- Reviews: 1306
Hotel Dharma Inn.: Pokhara's Best Bargain
Perhaps one of the most comfortable stay at very resonable price! The owner of the hotel Mr. Chabi gave us astronomical discount of the room with personalized service. We got a letter from his friend Mr. Ritwik Das owner of a vegetarian Restaurent at Thamel, Kathmandu, Sri Lal Vegetarean Restaurent. The room has running hot & cold water, double bed and a separate bed for the child, clean sheets, towels, bath tub and so on. He gave it to us for 50% discount.
There is one more reason to give such discount as this is a lean season due to Maoist problem in Nepal. There is a real shortage of tourist inflow in Nepal due to political problem. But we never faced any problem anywhere in Nepal.
Anyone, visiting Pokhara can stay in Dharma Inn and can also take my name as now Mr. Chabi has become our personal friend. We are sure that VT visitors will get good discount, as I have told him about VT.
Besides Hotel Mr. Chabi also runs a travel agency to take care of all your travel needs in and around Pokhara, Bus/ Air ticket to Kathmandu will be arranged in a short notice. Their Restaurant and Room service provides tasty food at a resonable price. Just give it a try.
- Reviews: 2196
Pleasant Home, Lake Side: NB! NO MORE!!!!! "Home away from Home" in Pokhara
Update October 2007:
The landlords liked that this hotel was well run and making a handsome profit, thus some relatives of the landlord took over and Anil and Radha had to move on. See Hotel Raraa for their new place. I and many other guests are moving with them! Pleasant home is now not doing well - as most of us guessed - the personality of the place was thrown out.
For all the services described below, Hotel Raraa has it now!
Pleasant Home is run by the family of Radha Gurung and Anil Singh and that is precisely why I stay here whenever in Pokhara.
Anil manages the hotel together with his family.
This is a middle standard hotel and the services they do not provide can be had somewhere up or down Lakeside.
The service is friendly and good, and they keep an eye on you for your needs while leaving you in peace.
I have brought several friends here, and it has consistently become their choice accomodation in Pokhara, even if I have lured them from finer hotels.
Nothing more that I would recommend after the bad treatment of Anil and Radhaa.
- Reviews: 249
Pokhara View (sisterhotel of Kathmandu Gueshouse): Great view of the Annapurna from the bed
It was .... INTERESTING to say the least...
Mostly because we had the worst ever thunderstorms haunting the valley and the lake and the two old bamboo treets outside the hotel are magnets for flash lights and were hit in succesion...
I didn't get a wink of sleep because of the bad weather. But the hotel is in a great location and the manager and team are extremely friendly and helpful.
full view of the Annapurna from the bedrooms (IF the season is right)
Clean and most of all big rooms with a terrace and lovely gardens to chill out
Set 10 minutes walk from the main streets, so a lot more quiet than the main guesthouses.
- Reviews: 1306
Various.: Pokhara's Hotels
The City of Pokhara has many hotels to suit your budget all are within Rs. 400 to 1000 or USD 10 to 50. Please dont haste in selecting the hotel. Go for bargain , you will end up in getting a room with hot & cold water and probably a bath tub in the bathroom for only Rs.500/- or USD$ 10-12. Please give a sincer try before settling in. Please find some ohotos taken from the roof top of Dharma inn.
- Reviews: 2254
Hot Shower While Trekking: Showers on the trail
There are hot showers available but there is one problem with them. The local people are cutting down the trees to make the fire that heats up the water. They are not replanting the trees. Around Pokhara you can see un-forested areas that used to be forested 20 years ago before we all showed up. I don't really have an answer but just letting you know.
- Reviews: 2254
Piles of Wood
You will see these piles of wood that are cut up for cooking and making hot water. This isn't really an accomodation tip but it is here to help you make the decision of whether or not to use local cooking techniques. For them to cook your food and boil your water they cut down the trees which leads to deforestation of the area. Hopefully they will get going with some Reforestaion programs!!
Many trekking companies offer treks that don't burn wood but they hire porters to carry propane for cooking.
