Traveling with my two daughters, 9 and 13 years old, was always going to be an interesting solo parenting experience, my wife needing "time out" to work on a PHD. But having all travelled in Nepal before I thought things should be ok.
A late monsoon week of rain, colds not healed from home, and dodgy tummies meant something had to give. So given we always stay in Boudha when in Kathmandu, the TIbet International Hotel presented as a "healing" option for our final 3 nights of a 13 day visit.
A tight budget meant a small room for three but due to the season not being in full swing, an upgrade to a suite was organised as one was vacant. Immediate spacious ease!
The rooms are beautiful with an interesting large historical framed photo from "old Tibet". There are prayer wheels here and there, TIbetan architecture, and fantastic Stupa and mountain views (when clouds clear) from the sixth floor public terraces. All this made my first Kathmandu hippie digs in1986 at the long gone Monumental Lodge on Freak Street seem another life away.
And then there are the staff, who seem genuinely happy that your there. A sentiment sometimes missing in the modern Nepal experience at times. From Santosh, the operations manger, through to the service staff and the security guards, who saluted you and offered a "Namaste" on leaving and returning to the premises, you felt you were surrounded by an old world charm.
However, five minutes before leaving for the airport, my daughters, who absolutely loved the place,always felt secure and appreciative of wifi, had healed enough to go hard ball at each other whilst their father, was starting to feel a tad stressed at ensuring that their bags were packed and the thought of negotiating the departure from Kathmandu airport, fell into a departing from holiday trap. Result, a short sharp family melt down.
Thinking that all the good momentum had dissolved, I was more than surprised to find that the organised ride to the airport was a spacious and well presented hotel van, and that the manager and reception staff were waiting on the entrance landing with a traditional Tibetan katah scarf for each of us. A lovely departing gesture. The girls apologised, I apologised and we drove off to the airport healed and happy.
Trips number 11 and 12 to Nepal are already planned and the TIbet International Hotel will feature in each. A highly recommended combined Tibetan/Nepalese experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Tibet International is a boutique hotel offering Nepali hospitality with a touch of Tibetan warmth, strategically located close to the Boudha Stupa which is a world heritage UNESCO site. We offer 68 rooms, lavishly furnished with fine beddings and linens for a good night's sleep. Our Shangrila Kitchen offers fine Tibetan / Chinese and continental cuisine, Norbulinka Stupa View Terrace offers breakfast in stunning view of the famed Stupa and our Shambala Spa offers the best remedy to de-stress and recover from treks, or a pampering before heading home. ... more less
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