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The Sparkling Turtle Backpackers Hostel

Swoyambhu -15 | Buddha Park, Kathmandu, Nepal
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were staying at this hostel for like one week with my husband and my brother, and we loved it! We were feeling like at home. The room, bathroom, kitchen and commun area are very clean! (Try the chatamery or the veggie burger, they are dieing for!) The crew is so helpful that you don't even need to check on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had two doubles and 6 in a dorm room. The eating area/bar/hang out was great, food was consistently good and reasonably priced. Nice location 5min walk from the Monkey Temple and a 200 rupee (2$USD) taxi ride to Themal. Rooftop hangout was nice too. We would happily stay here again.

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

I love this hostel very much. All the staff members are very friendly and helpful. They speak good English. They are more than ready to offer you advice and assistance in arranging guided sight-seeing tours or other activities. The location is good if you hate the busy and noisy Thamel district where I have just spent one night for my... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 via mobile

Fantastic off the beaten path hostel! Its about a 15 minute walk to Monkey Temple and about 2+ miles to Thamel. Hostel is comparatively very clean. Dorm beds are a pallet bed with 2" foam on top. Rooms cozy and safe. No lockers but you really dont need one. Staff is friendly and they serve a decent menu of both... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 via mobile

I liked this hostel very much. This is in preety good location, near by the monkey temple, this could be great place to stay inside kathmandu and near by thamel. Wi fi works well. I really had good time with people around the world.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

This is one of the best places to stay in Kathmandu. Close to all you want from this city. The roof is a very nice extra of this hostel. The owners are very kind and have been in traveling business for a long time now, therefore they know to tell you the best places to go in the city and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

This hostel is a much more relaxed alternative to staying in Thamel, has great staff, and a good atmosphere. There's a great view of the surrounding hills as well as the Monkey Temple (Swyambhu) from the roof top and you can just watch some of the local monkeys playing around from the balcony.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Right from the get-go, I knew that the Sparkling Turtle was the place to stay! With a stellar view of the Monkey Temple right from the roof top, the location is perfect - especially if you are wanting to get out of the touristic hustle and bustle of Thamel. KP was really informative on the various activities and attractions in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Stayed here for a few days in february 2015. Staff were very friendly, food delicious, big menu, and was away from the touristy area which i enjoyed. Great rooftop for sun bathing, good place to relax in a big city. Narayan nicest guy in the world.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

The Sparkling Turtle is an amazing Hostel! I spent two weeks there and thoroughly enjoyed my stay! It is very close to Thamel which is the main area of Kathmandu, it is also very close to the incredible Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple). The staff are amazing! Narayan has a great knowledge on anything tourist. Ganesh cooks a great breakfast and is... More 

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