We stayed at Hotel Shakti for 3 nights. The hotel is very basic and is rated 1* on some websites I have seen but for a hotel of this standard it was OK.
The staff were generally very helpful, friendly and welcoming, both on reception and in the dining area. We were going away on trek for 10 days and as we were coming back at the end of the trek, they allowed us to keep our bags (stuff we didn't need) at the hotel and also our passports in their safe deposit box. We also left some laundry which came back very clean and well pressed (which isn't necessarily usual for laundry services in Nepal, as we later found out!).
The breakfast was basic but ok - there is a hot buffet each morning with scrambled eggs, fried potatoes and pancakes and toast. There is no variety though - its the same each day, but it tastes nice enough.
The only real problem we had with this hotel was the varied quality of the rooms. Before our trek, the room was had was TINY and seemed to have blacked out windows for some reason, which you could see out of but not in. This would not be a problem normally but Kathmandu has scheduled power cuts for 12 hours every day and Hotel Shakti has no generator. Therefore, this made it very dark if we were getting up early in the morning as there was no natural light! Also, the bathroom was so tiny, that it simply had a shower head over a plug hole (no shower tray or curtain), right next to the toilet, meaning that everything got wet when you had a shower. By contrast, when we came back after our trek, the room we got was enormous! It was very light (no blacked out windows), had a proper bath with a shower over it and a large bathroom. (Both rooms had TVs - but we were rarely in when the power was on so rarely watched them!). My only complaint about that room was that it wasn't really very clean (grubby bath mat hadn't seen a wash in months and the bath had sand or something in it....).
The location of the hotel is good, just outside the centre of Thamel, but in a quiet area (so you don't have to listen to terrible out of tune bands playing at night!).
On balance, this was a reasonable hotel for a hotel of 1 star standard and the staff did give good service. I don't know what the room rates are as we had it included as part of our trek package, but I would not pay a lot for rooms in this hotel (especially not $45 a night as a previous poster paid, as you can stay in nicer places for the same price). Definitely ask to see your room before you stay here as some are definitely much better than others - but bring a torch for when the power goes down! (You'll need it anyway if you are going trekking). I wouldn't recommend it for a long stay but if you are here for a couple of nights before a trek and don't expect any frills its fine.
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