Stayed at the Shanker for a few days before departing for my EBC trek. I chose it because of its central location close to Thamel, although in reality, taxis are so cheap in Kathmandu that being further out wouldn't really be a big issue.
You can tell the hotel was once grand but it's a bit run down now. The pros are the free WiFi and included breakfast. However, the WiFi was extremely unreliable and the breakfast spread was limited and average. The room was clean although it could use some upgrading, eg, the tv looked like a 20" lcd computer monitor.
- 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