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Although there are several 5* hotels in Kathmandu, THERE IS ONLY ONE DWARIKA'S! No two rooms are the same inside this Newari architectural splendour. Dwarika's is more than a hotel, it is both an experience as well as a living museum. One mans dream to lovingly preserve Nepal's heritage in all it's glory. Dwarika's is simply absolutely fabulous. All you need to do is step inside....as the song goes; "you can check out anytime you want, but you can never leave".....because you won't want to!
This popular and affordable hotel we'd suggest is of a good 3* standard. The Shanker is a former Rana's Palace, and has a certain 'colonial' feel to it. However, it is the Shanker's location that brings the hotel into its own. 'Close enough to, far enough from'. Just 10-15mins walk into the hustle and bustle of Thamel, the Shankers peaceful gardens and relaxing pool make it ideal if you want to escape Kathmandu. Rooms are spacious and comfortable.
The original Kathmandu Guest House now has a brand new and very comfortable hotel too of a reasonable 3* standard. It's slap bang in the middle of Thamel, so it's the place if you want to be close to the 'action'. The courtyard restaurant serves the best Dal Bhaat (in our opinion anyway) in Kathmandu. . Rooms are cosy and modern.
As the name suggests this relatively new hotel is located right by the lake. Even better, it's a 15 minute walk from the built up main tourist area. Another 'close enough to, far enough from' hotel location. The hotel boasts very spacious, well-appointed rooms, a spa, private gardens and a swimming pool. We would describe this as a 3* plus hotel, and being situated next to land where buffalo graze adds to the appeal. The staff here are particularly friendly. Just five minutes walk from the hotel are a number of small, tranquil lakeside cafes to relax and watch the world go by.
This very friendly 24 bedroom family run hotel is located close to the "Lakeside Strip" of Pokhara, but in a quieter area and is ideal if you want to be close to the "middle of things" too. Snow Cat Travel clients are always allocated the Deluxe rooms with a balcony, en-suite facilities, as well as air-conditioning and satellite TV too. Great value, but with cosy, comfortable rooms and a rather pleasant, informal place to stay. There's high speed internet too if you need to be "connected".
The original Pokhara luxury resort. Fishtail Lodge is part of Himalayan history. That and arguably the best mountain views are the prime attractions for staying at Fishtail Lodge. Contrary to what some Nepal 'specialists' may say, Fishtail Lodge is not on an island. However, it is on the 'other' side of the lake to Pokhara and is on an isthmus. All the same, you get here by boat, which is rather novel. We'd say a reasonable 3*-4* standard. But, if you want to gaze across the lake and enjoy sensational mountain views by the pool, then Fishtail Lodge is still the place.
For more Pokhara accommodation options please contact us: Shangri La Resort, Hotel Barahi, Tiger Mountain , Fulbari Resort, Raniban Retreat, etc
So, this is the aerial view of this fairly new comfort lodge, dramatically perched high above the Kali Gandaki Valley. The views are equally sensational too. Above looms Dhaulagiri and across the Nilgiris and Annapurnas. Thasang is remote and isolated, but the lodge has comfy rooms (proper beds, bathroom, electricity etc). There's no heating in the rooms, but after a tasty dinner the staff provide hot water bottles to keep you cosy and warm as you sleep. The local tipple 'buckwheat brandy' has a toasting effect too! There's a Japanese feel to this lodge (the owners wife is from Japan), and as well as local specialities, Japanese style food is often on the menu. The lodge is popular with Japanese photography parties. Hardly surprising given its location.The lodge has a glass covered observation gallery in the roof too. The tiny, sleepy, authentic village of Thasang itself is a mere 5 minutes walk, and there are some pretty amazing day walks from the lodge too.
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Part of our own Rural Heritage Hotels, this former Newari town house enjoys an eagles nest location with views across to Annapurna 2, Annapurna 4 and Manaslu from the cafe terrace, plus frontage on the pleasingly pedestrianised main street of Bandipur. Rooms are simple, but very cosy and comfortable. Tastefully furnished with typical Newari artefacts, and in traditional Newari architectural style. As well as a bar, there's an atmpospheric restaurant, but surely if it's a warm evening you'll prefer to dine al fresco and gaze at the Himalaya as the sun goes down. Bandipur bazaar is literally on your doorstep, with its ancient, small temple and a number of shops. The KE GARNE coffee shop (owned by us too) is right opposite. Rooms are all en suite. Being an old Newari house, ceilings in rooms are low. Mind your head!
Another of our own Rural Heritage Hotels, a blissful location in the heart of a rural nirvana. The Famous Farm enjoys a hillside location with stunning views across the Trisuli River Valley below. Peace, perfect peace in the colourful gardens. Just find your own secret place to relax, soak up the sunshine (the lodge has a southerly aspect) and allow yourself to unwind at this former Newari mansion house. Goats, chickens and the like wander around freely. Below the lodge is the vegetable garden and outside is the real, rural Nepal. Step into the open kitchen, and the staff will be happy to show you how they prepare their signature Nepali specialities. Rooms are cosy, atmospheric and with those traditional low ceilings and tastefully preserved Newari architectural features. Enjoy dinner al fresco and then sit by the open fire, slowly sip a chilled beer, and perhaps come to the conclusion that life really is beautiful.
This charming, family run, welcoming, simple guest house is located in the heart of Bhaktapur and overlooks the pagoda temples of pedestrianised Taumadhi Tole, one of Bhaktapurs principle squares and the Durbar Square itself is just a couple of minutes stroll. The rooftop restaurant and terrace is perfect for observing life in Bhaktapur, and you can also enjoy distant Himalayan views too. Rooms are located around a small, central courtyard. There are numerous places to eat close by, including the famous Nyatapola Cafe. The guest house is the ideal location to be able to explore and experience fascinating, medieval Bhaktapur when all the day trippers have gone back to Kathmandu.
A very cute, rustic sort of a place near the village of Kanodada, the 'resort' is a small number of separate 'cottage style' accommodations. Simple, but comfy and cosy. Surrounded by a landscape of rurality there are a number of organic farms and orchards on your doorstep here. There's even a small sauna and an isolation tank! The 'resort' occupies a hilltop location at around 1800m, so there are good Himalayan views. It's a great place to immerse yourself in the local culture and meet the mainly Tamang people, as well as being close to the site of the Namobuddha Stupa itself. The Namobuddha Resort prides itself on providing much of its menu from its own home grown produce, as well as from local farmers and the local market too.
This small, simple hotel could possibly be awarded 1* status. Then again, it is kept clean and the staff are very friendly and helpful. Still, it's really the only place to stay in Panauti, and Panauti itself is interesting because it's out of the way, and all the more fascinating for it. There's a small bar and a rooftop restaurant and the food, in particular the Newari specialities, is very authentic and tasty. The hotel has a simple courtyard and small garden area, but really it's Panauti itself, and being able to base yourself at the hotel to explore Panauti that's the main appeal.
The majority of the hotels and other accommodations listed feature in our various Nepal holiday itineraries.
Just because an itinerary includes a particular hotel doesn't mean you have to stay there. Our Nepal holidays are tailor-made, so you can always choose an alternative hotel where there are other options available.
For a secluded "escape from Kathmandu" alternative, check out the Shivapuri Heights Cottage....nestled in the delightful Shivapuri Hills....just 12km from Kathmandu City Centre