We chose Hotel Ganesh Himal based on the previous reviews we had read on Trip Advisor. From the reports it appeared that the hotel met all of our needs – friendly staff, clean rooms, amenities like filtered water and internet access, off the main street, close to Thamel, en suite bathrooms, reasonable cost, good restaurant, and comfortable beds. My wife, 2 friends and I are in our mid to late 50’s and wanted a nice comfortable place to stay before and after completing the Annapurna Circuit.
Our stay was extraordinary and exceeded our expectations. We stayed four nights before and four nights after our trek. From our greeting and welcome drink to our heart breaking goodbyes, it was hard to leave our second home and family.
Our reservations from the US were easy to make directly with Dorje by email. Our ride was waiting at the airport and after a welcome drink, we enjoyed relaxing in their beautiful garden restaurant. My wife and I rented a deluxe room that was clean, had a nice western bath, and plenty of room. We asked for a quiet room and had one on the 5th floor facing the garden and entry driveway (the higher you are, the quieter it is). Sitting in the garden or on one of the terraces located on each floor provided an oasis from the noise and honking of a main street over a block away.
In addition, the hotel has their own generator (necessary in Kathmandu) supplying electricity between 8 AM and 10 to 11 PM, no small feat considering the amount of electricity needed and the cost of fuel along with frequent fuel shortages. Three free computers are available for guests along with free wi-fi in the garden. There is free bottled water, hot water, and thermoses are provided in your room. We ate over half of our meals at the hotel because the restaurant had a nice selection of delicious food served in a peaceful garden setting.
What made our stay extraordinary were the wonderful people at the hotel. Everyone made us feel welcome by going out of their way to assist us in anyway they could. They gave us their time and friendship. Maya and Rinku were wonderful and made our stay at the hotel one of the nicest stays we have ever had any where in the world. Kansa worked from 6 to 7 or 8 and kept everything running. He was always there with a smile and to assist us with our Nepalese vocabulary. I can’t say enough of the wonderful hospitality extended to us.
If you are looking for a nice clean family run hotel where you can easily communicate and share with people from another culture, I would highly recommend it. Dorje, Maya, and Rinku (along with everyone there) have gone out of their way to understand not only another language but also western cultural concepts to enhance your stay. It is quite remarkable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sit back and relax in one of the hotel's 11 guestrooms, all designed with guests' comfort in mind. Every room in the hotel offers guests television, hair dryer, internet access – LAN (complimentary), in house movies. This excellent hotel in Kathmandu also has 24hr room service, restaurant, bar/pub. Guests may make use of the hotel's excellent recreational and leisure facilities including garden. Offering guests quality accommodation since 2009, this hotel combines first-class service and the most modern facilities. To make your reservation at Hotel Backpackers Kathmandu, just enter your travel dates on our secure online booking form and submit. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ganesh Himal Hotel
- Ganesh Himal Kathmandu