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Planet Bhaktapur Hotel
Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Bhaktapur
Certificate of Excellence
Michigan
Level 5 Contributor
82 reviews
37 hotel reviews
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“pleasant refuge”
Reviewed 27 November 2013

Bhaktapur bills itself as a living museum which it certainly is. As such, it's popular with tourists. That is what makes this hotel a delight. It's within easy walking distance of the action, but it has a serene setting which seems miles away. The attentive staff create a welcoming stay.

The rooms are generously sized, scrupulously clean, and have lovely views. What also sets this hotel a part is the excellent food. I usually find hotel food ordinary at best but this place has excellent food. My friend ordered an Italian dish and I chose Indian. We were equally impressed.

Although we only stayed one night, I could have easily stayed longer.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 November 2013

My partner and I booked this hotel purely on its excellent trip advisor reviews. Whilst the hotel room was clean and the food very good, we were surprised by just how bad the pollution was. Our Rough guides book warned us that pollution in the Kathmandu valley is bad and to stay no longer than 2 days but we didn't realise until we got there just how correct this advice was. There is a constant smell of smoke/ burning from this hotel ( or any hotel in Bhaktaphur itself I should add). This comes from the burning of rubbish at all hours of the day (including plastic which is very toxic) From the hotel room window you can see the burning of rubbish which for me ruined the stunning views. Whilst the hotel cannot be blamed for this, I feel it is important to highlight this. I also feel that I should add that as tourist our carbon footprint is far larger than the locals and in fact we use considerably more plastics and no doubt contribute to the problem and the bigger issue of how we dispose of rubbish.

My partner and I both came down with chest infections from the pollution. Whilst the temples in Bhaktaphur are stunning, I would strongly advise seeing this in a day and getting out of the valley as soon as you can. Bring a face mask!

Expect to pay European prices for alcohol in the hotel. Staff are friendly but we found they charged us far over the normal price for taxis.

Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 November 2013

What a fantastic hotel! If you are visiting Bhaktapur then this is the place to stay. We couldn't have wished for a friendlier and more helpful staff especially our new friend Martin. The hotel is quiet, peaceful and in a wonderful setting. About 10 - 15 mins stroll into the old town depending on how laid back you have become. Our room was very big and the beds extremely comfortable. The hotel has the added advantage of it's own generator which is necessary in Nepal. Food was delicious especially the tomato omelette for breakfast. We are seasoned travellers (2 mid fifties ladies) and this hotel has everything we wished for. Thanks to all the wonderful staff, we shall be back next year for sure!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Stamford, Connecticut
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Reviewed 3 November 2013

We had a wonderful two-night stay at Planet Bhaktapur. When we arrived at the hotel I was disappointed to find out it was outside of Bhaktapur, but we came to appreciate the quiet, green landscape and the expansive views from our windows. The ancient town of Bhaktapur deserves its World Heritage status and we had hoped to stay in the old city center, but the fifteen minute walk from our lodging to town was actually easy and pleasant and a stay in town may have been noisy and hectic.

Planet Bhaktapur has all the basics but is by no means a luxury hotel. However, the sincere thoughtfulness shown to their guests more than makes up for any lack of luxuries. From the minute we arrived, Yam, the owner/manager made us feel welcomed. He and other staff would walk around the tables during meal times and spend considerable time chatting with each guest. It was a nice opportunity to get to acquainted with some Nepali people and learn a bit about their culture.

Another highlight of this hotel was the food. Yam's partner is an Italian man and the food is delicious and authentic Italian. We especially like the eggplant and lasagna. They use fresh ingredients from their garden. Basil was growing right outside the window. It's not that we don't like Nepali food but the Italian cuisine was a nice change of pace.

If you're looking for warm hospitality and a quiet retreat Planet Bhaktapur would be an excellent choice for your lodging.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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milan
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Reviewed 26 August 2013

Three weeks in Nepal. A fantastic adventure that is started 6 months ago. My friend and I contacted Francesco, the boss of Planet Bhaktapur. He helped us in organizing our trek with http://www.gokyotreksnepal.com/. after 11 days in Upper Mustang we Stay in Planet for one whole week, it was like to be at home: very nice personal, very clean room, excellent food! You can't ask more! Thank you Francesco, Yam, Martin and all the staff!

A big embrace, Erica

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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New York City, New York
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 2013

Beautiful hotel staffed by the most attentive men and women! Staff is always going the extra mile to make sure your stay is as enjoyable and peaceful as possible. Food was amazing! My room had an amazing view of the mountains and backyard garden. Couldn't have asked for better sight! I can't wait to come back to this hotel. Feels like another home!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled on business
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Nepalplanet, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Planet Bhaktapur Hotel, responded to this review, 21 July 2013
Namaste Naomi,
thank's a lot !
In May i did not stay here and I'm sorry...
ThankYou from all "Amazing" Staff, and from me and Yam too. I'm realy happy to read your kind review.

Just one advertise to the guests thinking to come in July-August.
Bhaktapur and The Valley are wonderful in July-August, full of all kind of green colors, stays also a lot of festivals in this period, but til September-October 99% You can't see the mountain from our garden or from any other places in The Valley (And from out of Valley too), except some time, if You will be lucky, early in the morning. Usualy the weather is cloudy during the day and raining in evening and night.
We can see the mountains also in July-August, but watching to the south...and in Nepal 2500 meters hight mountains, are nominated Hills...hehehe...

Even if that, I came in love with Bhaktapur and Nepal, in August...1991...Long long time ago.
Welcome to Bhaktapur, welcome to Planet Bhaktapur Hotel all round the year...
But the mountains...will wait for You only from October and till May.

Namaste !
Francesco
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Reviewed 5 July 2013 via mobile

This is mine and my husbands second visit to Hotel Planet simply because the food (Best kothe momos) is devine! Martin and the kitchen staff will not disappoint! The peaceful location also adds respite from the chaos of the city. We will always return to this warm and welcoming hotel!

  • Stayed July 2013
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Nepalplanet, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Planet Bhaktapur Hotel, responded to this review, 11 July 2013
Thank's a lot Sam !
And special thanks from Martin and Jack (In the restaurant) and from Amrit, Anil, Santhos, Om, Umesh and Rajaram (in The Kitchen)...
See you next time.
Warm regards
Namaste !
Francesco
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Property: Planet Bhaktapur Hotel
Address: Mandev Marg 7 | Jhaukhel Vdc, Bhaktapur 44800, Nepal
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Region: Nepal > Central Region > Bagmati Zone > Kathmandu Valley > Bhaktapur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Bhaktapur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Planet Bhaktapur Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are located on the top of small hill situated 1 km from Bhaktapur Durbar Square (10 minutes walking). 13 rooms with attached bathroom, 24 hour hot water, free wifi in rooms and in garden too. 5 large rooms (mt 7x5) and 8 standard rooms (mt 4.5x4). "La Bella Nepali" restaurant on ground floor or in the garden and rooftop terrace can serve Nepali, international and good Italian food. Tour desk helping you traveling around all Nepal (and Tibet too). We organize also tours. Special offer 6 days/6 nights HP with car and driver included to visit the Kathmandu Valley and surrounding places. For anything is not written here, please ask and we try to do our best to help You. Namaste ! Francesco and Yam. ... more   less 
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