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The Sparkling Turtle Backpackers Hostel

15 Swoyambhu Buddha Park, Kathmandu 44600 Nepal
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#10 of 372 Specialty lodging in Kathmandu
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We are an independent Backpackers Hostel located in the heart of the sacred and mystical town of Swoyambhu (MONKEY TEMPLE) Kathmandu. The Sparkling Turtle Backpackers Hostel offers a unique opportunity to live among Holy Monkeys and to experience the vibrant chanting of the Monks prayers from the many monasteries that surround Swoyambhu. We offer clean, affordable and safe accommodations for all those who have come to explore the endless beauty that Nepal has to offer. You will find a friendly and comfortable atmosphere to connect with and share stories among other travelers. After a long day of sightseeing and traveling come and relax in our Chill out Turtle Cafe . We have an Nepali salad bar designed by our Chef, as we know that it can be challenging to consistently eat local foods. A definite refresher for those who are traveling long term through Nepal and India! Our Cafe includes locally grown Boutique Coffee,. We can arrange for in-expensive airport pick up.
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Valet parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Yoga classes
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Airport transportation
Rooftop terrace
Bar / lounge
Coffee shop
Breakfast available
Bicycle tours
Evening entertainment
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Nightclub / DJ
Car hire
Taxi service
24-hour security
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Outdoor fireplace
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Hindi
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K.H.Koeweiden wrote a review Mar 2021
9 contributions2 helpful votes
I only stayed for two nights because I had to go, but when I come back to Kathmandu I will definitely come back to the Sparkling Turtle. The breakfast and dinner were good and the owner + other working persons were really helpful and kind. The wifi is good and the location as well. It’s near some beautiful temples and Monasteries.
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Traveled solo
Leo R wrote a review Mar 2020
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Nice rooms, very friendly and helpful stuff. I had a great guide (Ganesh) for a three day trekking tour, which was organized by the hostel. Prices for food are good and the food is very nice. WiFi works well. There is a nice balcony and a terrace. The monkey temple nearby is quite nice. A good place to organize trekking tours and to meet people.
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Date of stay: March 2020
Anne V wrote a review Feb 2020
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Me and my friend had a really good stay. The staff was super friendly and really helpful. We were in the mountains for 4 weeks and could leave are bags behind, they called a taxi when needed and they helped us to sort out everything for our trip to Annapurna and Mount Everest basecamp.
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Date of stay: March 2019Trip type: Traveled with friends
Dave wrote a review Feb 2020
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Fantastic hostel. My trip to Nepal was my first solo backpacking trip and my first time in Asia so I was feeling a bit overwhelmed arriving in Kathmandu. As soon as I arrived at the Sparkling Turtle Hostel I felt at home as both the staff and the guests were friendly and welcoming. I stayed in Nepal for nearly a month, travelling to the Everest region for 2 weeks trekking followed by a week in Pokhara. I used the hostel as a base, returning after each trip. The hostel owner, Pawan, made the whole month easier, arranging all my travel and got me the most convenient flights in and out of Lukla, saving me hours if not days of waiting around. Even while in the mountains Pawan was my guide on the other end of the phone! As well the travel help the hostel was clean, the food was great, and I met some great people. Hopefully I will make it back to Nepal and will definitely be staying with Sparkling Turtle Hostel again.
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Date of stay: November 2019
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Neil D wrote a review Jan 2020
459 contributions134 helpful votes
I stayed here waiting to get a ticket to BesiSahar every day the people who worked there said they would get me a bus ticket, everyday they said they were sold out. After 4 days I thought something was up and walked to the bus station to find the minivans ran everyday and didn't use tickets, just turn up. I got bitten lots in bed at night and asked them to spray bed and they said no. The place is 3.5km from Thamel, 40 minutes walk. Over my 5 nights my private room wasn't cleaned or new towels/sheets.
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Traveled solo
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Response from The Sparkling T, General Manager at The Sparkling Turtle Backpackers Hostel
Responded Jan 30, 2020
Namaste Thank you for your kind review, As you mentioned that we didn’t manage u a bus ticket for Few days is not fair because you have said to stay with us for four days and you always said to go after 10 and most of the busses leaves at 7 to 9, As I can assure you that our all beds and rooms are bug free and still it’s winter time there is no any bugs in winter if it was summer I could believe you, For the rooms we didn’t cleaned for 5 days you said is in every hotel you need to tell the reception to clean your room otherwise we never open your room without any permission from you, Any way thank you for the review We wish to serve you in future and let you feel better. Ajeet From the sparkling Turtle
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NepalCentral RegionBagmati ZoneKathmandu ValleyKathmandu
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Sparkling Turtle Backpackers Hostel
Which popular attractions are close to The Sparkling Turtle Backpackers Hostel?
Nearby attractions include Swayambhunath Temple (0.3 miles), White Monastery (0.5 miles), and The National Museum (0.6 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Sparkling Turtle Backpackers Hostel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at The Sparkling Turtle Backpackers Hostel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Sparkling Turtle Backpackers Hostel?
Yes, secured parking and valet parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Sparkling Turtle Backpackers Hostel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Fine grains bakery, BIA Cafe&Bakery, and Swayambhu Coffee House.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Sparkling Turtle Backpackers Hostel?
Yes, guests have access to yoga classes during their stay.
Does The Sparkling Turtle Backpackers Hostel have an airport shuttle?
Yes, The Sparkling Turtle Backpackers Hostel offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Sparkling Turtle Backpackers Hostel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Sparkling Turtle Backpackers Hostel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Hindi.
Are there any historical sites close to The Sparkling Turtle Backpackers Hostel?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Kathmandu Durbar Square (1.5 miles), Krisnhna Mandir Temple (Chayasim Deval) (3.7 miles), and Patan Royal Palace (3.8 miles).