Hotel Annapurna is one of the best places to stay in Kathmandu. I stayed here twice this month. While first visit was much better than the second one, overall experience was great.
Let me tell you one by one.
Location: Amazing! Next to the Palace on Darbar Marg (Which is the only highstreet in Kathmandu) and within a kilometers' distance from the tourist places like Thamel and shopping areas like Indrachowk (for handicrafts, apparels and woolens), New Road (for electronics and Jewellery) and street market of Jamal. Trust me this is the best location one can get in Kathmandu.
Hotel: Hotel is spread in large area and is 2 storied. You have various restaurants for Indian and other cuisines. Food is a bit costly but tasty. portions are large enough. Their coffee shop is good too where they give buffet breakfast. But the spread for the complimentary breakfast is not that great.
Rooms: First floor rooms are better than the second floor rooms. Try to see if you can get 1st floor. Bathroom is better done up on the first floor deluxe rooms with Kohler fittings while second floor bath fittings are old styled parryware.
First floor rooms also have card acess while you have keys for the second floor rooms.
First floor rooms also have room automation with a console for AC, lights alarms etc. Second floor doesn't have that.
Rooms have basic amanities but iron/ironing board, bathroom slippers and bathrobes are available on request, though they are not charged.
Service: Staff is friendly, check in and check out is very fast but room services at times is quite slow. Had different experience every day with the staff. sometimes extremely fast and most of the times slow.
Phone/internet: both are very costly at the hotel, you can try intwernet cafes nearby or even internet telephone booths which are much cheaper for calling. The best trick is to buy a Rs 200 ($2) simcard of N Cell from across the street and use it while your stay in nepal. Call charges are very very cheap with that and internet on mobile is also good. and its local for anywhere in nepal, like pokhara chitwan etc. no roaming.
Casino: Casino Anna is the best casino of Nepal and you can see huge crowd in the evnings. 100 Indian Rupees is minimum for playing in casino and in that you can buy 20, Rs 5 coins or 10 Rs 10 coins for the slot machines. for the serious gamblers first floor is the place with black jacks, pokers etc.
Overall the place is good and friendly. Full marks for the location.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Durbar Marg, Kathmandu's premier street, 5-star Hotel Annapurna has a long history of excellence in the hospitality industry. Established in 1965 and named after Annapurna, the Goddess of Abundance, the Hotel provides the finest personal service and facilities in Nepal's fabled emerald valley, and its cultural, political and commercial capital. The Hotel has a total of 151 recently renovated Deluxe and Heritage guestrooms, including 5 suites, equipped with modern amenities such as the latest flat screen TV, bedside lighting & climate control unit, tea & coffee making facilities, mini bar and electronic safe. The atmosphere within the 5-acre property is warm and relaxed, the ambiance embracing the unique and friendly essence of Nepali culture and traditions. The Hotel is an architectural marvel, cleverly combining the local pagoda-style with contemporary flair. The Hotel is also famous for its popular eating outlets. The Coffee Shop is the all day, every day place for favourite eats and drinks and surprising new delights. The capital's most exotic Chinese restaurant, the Arniko Room, has established itself as one of the culinary wonders of modern Nepal. If the aristocratic flavour of fabled Mughal kitchens is more your to your taste, then Ghar-e-Kabab is the place to dine either alone or, better still, with your family and friends, AND when the sun goes down - or even a lot earlier - the Juneli Bar, stocked with the choicest drinks from around the world, is the perfect place to hit! In keeping with modern times, the Hotel is entirely Wi-Fi enabled. With extensive banquet and conferencing facilities, beautifully landscaped garden, one of the largest hotel swimming pools, well-equipped gym, business center and the most prestigious shopping arcade, our property is also within easy reach of religious, historical, cultural, architectural and shopping destinations, as well as Government offices, diplomatic missions and airline offices. At Annapurna, it is our promise you will feel truly blessed by the Goddess of Abundance. Hotel Annapurna,'Truly a Heritage of Hospitality' ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel De l Annapurna
- De l Annapurna Hotel