Before I start my review, I'd just like to make a couple of points in reference to some of the reviews below. I don't know what some people are expecting, but the reality is that Nepal is still very much a developing country. Things like power outages, wifi problems and water shortages are a fact of life. It has nothing to do with negligence on the part of guesthouse owners. If the power is down, it's the same in most places. The same with the wifi. There is no national water supply - many places have to dig their own wells to supply water and treat it themselves. If there's a problem you don't call a plumber, you fix it yourself. It can be frustrating if things don't work perfectly but to blame things like this on the owners I think is pretty harsh. There are plenty of more up market places which will have less of these problems, but I'm assuming that the majority of people who have stayed here are looking for good budget accommodation. Which this is.
All that said, we had no issues at this guesthouse. The water worked perfectly throughout our stay including the hot water. The wifi went down a couple of times and the staff did their utmost to try to fix it as soon as we said there was a problem.
The guesthouse itself is situated down a nice, quiet side street, away from the madness of Thamel. It's only a short 5 minute walk to the centre from here. The room we stayed in was nice, clean and good value for money. You can get toilet paper and towels for free, you just have to ask. The staff we're incredible and couldn't do enough for us. If you need your room cleaned, just ask, and they are more than happy to help. They provide breakfast and other food at a good price as well. There is a nice garden area in the back as well as a rooftop area. They provide a laundry service which is done on the same day if you get it in early.
We ended up staying here for two weeks in the end. We had been on the road for 9 months at the time and needed somewhere to relax for a while. Kathmandu is not the ideal place for that, but the staff were so helpful and friendly here we found no reason to move on. I can't say enough good things about them. Just ask, and they'll be happy to help.
A big thanks to the guys at Family Peace Home, and we'll see you when we return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Family Peace House is located in a quiet and tranquil area of Paknajol, directly adjacent to Thamel, the main backpacker’s heaven. We have 17 rooms in total with either en-suite or shared bathrooms, some have a private balcony, and all have a TV, fan, and heating in the winter. We have cosy garden and a restaurant with a variety of local and international dishes. From the roof top you have a view of the Kathmandu vallley including the Nagarjun Forest, the world heritage monument Swayambhunath ( Monkey Temple), Ganesh Himal, Gaurishankhar and Langtang Himal. We pride ourselves on cleanliness, comfort and friendliness. ... more less
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