- Reviews: 57
butterfly lodge: a peaceful spot
A relaxing atmosphere in this extremely clean and affordable hotel/hostel,is the main reason I stayed here.rooms are huge,and there is a big garden where,weather permitting,you can enjoy a book or a chat with the manager,extremely helpful if you need any tip for the annapurna circuit.the center,actually the touristical part of the city is less than 2 min walk.it is safe you leave your backpack here,credit card whatever you want,before you start the trek
- 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...<br/>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: 225
Hotel Mountain Top: Three Sides Mountain and Lake View Hotel
Obviously in Pokhara there are hundreds of hotels, and hundreds of hotels are still under construction. As there are many, a good way to choose is to go there, hire a taxi and visit them on site, and decide.<br/><br/>We did it like that and found Hotel Mountain Top. In May, 2004, political chaos have frightened away a lot of tourists, so the business was very bad in Pokhara. With 500Rs/night, we got a super good view room on the 4th floor with 3 sides windows open to lake, mountain the the city.
Very good and convenient location.<br/>wanderful city, mountain and lake view
- 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!<br/><br/>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.<br/>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.<br/>A small thatched-roof open eating place with a nice view is a good place to spend the evenings. Good, local food.<br/>Farm rooms converted into two- and three persons bedrooms.<br/>Best shower cubicle and toilet on the entire Royal Trek. Solar hot water in principle available, sun maybe not.<br/>Be careful not to exploit their hospitality and modesty.
- 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.<br/>Made out of a traditional Gurung farm house, with some annex bed rooms attached, this was exactly what we needed.<br/>The owner family was a bit shocked - we were their first guests ever!<br/>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. <br/>Traditional food - but do not expect a great variety when you come late and unannounced.<br/>Toilet and cold shower cubicles in a separate cottage across the flagstoned alley.<br/>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: 2196
Pleasant Home, Lake Side: NB! NO MORE!!!!! "Home away from Home" in Pokhara
Update October 2007:<br/>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. <br/>For all the services described below, Hotel Raraa has it now!<br/><br/>Pleasant Home is run by the family of Radha Gurung and Anil Singh and that is precisely why I stay here whenever in Pokhara.<br/>Anil manages the hotel together with his family.<br/>This is a middle standard hotel and the services they do not provide can be had somewhere up or down Lakeside.<br/>The service is friendly and good, and they keep an eye on you for your needs while leaving you in peace.<br/>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: 51
Lake Side Hotel: Lake Side Hotel, very clean and friendly hotel '96
A little bit outdated info, but I really enjoyed staying in Lake Side Hotel.<br/>Big garden restaurant, friendly staffs.<br/>I had a big king size bed for myself.<br/>I hope this hotel still stays there...
A beautiful garden restaurant,<br/>excellent service, excellent staffs,<br/>good food, good music,<br/>good bed, clean shower room
- Reviews: 101
Hotel Stupa: Pokhara's elegant retreat
The Hotel Stupa is situated in Pokhara, Nepal's adeventure hub. It is the starting point for many of Nepal's trekking and rafting destinations.<br/><br/>The hotel itself is situated in the heart of the popular lake side area of the city. It has 18 deluxe rooms with balconies, many with baths (extremely good!)
Virtually all of the rooms have outstanding views of the Annapurna and Phewa lake. The facilities too, are outstanding, although the restaurant should be avoided. (Extremely oily tea and not much on offer in the way of food!)
- 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: 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!!<br/>Many trekking companies offer treks that don't burn wood but they hire porters to carry propane for cooking.
- 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
Out House: Toilets on the trail
You will need to bring your own toilet paper while you are trekking! But if you don't have any you will be provided with a tin of water for clean-up.
- Reviews: 121
The Little Tibetan Guest House
The Little Tibetan Guest House<br/>We paid only £3 per night - a bargain!
Really clean rooms and a very friendly family that owned it. Close to all the amenities in Lakeside.
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