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The Sparkling Turtle Backpackers Hostel
Swoyambhu -15 | Buddha Park, Kathmandu, Nepal   |  
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Adelaide, Australia
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15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Excellent accommodation!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2012

The Sparkling Turtle is defiantly the best hostel i have used. It is very communal which is excellent for solo travelers to meet people. The turtle provides a warm, safe, comfortable environment! Defiantly recommended to everyone!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Calangute, India
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2012

the benefit of having only one backpackers hostel in a city is that all the fun people are under one roof. the common area of the sparkling turtle is huge and so you'll definitely meet everyone staying at the hostel over a beer or at breakfast for sure. if you're in kathmandu and looking for some interesting times...this is the place to be

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Turku, Finland
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2012

Travelling with my 14 year old daughter this hostel was an excellent choice with its warm, cosy and relaxed yet safe atmosphere. We felt like being part of the family rather than merely guests. Food was tasty, beds were comfortable and toilets clean, there was also hot water if one had patience to let water run for few minutes.The hostel is situated in the ancient neighborhood of Swayambhu free from traffic hassle of Thamel area. Whether one is inspired by the chanting of the monasteries nearby and climbing up the Monkey Temple or having good time with the hostel people and other quests, I can highly recommend this place. We fully enjoyed our stay and wish to back one day.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Calistoga, California
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20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2012

This is a review of the former location, although I'm sure it's applicable to the new one as well. While it's true that one can get their own room for the same price as a hostel bed in the Sparkling Turtle, I do believe you're getting a fantastic deal at this place. First off, the hostel is spotless and the beds are far comfier than what I had experienced in the months of travel prior to going to Kathmandu. Additionally, your room price comes with a delicious and filling breakfast, and the location is very convenient and yet far enough away from the touts of Thamel.

What really makes this place, however, are the people who work there. Everybody goes out of their way to make you feel part of a family, and many travelers find themselves staying in the hostel far longer than they had planned. You can get a cheap bed anywhere, but atmosphere is much harder to come by.

There is a great restaurant in the hotel as well, with some of the best food I had in Kathmandu. Really, it'd be hard to go wrong with this choice.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2012

Quite simply, you can find better rooms for cheaper elsewhere. They have no generator, so you are often left in the dark. No hot water whatsoever, so if you plan on showering during your stay in Kathmandu, I suggest looking elsewhere.

The staff is incredibly friendly and the atmosphere is great. The staff are also a bit flaky and forgetful.

If you are looking for a great environment outside of Thamel and you don't care about the above concerns, I would recommend it!

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Kathmandu, Nepal
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2011

Very good option to stay in Kathmandu, for the ones who what to enjoy Kathmandu, out of the city mess, just by the monkey temple Swayambu /

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 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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35 hotel reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2011

A little way out of Thamel (only 30mins walk or 5 mins in the taxi). Has a lovely terrace, great breakfast and the hostel is clean. The beds are a bit uncomfortable if you are staying several nights and there are no generators so once the power is off, there is no light (you'll need to carry your torch with you). I was there in December and it was very very cold. There was no hot water. I think the 4 bed dorms (which are separate rooms) are best, a little warmer and quieter. The cafe, Nips down the road has some great food as does the hostel itself. The staff are very friendly and there is a lot to explore around the hostel.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Swoyambhu -15 | Buddha Park, Kathmandu, Nepal
Location: Nepal > Central Region > Bagmati Zone > Kathmandu Valley > Kathmandu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 81 Specialty Lodging in Kathmandu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
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