We decided to stay at the Courtyard due to the many positive reviews on Tripadvisor.
If you are looking for a deluxe hotel with a swimming pool, elevator, "sweet sleeper beds", soundproofed rooms with double glazed windows or a hotel with ultra modern bathrooms, then go elsewhere. However, if you want to stay in a "boutique type" hotel with comfortable rooms, away from the every-day chaos of Thamel and hosted by the most congenial, friendly and helpful owners ever - then this is the place to stay. In talking with Pujan over the phone before our trip plans were finalized, he ended up arranging our entire Nepal visit along with a 4 day/3 night trip to Bhutan - at an extremely reasonable price. As mentioned by most reviewers, the atmosphere of the Coutyard is quite unique. We have stayed at other bed and breakfasts or small hotels where we have had an informal dinner or drinks and conversation with the owners or small groups of hotel guests. As you sit around in the Courtyard library, you feel like you are visiting a friend's home and are chatting with other friends who are from all corners of the globe - with extremely interesting occupations and hobbies. Before writing this review, I also rechecked all of the other Tripadvisor reviews that did not feel that the coutryard deserved an "excellent" rating. Here's my responses to some of those criticisms - for those of you who still may be undecided about where to stay in Kathmandu. (1) Power does go out at times in Kathmandu. While we were there, either the city power was restored almost immediately or the generator kicked in very quickly, and there was no noticable difference in lighting or air conditioning (a/c was great here -especially after not having it in Bhutan!) (2) Our breakfasts were great . Not much on the table - bread for toast, some fruit and juices. But the cooks will make eggs any style, bacon, shredded potatoes, pancakes, etc., and take to your table while everything is still hot (3) There are some night clubs/restuarants adjacent to the Courtyard that do have very loud music on some nights - which can be a problem in getting a good night's sleep if you want to turn in early. Both my wife and I brought along earplugs - which we used successfully on those occasions. (4) Noise from the "gatherings" of the hotel guests in the evenings enjoying a barbeque or a few drinks in the courtyard. Again, either use earplugs - or join in the fun, which is one of the main reasons to stay at the Courtyard! (5) Costs of some other hotels in Kathmandu are less - I can't really give an honest answer, as I did not shop around at other hotels. But the cost of staying at the Courtyard - for what we received in return - was extremely reasonable. (6) We always had enough hot water anytime we wanted it, but the shower control was very "tricky" and not much margin for error to get the right temperature water flowing consistantly. Again, if you want to feel like you are visintg with friends at their home, this is the place to stay in Kathmandu. That is why there are so many repeat guests, who actually do become close friends with Pujan and Michelle.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- East meets West in this 25 room boutique property. Built in traditional Newari architecture with European- inspired interiors, this hotel combines old-world elegance with the comforts of modern times. The Hotel Courtyard is located on a quiet street in the heart of the popular tourist district, Thamel ,steps away from many restaurants, shops and popular Kathmandu tourist attractions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Courtyard Hotel Kathmandu
- Courtyard Kathmandu
- Kathmandu Courtyard