- Reviews: 5143
RHINO RESIDENCY: IN THE HEART OF CHITIWAN
This is an amazing place to stay. It is right in the middle of the Chitiwan National Park and you can see Rhinos in 2 minutes – if you get up early enough. They gather beside the nearby riverbank every morning and you can see whole herds at sunrise. The grounds of the hotel are beautifully managed and you will have large local birds coming for a visit near the nice outdoor pool. The main building houses a very nice restaurant turning out excellent meals and cold beers.
The rooms are basic. They are actually like 24 little cottages surrounding the swimming pool area. They all have terraces and you can sit outside. Inside you have reasonable beds and blankets (its gets cold at night) and plenty of places to store your clothes and bags. Bathrooms have a bath and shower. Due to issues in Nepal, there are times when the electricity does not work. These times are posted at reception and affect all hotels here. The water is a bit slow, but it does the job and hot water runs 24 hours a day. They also provide candles and have a back-up generator, so you will never be in the dark.
The real reason you come to the Rhino Residency is to see Rhinos. And other wildlife as well. The first night you stay here they do an excellent presentation to explain what sorts of animal, birds and even plants live here. Literally next door live 50 different kinds of mammals and 524 different species of birds inside the park. With some of the wildlife, they come into the hotel grounds for a visit from time to time. You will see amazing birds and monkeys sitting outside of your room. The only complaint I had was that the main hotel guide was almost totally devoted to spotting birds. I did see one Rhino close up from the back of an elephant – until crazy Korean tourist scared him off. I also caught a few glimpses of rhinos in the distance. Had I know, I would have dragged myself out of bed at 4:30am, walked 2 minutes to a high bank, and observed about 100 rhinos every morning. The guide never mentioned that. Other tourists told me – as I was leaving. On the plus side I did see lots of birds, took a boat trip down the river, rode an elephant, saw local villages and even saw twin elephants (one of only 2 pairs in the world).
The hotel offers a variety of excursion and services. The staff are amazingly friendly, will run to get you anything you ask, and even cook good food. I had a great meal and nights sleep every night. And whenever I was ready for bed a man came by to deliver a hot water bottle! It’s a very good accommodation.
• Amazing location, staff and pool with good foods and functional rooms
• The main building has a lounge, reception, multipurpose room and souvenir shop
• The upstairs restaurant and bar looks out over the national park Himalayas
• 24 air-conditioned rooms with bathrooms and 24 hours hot/cold water supply
• Each room has a veranda, looks out over the swimming pool area and are quiet
FOOD & DRINK:
• The restaurant serves excellent Indian, Chinese, Nepalese and Continental cuisine
• The ‘bar’ is open 24 hours a day (just go to reception)
ACTIVITIES ON OFFER:
• Elephant Jungle Safari (See Rhinos), Tharu Cultural Program, Bird Watching Tour
• River canoe excursions, village tours, general nature walks
• Museum tours, jungle drives
• Massive swimming pool surrounded by thatched umbrella shades and hammock
• Badminton court, tennis court, library, mini museum
• Conference Facilities for 75 persons
• Transfer from Chitrasari to Resort & Back
OTHER SERVICES (Charges apply):
• Transfer to and from Narayanghat/Bharatpur Airport
• Kathmandu to Resort (by air) including ground transfer
• Kathmandu to Resort (in private vehicle by road)
• Kathmandu/Resort/Kathmandu (in tourist vehicle by road)
- Reviews: 5143
HOTEL HIMALYA: MY FAVOURITE HOTEL IN NEPAL
Hotel Himalaya is the best of the upper-scale hotels in Kathmandu. It keeps things simple, quiet and efficient. The hotel is well located for shopping, dining, and mini-markets. It is also a 7-8 minute walk to the World Heritage Site - Patan Durbar Square. When I first pulled up into the grounds of the hotel, I thought ‘yes’. It is on a busy main road during the day, but the entrance is set back from the road and the rooms extend back into the hotels own gardens and even its own Temple. The lobby is massive, has a simple and tasteful décor and a few nice shops. The reception desk can arrange any services or information you need. They also have a currency exchange desk with very good rates for a hotel.
