I stayed in this hotel for 2 nights at the beginning and end of a trek so 4 nights in total. It was really great place to arrive to from Kathmandu airport and felt very welcome. The staff are superb and very friendly - they really cannot do enough to make your stay comfortable.
They catered well for the gluten free diet when I ate in the restaurant the first evening. The breakfast buffet is huge so there is always plenty of choices for gluten free diet.
The first bedroom I stayed in (think it was room 101) had a problem with the shower leaking across the bathroom floor each time it was used - I mentioned it at reception and they changed me to a different room in an instant. Actually preferred to be higher up in the hotel anyhow so that was good.
After the trek it was great to arrive back in the Shanker and sit around the pool relaxing and taking a swim - it really is a little oasis in an otherwise busy city.
I would prefer if the wifi was available to guests in the lounge/bar/restaurant but you have to pay for it wherever you are.
I would always happily return to the Shanker as it is so conveniently located and the staff are great. It is not a 5 star but it has plenty going for it. I liked that it had plenty of character rather than being a corporate hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Shanker, Kathmandu is a heritage hotel, housed in a 19th-century palace in the heart of Kathmandu city. It was the royal residence of the rulers of Nepal, from 1894 until 1964, when it was converted into a hotel. The facade and traditions were kept intact but the interiors were redesigned to give travelers the kind of comfort they'd expect of a world class hotel. The hotel is characterized by exquisite and authentic objects d'art. For example, the carved windows displayed in the lobby bar are over 200 years old. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Shanker Hotel Kathmandu