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“Quiet, friendly place”
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Hotel Shakti
Maastricht, The Netherlands
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
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“Quiet, friendly place”
Reviewed 5 August 2013

This hotel is suprisingly quiet in the middle of a crowded, smoggy Katmandu.
The managment and staff are very kind and helpful.
The rooms are comfortable. There is no airco, but all rooms have a (noisy) fan). Most of the bathrooms are good. The rooms are not always very clean. A guest left som bedbugs, that were not removed by the cleaning-staff.
The diner is simple but safe.

Room Tip: On the roof-deck there is space to dry the laundry. Wifi is in the lobby and on the roof-deck.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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San Francisco, California
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9 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 June 2013

I stayed in this hotel 4-5 times in less than a year. They have some really nice rooms and some not very nice ones. There are big differences but hopefully they're slowly remodeling them one by one. First time I stayed in really ugly, filthy dark room facing noisy street where the bathroom looked like it has not been cleaned up for years. It was probably just too old. Last time I got very nice clean, remodeled room (bathroom) facing quiet backyard. Funny thing is they charge the same price no matter how the room look like. If you walk within 10 min radius most of other hotels charge significantly less (50% or even less) for the same standard. However, finding quiet room without the street noise is really difficult in that area so Shakti has few hidden jewels. I read review that the higher the floor at shakti the better the rooms. In my case it was exactly the opposite.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled solo
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Nelson Bay, Australia
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59 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 May 2013

stayed here for 2 nights at the end of a Gecko Tour. The location is fantastic. Close to some great restaurants, shops, 5 min walk to the Dream Gardens and Palace Museum. The bed was so hard and the mattress was uneven i had a double bed and it had 2 different size matteresses on the bed. First night had no fan but was able to get supplied with a portable fan for the second night. Paid 100rupees for their internet password and the wifi there is crap probaably only had 5 mins of internet in 2 days. staff werent that friendly they were more interested in reading the newspaper.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Burnham, Bucks
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19 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 May 2013

Good location for Thamel, close to the bazaars for last minute Trek gear and Supermarket. Also close to many great restaurants. The rooms vary from very basic to moderately equipped. The room I had for the first couple of nights was a twin room, even though I asked for double. Had an untiled bathroom (other rooms were tiled and had bath tubs. This was more of a wet room. Most nights we were kept awake by the crowing cockerel or the sounds of revving scooters (if it's even possible to rev those things). When we returned from the Trek the hotel room was moderately better and bed was more comfortable. Breakfast is very good, with friendly staff in hotel restaurant. We left our suitcases with the hotel, whilst we went trekking, upon our return we were given back our suitcases which were in a filthy state. They had been placed in a room next too where some construction work was taking place, with no thought to covering up the suitcases whilst the work was carried out. When we needed to checkout later than planned, due to late night flight, the hotel management then became disagreeable and unaccommodating. We had explained the late checkout to our Trek organizer long before arriving in KTM, and we were told there would be no issue and no extra charges. On the day, the hotel manager made demands for money to be paid in US dollar for the extra 3 hours the room was needed for. Eventually the issue was resolved by our Trek operator. Given the choice, i wouldn't come back and stay here or recommend this to anyone, given the treatment we received on our last day by the manager.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Wales
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93 reviews
19 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 13 May 2013

Don't judge this hotel by Western standards. There are certainly cheaper in Kathmandu, but it depends what you want. Situated at the north end of Thamel, its close enough to be convenient, but in its own grounds, its far enough away to be quiet. I found the staff friendly and helpful. The rooms are clean and the ones I stayed all had a bath with a shower. Breakfast was often buffet style, but was more than adequate. And the gardens were an oasis of calm away from the chaos of Thamel.

Room Tip: the rooms in the new wing are better appointed and lighter than the ones on the main building
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled solo
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Perth, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
98 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 May 2013

I stayed here one night before and three nights after my Geckos trek to Mt Everest base camp and while I opted to stay the extra two nights I wouldn't return. Some of the staff is lovely, others are very rude but as a young female foreigner travelling alone for the last two night I felt very safe. The breakfast is very expensive compared to the rest of Kathmandu and there is much nicer food available within a 5 minute walking distance. My rooms were nice and clean with good bathrooms.

Room Tip: third floor is good
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled solo
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Perth, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
274 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 May 2013

I stayed here first night and last night of a Geckos 14 day Everest Base Camp Trek.

Firstly, I have to say that the management and staff were extremely friendly, helpful and kind, always had a smile for us and offered to assist in any way possible. Thank you.

There are 2 little garden areas front and back which are a welcome bonus as a place to sit, read, relax or even have a meal.
Location is just on the edge of the Thamel District so fairly nicely placed to get around to and from the shops and tourist places.

Let's remember that this is a Budget Hotel and I believe the price of USD$31 approx. .....reflects the rooms and services.
The rooms themselves certainly need some attention. Of course it is an old building and the shower in some rooms is practically over the top of the toilet and basin which makes using the bathrooms quite messy. The water was more often cold than hot but you do need to check with reception to find out when hot water is available. The mattresses I had were extremely uncomfortable and the towels leaved a lot to be desired, tatty and worn looking.
Yes, we all know about power outtages but it certainly makes it challenging when 14 trekkers wish to send emails and charge their equipment before heading up the mountain and there is no power, limited lighting and no hot water.
Then when returning from a gruelling 14 day trek to Everest Base Camp and Kalar Patar...all a gal wants is a HOT shower and a clean and comfortable bed.
Of course I have stayed in a lot worse on my travels and I feel that the price instantly reflects what you get.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Hotel Shakti
Address: Amrit Marg, Bhagwan Bahal, Thamel, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
Region: Nepal > Central Region > Bagmati Zone > Kathmandu Valley > Kathmandu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #63 of 136 Speciality Lodging in Kathmandu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 46
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