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.
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