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Kathmandu Guest House
Ranked #35 of 193 Hotels in Kathmandu
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Alexandra Headland, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Not worth the money”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2012

Stayed here for 2 nights in July this year and will NEVER stay here again. Paid US$50 to stay in a fan room. The main reason for staying here was as a treat prior to trekking to watch some Olympic action. This was not to be the case - the power was constantly off, and, despite having generator power only power to the lights in the room was supplied. When I complained I was informed by the very rude man at the front desk that power is preferentially given to those in air conditioned rooms; if I cared to pay another $30 plus 23% tax then I could upgrade to one of those rooms. On top of this the sheets were dirty, bathroom was filthy, the room smelled like it had not been aired in 6 months and was very stuffy, the beer in the restaurant was warm and overpriced. I could not agree more with previous comments that the staff in the bar then hover trying to sell you more warm, overpriced beer. There are a lot better hotels in Kathmandu for much more reasonable prices.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2012

I really loved staying in this guest house. I was in and out of Kathmandu, but every time I came back there, I stayed in KGH. In total it was around 7 days. The highlights of KGH are:
1) Location - you are right in the middle of Thamel. You are surrounded by restaurants, stores etc. It is also a walking distance to the Durbar Square (around 20 mins).
2) Options of rooms - they offer the customers a variety of rooms for a huge range of budget (from U$ 10 to 160 per night). I got a U$30 room. It was a nice and clean room, private bath, no AC. It was very simple, but enough for me.
3) Fabulous garden - they have a nice and beautiful garden inside the guest house, where you can relax after walking through the bustling streets of Kathmandu.
4) Friendly environment - people there are very nice, and you also get to know a lot of people, as there are many single traveler there.
5) Nice cafe - they serve a great breakfast buffet, and have good options for lunch and dinner.
6) Internet - there are many computers that you can use for free, or you pay to get wifi.
7) Service - you can leave your luggage/ valuables there while you go trekking.
The price point is a little bit higher than some other guest houses (where some friends stayed), but there are so many intangible that you get in KGH, that I think it's worth paying just a little bit more.
Just loved it! Highly recommend it!

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled solo
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Liverpool
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2012

Great value as there are a range of rooms to choose from and it's right in the heart of thamel. Recent expansion has been tastefully done and gives you more choice of rooms from basic to luxury. Beautiful garden is tranquil and gives you respite from the hussel and bussel of Ktm. Lots of interesting people working and volunteering in Nepal hang out here so a good place to meet fellow travellers with a passion for Nepal and development - great place to stay

  • Stayed April 2012
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2 Thank siklesgirl
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Dhaka, Bangladesh
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2012

An excellent trip to Nepal, made all the better by the staff at Kathmandu Guest House. I stayed in the Suite room for two nights. The staff and management really helped us with a problem that we had prior to arriving and for that I must say say a big thanks. Room was good, clean and as expected for the price. Breakfast is good and there is a good coffee bar serving Illy coffee and a tea shop where you can sit and relax in a peaceful courtyard area. I also ate a good dinner here. I used the travel desk inside repception, Gurkha Encounters, to book a day rafting and I would recommend this for anyone wanting to go white water rafting. We booked a car and driver for this which was first class.

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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
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Bengaluru, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2012

The Guest house is in heart of city and street is also a tourist attraction surrounded by the cafes, pubs, eating joints and shopping center from handicrafts to household items. The Hotel has ATM which was off great relief for tourist like me! Café at hotel is pretty cool place to spend a evening with coffee or Tea, and how ever hotel doesn’t allow guest accompany tourist to the room as they are limited only till cafe which I felt was good with concern to safety of other fellow tourists.
However people plz do not take the river rafting from the Travel desk! at the hotel ,instead go with professional services which offer river rafting with their own transportation facilities they might be little expensive but will save you from lot of agony.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled solo
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1 Thank Rajesh M
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newdelhi
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 200 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2012

it was tripadvisor where i had zeroed - in on kgh [ thanks my fellow trippers ] , and it is here that i am going to write this review vouching for the good feel of this place . a blue van awaits you at the airport as promised . the location - bang in the heart of thamel ... the tourist area . the main gate ... welcoming for guests and imposing for outsiders . and then you walk in ... beautiful cozy open air diner and bar , the decor of dragons , the feel of budha , the chinese touch , the fireplace in the lounge , the lovely manicured and aesthetically designed garden , the quiet lobby , the vibrant neighbourhood , shopping in close vicinity ............. KGH has everything .
but i must request them on two counts : 1] please provide two way airport transfer . one way is a bad gesture .---- 2] the breakfast buffet is so repetitive . and yes , every one does not eat buff .please provide alternatinve like chicken sausages .
both these will not cost you a fortune but will earn you 5/5 instead of 4/5

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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2 Thank avsharma
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2012

I hope my review does not significantly alter the overall stats for KGH, but it hosts the one bank in Kathmandu, Standard Chartered Bank, we were able to find that does not charge any additional fee for usage. The same bank ATM can also be found in Patan, fyi.

After withdrawing cash, we did wander around inside and saw the atrium and lobby to be a cut above the rest in the area, as well as gracious receptionists telling us the price of the rooms that were also a cut above the rest (i.e. not for the backpacker dirtbag budget).

Supposedly they show a daily documentary regarding mountaineering, but not when we were there during the off-season of summer.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank Arthur_Wojcicki
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Property: Kathmandu Guest House
Address: KGH Sqaure, Ward no. 16 | Thamel, PO Box 21218, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
Region: Nepal > Central Region > Bagmati Zone > Kathmandu Valley > Kathmandu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 Business Hotel in Kathmandu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Kathmandu Guest House 3.5*
Number of rooms: 145
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