I booked a suite for 5 nights for £520 through booking.com. For that price I was really expecting a bit of luxury. Our room was on the fourth floor (no lift). It was a very basic room - there wasn't even shower gel in the bathroom. Kathmandu is a very poor city, but I doubt the profits from this hotel are going fully to the poor. I would say that £40 per night, AT THE MOST, would have been a fair price for this room.
Aside from the rip off price, the staff were really nice, particularly at reception and the bed was really comfortable, which is very important on a busy trip.
The bar was very expensive (for spirits) and no one seemed to go to it, so there was no atmosphere there.
I got the impression that the management would like to have sold us trips but we bought them instead in local travel agents, where I presume they are a lot cheaper. I did grow tired of people at the hotel thinking we had bottomless pits of money to spend. I for one am not earning that much at the moment.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in central Thamel, Hotel Norbulinka features a mix of modern décor and traditional carvings and artworks. It offers rooms with a private bathroom an on-site restaurant and a free airport pick-up service.Room are air-conditioned and feature a wardrobe and cable TV. A private bathroom includes a shower and free toiletries.Hotel Norbulinka is 3 km from both Central Bus Park Gongabu and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu is 6 km from the hotel.Guests have access to free Wi-Fi in the hotel’s common areas. A safety deposit box is available at the 24-hour reception. A currency exchange and tour desk is conveniently located at the hotel, which also provides laundry and dry cleaning services at an extra cost.Restaurant serves a variety of cuisines including Nepalese, Tibetan and Indian. Jasmine Bar offers a wide selection of drinks. ... more less
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