We were recommended the Himalayan Guest House by a Nepalese friend in Kathmandu. We didn't know what to expect when we pulled into Pokhara on the bus and we were about to take a taxi when a man called our names. Turns out Bissow, the hotel manager had come to pick us up. We were brought back to the hotel and given a choice of rooms as it was the low season. Our room is bright, clean, spacious, with a fan and a/c. The beds are clean and by far the most comfortable we came across during our 6 week trip to Nepal and India. It gets better, the shower was powerful, hot, and we had soap that actually formed a lather, much unlike the wax like substance we got in most other places. In the 2 and a half weeks we stayed here we tried much of the food on the menu, which is mainly traditional nepalese fare. When you see local people come in to eat at a restaurant, you know you're on a winner. I especially recommend the dal bhat, Nepal's national dish as well as the chicken momo's and banana lassi, all freshly made to order. The breakfast is a real treat, juice, tea or coffee, choice of eggs, pancake, sausage, porridge, muesli etc. We stayed here in July (off season) and we were extremely happy with the value for money we got, not just for the accommodation, but food and drink. The hotel is a 5 minute walk from the lakeside shops, bars, and everything else, which makes it central but also quiet, with it's gardens and outdoor seating area. However the best thing about this place is the people. The staff are super helpful, without being overbearing. My wife got bad sunburn and one of the staff cut her some fresh aloe Vera from the hotel garden to cool the burn every morning. They also booked a paragliding trip for me at short notice. The manager, Mr. Bissow, a happy and relaxed kind of guy, went out of his way to make sure we were comfortable and happy. He even took us for a hike up to the peace pagoda with his lovely wife and kids. In short, this is a real home away from home, and when we come back in the cold season we will definetly stay here again. Can't recommend the hotel, the food, the staff, and the manager highly enough.
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