The lobby leads into the nice open restaurant and then outside to the outdoor pool and nice grounds. They do advertise an “… awesome 180 degree panoramic view of the majestic Himalayas”. You can see the mountains in the distance, but don’t get too excited. There is seating in the garden and you can drink or even dine outside on warmer days. There is also a tennis court.
Back inside you can have a drink in the Base Camp Bar, which does have Happy Hour specials. Just next to the entrance of the bar is a nice pastry stall. The hotel also has a good business centre and what they advertise as ‘Wi-Fi hotspots’.
They have 2 levels of rooms with the better rooms on the upper floor. I stayed in room 1016 on the ground floor and I liked my room. It was modern, good sized, had plenty of amenities and a great bed. It also had about 1000 electrical switches for everything from the TV to small lights all over the room. My mini-bar was a nice cold fridge which house the beer I bought nearby at perfect temperatures. The room had a massive desk, 2 nice chairs, ample closet, a safe and coffee/tea making facilities. It also had its own room temperature control. The bathroom was well appointed and modern. It also had good mirrors and not so great toiletries. By Kathmandu hotel standard these toiletries were above average, but Nepalese hotels really need to up their game on such items.
The hotel was absolutely quiet at night and the staff were always very helpful. Breakfast was an excellent mix of hot and cold dishes as well as making up items like omelettes to order. They even had several English language newspapers to read over a nice cup of coffee. The only problem I had was when the Housekeeping staff decided to shout at each other in the corridor one morning. I was already awake, but a bit surprised. I spoke to reception, so hopefully they will not do this when you stay here.
All in all, this is a great Kathmandu hotel with some excellent restaurants a short walk away. I had sleep, tranquillity and enjoyed my stay.
• 125 Rooms on 2 floors all with their own climate control
• Large garden to sit or have a drink/meal
• Outside swimming pool (2 actually), tennis court and children’s play area
• Excellent location
• Restaurant, bar, patisserie, and room service
• Nightclub can be rented (only)
• Ancient Kumari Temple in the grounds
All rooms have climate control, minibar, telephone, safe, 32 inch satellite TV, bathroom with bathtub/shower, broadband internet access, and tea/coffee tray and hairdryer. There are 2 categories of rooms:
On the ground floor
On the upper floor. These rooms have designer décor and their own balconies.
FOOD & DRINK
• Café Horizon. Misleading name for the full service restaurant for all meals and also has outside seating
• Base Camp Bar. Modern full service bar with pictures of singers from long ago
• The Tea Lounge. Very delicious looking pastries and cakes served in the lobby or outside Japanese Garden
The hotel caters to large conferences and is adjacent to the Business District
• Business Centre with internet, printing and secretarial assistance
• Meeting facilities from 15 to 500 people
• Skyline Hall – large area next to the swimming pool
• Rato Baithak – Upholstered walls and modern audio-visual equipment
• Green Room – On the top floor and can accommodate 50 people
• Meeting Room – that’s its name and its for small groups
WEDDINGS AND BANQUETINGT
• Can accommodate and fee up to 1000 people in the gardens
- Reviews: 5143
EVEREST HOTEL, KATHMANDU: PIGEONS HAVING SEX IN YOUR WINDOW
When I checked into this large hotel, I was told by the man at reception that the Everest had been the first luxury hotel in Kathmandu. It looked like it had not been updated since that day long ago. The carpets and walls looked dated, the man at reception looked dated, even the sign announcing the pool closure for renovation looked suspiciously old. You guessed it – it got worse from there. Yes, I was taken to a standard room despite booking something better. Up the old looking and sounding elevator through a dated looking corridor to a door. And inside? Yes, a weather-worn looking room. Dark, gloomy and that was some of the better qualities. A quick glance into the small bathroom revealed cheap toiletries and not much else. My bed felt cheap and was definitely not ‘luxury’. Unless it was a hold over form when they opened years ago. After the staff member left I went to investigate the fridge. Hmm. No, not plugged in and the electrical connections at the back of the desk looked dangerous. When I did plug it in, a high pitched whine ensued. A very loud high pitched whine. I had had a long journey from India and I just wanted sleep. I was ready to go to reception and ask for another room when 2 amazing things happened. Not good things. Very very bad things.
