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Shivapuri Heights Cottage
Ranked #7 of 458 Kathmandu B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 4 May 2014

Stayed with Steve and Neeru prior to our trip to Bhutan with Steve and then had the chance to return prior to our return home from Nepal.

The cottages are on the hills overlooking Kathmandu and a beautiful peaceful space, a contrast to the noise and bustle of the city and a great start and end to our time in Nepal.
The accommodation was excellent, the rooms homely and comfortable, the staff amazing and friendly, and the food superb. We all ate together with other guests and it was a lovely atmosphere, great conversation, and very relaxed, Shivapuri clearly attracts some lovely and interesting people.
Steve and Neeru were such good hosts, and are so helpful; anything you need they will do their best to help with advice, ideas and recommendations.

Steve's tour to Bhutan was outstanding, again a great bunch of people, a well thought out and planned tour, involving festivals, walks, camping, hotels, all so well thought out and a great chance to see this fascinating rapidly changing country. Lovely Bhutanese guides, the 12 days were superb. I would strongly recommend it if you would like to see Bhutan. ( escape2nepal )

Thank you Steve and Neeru

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 24 April 2014

We booked a family adventure through Steve Webster at Escape 2 Nepal and Shivapuri Heights Cottages is his family home (which includes guest accommodation). Steve arranged all aspects of our holiday: transfers, accommodation trekking, rafting and Chitwan safaris and after all this we stayed at Shivapuri Heights Cottages (and actually met Steve and his family).

Kathmandu has grown since we last visited and it was a delight to withdraw to the tranquility of Shivapuri which felt much like visiting 'friends of friends'. The risk of staying with unknown hosts is that you can be left feeling as though you're invading their space. However, we always felt comfortable and welcome (which is saying something with two young boys!). Their home is beautiful, the location stunning and the food delicious.

As well as recommending Shivapuri Heights Cottages, I can highly recommend booking a family adventure through Escape 2 Nepal. Everything - and I mean everything - was perfect. Although we've travelled in Nepal previously, this time we brought along two children aged six and eight and wanted it to be easy for us and pleasurable for them. We were provided with an itinerary, told what to pack and, from the moment we left the Kathmandu airport, we didn't have to give any further thought to our trip because it all just worked. We were collected, transferred and accompanied by knowledgable guides with good English and the trip was pitched just right for the ages of our children. When we returned to Kathmandu and didn't require a guide we still received a courtesy call to see if we needed any assistance.

Another bonus was meeting with other families with similar aged children. One such family were finishing their trekking with a visit to Kailash Children's Home to meet a child they had begun sponsoring. We were so inspired that we arranged a visit and now sponsor a child too. We expected Kailash to be crammed with sad children but instead we found a happy 'family' of 100 children and dedicated staff. Kailash offers these children opportunities they would not otherwise have; it is secular yet encourages each child's religious beliefs and supports their cultural identities, and it caters for the different abilities and aptitudes of the children.

We ended our holiday all agreeing that it was our best yet. If you're like us and don't want to do Disney, then do Escape 2 Nepal!

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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 April 2014

Spent four days here with a group. Fell instantly in love with the view, staff, dogs and owners. Wonderful service and vibe. All previous reviews are correct and accurate. A perfect ending to a two week stay in Nepal. One suggestion is for better electric that can support hair dryers!

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Reviewed 11 April 2014

Getting to Shivapuri is half the fun - a 30-40min drive through the city chaos, up a steep narrow winding lane to the end, then a short hike up to the cottages to be welcomed with a much-needed cold lemon drink. The whole property is beautifully spread across several terraces, and the cottages and gardens designed for peace and functionality in a natural and local style. The tent-terrace is an inspired and innovative idea - very cool!! Sunrise across the valley is magnificent to witness.
My room in the main house was spacious, clean, comfortable and private, with a small balcony - and many lovely touches. The shared living spaces are homely, and the dining area caters for inside / outside and small or large groups. The meals were all delicious and plentiful, and served with smiles.
Steve and Neeru are such friendly and welcoming hosts, inviting guests into their own home as friends. They have both got many interesting stories to share. All the staff were sweetly thoughtful and helpful - I appreciated the candle-lantern when the power went off, and help with my pack up and down those stairs!
My two nights here were an absolute highlight of my stay in Nepal.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled solo
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Thank zuzyNZ
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Reviewed 28 March 2014

We were 2 families with kids ages 8-15 that stayed here for one night. The cottage was tough to get to considering the poor road quality and maddening traffic. Initially we were second guessing our choice. That changed once we got to the cottages. Amazing hillside views of the city and fantastic hospitality. The staff was incredibly friendly. At night they arranged a fire for our kids to roast marshmallows. The food was excellent and rooms were great as well. It was fun having dinner in the main lodge and meeting other travelers.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with family
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1  Thank Martin M
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Reviewed 26 March 2014

My stay was all about relaxation - a chance to kick back and soak up the ambience of this beautiful property with the perfect combination of good company, stunning views, fine food, tasteful Nepalese décor and warm hospitality. The in-house massage was divine. Hosts Steve and Neeru have found the right balance between western luxuries and Neplaese charm. Guests have the choice how much they want to enjoy their privacy or mingle with other travellers, who all have fascinating tales. I will always return to Shivapuri Cottages when I visit Nepal.

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1  Thank Narangba-Chris
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Reviewed 24 March 2014

We wanted to finish our month travelling in India, Bhutan and Nepal with 2 nights away from the hustle and bustle of crowds and to relax before heading back home. The 2 nights that we spent at Shivapura Heights Cottages allowed us to do just that. Our room was in the main house and we had our own balcony with fantastic views over Kathmandu valley surrounded by mountains. Steve and Neeru together with their staff made us feel very welcome. Meals were eaten with the family and the other guests which made for a very relaxed atmosphere. We were made to feel like one of the family which in this day of commercialisation is very special. We would have no hesitation in recommending Shivapuri.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Address: Shivapuri Hills | Shivapuri National Park, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
Region: Nepal > Central Region > Bagmati Zone > Kathmandu Valley > Kathmandu
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
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Ranked #7 of 458 B&Bs / Inns in Kathmandu
Price Range: £49 - £127 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Shivapuri Heights consist of three Cottages perched on the hillside above Budhanilkantha, with stunning views over the valley. They are a million miles from Kathmandu, but luckily only 30 minutes by taxi and a short uphill walk. As a secret getaway for families, romantic couples, or a relaxing break from Kathmandu, they're hard to beat. ... more   less 
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