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“Extremely friendly staff - Great Location” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Potala
Ranked #63 of 436 Kathmandu B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Melbourne
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16 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Extremely friendly staff - Great Location”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2014

Our travelling group used this hotel before and after our Everest Base Camp trek. The staff were wonderful, helpful, cheerful and always attentive. I liked the lounge area near reception for free tea - it was a good area to meet and chat. Rooms were basic but very clean and well maintained. Felt like the most wonderful shower in the world after returning from the trek, however any shower would have felt like this! Thank you to the professional staff at Potala, I plan to return in a couple of months for my second trek and have asked my guide to arrange my base at Hotel Potala. Highly recommended.

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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank CRose2012
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2013 via mobile

The hotel is located In the heart of Thamel. This has it's pros and cons. If you're a light sleeper: bring earplugs! Breakfast is great. But outside breakfast hours, serving is slow and the food poor. Rooms are small but clean, and the bath is even smaller but stabil. The staff is very friendly and funny, always greeting you with a smiling "nameste". The hotel has an arranger who can put together any activity for you, such as trekking, rafting etc.
On top of it all, the hotel has a really nice rooftop, where you can relax and sunbath. We Can only recoment the place!

Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2013

I stayed here a few times when in Kathmandu. Love the place. Great friendly staff in a well run centrally located hotel in Thamel, KTM.

Clean room, with hot water. Good resturant with local and international food.

A home away from home. I will be back

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Ade652
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Munich, Germany
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2013

Perfect in the centre of Thamel, if you don't mind live music from the bar next door at evening.
Rooms are clean and breakfast is great!
The staffs are really helpful and always friendly. I stayed there for two weeks and they even got a present when I left.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank Michael P
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1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2013 via mobile

I enjoyed very nice staff , good food Nepali thali( tepical Nepali food)don't forget to try here for real test, hot and cold water running 24 hour.
You will gat what you paid
Their are room dipped in your budget . Clean and nice .very nice incluidead breakfast you can chose what you want.free wifi which is free, free map and information desk runing by nice person you can ask any thing travel question they answer.
I would like inform that don't miss to get that invitent in thamel

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Jaggu92
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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111 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2013

PROS:
In the centre of Thamel (although once you realise how small thamel is, everything is a one minute walk away from everything else)
CONS:
Above a nightclub, and a bar next door, it was like my bed was actually in the nightclub, although i had a mix of two songs overly loud everynight from dark to about 1am, with car horns and conversations being easily heard after this time.
Staff are a little bit intruding/over friendly.
A little bit pushy in getting you to use their driver/car/eating at their hotel etc
Breakfast is not worth mentioning if you dont love bread or eggs.
Restaurant food is very standard, and staff did not seem to even grasp the concept of gluten allergy or no dairy .. the first night i ate here i was unwell - i ate here once more but only had fries !
** Travel agent is far overpriced, quoting me the same flight for over $50 more than what i purchased it for from the airline office, also bus tickets were also the most expensive from this hotels travel agent.
rooms a little dirty - a very dusty area and hallways rooms are dusty.
bathrooms dirty - NEVER SEEMED TO BE HOT WATER ?
There are some much better options in thamel - which were nearly half the price, and if you are a hostel dorm room stayer then a quarter of the price.. Sharee lale vegetarian restaurant and guesthouse, which i ate at frequently, has rooms for half the price, much cleaner and nicer and still in the centre of thamel.. (the owner gave me heaps of information about nepal, prices, and information about my next journey without trying to sell me anything at all , he even drew a map of the metro in india to help me) .. i was going to move there but in the end just nepal all together.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Jasmine E
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Chichester, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
84 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2013

A budget hotel, aimed squarely at back packers, it does what it says on the tin! Slap bang in the Thamel area of Kathmandu, it offers basic rooms [ ok they could do with a spot of updating] with clean bedding, showers and hot water. The major plus is a good breakfast to set you up for the day and the staff, all of whom were helpful and friendly. The hotel also has a travel department who arranged drivers for us, so that we could travel further afield, at what we thought were reasonable rates.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Property: Hotel Potala
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 #63 of 436 B&Bs / Inns in Kathmandu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Potala 2.5*
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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