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“Great location for shopping & eating”
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Hotel Vaishali
Ranked #107 of 198 Hotels in Kathmandu
Melbourne, Australia
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74 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Great location for shopping & eating”
Reviewed 16 March 2009

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!!!

  • Stayed January 2009, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2008

We stayed at Hotel Vaishali for 5 nights after a trekking trip in the Everest Region. This hotel is great for a short stay (5 nights was a bit long, but our trekking trip was cut short). The rooms are big, clean and quiet. It is not 4 stars to Western Standards, but it is good value for the money. Not to mention it is a great and central location in Thamel and a short walk to many the sights around Kathmandu.

  • Liked — LOCATION!!!!!
  • Disliked — The hotel restaurants were not great, but that is okay because a lot of restaurants/cafes around the area.
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled as a couple
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HK
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63 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2008

Dear travellers,

I previously wrote a review regarding "do not send postcard
by the hotel" as I can't got my postcard for half an month.
Miracle thing is happened! I received my postcard on
28 Aug 08 which is almost a one month duration.
Somehow the postcard has stamped with "Japan
Osaka." Nevertheless, it is in my wife hand which
is the objective when I write it in Nepal. Thanks to
Vaishali! But I can't find slipper in room and this
needs improvement.

  • Liked — Great location near tourist area.
  • Disliked — No slippers
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled on business
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bristol
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 August 2008

As a climber returning to the high himalaya I have stayed at the Hotel Vaishali twice, (before and after my trip to the mountains) in 2005 and 2007.

Yes, the hotel is listed as 4* and no it isn't a 4*. However, you would be wise to note that Nepal is still very much a developing country. From my point of view it was more than adequate. The rooms are clean, the beds are comfortable, the food is hygenically prepared (I've never suffered stomach problems from eating there) and the staff friendly with a 'nothing is too much trouble' attitude.

It's right in the heart of Thamel, and right in the thick of a hundred great places to eat and drink - I recommend going beyond the Rum Doodle and the K2 bar and sampling a few others.

If you're looking for a destination where you can send quaint little postcards home and have no cause to whinge that they're late then I suggest Switzerland or Skegness....not Nepal.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed October 2007, travelled with friends
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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2008

We were bounced from the hotel we had been booked in, for one night in the Vaishali until the other hotel had a room.

The staff were very friendly, and the room OK. The bathroom was dark and dingy, the water cold and discolored, and the towels felt more like sandpaper than cloth.

At breakfast, the coffee was good - actually the best I had on the trip, but most of the other breakfast bar items were less than appetizing.

Would not choose to stay at this hotel again.

  • Liked — coffee
  • Disliked — bathrooms
  • Stayed October 2006, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2008

Stayed at this hotel pre and post our trek to Everest Base Camp.

The staff are all very friendly but the hotel has past its prime. It must have been spectacular when it was first built but that is some years ago as the bedrooms are looking very tired.

The buffet breakfast was a welcome after our trek but bear in mind this is a nepali breakfast not based on a full english! Bathrooms need updating and hot water was brown?! However for us after a trek this wasnt important.

The fantastic thing about this hotel is the location. It is right in the heart of Thamel. Had we not stayed here we would have missed Rum Doodles (which is right next door). We had great trips out around Thamel and the sights of Kathmandu from this hotel. Just bear in mind its not western four star standards.

  • Liked — Location for Thamel was fantastic
  • Disliked — tired decoration
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled as a couple
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Abu Dhabi
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 May 2008

I visit Nepal about twice a year and Vaishali is my favourite place to stay. I have tried Hyatt and Radisson before, but there is nothing like Vaishali. Maybe is not perfect 5* or 4* standard, but is close to everything and most of all - service is just amazing. If you are looking for simple rooms (recommend to try one of the suites which are realy very nice), good service, friendly staff and wish to feel like "at home" - I would definitly recommend Vaishali as the place to stay.

  • Liked — Very comfortable beds
  • Disliked — Water pressure could be better, but I would say this is common problem in Kathmandu
  • Stayed December 2007, travelled on business
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Property: Hotel Vaishali
Address: P.O. Box: 206, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
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Region: Nepal > Central Region > Bagmati Zone > Kathmandu Valley > Kathmandu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#37 Spa Hotel in Kathmandu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Vaishali 3.5*
Number of rooms: 95
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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