A few point to note on this hotel:
1) The front staff are friendly but more fake and business like. This is not typical Nepal culture. Other staffs were overly greeting and clearly expecting tips. Made us quite uncomfortable.
2) Our room had plumbing problems for two days. Was quite irritating. We were finally upgraded after continuous complaining. However, I have to give credit to the head house keeping lady (a bit elderly, don't know her name but had red hair). She really was apologetic and tried her best to get it solved. She even arranged a temp room for us while they tried to repair. Even the next day, she kept asking if our new room was ok.
3) The hotel is actually a gorgeous palace. Beautiful garden. Some painting will do it good.
4) The breakfast is not as spectacular as other reviewers said. I travelled extensively in Asia and this is the lowest basic fare for a star hotel. No quality items e.g. the jam, cereal, butter,, bread etc were all real cheap stuffs. There were fresh fruits and juices which I would love to take but I usually would avoid as I don't know how it has been cleaned or handled.
5) We also ordered room service. That was pretty ok and price was reasonable too.
6) The complimentary mineral water was sealed but still leaking. So, we dared not drink it. This was a general problem in Nepal where we could not be sure of getting clean water.
7) Bed was ok. Comfortable enough to sleep.
8) Room is spacious
9) Bath also spacious but not that clean. Toilets n tub pretty stained. Would be nice if they had new toilets
10) walking distance to Thamel, but was of no interest to us.
11) Narayanhiti palace is just next door. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
12) If your room does not come with wifi package, it can be quite expensive for wifi charges. Go down the street to the sports shop whereby there's cafe along side it. There is free wifi there with good signal and decent coffee. In the next street, there is Barista coffee. Nice coffee and free wifi too.
13) There is swimming pool but quite small..
- Also Known As:
- Shanker Hotel Kathmandu
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Shanker, Kathmandu is a heritage hotel, housed in a 19th-century palace in the heart of Kathmandu city. It was the royal residence of the rulers of Nepal, from 1894 until 1964, when it was converted into a hotel. The facade and traditions were kept intact but the interiors were redesigned to give travelers the kind of comfort they'd expect of a world class hotel. The hotel is characterized by exquisite and authentic objects d'art. For example, the carved windows displayed in the lobby bar are over 200 years old. ... more less
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