- Reviews: 2254
If you're lucky: Local Home
Sometimes you may find yourself sleeping on the floor in a home like this. If you do there probably won't be a bed for you to use. Hopefully you will have a sleeping bag. I never stayed in a private home on my trek but stayed in inns that had the feel of a private home. I carried a sleeping bag for the trek.
- Reviews: 362
Amrit Guest House ( Now Lake City Hotel ): Cozy Nest!!!
I stay in this guest house whenever I am in Pokhara. And all our friends too stay with us because the place is clean, staffs are friendly and the service is best. They also guide us with all our visiting needs. Hotel has Free WI-FI and provide electricity if power cut is occurred after sunset (But the WI-FI is stop then).
Near Fewa Lake...Sunset and Sunrise both can be enjoyed from the rooftop...Full view of the Lake..friendly staffs and the Manager has a great sense of humor. :D I even cooked (in the Guest House Kitchen) and the chef helped me at midnight for our late coming friends. :)
- Reviews: 1
Fire on the Mountain: Quiet and central hotel in Pokhara
If you want to experience real Nepali hospitality than is this a perfect place for you !
This hotel is centrally located in Pokhara, not far from central lakeside with the souvenirshops, restaurants and trekkingshops.
The hotel has a big sunny garden where you can relax with a nepali tea or a beer after a hike or an other activity around Pokhara. The rooms are big and clean. There's laundry service, all kinds of information about trekkings, bustickets etc.
From the rooftop you've great views of the Annapurna's . There's also a pick up service from the busstation or airport .
- Reviews: 2196
Chisopani Lodge: Chisopani lodge - a nice day's hike from Pokhara
Update 2008: maoist extortion and threats have amade an impression on people here, and business is diminishing, so is the actual interest in running a business - it is hopeless with this extorioning maoist mafia. The main prorietor had a stroke a couple of years back, which has also impacted on the running of the place. However, it is still operational, and a good place to stay. Neat and clean. Give them some business!
A Gurung farm house turned lodge - but this one is very low key. Not many guests here. They cater mainly for porters and other trekking group entourages on the Royal Trek route.
Well worth a visit, and you can reach this place as your target of a day hike from Pokhara. Take the local bus (1 hr, slow, or taxi) to Begnas Bazaar, hike over the Panchhabhaiya, Sundaridanda and into Tal Besi Khola valley (drains into Rupa Lake). Just after the small village of Chaur, see a village on the other side of the river and hit the trail up the hillside through the woods here (yes, this is jungle, and here are leopards, too) and reach the ridge top and trail (ignore the country road) which you then follow east past Birchowk to Chisopani. Ask for local directions. But it's right there there in the upper parts of the village on the way to Thaple Danda viewpoint and gomba.
They have an internet page! The son of the house is well educated and has networked with a company in Pokhara to handle advertisements. If you go straight to Chisopani and pay directly to the owners, however, you get a better price and the same service. If you ask, they'll take you around farm-sightseeing/farm stay activities type of thing, for a fee.
A small thatched-roof open eating place with a nice view is a good place to spend the evenings. Good, local food.
Farm rooms converted into two- and three persons bedrooms.
Best shower cubicle and toilet on the entire Royal Trek. Solar hot water in principle available, sun maybe not.
Be careful not to exploit their hospitality and modesty.
- Reviews: 2196
Chhetri Sisters' Lodge: Clean and nice furthest up on Lakeside
The 3 Sisters are a unique operation, better view the web site for a complete overview.
The lodge is an income-generating activity for their training centre for women porters and trekking guides.
Focussing on women customers they have a nearly captive group of customers, and the word-by-mouth adverstisements have been sufficient to enable them to stay well afloat even during recent downturn in tourism in Nepal.
The lodge is located at the western end of Lakeside, Pokhara, just beyond the police check point. It has a great view of the lake and the mornings especially are super with a breakfast on the verandah and taking in the lake scenery. Lots of wires and some agricultural traffic on the road just below, but after a while you do not notice anymore.
The restaurant menu is focussed on trekkers' needs, so lots of healthy and filling items here. It's not a wlak-in restaurant per se; mainly set up for hotel guests, so if you come in unannounced and ask for a meal it may take some time. The breakfast is easier, with less preparation time. The lodge restaurant is planned to go organic soon.
