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“An unexpected Gem”
Review of Dwarika's Hotel

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Dwarika's Hotel
Ranked #12 of 207 Hotels in Kathmandu
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 21 November 2013

Nepal, for those that have been there is not the cleanest country in the world and Kathmandu, while a living museum in places, is a major metropolitan city. That said the Dwarika hotel stands out as architecturally appropriate, relevant, local and functional. with the kind of service levels one rarely sees in Nepal. Generally friendly staff (though if the hotel's management did not take half of all the communal tips I am sure it would be better), great food and an excellent location near the airport make this the finest hotel in the city.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 November 2013

Although it is relatively new, the Dwarika's Hotel has old-style charm with big, wonderful rooms and suites. The bathrooms in particular are great--as large as the rooms themselves, with double basins, shower and tub, etc. The regular beds and day beds are very comfortable. Everyone is as pleasant as we've ever seen, the food is great (including the buffet breakfast), etc., etc. We enjoyed the Japanese restaurant very much. The only "downfall" of the hotel, if you consider it one, is the distance from the action downtown. t is closer to the airport (no noise worth noting) but has easy access to all the suburban and surrounding sights via car, cab, or tour bus. Oh--and it is almost impossible to get reservations even weeks or months ahead. If you want to go and a room is available, grab it immediately!

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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank AndrewM_8
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Reviewed 15 November 2013

Dwarika's possesses a charm and character that are becoming ever more difficult to find. The history of the establishment, with its attention to architectural craftsmanship, makes it a museum as well as a lodging.
Although not far from the center of the city, it is clearly outside of it and the associated activity. As partial compensation, it is a short walk from Pashupatinath.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 November 2013

Our five day stay at Dwarika's really was an amazing experience - and it is an experience to stay there. Everyone is so helpful from the staff who welcome you in traditional Nepalese style to the lovely ladies who helped us book our trips it really is a five star service. The room was the best I have ever stayed in, it was spotlessly clean with a wonderful bath and walk in shower along with lovely toiletries. You will be spoilt for choice with breakfast and we so looked forward to our evening meals. If you have any doubts - don't - book it you will not regret staying here! Thank you to everyone on the Dwarika's team for making our stay unforgetable.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 November 2013

I was staying at Nagakort and because of the general strike the next day we had to change our plans and find a hotel for 1 night close to the airport. we contacted Dwarikas and were told they had 2 rooms at USD250 which we agreed to take. When we asked for a confirmation number we were told they could not issue one but the cost was USD350. In case we could not find other rooms - the Hyatt being full we agreed and were told they would call us back with the reservation number. When they called back, they apologised that they had quoted the wrong rate and the price was now USD400. Needless to say we told them we no longer needed the rooms, having found rooms at the Everest for USD130. i had had a drink at the hotel a few days earlier and the hotel appears to be everything people say about it, but my experience of trying to book the room showed them in their true colours

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled on business
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21  Thank Mike M
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Reviewed 13 November 2013

No doubt about it – Dwarika's is an oasis in the middle of a very chaotic and noisy Kathmandu… Step inside the hotel entrance, and you're in another world.

We stayed there twice in October 2013 in connection with our Everest Base Camp trek – two nights before the trek and two nights after. We got two different rooms – the first two nights we got a room on the 4th floor (no. 402) in the main building overlooking the atrium courtyard. This room had two single beds. The other two nights our room was on the ground level (no. 105) near the swimming pool. This one had a big four-poster bed. Both rooms were standard rooms but they were big and very nice. The ground floor room was really big – bigger than most suites we've ever stayed in in other hotels. The decor is lovely in traditional Nepalese style. The bathroom is very luxurious with a huge shower and beautiful decor.

Apart from the rooms, the hotel itself (interior and exterior) is just a joy to walk around and look at all the details. The hotel has a number of "friendly hotel dogs" – big and small dogs that walk around the place, quite clearly enjoying life. You can pet them if you want.

We tried all three restaurants: Krishnarpan (Nepalese), the Japanese restaurant, and Toran. They were all good. Toran is also the breakfast restaurant and serves very nice food, both for breakfast and dinner. It mostly serves western-style food but with a couple of Nepalese dishes thrown in. Krishnarpan is a gorgeous Nepalese restaurant where you sit on very low chairs at low tables and where you must wash your hands over a basin and take off your shoes before you can go inside. We were lucky to get a table the first night. When we went to get a table three weeks later it was booked out. So if you want to try it, I recommend that you book a table.

The only little problem we had was that our ground-floor room was not far from a function held one of the nights with live music. There was no way to block out the noise. Fortunately the music stopped at 10 p.m. (we would have complained if it had gone on for longer). But apart from that we enjoyed our stay immensely.

Having seen lots of photos from the hotel before we went, our expectations were high. But we were not disappointed. It's a lovely place to stay – perhaps the nicest hotel we've ever stayed in.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Froggy2Denmark
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Reviewed 11 November 2013

Three years ago we stayed here as part of an amazing holiday. It was wonderful to be back and we were amazed to be remembered by some of the staff. It is still the same oasis of peace and calm in the middle of a frantic city.Evening in the courtyard is very specialThere have been changes in three years but nothing spoils the incredible atmosphere of the place. It was quite interesting to stay in a room that was being built the last time we were there. The staff were, once again, helpful, attentive and pleasant to talk to and the food was superb.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: Battisputali Rd, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
Region: Nepal > Central Region > Bagmati Zone > Kathmandu Valley > Kathmandu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Kathmandu
#2 Romantic Hotel in Kathmandu
#3 Family Hotel in Kathmandu
#3 Spa Hotel in Kathmandu
#3 Business Hotel in Kathmandu
Price Range: £243 - £472 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Dwarika's Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 86
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Built upon a rich tradition of Nepali hospitality and incorporating some of the country’s most exquisite architectural traditions, The Dwarika’s Hotel in Kathmandu is an authentic experience of Nepal’s ancient cultural heritage.Originally established as a heritage restoration project, The Dwarika's hotel has become known as Nepal's premier property, and a model for heritage preservation in Nepal and beyond. ... more   less 
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