The hotel is perfectly placed by the lake and, as far as I know, every room has a nice view; mine certainly was, even though I was at the end of the hotel farthest from the lake. It may be a little far from the town for some people but the hotel do offer a free shuttle service 4 times a day - also it is pleasant to walk into the town along the lake, and taxis are cheap (Rs300) for coming home at night. The staff were friendly and welcoming too.
One downside for me was that, although the pool is beautiful, it was extremely cold to swim in. I tried on the first morning I was there and it was freezing cold, so went later that day, around 4p.m. when the sun had been on it all day, but unfortunately it was still extraordinarily cold. I did swim that day, but had no inclination to subject myself to such temperatures again and so for the remaining 3 days of my stay there was effectively no pool facility.
Another was that I chose this particular hotel to relax in as it was in such a perfect position right on the lake. Disappointingly, the sawing (metal cutting?) noise coming from somewhere on the grounds from 7:50a.m. till 6p.m. disturbed that pleasant idea. Sitting, reading on my balcony with a drink and a nice view was simply not an option.
A further disappointment was that I had requested a room with a double bed and was given a twin-bedded room. This was made worse because I noticed that the hotel was nowhere near full and so asked if I could change to a double bedded room, but was told that there were none available. The hotel remained fairly empty until my final (4th) night when it did fill up.
The room itself was spacious and clean. However, the layout of the room was quite interesting as the table and chairs were placed so close to one of the beds that you couldn't even get to them, never mind sit on them (photo attached). There was a damp patch on one of the walls (photo attached) and, although this didn't smell and was quite well-hidden by one of the beds, it still should be dealt with. Some of the furniture in the room was past its best and flies were also a bit of a problem if you left the window open for too long, though there was a plug-in mosquito killer so mossies weren't a problem in the room (not that I noticed them being a problem at all, even outside, to be honest).
The bathroom was fairly standard with a shower attachment in the bath; this had lost some of its outer cover though and so easily became twisted, thus cutting off the water until it was untwisted again. Hot water was plentiful and seemed to be available all through the day and evening, but I thought it was a little mean not to have hair conditioner or body lotion available for guests in addition to the shampoo and shower gel.
Most annoying was that one day I came back from breakfast to find maintenance being carried out in my room, without any prior warning. There was a man with a drill who was fixing a wall mounted coat rack onto the wall (though I hadn't noticed any problem with this before I left for breakfast and hadn't had any clothes hanging from it). I tried to ask why this was being done while the room was occupied and to find out how long the work would take but was met with incomprehension (the poor maintenance guy obviously couldn't understand English and had just been sent to do a job) so ended up just getting changed in the bathroom, going out and leaving him to his work.
A final annoyance was that the information in the hotel's booklet says that airport transfers are free, but when I reached the airport I was charged and told that it's only a one way free airport transfer! They really should change that information in their booklets as it's misleading.
So, overall it is a nice hotel, in a calm and relaxing location, with spacious, reasonably well kept rooms, however, there are some irritations and annoyances to guests and some maintenance issues should be addressed (whilst rooms are unoccupied!).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pokhara's Waterfront Resort lies on the tranquil rural northern shore of the beautiful Phewa Lake. With supremely comfortable, air-conditioned en-suite rooms, each with a lake-view balcony, it is the perfect place to relax and unwind. In the mornings, as the sun's rays catch the Peace Pagoda above the southern lake shore, you will see fishermen paddling their boats close to the lake's edge pulling in their nets. Mid-morning, after the sun has warmed up the land, you'll be able to watch tens of para gliders coming into land while you enjoy a cappuccino on the terrace or lounge by the sparkling garden pool. Pokhara's Waterfront Resort is just a 10-minute ride from the airport, and just a 15-minute walk from the busy tourist hub or 5 minutes in a taxi. There's no need to walk: the hotel provides free shuttle service into Lakeside at intervals throughout the day. ... more less
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