P.O. Box 1084, Bijeswori, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Vajra - a classic
This is a classic hotel in Kathmandu. It used to be on the outskirts of Kathmandu, now it's on the outskirts of the bustling centre - all the space that used to be field is eaten up by housing development. Still, Vajra is a secluded sanctuary with a variety of architectural styles and forms built around a courtyard. Coming back from a trek or on a group travel this is an ideal hotel. For the meditating visitor who wants quiet and seclusion, space and quiet for reading etc. Vajra is super. The place is an architectural wonder.
There is a bit of a walk into town, across the river and up narrow lanes into Chhetrapati and Thamel. Coming back with armfuls of souvenirs, it's an ok taxi ride from town, and everybody knows the Vajra. It's a good address in town.
Vajra has meeting rroms, the
Unique Quality: There is a nice flower garden, a gallery, the East West Library and a theatre stage. They offer a special deal for long-term guestswho are writers. artists and scholars.
The main restaurant is called The Explorer's Restaurant and while the food is not much beyond OK, the atmosphere and company here is excellent.
On top of the main building is the pagoda bar, good city views.
From the Sunset bar there is a great view across to Swayambunath stupa.
Rooms are a bit on the dark side as is traditional newar architecure, dark woods etc. Good beds, excellent rooms for the money.
Directions: See: www.hotelvajra.com
Wonderful Hotel Vajra
This hotel is really a home away from home in Kathmandu. The rooms are clean and comfortable and they have a wonderful group of staff members. The hotel is about a 10 minute walk to Thamel. If you are looking to be right in the center of town, this would not be the best choice for you. But, if you want a quiet and friendly hotel, this hotel is a great choice. The restaurant has a wonderful menu and I especially like the rooftop patio. In the early morning you can hear the sound of monks chanting from the famous "Monkey Temple". The Monkey Temple is only a short walk from the hotel.
Unique Quality: Peaceful, relaxing, comfortable, friendly, affordable, clean.
Directions: Near the foothills of the Swayambhunath Stupa "Monkey Temple"
Great place to stay
We stayed at the Hotel Vajra for 8 nights in November 2005. The hotel's website is very accurate, as are the photographs. It's a wondeful place, very quiet, friendly, clean, good food and a nice (short) distance from all the chaos of Thamel. We stayed in a suite (#801 + 901) and they were both great. We will definitely stay there again!
Unique Quality: Short walk from the Swayambhunath Stupa. Beautiful architecture & landscaping. Very helpful staff.
Directions: Bijeswari, Swayambhu, Kathmandu, Nepal
More about Vajra Hotel
cheap and best
rooms are neat n clean and well taken care of, bathrooms not bad didnt have a time to check out pools and stuff..i was too busy checking out thamel (lots of shops , 100s of them), i bought some cool wooden buddhas from there, they are hanging on my living rooms walls *Big Smile*
Home away from home
Friendly staff. A great place to meet other travelers. A nice rooftop patio where you can hear monks chanting in the morning. Close to the famous Monkey Temple. I wrote the prose below while sitting on the roof of the Hotel Vajra:
It is dawn in Nepal; there is a gray mist in the air. There are people walking along the streets and women wearing saris. I hear chanting in the distance, with tablas keeping rhythm coming from the direction of the monkey temple. A stem of marigold still hangs in my hair from yesterday when three mystics came by and placed flowers in my hair and put a red dot on my forehead. It's a crisp morning in Nepal, as the chanting is getting louder now, if only I could get closer to see to these Buddhist monks and the beauty of this singing. Birds are chirping and dogs barking. I have heard the rooster crowing now for the last 2 hours. The sun is rising in the sky now as the haze is beginning to lift. The present moment is felt here on this crisp morning. There is a lady dressed in red strolling up the road. A young boy is calling out to his mother, as the chanting up above continues and the tabla beat is strong. There are two boys about 6 or 7 hugging in the road. Spirituality permeates the air here, you can't ignore it, and it's all around you. There are candles being lit and prayers being spoken, chanted and whispered everywhere. The city of Kathmandu is filthy and awe-inspiring at the same time, with beauty and decay all around. There is one thing so utterly amazing and the next revolting…all mixed together in a tapestry of life. Drums are beating loudly now and several children are running down the street, dressed in bright red and laughing. Sleep deprived and in a fog, my eyes are wide open. A big horn is echoing to my left as birds begin to chirp louder now. A lady is lighting candles on her rooftop. I see my breath on this cold morning. A new chant has started and I am ready to begin my day. Namaste, Om. Great rooftop view. Attentive and friendly staff. Nice restaurant. This hotel is not right in the hustle and bustle of Thamel, there is more peace in this location.
Lovely women from Hotel Vajra
Monastery guest house or cheap hotel near Swayambhu?
My friend and I will be staying in KTM late May-early June(my second trip there, his first) and we are wondering if there are accomodations available at monasteries or nunneries or cheap guest houses. We would like to do daily early morning kora around Swayambhu stupa so does anyone know of accomodations close by? Is the Chhetrapati area convenient to Swayambhu? I know about the Hotel Vajra but it is a bit pricey for us. During my first trip I stayed at the Lotus Guest House in Boudha-very basic but cheap and quiet.
RE: Monastery guest house or cheap hotel near Swayambhu?
You can find many cheap hotels near Swambhu .........
RE: RE: Monastery guest house or cheap hotel near Swayambhu?
Can you recommend any specific hotels in particular?
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Address: P.O. Box 1084, Bijeswori, Kathmandu, Nepal