Dwarika's is close to the airport, safe and very good, gives excellent service, has good food and a nice garden.
The location as such is not so good (traffic etc), but is close to the airport and if your idea is of a quick transit and remain in the hotel, this is it. Add to it that it is a world heritage site in itself!
Unique Quality: World Heritage Site.
Proximity to the airport (10 min by car).
Superb food and service.
Proximity to Pashupatinath temple.
The place is great and the staff are trained in a personal and professional approach. It is not as "sterile" as the Hyatt or other chains - and clearly there is not another hotel of this architechtural calber in Kathmandu.
Unique Quality: Dwarikas feels like a palace and looks like a museum.
Directions: Between the airport and Bhoudha
This luxurious establishment is worth a visit even if you're not a guest since its been called 'A living tribute to Nepal's architectural and cultural heritage'. As apart of their service they will not only turn down your bed, but turn on the heat and place hot water bottles inbetween the sheets. If you want a TV then you need to request one. Its a bit far from Thamel but taxis aren't hard to find.
Unique Quality: All rooms have antique pieces from Nepalese homes and the grounds have great patios to sit down and have a drink at. The rooms are huge with big sunken bath tubs and massive beds.
Directions: On the way from the airport and its just a short 5 minute drive from Pashupatinath Temple.
Stayed for 2 nights at this fabulous hotel recently.Its an oasis amid the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu. I was suddenly transported to a serene 'nepalese village' and pampered visually as well as gastronomically after a hectic eight day trip to Tibet and the Everest Base camp.This was a moment for by body and soul to recuperate in the tranquillity and opulence of this oasis.I was also swept away by the warmth and hospitality of the staff.
Strongly recommended for those who would like to experience a unique heritage hotel and savour the architectural charms of Kathmandu.
Unique Quality: A five star hotel located in Battisputali area of Kathmandu, about 10 minutes from both the city center and airport. A heritage hotel which incorporates the best of Nepali's architecture. The entire property is like a museum,where local craftsmen have painstakingly produced the furniture,wallwork,artwork,textiles and murals.
Dwarika's Hotel came out of one man's lifelong quest to preserve the architectural glory of Kathmandu, the late Dwarika Das Shrestha.It started in 1952 and he painstakingly collected and restored artefacts and woodwork which has culminated in this exquisite paradise.There are 16th.century windows,terracotta flooring and Buddhist symbols on hand printed curtains and bedspreads.Concurrently,you will find all the amneties of a luxury hotel .
Dwarikas offers a total of about 72 suites, deluxe rooms and superior rooms, and no two rooms are alike.For the summer season, rates range from USD 135 for a double superior to USD 165 for a double deluxe.Suites range from USD 300 to USD 1500. Rates for the peak season are a quarter more.
Restaurants include Krishnarpan ( ( Nepalese) which offers exotic 6 to 20 course authentic local cuisine, Toran ( all day dining), Courtyard ( all day alfresco dining in a beautiful Newari setting), Lumbini Library Lounge and Fusion (Bar).The exquisite swimming pool is reminiscent of the 12th century Malla Dynasty baths that were fit for the Kings.The library stocks a wide variety of books on Nepal and the Himalayas.
To stay at Dwarika's is to experience the secret of Kathmandu.Discover why the Royalty of Asia and Europe choose to visit and stay at this heritage hotel.Dwarika's is also a winner of the PATA Heritage award.
There are few hotels in the world which can claim to be the repository of a nation's architecture.
Unique Quality: I didn't stay here but I did visit the hotel twice. It was designed around a mans collection of antique windows and doors. They are everywhere and very beautifully integrated into the architecture. The courtyard is beautiful, day and night, the pool is inviting, and the service and food are superb. I would definitely stay here if I vist Kathmandu again.
Directions: 7 Kms from airport, close to down town
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Address: Battisputali, Kathmandu, Nepal