Everest

New Baneswor, Kathmandu, Nepal
(4 star hotel)
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Bad (2.0 out of 5.0) 1 review
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PIGEONS HAVING SEX IN YOUR WINDOW

Bad (2.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on January 15, 2014


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.

Unique Quality:

HOTEL OVERVIEW
• 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

ROOMS:
• 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

BUSINESS FACILITIES:
• Can accommodate up to 650 people
• All necessary electrical equipment
• All stationery needs
• Laptop on request

Directions:
The Everest Hotel, P.O. Box 659, New Baneswor, Kathmandu, Nepal

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Amenities at Everest

  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Room Service
  • Fitness Center
  • Free Parking
  • Business Services
  • Continental Breakfast
  • Shuttle Service
  • Free High Speed Internet
  • Kitchenette
  • Suites
  • Bar / Lounge

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