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“Great place to stay and experience the heart of Thamel!”
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Hotel Potala
Ranked #72 of 455 Kathmandu B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 8 September 2012

This is a great place to stay while visiting Kathmandu--it's in the heart of Thamel, at the Thamel Chowk, and the group of people running it are a bunch of sweethearts. They offer great services, many of which are free, including free tourist information, just downstairs in the main lobby. They're happy to set up trips for you to remote locations, along with grab a taxi with you to make sure you make it to all of your locations safely and not fear being taken advantage of. Some of the rooms are noisier than others, depending on the location, as it is situated next to a bar with a live band, but if you're choosy with which room you would like, the wing 105 and over is the least noisy. I greatly recommend this hotel!

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Amm14
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Reviewed 28 July 2012

Great location in the middle of Thamel, nice very helpful staff, and good prices. The included breakfast is nice and the common area is great for meeting up with fellow travelers. It's definitely noisy until 11pm (as all of Thamel is), but after then it's quiet. The WiFi almost always worked (good for KTM).

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled solo
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7  Thank AlpinWeiss
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Reviewed 20 July 2012

The receptionist on duty at 6am on July 7 claimed I was out when my Nepali girlfriend called and asked to speak to me on July 6 in the late evening. He also didn't deliver the message she then left for me. Further, he had the nerve to call her (her number must have been displayed on the hotel phone the night before) after I had left for the airport, after asking me whether I was going to marry her or merely seeing her for the sex (his words), to which I gave a non-committal answer as it is none of his business. He then had the balls to ask me for her number, which of course I didn't give him. I thought he was rude and extremely indiscreet, but I would have let it go if I hadn't subsequently found out from my girlfriend about him lying on the phone to her and his non-delivery of her message to me.

Thoroughly unprofessional. Purposely trying to interfere with and even intrude into a relationship in one's private life is one thing, but doing this to a customer while on duty is simply unacceptable in any moral code. He should be fired from his job.

Anyone considering using this otherwise ok hotel be warned, especially about the long-nosed young receptionist with the narrow face ... he's a snake!

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled solo
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13  Thank tomix-yeah
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Reviewed 12 July 2012

Good location, helpfull staff, no frills room, clean enough.

  • Stayed: July 2012
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3  Thank marcelboer
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Reviewed 8 June 2012

Located in the center of Thamel, street and bar noise from 7am to 11pm, but use earplugs and you will be fine. Really helpfull and friendly staff, rooms are simple, clean, hot water. I stayed in the room with a shared bathroom. Payed 600 NRP a night with breakfast. Food and drinks really good and prices fair. Wi-Fi quite reliable - better in the restaurant area. Overall it is excellent place to stay!

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled solo
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4  Thank Maciej L
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Reviewed 6 June 2012

Hotel Potala is VERY central. I got a single room without bathroom but with breakfast included for 600 Roupies, which is above market level in Thamel but ok because the location is excellent and the staff genuinely helpful. The breakfast was particularly good.
Drawbacks: gets loud in the evening (DO NOT take a room with window on the street) especially on the nights when live bands play in the bars around, common toilet dirty and with little friends with antennas coming out at night...
Advantages: great breakfast, roof top, location, common shower clean.
I saw that the rooms with bathrooms don't have a cleaner toilet, it's only the comfort of not sharing it with others.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled solo
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2  Thank zuly1000
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Reviewed 4 June 2012

Hotel Potala isn't the Ritz, but for a weary traveller it's comforting. A standard room with en suite costs $12 a night and for that you get a hot shower, clean sheets, a tidy room, good healthy breakfast selection which won't upset your stomach and very friendly service! The Hotel staff are happy to help whether it's with sightseeing options, directions, laundry or letting you use the phone. It is the centre of Thamel, and you feel safe being there. If you want a cheery simple place to stay I would recommend Hotel Potal.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled solo
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Address: Thamal | PO Box 26182, Kathmandu 00977, Nepal
Region: Nepal > Central Region > Bagmati Zone > Kathmandu Valley > Kathmandu
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #72 of 455 B&Bs / Inns in Kathmandu
Price Range: £7 - £11 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Potala 3*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Potala is a leading hotel in the heart of the Thamel neighborhood of Kathmandu.Run by a Nepali and Tibetan family, it is a perfect place for those who value time, convenience, and a safe place to stay. We've been in the hotel business since 1991 and know how to make our visitors feel like they are in our house rather than our hotel. We are close to many attractions in the city and provide a wide range of guest services and amenities. Our 27 rooms provide many lodging options, all with 24 hour a day hot water. ... more   less 
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