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“5 Reasons to Consider No Other Place in KTM”
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Bag Packer's Lodge
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Sotipasal, Lamjung, Nepal
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“5 Reasons to Consider No Other Place in KTM”
Reviewed February 25, 2012

This is the fourth hotel I've stayed at in KTM. Though the first two were ok and the third alright, the next time I return to KTM, which happens to be Monday AND every subsequent future visit to KTM (as I'm teaching English in a village in Nepal) I will stay at Bag Packer's Lodge.

So here so here are the reasons:
1) It's clean. Does this mean it compares to a 5-star hotel...no...but the public areas, rooms, and bathrooms are VERY clean/
2) It has hot water 24-7. In KTM--especially during the winter--there is a great deal of "load-setting", where power is cut excessively to lessen the otherwise over-consumption of the KTM Valley.
3) It has FREE wi-fi 24-7. Many of the hotels that claim they have wi-fi do not have their router on their generator...so during the winter, your other hotel might not provide you wi-fi for 16 of the 24 hours in a day.
4) Price. Two twin beds with the public bathroom is Rs 500. You might find cheaper...feel free to take them up on it, but when you realise you made a mistake...go to Bag Packer's Lodge and beg them for a room.
5) Same-day laundry service available at Rs 50 per kg.

Room Tip: B-4 is next to the office and has the best wi-fi reception possible. Rooms on the west side are nex...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
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Gellilydan, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 20, 2012

My husband and I visit Nepal every year, sometimes a couple of times, and always return to Bag Packers Lodge as our base. It is in a prime spot in Thamel for accessing tourist locations, buses, taxis etc to areas further away and also a short walk from local colour and less touristy areas in Kathmandu.

Krishna and his team present a good mix of professionalism and genuine friendliness. They all put themselves out to make sure guests are comfortable and have everything they need, from airport collections to room service. The roof restaurant is a great place to view busy vibrant Thamel and beyond to the mountains of the valley rim. The in-house staff offer a full menu and a willingness to cook or bring in other dishes that you may want to try.

The rooms are simple, clean and some have tv. Wi-fi is available 24hr, there are en suite rooms or shared bathrooms available, as well as a choice of busy street front rooms full of atmosphere and life, and tranquil rooms at the back overlooking quiet shops and houses.

Krishna and the team offer everything that a quality backpacker hotel does; wi-fi, room service, laundry, assistance booking trips or excursions, room service, 24hr reception and concierge, rooms for all budgets and lengths of stay. But, what makes it special is their willingness to go the extra mile. They have helped us to organise and accommodate our own trip customers (see 'Pure Land Expeditions' and 'Elements'), changing dates and rooms at very short notice, saving rooms for returns and then storing luggage (and canoes!) during our times on the rivers. They arrange bus tickets, transfers and money changing for their guests and will bend over backwards to find you anything you might need during your stay.

I have stayed in some of the best suites in 5 star hotels across the globe, and while Bag Packer's is not a top end chocolates on the pillow resort, it is still my favourite hotel anywhere in the world.

Room Tip: Rooms at the back are definitely quieter but the front rooms are great for sitting and watching busy...
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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Davis, California
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Reviewed February 5, 2012

I have been traveling to Nepal for many years and stay at Bag Packers on every visit. You really feel welcomed from your first check-in and throughout your stay. The rooms offer lots of space to move around and the beds are comfortable and linens clean. The staff is exceptional in their desire to assist you with your stay and can take care of onward hotel needs and travel tickets. WiFi works well and they have backup power when load shedding shuts down main power. Very quiet location and located just on the edge of central Thamel. Laundry service is available, and the roof top restaurant is great for eats and drinks.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
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alice springs
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Reviewed January 12, 2012

ive stayed in Bagpakers Lodge many times over 7 months period. the staff are friendly, and Krishna is an excellent manager. it has hot showers 24hr, laundry service, rooftop resturant, wifi and tv in some rooms. right in the heart of thamel, its an excellent location. krishna and his staff were always very helpful and friendly. the rooms are quite big and very clean. i also kept some lugguage stored here in between trekking trips. will be passing through katmandu again soon, and will continue to stay here if room available.

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed December 26, 2011

We stumbled across Bag Packer's, which is in the heart of Thamel for our 6 days in Kathmandu after completing Everest Base Camp. This hotel is clean, friendly and great value (free wifi, 24 hours of hot water, large rooms and a laundry service downstairs). A good basic place to stay with all of the luxuries of home. I would certainly stay here again on future trips to Thamel.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
2 reviews
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Reviewed December 23, 2011

We had a nice stay in the Bag Packer's Lodge in Kathmandu. We had hot water 24 hours a day and that was important in the winter. Besides that was the service very good. We could ask everything and they would help us with everything we asked for without charging us for it (we had help with sending a parcel and doing laundry).
The value for your money is good at this place!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Kathmandu, Nepal
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Reviewed November 23, 2011

This lodge is great value for money in the heart of Thamel. Rooms are very clean, spacious with comfortable beds and soft pillows (very important). The shared bathrooms are always clean and have HOT water. I am a regular visitor to Nepal and stay with Bag Packers each time. The staff are always friendly and helpful and welcome me back each time. The free Wi-Fi is a bonus. Highly recommended!!!!
Michelle - Australia

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
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Property: Bag Packer's Lodge
Address: 29 Chaksibari Marg | Center Thamel, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
Location: Nepal > Central Region > Bagmati Zone > Kathmandu Valley > Kathmandu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 127 Specialty Lodging in Kathmandu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Bag Packer's Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nameste!! Bag packer's Lodge is centrally located in the heart of thamel, kathmandu's main tourist area. we are surrounded by shops, good restaurant & great entertainment all within walking distance from our hotel. taxi and car facilities are available should you want to venture further a field. travel & trekking agent are easily accessible. This is typical budget type hotel in thamel. We are proud to be honour, cheap and clean hotel with friendly atmosphere in kathmandu. ... more   less 
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