Hotel Potala is one hotel that many budget travellers end up overlooking in their trip to kathmandu as in many travel guides it seems expensive compared to other budget places. This is a view that I also had, and in my edition of Lonely Planet Nepal it seemed fairly pricey.
However, I recently stayed there for a week as a friend I had been travelling with was leaving to go home and wanted something not too pricey but that was nicer than some of the places we had stayed, cue Hotel Potala. However, something we didn't take into account was that the Hotel actually saved us money in the long run, costing us 15,000 Nepali rupees for a triple room (with three singles, not a double and a single) for a week, and the cinche was that it included breakfast.
Our room was considered the deluxe and had a bathroom and a TV. It came with nice warm blankets and quilts and the pillows were soft and comfortable. Something that is not mentioned in my LP guide is that Potala also had incredibly fast Wifi, with a router on two out of three floors which allowed me to make good Skype calls and even load videos from YouTube with ease.
Breakfast is included in the price, and you can choose to have a few different set meals, most of which include 2 eggs any style, hash brown potatoes and toast/croissant with a choice of tea or coffee. It is served until 11.30am, and you can pay 80 rupees extra and get one of the special breakfasts which generally included juice, bacon or steak.
In other meals, the hotel food was good value and tasted good, we ate here for a few dinners and Dal Fry with rice came to about 200 rupees, whereas a restaurant would charge you 350. For those counting pennies the restaurant is a good option.
In terms of location it is smack bang in the middle of Thamel, being a stones throw away from Restaurants like OR2K and The Factory, as well as two minutes from nicer places such as Phat Kath and The Roadhouse Cafe. Our taxi driver got confused and took us to Potala guesthouse, but if this happens, just say Kathmandu guesthouse and it's 2 minutes down the road.
Like other reviews have mentioned, it is on top of a club called Purple haze, which plays covers of westerm songs til about 11pm most days, although I mamaged to sleep through it on the few early nights we had!
All in all we loved our stay at Hotel Potala and are planning on going back there in 2 weeks (I write this from Lumbini). For three people we paid £31/$51 each for a week which worked out at just over 700 rupees a night, including breakfast.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Potala is a leading hotel in the heart of the Thamel neighborhood of Kathmandu.Run by a Nepali and Tibetan family, it is a perfect place for those who value time, convenience, and a safe place to stay. We've been in the hotel business since 1991 and know how to make our visitors feel like they are in our house rather than our hotel. We are close to many attractions in the city and provide a wide range of guest services and amenities. Our 27 rooms provide many lodging options, all with 24 hour a day hot water. ... more less
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