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“Loved it!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2014

We arrived late at night during a black out period, so finding this hotel was a small challenge for our driver, but nothing was a problem for him or the staff member who greeted us in the dark and helped our family of five to the top of the hotel. Hot water bottles were brought and we had a great night's sleep all together - the 3 kids were happily accommodated in an extra single bed and a double mattress on the attic floor. Opening the windows the next morning we were amazed at the vibrancy and street life directly below - not much happens in mid winter in Patan after 10pm, obviously, but Patan Square is truly alive by early morning! This is a super stylish, traditional take on a Newari residence, and we would go back in a hearbeat. Breakfasts were superb and having our private deck at the top of the hotel was a lovely way to take in the neighbours and Patan rooftops, with a mountain range as a backdrop.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2014

This small, boutique hotel in the heart of the Patan district was a welcome respite after several days spent hiking in the Himalayas. The rooms are spacious, well-appointed and showcase a blend of traditional and modern design features. I would recommend requesting Room No. 2 which connects to a private courtyard with a splendid outlook. A word of warning for tall-ish travellers: the low height ceiling beams may cause some discomfort! However, by-and-large this is a superb hotel and well worth the visit.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Milan, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2014

rare example of professionalism, quality, taste, customer service. with also a nice restaurant and bar.
absolutely the number one in the area of kathmandu. perfect location next to patan durbar square.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2014

We were so lucky to stay at this special place for 3 nights while in magical Patan.
The location is perfect for exploring this ancient town, and the staff are amazing. The owner, Shaym, did everything he could to help enhance our stay.

We stayed on the top floor with the wonderful private terrace. The room was large and comfortable. although the hotel had to hope with the neighborhood power blackouts everyday, they provided reserve lighting in the rooms and the restaurant is on a generator.

The food was simply amazing. Breakfasts were delicious and ample. And we ate dinner here every night because we couldn't resist trying yet another fantastic meal

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2014

This was such a treat for my wife and myself towards the end of this visit to Nepal. We understand it is one of the first two traditional homes to have been converted into a guest house. The bedroom oozed with atmosphere, traditional decor, a lovely beamed ceiling, large comfortable bed, and a very contemporary en suite bathroom with hot shower. Luxury! It is in a quiet part of town and very close walking to Patan Dhurbar square and other attractions. We had an excellent evening meal in the hotel restaurant and the breakfast was also delicious.

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2014

Having stayed in Thamel in 2011 - we wanted to experience Kathmandu in a different way - and find less touristy, smaller hotels near the major sites - Kathmandu Dubar Square, Patan and Boudhanath. A great decision!! Each of these hotels were fabulous - Swotha was our absolute favourite. Not only was the hotel beautifully done - the food was without a doubt some of the best we had and the staff we just lovely.

Patan was right at the bottom of the lane - there to explore day or night - with or without tourists! And it was fabulous to wonder in and out at leisure - go back to favourite spots when the light of day was different, or just sit and watch the world go by. We were even dragged off to dance with a wedding party on the way home to the hotel one night. All good fun!

Our room was the Attic on the top floor - which was stunning!! Huge with wooden beams and exposed brick, floor to ceiling windows and a small balcony. There is also a small terrace where we had sunset drinks with friends each night, with views over the roof tops and pagodas to snow capped mountains.

A beautiful hotel and wonderful three nights stay, and thanks to Shyam and Ram for looking after us so well!

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Ebeltoft, Denmark
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2014

Swotha is a small oasis in the heart of Patan close to Durban square, which gives you the freedom to explore the richness of the city.
Staying their is a nice retreat during your travel!
The atmosphere is informal, autentic and relaxing in beautiful surroundings.
Traditional Nevari architecture with a modern twist and welcoming staff brings an overall feeling that makes you want to come back for more.
The level of design is high down to every small details. The rooms are clean, the bed is soft and the breakfast makes you smile.
The roof terrace has a great view over the city with mountain background allowing you to read a book, listening to the afternoon sounds of the city and life passing by.

I give my warmest recommendation!

Anna, Denmark.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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Property: Traditional Homes - SWOTHA
Address: South East corner of Swotha Square (opposite to Radha Krishna temple). 50 meters away North from Patan Durbar Square, Patan (Lalitpur), Nepal
Region: Nepal > Central Region > Bagmati Zone > Kathmandu Valley > Patan (Lalitpur)
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 49 B&Bs / Inns in Patan (Lalitpur)
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 6
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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