Impressive looking hotel from the street & in the entry foyer. Rooms a bit dated though & the bathrooms could use a re-vamp. The rooms were large but the beds quite hard (nothing out of the ordinary in Nepal though!) Be sure to have a shower when the power is on or within 5 mins of it going out or its cold showers unfortunately.
The staff were really friendly & there was one young lady at reception who was great. She spoke English very well & was able to understand our questions more so than the others.
Breakfast was ok, not great but enough choice to get at least somethings that you like. The freshly made omlettes were my pick. Room service was good although expensive in terms of the shops close by in the street.
Location is fantastic if you want to be in the heart of Thamel. The Rum Doodle resturaunt is next door & there is endless shops of all kinds to look around in.
Little secret to the hotel, go up all the stairs & onto the roof for a 360 degree panorama of Kathmandu.
In terms of Western hotels it would probably make 3 stars, but in Nepalese culture its regarded as a well-to-do hotel. Whenever we wetre asked where we were staying & we said Vaishali, the locals would be most impressed. "Very expensive nice hotel" was the common feedback from the Nepalese.
Don't go expecting full Western 4 star hotel, but if you take it for what it is, especially considering the state of most housing in Kathmandu, it a nice hotel. Was like a 5 star hotel to us when we returned from our 14 day trek though!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Vaishali is situated in Thamel -The heart of kathmandus business cultural and shopping district,just 20 minutes from the airport. Vaishali offers guests a choice of 95 centrally air-conditioned elegant modern rooms including 8 splendid suites to cater the needs of the travellers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vaishali Hotel Kathmandu