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The Sparkling Turtle Backpackers Hostel

Swoyambhu -15 | Buddha Park, Kathmandu, Nepal
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 3 weeks ago
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is nothing compared to the other budget guesthouses in Kathmandu ! Therefore i would definitely recommended to any backpacker, especially the ones travelling solo since there is a very sociable atmosphere hanging in the lobby! Decent breakfast included, even with the dorms! Amazing rooftop with views over Kathmandu and monkey temple! A 50m walk to one of the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was my first time backpacking solo,The turtle is the best place to meet new people and socialize It has a very relaxed,laid back atmosphere.I met the coolest and greatest people over there.It's nearer to the quite side of town,takes about 30 mins of walk to thamel from the hostel. KP and his team are amazing,KP can manage you anything... More

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Nagarkot, null, Nepal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I swung into Kathmandu last minute after an extended semester abroad plan in Beijing didn't work out due to credit transfer complications. I picked the Sparkling Turtle as a "study base" for thesis work for a couple weeks, and the staff is very friendly and accommodating. Whether you're planted in the hostel or dropping your bags to go explore, it's... More

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Matlock, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I can recommend the Sparkling Turtle 100%. Location is great! out of the way of hustle and bustle of Thamel - only a short taxi ride away, staff are superb, rooms are comfortable and its well priced. Will definitely return!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014 via mobile

Have stayed here both times travelling to Nepal, under the old management and then under the new management. KP and his team do an unreal job there, great location just outside of Thamel. Mote in the kitchen cooks up some wicked local meals and some tasty burgers. Rooms are clean, the hostel is quite open, with a good common room,... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014 via mobile

Wonderfull experience and atmosphere. Rooms are clean and manager "KP" is an excellent guide and friend. Very good service. Usefull start if you want to plan some activities in Nepal (trek, raft, etc.). Really cheap

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Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

The hostel is under new management. KP has excellent English, is a really helpful, and will exchange money at the best rate in town. Rooms and dormitories are very affordable. The place is still new and hasn't fully worked out all the kinks, but KP is working on it. Staff are very smiley. All guests were very friendly, welcoming, and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

The Sparkling Turtle Backpackers Hostel is a great place to stay for a cheap price. Services are great and the staff is always smiling and respectful. It is not a resort and it is not the most clean building you could find, but for that price it's totally fine. The owner KP is there every morning to make sure everybody's... More

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Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 via mobile

I really liked this place, the staff was amazing and also the food they made for made. I booked with them my excursion to the Annapurna with KP and was an incredible experience. It was a really great deal!!!!

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Dear Friend Luis Thank you for Great review about The Sparkling turtle Hostel , you love my hostel &Nepal !! It is my pleasure to provide you guys great service!!! Costumer satisfaction is Our motto!! More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Didn't exactly exceed expectations. I'm not going to complain too much about something that only cost me 4 dollars a night but there isn't a whole lot about this place to really like. The place has a pretty serious mozzie problem and another annoyance was that my three bed dorm only had one room key.... Pretty silly really. Staff are... More

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Address: Swoyambhu -15 | Buddha Park, Kathmandu, Nepal
Location: Nepal > Central Region > Bagmati Zone > Kathmandu Valley > Kathmandu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
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