First I heard flapping. Yes, flapping. And squawks. And then something that sounded like cooing. I opened the blinds and I was presented with a dozen pigeons have an orgy of both sex excrement at the same time. Just think of Alfred Hitchcock’s movie the birds, with a lot more poo and you can smell it.
OK, so yes, I have enough going for me to ask for a room change. And then it happened.
Yes, the BAND started playing! What band. Well the large band with large speakers on the stage in the bar right above my head! Yes! I was staying in the room from hell!
Let’s just say the staff came to the room and said the pigeons were not that bad and band? What band? Just then the band stared playing again. “That band – show me a new room!”.
I was ‘ upgraded’ to a club room. Slightly larger with a sofa in it. The bed was still bad and I had a hard time sleeping. When I woke up the next day I could see my old room and why all the windows on one side of the hotel had hundreds of filthy pigeons. All the rooms large open concrete cradles for air-conditioning units. At some point in the past the hotel had purchased a single massive air-conditioning unit for the whole hotel and put it on the roof. This left dozens of massive, purpose- built pigeon habitats. And they were definitely breeding. Believe me I watched them at it. Luckily I was able to organize a move the next day to the much better Hotel Himalaya. Please read my review here.
The hotels had some plus points, kind of. You could sit on the roof outside and have an over-priced beer from one of the 6 bars and restaurants. And yes, one of them has a large stage with large speakers. The breakfast buffet is ok except for the omelette chefs. Those guys are fantastic, but they make them cook outside. Weird. Other than that there is a gift shop in the lobby.
When I stayed here they also had dug up the busy road outside and mud, dirt and dust flew everywhere. This was a very bad and short stay. I recommend, for the same price range, that you stay closer to town is one of several nicer hotels. The Everest has had its day and time has moved on. Well, with other hotels it has anyway.
• 160 rooms (some non-smoking) and built in 1981
• 4 restaurants, 1 bar Bugles & Tigers) and a roof top beer garden
• Casino (gamble enough and the room is free)
• Free Wi-Fi
• Gym, sauna (chargeable) and pool (closed when I was there)
• Small shops, air-conditioned throughout, money exchange
• Café next door
• Tennis court
• Beauty center
• Complimentary daily newspaper (in the lobby)
• Travel Services, baby-sitting, Airport shuttle
• 4 types: Superior, Deluxe, Club Double, Suite
• Club Rooms have a sofa and are located away from the pigeons
• Coffee/tea making facilities and a fridge
• Air-conditioned and non-smoking
• Free Wi-Fi
• Hairdryer, Non Smoking rooms and Iron/ironing board on request
• Can accommodate up to 650 people
• All necessary electrical equipment
• All stationery needs
• Laptop on request
- Reviews: 6
Fewa Hotel Lakeside: Fewa Hotel - Pokhara
I liked the location of this hotel right on the lake and Mike's Restaurant on the property, also lakeside. My agent Nirmal Nirkami with Himalayan Magic Adventure in Kathmandu overcharged me considerably for this booking. He charged me $85 for a lakeside room during low season - May. We wanted a nice hotel after our trek and he booked this hotel for us. I found the hotel to be a pretty basic lakeside room. We arrived in Pokhara at night and this hotel was very difficult to find. Everyone kept asking if we wanted to go to Fewa Prince Hotel, which is a different hotel. We ended up having to call the hotel and have someone come to meet us on the main street to take us down the small alley to this hotel. We found out that this Fewa lakeside hotel is referred to as Mike's Restaurant or Mike's Hotel.
The lakeside rooms have a bedroom upstairs ( a very narrow and steep set of stairs) and the sitting room and bathroom are downstairs. The size of the room was fine and there was hot water in the shower. We had to leave Pokhara early in the morning and didn't get to really experience the hotel and lake, but I thought the hotel was okay for the right price. ( I didn't check into the price offered by the hotel, but I am sure it was considerably less than I paid.) I loved waking up next to the lake and enjoyed having breakfast lakeside at Mike's Restaurant.