The rooms are simple, but extremely clean, good bedding and well-appointed, albeit a little impractical shower arrangements. Hot solar water. I will come here again!
Very good breakfast, I tend to go for breakfast here wether I stay or not here while in Pokhara.
Super view of the lake.
Paragliders have their landing area in the fields just across the road.
Very clean, women run, good trekking agency, everything thrown into one modest operation that is extremely successful.
Specialized in women customers/clients.
- Reviews: 84
Tranquility Lodge: Tranquility in Tranquility
This lodge was exceptionally clean and provided a array of facilities without any pressure.
The rooms offered where clean and came with fresh bedding and and towels in a well kept garden.
They also offered Laundry, but were quite happy if you wanted to wash your own clothes outside and use the washing lines.
The price of the room was a fixed 300 rupees in the month of August... but if you stay for over aperiod of days you can get a small discount on top of this.
The family was very friendly and can arrange treking and porters or guides and they have a notice board with information of previous treks.
The rooms upstairs are quite hot in the summer but they do come with a fan and you can get great views of the mountain ranges.
Great Garden for relaxing in
- Reviews: 2196
Yes, Kathmandu Guest House: Kathmandu Guest House in Pokhara???
Never stayed, but whenever in Pokhara I wake up with a view to their facade...
Looks like most guest houses in Pokhara, but rather well maintained and spotless from the look of it.
Linked to the Kathmandu Guest House "chain", good capital base etc., so maintenance even during slack times should be good. This in contrast to other Lake Side places...
- Reviews: 2196
Anjali Guest House: Excellent accommodation in Ghalegaun
Coming in from Siklis, over Bayale Danda, the knees were rather shaky from the 1000 m ascent followed by 1500 m descent. No idea if there was accommodation beyond an official campground in Ghalegaun (also called Ghalekharka) we asked around and was directed to this most delightful trekkers' lodge in the lower centre of the village.
Made out of a traditional Gurung farm house, with some annex bed rooms attached, this was exactly what we needed.
The owner family was a bit shocked - we were their first guests ever!
You can visit here as a goal of a hike in from Pokhara (1 day, easy), a part of a ramble around the upper Sethi Khola Valley, or as a stop on the way along the Siklis Eco-Trek, a fairly little-used short loop trek from Pokhara (see tip later).
Very smoky kitchen/eating area - old fashion chulo stove in operation.
Traditional food - but do not expect a great variety when you come late and unannounced.
Toilet and cold shower cubicles in a separate cottage across the flagstoned alley.
Now well within maoist territory, approach with care and sound out if the owner is willing to accept guests, still. He may not, due to threats to any "capitalist" undertakings, and it may be that the Anjali is closed down due to lack of business these days. Lat I heard froom them they were in Pokhara. In any case, the place is wonderful, the village is nice and it will be reopened, no doubt, when peace settles again in this part of Nepal. Please give them some business!
- Reviews: 216
Sacred Valley Inn: Top-rated Inn
This inn was highly rated by another travel website as well as by a popular travel guidebook, so I decided to try it myself...and I wasn't disappointed.
Right from the time I emailed an inquiry, I got a prompt response. And when I confirmed my booking, they took it on good faith though they did not have the facility for an online reservation payment. The manager, Bishnu was a swell and cheerful guy who warmly welcomed me the moment I arrived and was very helpful with arranging taxi rides and booking me for the ultra-light plane ride.
If I were you, I'd book one of the 2 rooftop rooms that opens to a big balcony from where you could see Mt. Macchapuchhare at daybreak. Each room can accommodate 3 people, it has a ceiling fan, a closet, and its own bathroom but no TV, phone or mini-bar. You'd have to secure the door with a padlock (provided) whenever you go out. WIFI is free but the signal is so weak at the rooftop you'd have to go down to the lobby for a better reception. They also have their own generator for those prolonged power outages particularly in the early evenings.
I certainly recommend this place, very homely.
The inn is located at lakeside so very accessible to stores, restos, bars, bicycles and boat rentals.
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