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“Good rooms are OK, bad rooms are awful.” 3 of 5 stars
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Hotel Shakti
Amrit Marg, Bhagwan Bahal, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal   |  
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Lincoln, UK
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“Good rooms are OK, bad rooms are awful.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2012

I stayed here at the beginning and end of a trek (I didn't choose it, the trekking company did). The first night I had a terrible room on the ground floor; the water lasted about 1 minute then dried up from the shower, the water from the tap was brown, the emergency lighting (necessary in a city that has no mains electricity 16 hours a day) was useless (I packed using a head torch because the lighting was so inadequate) and everything was grubby. On my return I was in a room on the second floor which was fine; I had hot water whenever and for as long as I wanted it, the emergency lighting was great and the room was clean and functional. My advice - check which room they're offering you before staying.

Location's good - right on the outskirts of Thamel and a safe walk to everywhere. Breakfast is overpriced - walk into Thamel for something half the price and just as good.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2012 via mobile

Stayed here for 4 nights with 10 and 12 year old children before and after our trek. Great location really close to Thamel (but less frantic) with a pleasant garden to relax in. Manager and staff made us feel very welcome. Rooms were fairly basic but clean and comfortable with plenty of hot water and good Wifi access. We were in superior rooms which were at the front of the hotel. Can't comment on value as we stayed as part of a trek package.

Stayed April 2012
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2012

I stayed at Shakti for 4 days after a long trek. It is situated in a good location in KTM, it is off the main streets so at night it is quiet. The rooms are nice, I had a double room on the 3rd floor - spacious and clean. The rooms aren't flash lets be honest but after trekking in the Khumbu region for a few weeks it is really nice. Shower was good, no issues - hot water no problems at all. Only a short 2 minute walk to the main streets. Shona's is only 5 mins walk away for those wanting to pickup gear. I would stay here again

Room Tip: If you are looking for something central - but off a main street so you can get some sleep. This is...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2012

We were booked at this hotel for the beginning and end of our two week trek in mid-March. If this is your first visit to Kathmandu you will no doubt be in culture shock as you drive from the airport to the Thamel section of town, at the edge of which this hotel lies.
It is in close proximity to Thamel yet just by the virtue of being at the edge of the center gives it a much appreciated sense of calm and quiet. It is a renovated hotel of an earlier time and charming . You will forgive any shortcomings such as the size of the rooms or the wear of the furnishings. This is luxury in Kathmandu. We had plenty of hot water for a shower inspite of the rolling power black outs which the city mandates.
The staff is responsive and helpful.
The breakfast buffet included yogurt, museli, big, brown boiled eggs and pancakes as well as coffee and tea.
We enjoyed being able to pop right onto the main streets of Thamel by foot. Things open early and appear to remain open fairly late.
BTW there is wi-fi and laundry service available which are also nice amenities.

Room Tip: check shower before settling in
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2012

My friend and I stayed in Hotel Shakti before and after our trekking and our stay was different in a number of ways: whereas we first had a choice between different breakfast menus, we had a breakfast buffet at the end of our holiday (we still had choice between eggs, toast, pancakes, potatoes - however, no longer a choice between scrambled, boiled, fried eggs for instance). Secondly, we also noticed that the rooms varied a lot. Initially we had a twin room on the second floor, which was OK though a little noisy. When we returned from our trekking we got a twin room on the first floor, just above the power generator, which is turned on daily between specific times, on some days/nights it made an incredible noise until 23.30! It was even impossible to have a conversation so I asked to change rooms. Initially the staff at that time was reluctant to give us another room. The receptionist explained that the hotel was full and we could only be moved to a double room on the second floor. We checked out the room but it was small (even the double bed was small) so we insisted on having a twin room. Only then did we get a room on the third floor (so the hotel obviously wasn't full). The room was so much nicer than the ones we had before (on the 1st & 2nd floors). The bathroom was much cleaner, there was aircon (which we obviously didn't use as there are power outtages all of the time) and best of all: the room was absolutely quiet. Most staff members were kind and helpful. Location of the hotel is great - not right in the middle of Thamel but at a walking distance from the main streets/pubs/restaurants.

Room Tip: Third floor rooms are less noisy
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Canada
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36 hotel reviews
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73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2012

We stayed at this hotel for two nights in late January. The hotel is very average with small bedrooms, older furniture and simple bathrooms that double as showers (basically a wet room). We had a renovated room so the flooring was newer but the furnishing were showing their age. That said the room was clean and the hotel provided an electric blanket to make up for the lack of heating in the room. The people at the front desk were very helpful and the restaurant food was good and reasonably priced. The hotel also has Wi-Fi in the lobby. Remember to take flash light because there are regular power outages in the evenings and many of the rooms only have back-up lighting in the bathrooms. The best part of this hotel is the location which is right off the main tourist shopping area and close to several good restaurants.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2011

An average hotel with good clean facilities. I stayed in this hotel for 2-3 nights both pre and post a Everest trek. I had the same room on both occasions, which was ground floor with direct access to the rear garden.

The room was very basic, but clean and about what I would expect for a hotel in a developing country like Nepal.

If you're looking for 5* then have a look somewhere else.

If your looking for a clean, cheap and honest property on the edge of the Thamel shopping region, then I think this is a great choice.

Yes the bathroom might have had issues, yes the sheets mightn't have been 400 count Egyptian cotton. But you're in Nepal!!! And on the edge of the tourist district. You can walk to everything you need, you can eat out on the local restaurants and still be back at your hotel in a couple of minutes.

Go with an open mind, have some fun and remember you are paying almost nothing for a clean, secure and friendly hotel within a minutes walk of the main tourist district without the noise of being right in the middle of it.

Room Tip: Go ground floor if you can.
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Amrit Marg, Bhagwan Bahal, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Location: Nepal > Central Region > Bagmati Zone > Kathmandu Valley > Kathmandu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #34 of 69 Specialty lodging in Kathmandu
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