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“Pleasant enough but it does have issues”
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Thamel Eco Resort
Ranked #52 of 202 Hotels in Kathmandu
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Truckee, California
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79 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Pleasant enough but it does have issues”
Reviewed November 15, 2012

We stayed here for two nights at the beginning of our trek in mid October. The hotel staff were indeed very pleasant, the breakfast buffet was good, the hotel was well located in the heart of Thamel and yes it did have a lovely garden courtyard; but unfortunately it never had hot water. I want to give this property a better review because they were so nice; but it does not even merit the three star rating it has received. At best it is a budget hotel in the $50 to $60 range with some issues: noise, cleanliness and no hot water. If you feel that you can put up with these issues at this price point than this is the place for you. Personally, I will not stay here again nor would I feel comfortable recommending it to a friend. There are many other choices available in Kathmandu at this price that will not disappoint.

Room Tip: If you must stay here ask for a deluxe corner room and have an affinity for cold water.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 14, 2012

I stayed here for 5 nights before and after a trek. Rooms are ok but a bit noisy and light. Bathroom smelled. Management tried to make me (a single traveller) move to another hotel when they overbooked a group. They asked me to leave at 2 pm! I felt very unwelcome and harassed and it made my stay in Kathmandu unpleasant. I will not stay there again.

Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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Sacramento, CA
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Reviewed November 14, 2012 via mobile

My wife and I stayed here two nights in November of 2011 after our trek in the Annapurna region. We liked the location right in the middle of the Thamel District which is great if you want to be close to this tourist mecca. Tucked behind the main street which is bustling with people, cars, shops and lots of tourists, this place felt like an oasis where you could leave the craziness and most of the noise of the city behind.

Our room was on the third floor and was clean, tastefully decorated, with a super nice comfy bed. The only thing I didn't like so much was the close proximity to the adjacent building; you could literally reach out and touch it. This also meant there was a bit of noise for these close neighbors and forget about any kind of a view from this floor. Still the windows were barred so its not like there was a security issue or anything.

Besides the room, the staff were very pleasant, friendly and helpful. They helped us hire a cab for the day so we could visit Bhaktapur and they alway greeted us with a smile or namaste. The free full breakfast was really good and the dining area quite nice, though I would say get there early if you want your pick of the food. I really liked the made to order omelets, that was a nice and unexpected touch.

Over all I would say its hard to go wrong with this place, if you don't mind a little bit of the unavoidable noise from the surrounding city and want to be close to all that Thamel has to offer. If you're primarily looking for peace and serenity I would say look outside of Thamel area in general.

  • Stayed December 2011
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed November 11, 2012

A nice setting, rooms surround a small pleasant courtyard that allow you somewhere to hang out other than your room. They have restaurant and bar, so easy to eat on site - all at very reasonable prices. The rooms were comfortable enough, the standard rooms are quite small, go for the deluxe which are a little bigger, but worth it I feel. The staff and friendly and accommodating. It's not perfect on the cleanliness, but not bad. It is only a 3 star and that's a Kathmandu 3 star, so don't get your nickers in a twist if they have missed a bit of mould in the grout of the tiles in the bathroom. Please remember your in a 3rd world country. Some of the things I heard some people winging about made me want to tell them to pack up there bags and head home because they ain't seen nothing yet.

Room Tip: If you don't like stairs, let them know you want a room on a lower level.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Perth WA
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Reviewed November 6, 2012

We just stayed 4 nights at Thamel Eco Resort (2 prior to trek and 2 after) as part of a Nepal trek we did and it was really sub standard. It was the least pleasant and acceptable accommodation of the entire trip. The first time despite requesting a non-smoking double room we were given a small dark room on the ground floor that stank of cigarette smoke, so they moved us to the third floor which was better, although with two single beds. On our return to Kathmandu we were put in a tiny room which had no wardrobe , a mouldy smelly cupboard and the bathroom had mould over the walls and ceiling. It was very hard to sleep as a nightclub / bar next door blasted music till midnight each night and then barking dogs kept us a awake throughout the night from 1am to 6am each night. On the first night of our return we asked for a better double room and were told none were available but were assured on our second night we would be given this – we were moved to another room the next day which turned out to be worse – the toilet leaked effluent and caused a horrible stench during the night (the bathroom door wouldnt close properly), mould on bathroom ceilings and walls, the TV aerial was broken so TV didn’t work and the noise again kept us awake all night. Also the mattresses on the beds were very hard. Despite planning to stay a third night we couldn’t stand it so moved to Samsara Resort which was a dream in comparison (see my review of it). The breakfasts at Thamel Eco are the best thing about it and they are very good, but to be honest when you haven't been able to get a decent night's sleep it's just not worth the frustration. Staff there are very nice. The hotel is used by trekking tour companies who bulk book accommodation and think the hotel really needs to do maintenance and clean the rooms but there isn't much they can do about all the noise near them - ( I even phoned reception at 2.30am one night and asked if they could throw the barking dogs a bone to quieten them!). Hotel is in the heart of Thamel down an alley but this unfortunately doesnt provide peace and quiet.

Room Tip: Rooms on the right hand side upper floors get sunlight and so arent as mouldy/ stuffy.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Level 6 Contributor
100 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed November 3, 2012

I consider this a Gem and I would return to stay anytime! The price was decent for the clean modern rooms that we got, it was well worth it! For some travellers the price is consider high for Nepal standard but to me having a clean room with modern facilities is something you look forward to after a hard day of walking. The staff are friendly and pleasant and very helpful and resourceful! It is quite despite being in centre of Thamel. Its easy to walk anywhere!

Opposite the main reception there are row of shops and a travel agent. We went to this agent and he organized a great water rafting trip and everest flight (the cheapest we found)!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
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Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed October 18, 2012

Great location in the main area of Thamel but off a side street and just such a wonderful santuary when you need some rest and relaxation time. Rooms were large, clean and spacious. They arrange for you washing to be sent off and back the next day at very cheap rates. Staff wonderful and very friendly.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Thamel Eco Resort
Address: Chibahal, Thamel, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
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Location: Nepal > Central Region > Bagmati Zone > Kathmandu Valley > Kathmandu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Kathmandu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Thamel Eco Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 42
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A 42 room eco friendly boutique hotel with a garden has 19 brand new rooms in brand new building and 23 rooms in Old Building. Out of 42 rooms 18 are Deluxe with A/C, 1 suite room and 6 common bathrooms.While the pillars of the hotel at its entrance and the carvings over its windows replicate the artful heritage of Nepalese architecture, you feel like being in a traditional Nepali home in some of its rooms that display typical Nepalese pottery.A miniature Buddhist stupa in the middle of its front courtyard brings an ambience of peace, conveying the chief concern of the hotel to offer you a full repose of body and mind.Thamel Eco resort (TER) offers affordable prices, as well as a convenient location. Situated in the heart of the tourist district of Thamel, you are never far from restaurants or shops. Visit the King's Palace Musium, Swayambhu nath - the most revered Buddhist stupa in Nepal, and because you are in Thamel you can't miss the Thamel Chowk, with its countless restaurants and shops. At the hotel, guests enjoy complimentary wireless internet access, fruits and tea / coffee. Thamel Eco Resort makes for an excellent choice to stay in the tourist district of Kathmandu. ... more   less 
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