Please be aware on arrival at the airport, the airport is chaotic, porters try to grab your bags to walk 10 meters with them, the toilets are disgusting and you would be better off to organise a transfer on arrival. We did at 25 US dollars plus the usual tax, well worth it on arrival. The hotel is a small property near the Bhoda Stupa, absolutely lovely rooms, a generous 1lt of water per person given in the room each day, we stayed in January so really enjoyed the electric blankets unfortunately due to the shortage of power, the heating only worked after 8pm, so had to rug up in the room.
Breakfast was adequate, mostly served to you, fruit salad, choice of eggs plus bacon, sausages and potatoes of some form, cereals, toast, pastries, porridge and coffee and tea. We had dinner a few times as well which was nice, a little bit priceier than eating at the stupa, but less chance of having a stomach upset. Because the hotel is located in the residential area you cant escape the local noise, like a dog barking quite a bit, but the hotel realy cant control this problem.
We walked quite regulary to the stupa which takes about 15 minutes, down a side alley next to the hotel and then onto a busy side road directly there, there is a mini market on route and interesting shops to look at. You have to pay entry into the stupa 150 rupees per person which lasts for a week, so keep your ticket on you.
Food was cheaper there, cant really say that the food was great anywhere around the stupa.
We found a ATM on the way to the hotel about 5 minutes before you arrive on a very bumpy unsealed road but only available between 10 and 3.
All in all a lovely stay, very helpful and friendly staff, good food, good location, nothing asked was refused, would definetly stay with them again. Remember to bring a mask, extremelly polluted city.
We used the same taxi driver the whole stay, spoke good english, took us on many mini tours, feel free to contact me if you want his phone number or email address. We used him to get back to the airport, us in one car and the luggage in another friends taxi, this cost us 12US. A lot cheaper
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Close to one of the holiest Buddhist stupas and adjacent to a Buddhist monastery, Shambaling is nestled in the heart of Kathmandu’s Tibetan community in Boudhanath. A 10-minute walk from Boudhanath Stupa, through the narrow brick-paved lanes, Shambaling, meaning paradise garden, opens its door to the comforts of true Tibetan culture fused with high end Swiss hospitality. Spread in 35,000 square feet, your address will be a renovated early 70th Tibetan-style house. You have the luxury of choosing from the 28 meticulously designed suits deluxe and standard rooms based on the concept of Kalachakra. Shambaling exquisitely welcomes you to experience a true Tibetan home stay coupled with genuine Swiss hospitality. One of Boudha’s first guesthouses used by pilgrims from Tibet, the property dates back to early 1970's. Approximately 20 minutes from the international and domestic airport, the hotel is quietly tucked away from the busy streets and fairly close to the peaceful realms of Buddhist heritage sites. Two years in the making, the once old building now houses Shambaling, where old traditions meet modern amenities. While elegantly designed modern rooms and suites mirrors Tibetan aesthetics, every floor represents the Kalachakra elements of Earth, Fire, Water and Sky. Each room’s ceiling colour complements the custom-made curtains and cushion covers. The exclusively imported linen adds novelty to your private space. Shambaling also opens up its lush green garden, perfect for an outdoor meeting or a relaxation under the Peepal tree while gazing at the colourful prayer flags. If you are in search of some soul-searching, the meditation room might come to your rescue. Rooms and SuitesWith meticulous design and an eagle-eye detail, each of the hotel’s four floors represents the elements of Earth, Fire, Water and Sky. While white ceilings combined with white curtains and linen gives you the impression of being under a cloudy sky on the first floor, you transcend to the second floor to experience the warmth of red fire. As you climb further, the rooms welcome you with the exquisiteness of blue water on the third level and yellow hue representing earth on the fourth floor. You can choose between Shambaling standard rooms, the monastery-facing or the garden-facing deluxe rooms, or one of the exclusive suites, all equipped to ensure your comfort, luxury and privacy. All rooms while retaining a taste of authentic Tibetan aesthetic are equipped with modern facilities, including suave bathroom, spacious closet and a mini bar. Whether you are in the mood for fine dining or a casual lunch, Shambaling offers you appetizing delicacies for your gastronomic delight.The Lungta Restaurant is a multi-cuisine fine dining restaurant with a menu that caters eastern and western culinary. With an open-counter kitchen, wooden floor and fine cutlery, the restaurant gives you an invigorating dining experience. Shambaling also serves savories in its outdoor facility known as The Lingka, the Garden Restaurant. Overlooking the lush green garden space, you can dine beneath the prayer flags while gazing at the hotel’s magnificent Tibetan-style architecture. If you want to fulfill your dose of caffeine, our coffee machine La Cimbali serves the world-known Illy coffee. A wide selection of wines and single malt whiskey chosen by the owners awaits you at the Cave Bar. ... more less
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