- Reviews: 6
Kathmandu Prince Hotel: Hotel near Thamel
This hotel is in Chetripati, just outside of Thamel. I thought the location was good, because it is close enough to get to Thamel in a few minutes walk, but not as noisy and crowded as Thamel. However, it wasn't the best hotel and hopefully there are better hotels in Chetrepati. The beds were hard as a rock and the room and bathroom were not especially clean. The lobby and hallways were very clean and the breakfast served in the lobby restaurant was fine. I would say this hotel was just okay. Certainly the beds could have been softer. However, it did have a private bathroom and a ceiling fan. My agent arranged this hotel and charged me $25 dollars. It can probably be had for less money if you walk in on your own.
- Reviews: 6
Dwarika's Hotel Kathmandu: A Tribute to Nepal's Heritage
You absolutely must visit this hotel! Even if you just go there just to have a drink in the courtyard and wander around to soak in the architecture and collection of artifacts from the 13th century forward. This hotel is a cultural heritage hotel that is a beautiful, relaxing oasis in the midst of the overwhelming crowds, traffic and chaos of the city of Kathmandu. The moment you enter the courtyard, you notice a lovely scent throughout the hotel and grounds, that is in sharp contrast to the dust, dirt and pollution of Kathmandu. (Most locals in Kathmandu wear masks that cover their nose and mouth to filter the gas, fumes and pollution in the streets from the vehicles.)
There are 86 rooms and suites that are luxurious, and unique, with custom, hand-made designs. The clear intent is to capture the essence and spirit of Nepal and I think they have done just that! The hotel was extremely attentive to detail from the moment I first contacted them by email. It is expensive, but I stayed there during low season and there was a very good special rate. It was well worth the cost to stay and experience this hotel.
Dwarikas is a heritage hotel that houses ancient architecture, carvings and artifacts and is built in the ancient Newari style of Kathmandu. It is a much like a living museum, built with handmade bricks and incorporating original wood carvings that are centuries old and historical artifacts from the Nepali culture.
The restaurants were excellent. There is one restaurant that serves traditional Nepali fare, serving a dinner of 6 to 22 courses. We chose the 6 course meal and found it was very good, but not that much different from the food we had on our trek in the Himalayan mountains. The sushi restaurant was truly wonderful and we ate there twice! On Friday night, they had a traditional Nepali barbeque, that was extensive. It seemed as though there were also many residents from Kathmandu at the barbeque, not just hotel guests. Breakfast each morning was an extensive buffet of hot and cold items, local breads and cheeses and made to order omelets. It was a great way to start the day!
The hotel has a spa and part of our package included a massage, so we enjoyed the Himalayan Trekker's Massage. It was wonderful and I didn't find the prices to be too extravagant. In the mornings, yoga is offered free of charge. It was a unique yoga experience, very different from yoga in the western world; an older Nepali man lead the class with moves that included belly rolls and aerobic moves for digestion. You definitely engaged muscles that you don't normally use! There is also a very nice gift shop on site. If you want to avoid the overwhelming shopping experience of Kathmandu and the "bargaining" of the street vendors, you can find some very nice things in the gift shop.
- Reviews: 1473
Trekkers Lodge: Mardi Himal Loop Night 8
My last night on this little trek was at Ghandruk - We first past through the old Gurung village, then after about another 10 minutes walking we came to a series of lodges. I first chose “The Sakura Lodge” but wasn’t so impressed with the attitude of the lodge owner so we moved onto “The Trekkers Lodge” which was actually more like a hotel than a lodge, even providing guests with towels as well as clean comfortable beds with freshly laundered sheet and pillowcase – Also the food was very good and a nice large comfortable dining room to eat in
At 150NPR for a room it was a Bargain too !!
- Reviews: 1473
Little Paradise: Well away from the crowds
On Day 8 we took lunch at a lodge called “Little Paradise” at Ghandruk Kot – I had been recommended this delightful little lodge my a frequent visitor to Nepal and after taking lunch there, I am happy to also recommend this beautiful isolated little lodge – Especially for those wishing to take a day or two “Out” just to relax, eat good food and take in the magnificent mountain views.
