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“Major construction work; avoid this hotel unless you want noise” 1 of 5 stars
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Hotel Himalaya
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Box 2141 | Sahid Sukra Marg, Patan (Lalitpur), Nepal   |  
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1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Major construction work; avoid this hotel unless you want noise”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2009

We went to this hotel as it was near Patan, had outdoor pool and had reasonable reviews. My wife was booked to stay there 11 nights whilst my sister and I went trekking for 6 nights. We had been advised before travelling, but after booking, by our tour operator, that there might be minor disruption. In fact they were building a 5th floor with 2 or 3 pneumatic drills going constantly and up to 15 people on ther roof hammering away much of the day. After a great deal of trouble we eventually got the tour agent to switch my wife to another hotel whilst we trekked.
If you want to book this hotel, (they say on the website that the work is scheduled to finish in 2010), then be aware that, unless you are goping to be out all day, you will have loads of noise.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    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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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2009

Afrer a long flight with the abysmal Gulf Air it is not suprising that my first impressions of Hotel Himalaya were very average. Once settled in to the relatively plain surroundings, it became apparent that the relaxed atmosphere, cleanliness and absolute politeness and attention to detail of every single staff member were of much greater value.

The layout of the hotel is very practical, the large high ceiling reception area had pleasant seating areas, and was surrounded by the various facilities including several small shops, a bar, the restaurant etc., from the corner was a wide corridor leading to the rooms.

The restaurant could not be faulted in any way, all meals offered a wide selection of dishes ranging from very varied Nepali dishes to milder options and salads for those whom are less adventurous. The maitre d hotel (Krishna) was without question the most efficient and proffessional I have ever experienced anywhere in the world; he seemed to be imediately there when you needed him but never there when you didn't a knack indeed! No special request was a bother to anyone. The food was delicious and plentiful. You won't find better paneer!

An excellent base from which to explore Kathmandu and surrounding Nepal. Oh yes, if you visit during the monsoon season as we did all the locals will think you insane; it will be overcast most of the time and have very occassional downpours of rain. However the sun still reaches you after being pleasantly difussed by cloud. The biggest advantage is the lack of tourists! The only real downside is that it is unlikely that you will get the full impact of views of the himalayas - buy a postcard instead.

  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Malaysia
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2009

Located at a quieter neighborhood and within walking distance to Pattan Durbar Square. But for USD80/night, we expected a plusher hotel. Overall if was ok though and we had a fantastic buffet breakfast.
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  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2009

I had the good fortune to enjoy a long stay at Hotel Himalaya in December 2008. I was immediately made very welcome, and by the end of my stay I was reluctant to leave. The standard of service, and the staff at every level, were excellent. Nothing was too much trouble for them. They were friendly, eager to be helpful, giving a personal touch but very professional at all times. I had a beautiful room looking onto the garden, which I especially enjoyed as I am a disabled traveller and spent a great deal of time in the hotel. There is a charming little temple in the garden. The room was comfortable and well appointed, and everything scrupulously clean. Both room service and laundry service were available and very efficient. I was able to have internet in the room, and staff were very helpful when I encountered any problems. The breakfast buffet was very tasty, with a spread that included almost anything I could wish for, my favourite being an omelette made to order, fresh fruit and an ever-full teacup. The hotel is well-located in Patan, with taxi service available outside the door at reasonable prices. As it was Christmas time, there was a large Christmas tree in the lobby, and festive decorations in the restaurant. The ambience of the hotel from the moment you enter is relaxed luxury, at a very reasonable price for what is offered. I just loved this hotel, which felt like home, and I am looking forward to staying there again. I am grateful to the staff at www.travelsmanagement.com who arranged my stay.

  • Stayed December 2008, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles
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24 hotel reviews
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158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2007

This hotel is for you if you want a clean, comfy place to crash in Kathmandu - either to rest up for your trek into Nepal or Tibet OR to recover from your trek into Nepal or Tibet. I hate to say this but it was nice to watch BBC TV and catch up on what happened during the month we were trekking.

It is off the main crazy roads (still a fairly busy road) so it's not as crazy to cross the street. There is a GREAT bookstore across the street if you need to catch up on last minute gifts, trinkets, postcards, maps, etc. etc. Also next door to the hotel on the left is a mom & pop store to get your bottled water. The owner of the hotel is Japanese so sometimes you see groups of Japanese tourists here (they aren't the annoying ones but the adventurous ones). Also it is perched on a hill so there is a bit of a view on the patio outside and in some of the rooms facing in that direction. Quiet rooms - overall would stay here again. We stayed in two places during our time in kathmandu - Everest Hotel and here - this beats Everest hotel hands down even though the locals say this is a three star and they say the Everest is a 4 star - don't believe it!

Breakfast was good - there was meats, toast, OJ. We also had lunch here (we were too pooped to go back out after returning from the trek) and the food was decent and moderately priced. Also for those of you who this matters too - the electrical plugs did a better job staying in here (i.e. staying plugged) than in Everest Hotel where they kept slipping out. Lastly, one of the days we were here - there were UN trucks outfront and they were having a conference at the hotel - that's got to say something about the place - I think it was about women's rights or something - pretty interesting stuff.

Oh one last thing - would suggest requesting a room away from the elevators - that's where most of the activity in the hotel occurs (i.e. it's busy and bustling when people check in and out). Also laundry here was great - can I tell you how nice it is to slip into clean clothes after a month of trekking and a hot shower?!!!

  • Liked — It was clean and comfortable - can detox out of the kathmandu hussle & bussle - internet services & TV
  • Disliked — Wished there were more electrical outlets to charge all our stuff up - but really it was a few stays
  • Stayed October 2006, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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192 helpful votes 192 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2007

I stayed a total of 4 nights in 3 rooms spread over a week. The hotel is a 15-minute brisk walk to Patan square. It feels like a 5-star upon entry but it is let down, pretty badly in my view, by the restaurant, which left me feeling like I should take over cooking from the L-plated chef.

The rooms were comfortable; wireless internet access winked in and out; I chose it because I got a pretty good rate. Staff were friendly and location is good. Just don't eat there if you can help it.

  • Liked — Good price in a location good for my purpose
  • Disliked — The restaurant
  • Stayed March 2007, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Malaysia
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Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2005

I was stranded in Kathmandu for a few days (airline problem) and was put in this hotel. The rooms are okay but the service is excellent!

  • Stayed December 2005
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Box 2141 | Sahid Sukra Marg, Patan (Lalitpur), Nepal
Location: Nepal > Central Region > Bagmati Zone > Kathmandu Valley > Patan (Lalitpur)
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Patan (Lalitpur)
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Himalaya 3.5*
Number of rooms: 100
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Also Known As:
Himalaya Hotel Patan Lalitpur
Hotel Himalaya Nepal/Kathmandu Valley - Patan (Lalitpur)

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