This place was great for us: pricey compared to most guesthouses in kathmandu, but you are paying for the cultural experience of staying in a newari house. Our room was very comfortable and clean, and we had a large private terrace. the ceilings are higher than some of the other 'traditional' homes in the area, which was a bonus for me. The place is wonderfully close to Patan durbar square, which is in my opinion a more beautiful, quieter and all-round nicer place to be than the centre of kathmandu, plus you get much more of an experience of nepal, rather than being surrounded by backpackers and touts. Patan does shut-down by 10pm though, so if you want bars and backpackers, you'd have to get a taxi to Thamel (about 15mins).
The food at the hotel for breakfast and dinner was a really unexpected bonus: the Thali i had for dinner was honestly one of the best i've ever had, and the breakfasts were a great mix of fresh nepali and continental tastes.
A couple of downsides are: there can be quite a smell of paraffin from the kitchen if you're staying on the first floor (i'd ask to be in a room as high in the building as possible), and if you're on a strict budget, this is a pricey option.
We'll be heading back in a year or 2 for sure.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Traditional Homes- Swotha is a beautiful Boutique Bed and Breakfast nested in the heart of Patan Historical center, a few meters away from the magical Durbar Square. 5 intimate and spacious rooms with attached bathroom and an Attic Suite room. The furnishing is cosy though minimalist (iron and wood mainly) but very comfortable ( antique chair, cotton linen sheets, wool and hemp carpet, quality mattress, gas heater, hot shower, hand made soap, cotton curtains, selection of books in each rooms and powerful wifi!) to which you add a beautiful roof terrace, a wooden balcony for each room, a small garden and a nice restaurant serving fresh and organic food. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Traditional Homes - SWOTHA Nepal/Kathmandu Valley - Patan (Lalitpur)