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“Relaxation Vacation”
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Hotel Yak & Yeti
Ranked #46 of 198 Hotels in Kathmandu
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Turks & Caicos Islands
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“Relaxation Vacation”
Reviewed December 3, 2012

We decided to check in to this 'five star' hotel after a three week trek through Nepal. After sleeping on plywood and 1/4 inch thick mattresses for three weeks, this was a welcome rest stop. The good: amazing beds and sheets, especially after a trek. Breakfast buffet was excellent for Nepalese standards. The staff was very helpful and accommodating and provided us with a late check-out.
The bad: The rooms are dated. They need a bit of a touch-up. They delivered an iron and ironing board to our room and the iron board pad was disgusting. The phone in our room was also very filthy. The bathroom condiments could be nicer. Just picking a few things that could be improved on.
The Awesome: I had to rebook a flight to China and tried for three hours on my own via every website available and got nowhere. I called down to the travel/business centre and Priyanka delivered me a ticket for the date I wanted within 20 minutes. I was blown away! She was so helpful and quick. Had to mention her here as she was so professional and accommodating. Thanks Yak and Yeti for a wonderful stay.
Tip: Eat the lamb chops at the Chimney Restaurant....so yummy after Dhal Bhat for 3 weeks!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 1, 2012 via mobile

This hotel is within walking distance of the old palace and Thamel District. It was built during extravagant years in Nepal with beautiful gardens.

The staff is excellent! With three resturants and a nice lobby bar, it is wonderful oasis in a busy city.

Request a room overlooking the gardens!

  • Stayed November 2012
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Cobham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 30, 2012

I enjoyed staying here. The lobby in the mornings has a buzz about it as intrepid explorers rustle about in their technical kit as they come and go from various expeditions. And breakfast is good - a very large help yourself buffet that makes it all to easy to eat too much. We found the staff to very helpful and friendly, giving us the feeling that nothing was too much trouble. We had a room in the 'refurbished' end of the hotel. It was spacious but tired looking as is the entire hotel (though I noticed they are renewing the rooms in the 'old' end of the hotel). The hotel garden was pleasant, the bar was always open and the location is ideal for exploring the city. The only real blot was that the Wifi (which you have to pay for) kept disappearing and the reception wasn't very good anyway.

Room Tip: I would avoid rooms in the old part of the hotel until they have finished the refurbishment work.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed November 24, 2012

Great environment to spend the time in Kathmandu. Offers enough space to relax and privacy. Probably the best hotel in town. Has kept its historic appeal. Offers all the basics a five star hotel should offer.

Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 21, 2012

An oasis in a chaotic city with tranquillity and lovely grounds. The buffet for all meals was very good and all the staff were very friendly and helpful.
The common parts are a bit drab and tired as are the rooms, If you chose a room with a garden view beware of the pigeons they sit on your window ledge and coo and poo from about 5.

Needs some anti pigeon treatment on all the rooms

Great location

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 19, 2012

We decided to stay here one night after staying in some rough hotels in Kathmandu which were arranged as part of trekking tours. It is expensive however we felt it was worth every penny. I booked online through their website and got a discount from the usual price per night and it included transfers. When we checked in we were told we had been upgraded - i had asked for a room with a garden view after reading reviews on trip advisor. The room was lovely and the beds and pillows were absolutely wonderful. Trekkers will understand how much difficult this is to find in Nepal. The TV was good, bathroom very nice, nice furniture etc.

On the downside and why i give the hotel only 4 stars: wifi is not free which is quite ridiculous given that almost every other hotel/guesthouse/cafe in thamel offers it. It is over 900 rupees for 24hr access - daylight robbery and when people are spending $200 on a room its a bit cheeky. There are computers to use at 10 rupees a minute and dont even think about printing off things without reading the prices first. The bar lacks atmosphere which is a shame. The beer is 3 times the price from most places in Thamel which is fair enough given its top end hotel but when the bar isnt nice in the first place it feels a bit much. To be fair, you do get nibbles with it. Also, during the numerous daily power cuts this is the only building where we saw all electricity cut out for the few seconds before the backup generators kicked in. For most other places you barely notice it except for the lights getting dimmer. Here, the entire hotel goes dark.

If we return to Kathmandu we will definitely stay at the Yak and Yeti, however, I would hope that they would sort out their internet charges before then as its a real draw back.

Room Tip: Ask for a garden facing room - seemed to do the trick for us.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Mumbai
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Reviewed November 17, 2012

Spent one night here at this great oasis enroute to Chitwan. Clean rooms, great view and warm staff. The lobby is always crowded with the checkins or checkouts so getting the attention of the reception may be a little challange. The 24 hr coffee shop had a great breakfast but was kind of too packed. avoid sitting near the windows unless u like the hot sun beating down your neck. all in all a great stay. a heavy tea with some great starters ... :) sure helped us get a taste of what was to lie ahead. A rather good Hors d' oeuvres for those who would like to have a lesisure evening. The regular rooms do not have a safe so it meant us being extra careful with our important stuff. The delux room where we stayed in on our return had a safe so was much better.
it sure is a great place to stay esp on your first trip to this heavenly valley.

Room Tip: See if you can get a garden facing room ... it sure is a lovely sight while waking up in the morning...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Hotel Yak & Yeti
Address: P.O. Box: 1016, Durbar Marg, Kathmandu, Nepal
Location: Nepal > Central Region > Bagmati Zone > Kathmandu Valley > Kathmandu
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#9 Luxury Hotel in Kathmandu
#15 Spa Hotel in Kathmandu
#21 Romantic Hotel in Kathmandu
#22 Business Hotel in Kathmandu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Hotel Yak & Yeti 5*
Number of rooms: 270
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Yak and Yeti, is a luxury 5-star deluxe hotel in the heart of Kathmandu, Nepal. Modern day sophistication greets cultural heritage in the ample grounds of the 100-year-old palace and newly designed structure of the hotel. Find refuge among antique fountains, gilded temples and emerald gardens as you remain just moments away from all the shops and adventure of the Kathmandu city, located at Durbar Marg, Kathmandu, Nepal ... more   less 
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