We stayed here for three nights at the beginning of our trip and returned for one night at the end. The hotel arranged for a car to meet us at the airport ($17), which worked well. The hotel is a former palace and it has the faded charm of a bygone era. We had a large room with a king sized bed and was still spacious enough for an extra bed for our son. The bathroom was small but the shower was surprisingly powerful, with plenty of hot water. The breakfast (included in the price) was pretty good, with made to order omelettes and a variety of items from tomato soup (!) to Indian and other European options. Actually we appreciated the breakfast all the more on our return trip. The swimming pool in the gardens is lovely and refreshing after a hot and dusty day's sightseeing. It can get quiet busy with children but at other times it is peaceful. There are changing rooms and a cafe by the pool. Just outside the entrance to the hotel (to the right as you leave leave the entrance drive) is an ATM, where our UK card worked without difficulty. Although the hotel is within walking distance of Thamel, it is a dusty walk, so we went by rickshaw. The rickshaw driver who waits outside the hotel entrance was friendly. The staff in the Shanker are really friendly too. It felt like coming home on our return trip.
- 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