The Hyatt is indisputably the most luxurious hotel in Kathmandu which is why I've rated it 4 out of 5, but this is a relative score. In most other cities, it would rate at least a rung lower.
The rooms are large, very well equipped and - with the exception of the carpets - well maintained. The large bathroom has both a bathtub and a shower - quite a luxury and the toiletries are of high quality. My room had a lovely view of the lawn and the Boudha stupa with the gentle rain and occasional mist providing a sense of tranquility in an otherwise chaotic and dirty city. The Conference facilities are first-rate and unbeatable in Kathmandu
On the negative side: first, the Hyatt is pretty far away from most of the tourist sites and the city centre. It's not the distance but the hopeless traffic and the Kathmandu "roads" which makes venturing out a tedious proposition. The second negative was the service of the bell desk. I struggled with a suitcase, a backpack and the obligatory duty-free shopping from a tiny car while the bell-hop looked around, smiling and very pleased with his looks. Helping unload the baggage was not part of his KRA, it would appear. Taxis engaged by the bell-desk charge twice as much because, according to my taxi driver, they have to pay a 50% commission to the hotel staff.
The third negative was the breakfast food. Opting for an Indian breakfast, I found the "luchi" (fried bread) completely undercooked and inedible, while another guest at my table found the "idlis" (steamed rice cakes) rock hard- they're supposed to be light and fluffy. It's strange to find bad Indian food in the Indian sub-continent.
Still and all, the Hyatt remains the best of Kathmandu's hotels. But that's not saying very much.
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