Kantipur Temple House is a Gem in the midst of the chaos of Kathmandu. The staff was excellent and worked to meet our every need with sincere Namaste's and helpful advice. Amenities such as complimentary juice in the lobby while you checked in, free "safe" water delivered to the room and available in the lobby , cloth bags for shopping and a comfortable courtyard for relaxing with an Everest beer were a welcome surprise. It is quaint and charming with traditional temple architecture and realistic Hindu and Buddhist trim, a well-kept courtyard and roof-top patio.
The restaurant was excellent with an amazing variety of cuisines - Nepalese, Thai, Chinese, American/European - at very reasonable prices. Everything I tried was delicious. They have both table/chair and pillowed floor seating with a breakfast buffet that was very satisfying in both taste and variety.
Located on the edge of Thamel, it is convenient for shopping yet not in the middle of the crowd, constant horn honking, and chaos. It is not easy to find but cab drivers and merchants have no trouble in getting you there.
To be fair, there were items that put this hotel in the "quaint" category and I have only made one trip to Kathmandu so this is the only hotel I have experienced in Kathmandu. I was very happy with this experience and would strive to stay at the Kantipur Temple House if I ever return. I would recommend this to anyone with an American/European heritage and are anxious about what you will find for lodging, food and water in Kathmandu.
The "quaint" features:
- No elevators for a 4 story hotel (Plenty of strong porters to carry your bags).
- It takes a few minutes to get hot water and they encourage you to save water (cute "Shower together" to save water signs)
- Lighting (dim and intermittent, See my note below)
- Back Alley Entrance (There was a gateman who controlled access)
- No heating or AC (This was not a problem while I was there)
- Sturdy Mattresses (which I loved)
- Nepalese Door locks (a bolt on the outside of the door with a padlock. The fact that a vandal could walk by, slip the bolt and lock you in the room was disconcerting to me at first but apparently a common locking mechanism in Nepal)
- A map supplied with every room that shows you how to get back to the Hotel if you venture into Thamel. (I tried to use this once and could not find the street names in English as they are written on the map. I did get lost but was able to get back on track with information from a Thamel merchant)
Lighting Note: The electricity went out every evening around 6 or 7pm. I found the night before I left this was not the hotel's fault but a city imposed rolling blackout. It was just that no one warned us and treated it as a minor inconvenience. They do handle this outage very well with a battery system that provides one light in every room, hallway/lobby lighting and restaurant lighting. This loss of electricity did not seem to have an effect on the staff's nor the restaurant's ability to serve their customers.
Overall I was very happy with my stay. It provided the right mix of familiar American/European conveniences with Nepalese culture. I would recommend this hotel to anyone who must spend time in Kathmandu even though I would not recommend Kathmandu as vacation spot. I was in Nepal for a fabulous Himalayan trek and this hotel was a great way to begin and end that trip. Kathmandu is crowded, with polluted air and water and unbelievable traffic. Hence my "Oasis in the chaos of Kathmandu" title.
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