One of the things I love about Kathmandu is the buzz you get from the busy streets. However, it is good to be able to retreat to the quiet and calm of the Shanker. It is close to the centre but set in its own peaceful gardens.
The hotel itself offers all the facilities you need (clean comfortable rooms with AC and fridge) and staff are friendly and attentive. There is a wide range of food available for breakfast and while dinner and drinks are more expensive than in Thamel, they are not outrageous.
The hotel is set in a former palace and does have an air of faded glory. I first stayed there 20 years ago and nothing much has changed. You feel that with a few million spent on it it could be made in to something spectacular.
- 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