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“An Oasis in Kathmandu” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Dwarika's Hotel

Dwarika's Hotel
Pashupatinath, Kathmandu, Nepal
(977-1) 4479488/ 4470770
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Ranked #8 of 413 Restaurants in Kathmandu
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
San Francisco
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“An Oasis in Kathmandu”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

Tip #1: Leave Kathmandu as fast as possible! It is congested, lound, dirty, and, in December, blanketed with smog.

If you have to spend a night in Kathmandu, Dwarika's is a welcome respite from the world outside. Located on a fairly busy street, walking into the hotel is a breath of peace and fresh air. The hotel itself is this amazing compound of traditional brick architecture. You can literally spend over an hour just walking around and admiring the work that Mr. Dwarika did over the course of many years to rennovate the coumpound and create a five star hotel.

Room was spacious and well-appointed with traditional touches like a massive antique wood framed couch. We had both a very nice shower and a bath tub as well as a dual sink vanity. The king bed was very comfortable and the hot water bottles placed on both sides by the turndown service were a very nice touch.

Kathmandu gets a bit chilly in the winter, so pack a good coat. The hotel obviously has modern heaters in the rooms, but they have wonderful fireplaces in the hotel propper and in the well-stocked bar, which are really nice to sit by at night.

We ate at the Nepali restaurant which features traditional low tables where you sit on a cushion and cross your legs - something not all Western joints may appreciate, but which we didn't mind. The food was excellent - they offer 6, 9, or 12, course meals which are creative and tasty. The breakfast buffet is good with a decent fruit selection, fresh juices, savory foods (including yak cheese) and eggs made to order.

The hotel also offers complimentary yoga classes in the morning, which are taught by an associate professor of philosophy at Sanskrit University. Western yoga practitioners looking for their standard vinyasa or flow yoga will not find it here, but if you just go with it you'll at least get a good morning stretch.

This is a pricy place, but it is a very good option in Kathmandu, and I would definitely try to stay there if I ever faced another overnight in Kathmandu.

Visited December 2012
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Padua, Italy
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“Nice experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

Went thee on a Friday evening for their BBQ dinner. Food was very good and varied. There was a nice show too and the ambience is delightful

Visited December 2012
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Zakopane, Nowy Sacz, Poland
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“Hotel's sum up”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012

Following the comments on the site we have searched for nice and recommended place to stay. We have stayed before in middle class hotels, but after all it is better to spend some more money to be sure you will be satisfied in all aspects of hotel stay: wonderful food, perfect service and feeling of home, which you desire some time during the trip.

Visited April 2012
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Brooklyn, New York
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“Fushion restaurant & breakfast”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012

Very nice to taste Nepali cuisine. Try the tomme jack cheese, apparently made by a french farm around, yammy!
The only cons the wine selection, not really appropriate for wine pairing with spicy food. We would have prefered a wide selection of red wine...
We still recommend the place for any time of the day!
The outdoor seating is very nice.

Visited November 2012
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Kathmandu, Nepal
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“Outstanding Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

We ate during both stays at Mako's Japanese Restaurant. The food the service were excellent!! We had the tepan prawns and stir fry noodles with vegetables -- outstanding.

Visited November 2012
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