- Reviews: 1473
The Jhinu Guesthouse: Mardi Himal Loop Night 7
Day 7 was a very short days trekking, only about 2 hours, so we arrived at Jhinu mid morning, selected The Jhinu Guesthouse, had a coffee and headed down to The Hot Springs – As hoped, these were nice and quiet, so we did all our washing and relaxed in the warm waters for a couple of hours before returning to the Lodge for a late lunch.
Then spent a relaxing afternoon on the patio talking to trekkers before a good dinner and an early night.
Nice clean rooms, inside toilet, hot showers available (But we had bathed at The Hot Springs) good food and run by some very nice people so a great choice for Jhinu and at 200NPR for a room, not too expensive either ;-)
- Reviews: 1473
The Hiunchuli Lodge: Mardi Himal Loop Night 6
The trail down from Forrest Camp to Himalpani was incredibly steep, so after a quick stop for coffee we only walked on as far as New Bridge (Himal Kyu)
Here we had lunch and as our next stop was going to be Jhinu for the hot springs, and we had been told that these got very busy in the afternoons, we decided to stay at New Bridge.
We selected The Hiunchuli Lodge in the middle of the village which had nice clean rooms, an inside toilet and a nice patio area to sit outside – The people running the lodge were very friendly and my only complaint was that I ordered my dinner for 17.45 and it was 19.00 before it arrived – And I was the only trekker staying in the lodge !!
But the food was good, plentiful and inexpensive so still a good choice for New Bridge
My room was 150NPR
- Reviews: 1473
We again selected the same Lodge in Forrest Camp: Mardi Himal Loop Night 5
We again selected the same Lodge in Forrest Camp on the way back down – We had left some washing to dry on the way up and the lodge owner had looked after it and put it away once it had dried and returned it to us when we arrived – This saved us both a bit of weight as well as carrying wet washing on the way up.
This time we had to share the facilities with a large camping group – But they were nice people and we had a good “Crack”
We received a great welcome and it was nice to stay again at this beautiful little lodge
- Reviews: 1473
The Lodge at High Camp: Mardi Himal Loop Night 4
There is only one lodge at High Camp so no decision to make where you stay. But it is a wonderful Lodge with nice clean bedrooms and a wonderful dining room with a great fire. The toilet is outside, but not too far away and clean.
Again, Good food at a very reasonable cost, especially when you take into consideration the altitude of 3550m (And not 3900m as on the trekking maps) and run by very friendly people.
I paid 200NPR for my room, so not an expensive choice either ;-)
- Reviews: 1473
The 2nd Lodge at Low Camp: Mardi Himal Loop Night 3
As there was only one Lodge open at Low Camp we didn’t have to choose, there is a second lodge that will probably only open in the main autumn trekking season
Ours was the upper one of the two, simple bedrooms and a very simple separate dining room, but it did have a fire and as we were now at around 3100m the nights were getting markedly chilly ;-)
The toilet was a bit of a hike but was reasonably clean
Good Food at reasonable cost so although very simple, still a good choice of stay and not too expensive at 150NPR for a bed
- Reviews: 1473
Rest Camp: Alternative choice for your second nights stay
There is now a new lodge between Forrest Camp and Low Camp called “Rest Camp” – This doesn’t appear on the trekking maps and is about an hours trekking above Forrest Camp. It would make an alternative choice if Forest Camp is crowded, or if you are on a tight schedule.
- Reviews: 1473
The 3rd Lodge at Forrest Camp: Mardi Himal Loop Night 2
We selected the last of the three lodges in Forrest Camp for second first nights accommodation on The Mardi Himal Loop. This was again around 4 hours trekking, so another short days trekking.
We chose this lodge primarily because it had the nicest dining room, a separate building opposite the accommodation, There isn’t a fire but the owner said that they were hoping to fit one later this year
There are only 3 rooms available which are simple but clean (2 of them have 3 beds) and there is a clean outside toilet not too far away as well as a hot shower available for a small charge
Again, Good food at reasonable cost and run by very friendly people so a good choice for Forrest Camp
Again I paid 100NPR for my room, so not an expensive choice either ;-)
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