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The Sparkling Turtle Backpackers Hostel

Swoyambhu -15 | Buddha Park, Kathmandu, Nepal
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Oslo, Norway
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16 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Had five nice days here. Staff is awsome. Hostel appears clean and everyone is happy. Nice balcony and rooftop. Location is a bit (like 30-40 min walk from downtown) outside, but neighborhood is quiet and peaceful. Has bar and restaurant. Great place for meeting other travellers. Basic breakfast served every day. Very close to Monkey temple (enter from backside, where... More 

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Livonia, Michigan
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

You are staying at hostel right beside one of the most beautiful, revered temples in Nepal. You are taken care of by a staff that makes you feel like family. The cook, Vikas, is outstanding. Prices are super fair. Having been to a whole lot of hostels across Vietnam, China, and India, I highly recommend the sparkling turtle as a... More 

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Pawan T, Manager at The Sparkling Turtle Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review

Thank you Shriram for such a beautiful review.It was a pleasure to have you as our guest. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your collaboration and we hope to see you again soon at The Sparkling Turtle Backpackers Hostel. More 

Rostock, Germany
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Sparkling Turtle is a homely and bright place where you are looking forward to come back to after wandering through the streets of Kathmandu. After trekking we came back and felt like coming home again... after a trip to Pokhara and Chitwan we came back the third time and if again in Nepal, we will surely return again.. Ajeet... More 

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Thank Neaml
Pawan T, Manager at The Sparkling Turtle Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review

Thank you for such a wonderful review. It was a pleasure to have you and your friends as our guest. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your collaboration and we hope to see you again soon at The Sparkling Turtle Backpackers Hostel. More 

Patong, Thailand
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The guys at the Sparkling Turtle Hostel made me feel at home right away. I was going to do some trekking the following week and Ajeet took me shopping for all the essentials I didn't have, it was great having someone local to help me out and learn the bartering system! They also kindly lent me some other trekking gear... More 

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Pawan T, Manager at The Sparkling Turtle Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review

Thank you kelly for the review & recommend ,we know only solar isn't enough for hot water and Because of blockade from india and load shedding in nepal we are facing problem with gas geyser And electric boiling system, so we are looking for other option.we assure you to have hot water next time, hope to see you again soon... More 

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28 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I stayed at the Sparkling turtle for a few nights. It was my first experience in Nepal. #1 bring toilet paper! you will need it all over Nepal and here at the hostel. I never got a hot shower while I was there but of course it is all about timing. The rooms were fine. Basic bedding. I am a... More 

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Pawan T, Manager at The Sparkling Turtle Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review

Thank you for the review & recommend , we assure you to have hot water next time, hope to see you again soon !!! More 

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10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

After a disastrous journey into Nepal from India, this hostel really cheered us up. The staff couldn't have been friendlier or more helpful. The rooms are single beds (not bunks) and spacious enough. Brilliant hot shower and large bathroom on all four floors. The only downfall is the location - a half hour walk away from thammel 😆😆

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The Sparkling T, Manager at The Sparkling Turtle Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review

Thank you, It was a pleasure to have you as our guest. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your collaboration and we hope to see you again soon at The Sparkling Turtle Backpackers Hostel. More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

My first stop off in Nepal and it was a great experience! Very welcoming and friendly staffs who made me feel to home. A nice relaxing hostel which is very close by monkey temple. Bedrooms are comfy and the food was delicious and very generous. Thanks so much to Pawan and the team for making my stay so lovely! I... More 

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The Sparkling T, Manager at The Sparkling Turtle Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review

Thank you, It was a pleasure to have you as our guest. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your collaboration and we hope to see you again soon at The Sparkling Turtle Backpackers Hostel. More 

Vienna, Austria
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3 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

I am the third time in Kathmandu and i am sure, now i found definetly the one of the best places to stay in this big city. You can take a really good rest from the city. The area arround the Swayambhunath is a friendly and calm place. Swayambhunath occupies a central position, it is probably the most sacred among... More 

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The Sparkling T, Manager at The Sparkling Turtle Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review

Thank you, It was a pleasure to have you as our guest. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your collaboration and we hope to see you again soon at The Sparkling Turtle Backpackers Hostel. More 

Budapest
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

Very good location around the Swayambhu stupa. Safe place and nice staff. The prices are low, but the services are high quality. Comfortable interior, nice common places. You can come anytime, the reception is open and wait for you!

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The Sparkling T, Manager at The Sparkling Turtle Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review

Thank you, It was a pleasure to have you as our guest. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your collaboration and we hope to see you again soon at The Sparkling Turtle Backpackers Hostel. More 

Boulder, Colorado
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

I stayed at the Sparkling Turtle over the summer and the whole staff made me feel so comfortable and happy to be there. The hostel is one of the cleanest I've seen and has a really laid-back, quiet feel. I can never forget the kindness the staff showed me. They even allowed me to keep my bag in their storage... More 

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The Sparkling T, Manager at The Sparkling Turtle Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review

Thank you, It was a pleasure to have you as our guest. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your collaboration and we hope to see you again soon at The Sparkling Turtle Backpackers Hostel. More 

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