I've been coming to this guest house for 3 years now but after this trip, I will definitly not go there anymore.
I used to go there for 4 reasons:
First, the price. Second, the location. Third, the Guest house itself, and specially its very nice, wide sunny garden and finally the staff, which all together used to make this address a very good deal.
Well, I have to say that the staff is as friendly as before. Ever present and helpfull, I have no complaint whatsoever regarding the people working there.
They kindly answer every questions we had, stored our luggage at no cost while we went to Pokhara, and were very polite.
Sadly, everything else changed for the worst. The lovely large garden, (which one can still see on the pictures !? ) where it was a real pleasure to sit in, for breakfast or reading or just basking in the sun, while watching the butterflies flying from flowers to flowers or the pet rabbit wandering around, well...it does not exist anymore.
There now is a brick wall blocking the access, apparently, the owner took it back.
The dining room was welcoming: A fire was lit every night making the warm place a nice spot to rest and chat with other foreign travellers...
This time, even though the weather and time of the year was the same, not a single fire was lit, and the room remained empty and cold.
Even the staff was wearing hoods and heavy coats. And last but not the least: the price. I used to pay 700 rupees per night, (a bit less than 7€) as advertised in two famous travel guides, for a single room wich was cold at night, with only one plug working (when there were no power cut) and barely warm water,moisture on the wall and no room service whatsoever, but for this price range, I know what I getting and was not complaining, and I spent more time touring katmandu or in the garden than in my bedroom anyway.
But the price went up by almost 50 % !!! for the exact same room, it now is 12 €, whatever the change rate, (and 14 € for a double bed room.)
What used to make this place really enjoyable is not there anymore, and to top it all, you know have to pay way more...for far less.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Tibet Peace Guest House is located on the western side of Thamel Tourist junction. There is a beautiful open garden, making this a tranquil and have spacious rooms with attached bathroom, cable T.V., and telephone facilities. Tibet Peace Guest House has over 20 years of experience, being a member of the Hotel Association of Nepal (HAN) and has been noted in various guidebooks such as lonely planet. ... more less