We planned our Kathmandu trip rather hurriedly. We had no clue about any hotel and of course safest option was to stay at Radisson. But for some reason we choose Hotel Shanker and were not disappointed. It's a wonderful place to stay, steeped in Nepali architecture yet complete with all modern facilities. The most remarkable thing about this place is their entire staff. Everyone is so welcoming and always smiling and never pestering for tips. The staff here is so accommodating that they never say no to anything. In many hotels that cater to European/American tourists in India I have observed that they don't really bother about Indian tourist. But this was not the case here. Everyone from the owner of the hotel to the doorman and security guard impressed me and my family.
The hotel doesnt has a casino so we went to Radisson - which is walking distance - to gamble and drinks. After checking Radisson we were very happy with our choice as Radisson was just a hotel and not a part of history and culture of Nepal like Shanker Hotel.
I wish I can visit this place again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Shanker, Kathmandu is a heritage hotel, housed in a 19th-century palace in the heart of Kathmandu city. It was the royal residence of the rulers of Nepal, from 1894 until 1964, when it was converted into a hotel. The facade and traditions were kept intact but the interiors were redesigned to give travelers the kind of comfort they'd expect of a world class hotel. The hotel is characterized by exquisite and authentic objects d'art. For example, the carved windows displayed in the lobby bar are over 200 years old. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Shanker Hotel Kathmandu