The rooms are great size with traditional dark furniture with green marble tops. The window could be opened to let in enough cool air and didn't so I use the AC. The bed was very comfortable. Special extras include scales for weighing, a mini fridge, kettle with a good few different Twinings tea bags, leather covered tissue box and a newspaper delivered under the door each morning. Wifi was excellent. The hotel didn't seem to have a problem with power outages.
There was a modern elegant bathroom with a magnifying makeup mirror, hairdryer, nice plush towels. On the first and third visit the bathroom had a shower over the bath and the second stay the room had a shower only.
The large swimming pool was clean and well maintained, and towels were provided. There was a pool bar service. Wifi could be accessed there.
TV had quite a few English channels including BBC, CNN, Aljazeera
Breakfast was great - muesli, wholewheat flakes, other cereals, 5 types of fresh fruit, 3 types of juice, egg station, 8 dishes of hot foods, a few cakes & pastries; pancakes /waffle station, cold cuts, cheese and salad.
The restaurant served delicious food, with large servings. Very reasonable rates for half board during renovation.
On third stay there was a noise like an elevator although the room was not near a lift, perhaps from the renovations. I was able to move to a room near where I had previously stayed as these were more quiet. The staff were very kind and helpful.
- 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