I stayed in this hotel my first time in Kathmandu - I loved it then, and decided to check it out again last week after a gap of more than ten years.
I had booked in the old wing, but found things rather drab when I got there. Also, I discovered that the old wing has no power back-up, so I asked for a transfer to the new wing. The rooms in the new wing are bigger and more luxurious - and of course more expensive. But the manager on duty offered me a decent deal and I has a great stay.
The hotel is located in the heart of Thamel, the most happening neighbourhood in Kathmandu and walking distance from Darbar Square where I had my meetings. Despite the noisy surroundings, the hotel is peaceful - it is set back from the road and has a beautiful inner courtyard with a serene garden. The rooms overlooking this garden are the best ones.
The staff is friendly - very helpful and accommodating. The lobby is beautiful - lots of Nepali crafts and antiques on display, tasteful floating flower arrangements, and a lovely fragrance of lemongrass in the air. The restaurant is on a paved terrace outside and is small but charming, with an interesting menu. The spaghetti is truly excellent - it tastes fresh and home-made and is served in old-fashioned bowls that added to the flavour.
My main quibble is with the breakfast buffet which is really dismal. Cold pre-toasted bread, cold and leathery eggs that have been ruthlessly fried to death, cut fruit and yoghurt in open bowls with flies hovering around, and no variation at all in the spread. The coffee is excellent though.
It's true (as some have noted) that the old wing is rather shabby but clean enough and the prices are really rock-bottom - so one can't really complain about the no-frills approach.
All in all, a good experience - just remember that there are lots of other places in Thamel where one can grab a good breakfast :)
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