We consider the Hotel Shanker to the most beautiful hotel in Kathmandu. Built in 1894 as a palace for a Nepalese General, it was purchased in 1964 and converted into a hotel. The Hotel Shanker still looks like a palace inside and out. Inside, there are wood carvings throughout that are over 100 years old. The rooms are big with modern bathrooms. Outside is a huge garden and a pool complete with a bar.
The staff is very courteous and always willing to help or answer questions. You are greeted with a smile every morning and "Namaste"
The location is near many of the embassies in Kathmandu and the tourist shopping district of Thamel. It's 20 minutes from the airport in heavy traffic and there are tons of good places to eat within walking distance.
I cannot recommend Hotel Shanker enough.
- 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