Bhutan, rooms in the Gangtey Palace do not have a television set. But the stories and folklores of the traditional paintings on the walls are entertainment enough.
Its washroom is however decked with all modern amenities including floor tiles, European toilets, showers and bathtubs.
In the evenings, one can stroll through the palace’s pleasant garden to enjoy the view of the Paro valley and continue to stroll through the entire palace compound that is spread across 18 acres of land.