Over the course of 2 months Ram Giri and I exchanged emails about his hotel and the options for my trips based out of his hotel. I traveled halfway around the world to this place based on Ram's assurance that my room was reserved and my tours booked. That took a leap of faith and it was worth it! I could have booked thru Agoda but went with a wild crazy spirit of trust.
Upon my arrival in Kathmandu and the resulting 1030 pm chaotic visa process there, I was met by a young man with a large sign with my name on it...So nice to see as the flight, visa queues and baggage retrieval mess had frazzled my last nerve.
The hotel was about 35 minutes by car from KTM airport and upon arrival in Thamel I was awed by being literally in the shopping epicenter.
Up a few flights of stairs (no lift) and I was met by Ram personally. He went thru the trip options once again and as planned, all went well. Ram has a company called Pariwar Holidays and is able to meet all needs and areas of interest.
The rooftop terrace was so nice to relax on, the roof dining room was pleasant as well. I had the chance to cook a meal with the chef and shared it with some backpacker friends I had made there. It was so great to cook a meal and enjoy fellowship. Pricing was reasonable for lunch and dinner and the breakfast was adequate. Some of the menu selections were not available but what was there was prepared fresh for every meal. Some planning with Ram and lunch and dinner choices were gathered and waiting upon my arrival back from shopping/ tours. The beer was cold, the food was good, the company was great!
My room was a Deluxe, nice and spacious. The bed was just about right for a blend between soft and firm. The bathroom was very basic but managable and the hot water was very nice.
There was a TV, fan, mini fridge, armoire, 2 chairs and a table making it a nice area to relax in.
The rolling scheduled blackouts commom thru Kathmandu were made manageable by the hotel generator. The bathroom and sink area lights worked on the generator, making it easy to move around and get dressed during a blackout. Ram has plenty of outlets in areas of the hotel to power your electronics during the blackouts, a very nice feature.
Overall, the hotel is 3 buildings all together with quirky stairs and different levels of areas all working together to make a cute hotel.
The area the hotel is in make absolute solitude impossible but the nearness of the areas make the hotel a go-to spot for Thamel interested persons.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Pariwar (The Family) Bed and Breakfast - one of the finest Boutique B&B in the town located at the centre of Thamel district's Ganesh Man Street next to Kathmandu guest house. Around you will find major shopping areas, nice restaurants & bars and actual Kathmandu nightlife. Pariwar features stylishly furnished boutique design rooms with free Wi-Fi and satellite LED wide screen TV. ... more less
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