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Nirvana Garden Hotel
Ranked #109 of 209 Hotels in Kathmandu
Reviewed 20 November 2013

I really enjoyed my stay at Nirvana. Although on the pricey side (for Thamel) it was not unreasonable, and I would pay it again for the amazing breakfast, the lovely garden, and my own private balcony (overlooking said garden). Some of the staff were friendly, some not so much. My room was comfortable and clean, although the bathroom was a little on the shabby side (considering the room rate). Location was ideal – near everything you need, yet tucked in a corner away from the madness and street noise. Definitely a good post-trek option in my opinion.

Room Tip: Get a room overlooking the garden
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 6 November 2013

We stayed here as part of a holiday package. The hotel is located in a quiet garden setting right in the heart of Thamel. It’s handy to shopping, restaurants and sightseeing. The garden is very pretty with flowering shrubs and a lovely waterfall. We stayed here on three different occasions during our trip and had three different rooms. All were quite spacious with comfortable beds. We did strike problems with leaky taps, odd hours with hot water and lights that didn’t work. We only ate breakfast here which was varied and tasty though on occasions was almost cold. The staff were very helpful, friendly and efficient. There is free Wifi but it isn’t reliable and computers are available for guests’ use but very slow. However, we would definitely stay here again as the hotel is good value for money and its location is excellent.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 4 November 2013

The hotel is situated in the old town area of Kathmandu (Thamel) colourful shops and outdoor clothing shops are on the door step.
The hotel has safety deposit boxes and a storage room where luggage can be left (free of charge) for a few days if you leave to trek or visit other areas.
Although some rooms are small and dingy, others are large and bright with balconies overlooking the garden (worth emailing to request one of these prior to arriving) Here you can sit on the balcony overlooking the very pretty gardens
The garden is a lovely place to sit and relax and have breakfast or a drink, a little oasis away from the hustle and bustle outside.
The staff are friendly and helpful and were particularly so when my friend and I stayed 3 days at the hotel following a group tour of Nepal.
They allowed us to make local phone calls free of charge and also called taxis for us ensuring we were not "ripped off" .
The hotel is good value for money, our stay for 2 of us for 3 nights inc breakfast only cost us£121.71 in a large balconied room.
I would recommend this hotel to anyone wanting to explore Kathmandu and is only a short walk from Durbar Square.(this was written on behalf of my Mum) age 71

Room Tip: Request a back room as they are quieter also ask for a large room with a balcony.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 31 October 2013

The beds are hard as rock; the sheets and towels feel like sandpaper, and there are a few critters to keep one company at night. The internet is non-existent. But the staff is helpful, water pressure is good (even if not always hot), the garden is lovely, and it feels like an oasis amid the chaotic streets of Katmandu, Nepal. There is a new building and an old building - my room was in the older section. No elevator, but stair climbing is good exercise. Breakfast was included (eggs, croissants, tea, coffee, porridge, etc and was fresh and plentiful). The staff made an effort to meet guest needs (directions, laundry, water, etc). This is not a hotel designed for a long stay - it specializes in the trekking crowd that will spend a few days in the city before and after hiking in the mountains. The hotel will keep excess luggage during your hike free of charge. It's not a resort, but it is a nicer accommodation than most locals have to look forward to on a daily basis - I tried to remember that as I battled with a telephone that didn't work, a missing door lock, and windows without screens. In the overall scheme of things - this trip was not about the hotel.

Room Tip: Ask for a room in the new building
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 24 October 2013

The Nirvana Garden Hotel is in the Chhetrapatti area of Katmandu, right adjacent to the tourist area of Thamel. It's in a reasonably quiet area, without street noise, but there is generator noise during much of the night, depending on where your room is situated.

The hotel is well kept up but does reveal some of the ravages of age, such as archaic showers where the spout has to be hand held, mix and match sheet sizing (in my room there were two single beds pushed together and the sheets were only broad enough to clear the edges, not nearly enough to tuck in. Many of the towels were new and white but maybe a quarter of them were gray and worn. Several weeks after my first stay I was back for a one night stand. The bed was made so poorly that I had to remake it: the bottom sheet stopped about four inches from the end of the mattress. The sheet was long enough but all the extra was tucked in the top. Is there no concept of proper training or quality control?

