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Trek-O-Tel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Gauri Ghat, Lakeside, P.O. Box 2769, Pokhara 977-61, Nepal   |  
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Ranked #38 of 74 Hotels in Pokhara
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“Good Place to Stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

The Trek-O-Tel is on the lakeside, just across the road from the Phewa Lake and close to restaurants, cafes and lots of shops. We stayed there before and after our great Annapurna Trekking. It has a very nice garden with a cozy little cafe- restaurant which serves a good breakfast as well as other delicious dishes. The staff was friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

I have stayed in Pokhara many times, but as my usual hotel is being rebuilt (as is much of Pokhara, and Nepal in general at the moment) I had to find somewhere new. The room was at the front of the hotel, so we had a great view of the lake, and it wasn't noisy at all. The bed was comfortable, and there was plenty of hot water. The bathroom slatted window wouldn't shut, so I found myself bending down so that I wouldn't be a shocking sight for the poor taxi drivers outside! The breakfast was okay, although I found having to wait for the waiter to come out with tea a bit frustrating, as I consume about 50 pints of the stuff at breakfast. It would just have been easier to give me a pot, but it seemed that was not the done thing. The buffet wasn't extensive, although we had enough choice. To be honest I couldn't really warm to the place, although I can't put my finger on why not, which is why I've given it three stars, although the actual hotel probably deserves four stars. The staff were professional but not particularly friendly, with the exception of one of the guys on reception. I also thought that it was quite expensive (I know things are more expensive in Pokhara than in Kathmandu, but even with a 20% discount it felt expensive).

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Kathmandu, Nepal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

This was a second choice, since the nearby hotel we wanted was fully booked. However we liked the setting of this hotel, and the quiet location of Gaurighat, a beautiful stretch of Lakeside with full view of the lake. There is plenty of souvenir shops, stores and restaurants nearby. A pier for boating and the avia club office for glider flights. Service at the hotel is friendly and the small garden is a bonus.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

"Lakeside" at Fewa Lake at Pokhara is the centre of the trekking and tourist community, well away from the main Pokhara town centre. It stretches a couple of kilometres from Fishtail Lodge, roughly following the lakefront, until the main centre of Lakeside, where the bulk of the shops, restaurants, and cheap accommodation is located. There are "shops" and cafes the entire distance (including around the Trek-O-Tel), however most shut much earlier at night that those in the more populated centre of the Lakeside tourist precinct. The walk along the length of the Lakeside road can be very dark at night, and often the taxis are few and far between.
I have been to Pokhara previously, and decided that next time, I would book a hotel in the centre of the main shopping precinct of Lakeside.When I booked Trek-O-Tel, I thought it was located in the heart of the tourist precinct, but in reality it is at Gaurighat, about halfway from Fishtail to the main shopping area. This only poses a problem at night.
A couple of very nice restaurants in close proximity are the Thakali Nepali Kitchen next door, Caffe Concerto (for Italian, and pizza), and the restaurant at the Temple Tree Hotel, just around the corner.
The hotel itself comprises of a number of octagonal 3 story brick buildings just across the road from the lake. Some of the front rooms will have views of the lake. Unfortunately neighbouring "highrise" hotel development has pretty much taken away all of the sweeping Pokhara mountain panorama from any of the rooms - in fact, the spendid mountain view from my room was almost completely blocked by the appropriately named "Hotel Splendid View" next door.
The room was basic but comfortable, with a very clean and tidy bathroom, and an airconditioning unit I couldn't get to work. No iron or ironing board in the room. The quirky octagonal design of the buildings mean that rooms have strange tight corners, and many room windows face into the windows of the neighbouring blocks - so if you value privacy you may need your curtains pulled. Likewise I had a balcony that walked directly in front of my neighbour's bedroom window!!
Breakfast was a pretty hit and miss affair. Coffee service was prompt, and it is able to be eaten inside or in a garden terrace on the roadfrontage. The breakfast buffet itself was very average - pre=cooked fried eggs served in large stainless steel pans, etc - obviously geared up for groups more than individual diners.
All in all I thought it was a pretty standard hotel, with no real features that would make me insist on staying again next time i return to Pokhara.

Room Tip: Upper floor, lakeside for the only views you are likely to get.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

The rooms were basic but clean and we had a good view over the lake. The position of the hotel is across the road from Fewa lake and within the tourist area of lakeside.
The rooms are in little blocks with a distinctive and attractive design.
There is free wifi and we were pleased to find it worked from our room, though as ever in Nepal it tended to be very slow. We had air conditioning/heater and a tv, though no kettle.
The restaurant has good food and we would recommend the peppered steak for the enjoyment of it coming out sizzling madly as much as for the taste. Breakfast was okay and the staff were happy to cook omelettes if there was nothing we wanted.
The staff were all friendly and helpful.

Room Tip: The higher up rooms have more light and a better view, ask for one with a lake view.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

I stayed at the Trek-O-Tel during an Exodus tour of India and Nepal. The hotel had been rated as a "standard" hotel rather than "comfortable" in the trip notes so we didn't expect too much. It was however one of the nicest hotels we stayed in during the holiday. While it's certainly not flash the rooms are bright, clean, and airy and the hotel itself is really well positioned right in the centre of Pokhara, just across the road from the Lake. There's a nice little cafe at the the front of the hotel which serves a reasonably decent breakfast by Nepal standards and which has free wifi for residents.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

The Trek-O-Tel is well positioned right in the middle of the tourist area of Pokhara. The rooms are arranged in small blocks within attractive grounds. They are accessible only by stairs but these are fairly short flights up two storeys at most. The room that we had was very clean, attractive and spacious with a good bathroom and flatscreen TV. One odd thing was that wifi was available for a charge in the room but free in the restaurant - clearly they expected you to spend money in the restaurant but seeing that every bar etc round about was offering free wifi, why would you?

The breakfast was OK without being anything special - no freshly cooked eggs were available - and there could be quite a crush in the morning if a tour group was present. The dinners on offer were quite pricey especially considering that there was so much competition locally, so we didn't even consider eating here and, I'm sure, saved a considerable amount of money by doing so.

The desk staff were quite impersonal, which was quite unusual for Nepal; maybe they suffer from tourist jetlag in the hell-hole of Pokhara. They could have tried the occasional smile, however, or even tried to pretend that they cared, just a little. This was too much though so, hey ho, next time in Pokhara we would surely try somewhere else.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Gauri Ghat, Lakeside, P.O. Box 2769, Pokhara 977-61, Nepal
Location: Nepal > Western Region > Gandaki Zone > Pokhara
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#4 Best Value Hotel in Pokhara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Trek-O-Tel 3*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Overlooking the Phewa Lake with the Annapurna range of the back droop. Trek-O-Tel is so near, yet away from the hustle & bustle of the lake side bazaar. This gives the hotel an advantage in its location. ... more   less 
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