My room is spacious and the paint appears fresh. There is a lovely balcony overlooking a lush and quiet garden with a waterfall at one end. The garden is a wonderful place to eat breakfast which, although almost the same each day, is substantial. It is not, however, appetizing enough to be worth $5!

There is a TV but I didn't use it. Wifi isn't the fastest but it's adequate. The staff is prompt, friendly, informative, and I enjoyed interacting with them. The hotel, despite many drawbacks, gets a three star overall because it's comfortable, the staff is helpful and pleasant, and it has the lovely garden.

Room Tip: Higher up, overlooking the garden, one with a shower head attached to the wall if you take showers.
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 13 October 2013 via mobile

I stayed here at either end of a group trek and it was poor in comparison to other accomodation in Thamel and Kathmandu. It is expensive, there is no fan and very dodgy old aircon. I spotted cockroaches on multiple occasions in my two different rooms. Myself and travelling companions were unable to get hot water sometimes. Don't stay here by choice. Location is the only plus.

  • Stayed: October 2013
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Reviewed 12 October 2013

I am baffled that this hotel has received a Trip Advisor award for 2013! I trust Trip Advisor so much and to think that they award this hotel with anything is beyond me. First thing: most everyone that stays at this hotel is here as part of an organized tour. The reason this is bad is that they completely strip down the hotel's amenities to give the tour companies a special price. I stayed across town in Boudha before starting my tour and spent $25 on a room and it came with air conditioning, a fan, a complementary breakfast, hot shower, clean and simple rooms and strong WiFi on every floor. This hotel has no reason to offer you any of that because they are locked in with large tour companies and most people that stay here are stuck and also haven't stayed anywhere else in Kathmandu to have a point of reference. Some people in the lobby were complaining about the room and agreed that "well, this is just Nepal". NO, it isn't! You can get amazing rooms at much better hotels! My main complaints:

1) The WiFi ONLY works in the lobby. Yes, it's free, but it's only strong in the lobby. That's unacceptable and no, not just a "it's Nepal" thing... many hotels have routers on every floor or stronger WiFi.

2) There is no free breakfast (if you're with a tour -- I may be wrong about if you book on your own).

3) The rooms and overall hotel smells like mildew. It's gross.

4) The hotel turns off the air conditioning in rooms that have been booked through a tour. At least with the G-Adventure tours they do that (this may be wrong with other tour companies).

5) The rooms are not maintained. The toilet seat was not screwed onto the toilet, the shower head sprayed all over the room, there was a blood stain on my sheets, not one light fixture in the room had lightbulbs (I called the front desk for a bedside lightbulb and they did fix it, but seriously?! ALL the lights were without bulbs).

6) Overall the hotel is grungy and old and dark and has a mildew smell.

The only redeeming parts of the hotel, which aren't enough to ever make me stay here again, but should be noted are:
1) It's located on a small secluded street in Kathmandu's Thamel (tourist) district -- it's actually a good area to stay in...
2) Courtyard in the back is nice, but service is frustratingly slow.

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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Address: Thamel, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
Region: Nepal > Central Region > Bagmati Zone > Kathmandu Valley > Kathmandu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
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Ranked #109 of 209 Hotels in Kathmandu
Price Range: £27 - £38 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Nirvana Garden Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nirvana Garden-Hotel is located in a tranquil oasis right in the heart of Thamel: Kathmandu's hub of touristic area, within walking distance of the Royal Palace Museum, the shopping and business district and areas of touristic interest. One step away from the hustle and bustle of Thamel, guests can enjoy the serene comfort of an expansive and lush landscaped garden replete with a rocky waterfall and a profusion of flowers, trees and birds. The hotel is unique, starting from its prime location, a spacious parking area, the ambiance and decor of the lobby and rooms to the Nepalese architecture of the hotel structure. The service is friendly but efficient and polite but personal, catering to all the needs of a discerning guest. The hotel aims to provide international standard accommodation and service with a touch of warm Nepalese hospitality at very affordable prices. ... more   less 
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