No doubt about it – Dwarika's is an oasis in the middle of a very chaotic and noisy Kathmandu… Step inside the hotel entrance, and you're in another world.
We stayed there twice in October 2013 in connection with our Everest Base Camp trek – two nights before the trek and two nights after. We got two different rooms – the first two nights we got a room on the 4th floor (no. 402) in the main building overlooking the atrium courtyard. This room had two single beds. The other two nights our room was on the ground level (no. 105) near the swimming pool. This one had a big four-poster bed. Both rooms were standard rooms but they were big and very nice. The ground floor room was really big – bigger than most suites we've ever stayed in in other hotels. The decor is lovely in traditional Nepalese style. The bathroom is very luxurious with a huge shower and beautiful decor.
Apart from the rooms, the hotel itself (interior and exterior) is just a joy to walk around and look at all the details. The hotel has a number of "friendly hotel dogs" – big and small dogs that walk around the place, quite clearly enjoying life. You can pet them if you want.
We tried all three restaurants: Krishnarpan (Nepalese), the Japanese restaurant, and Toran. They were all good. Toran is also the breakfast restaurant and serves very nice food, both for breakfast and dinner. It mostly serves western-style food but with a couple of Nepalese dishes thrown in. Krishnarpan is a gorgeous Nepalese restaurant where you sit on very low chairs at low tables and where you must wash your hands over a basin and take off your shoes before you can go inside. We were lucky to get a table the first night. When we went to get a table three weeks later it was booked out. So if you want to try it, I recommend that you book a table.
The only little problem we had was that our ground-floor room was not far from a function held one of the nights with live music. There was no way to block out the noise. Fortunately the music stopped at 10 p.m. (we would have complained if it had gone on for longer). But apart from that we enjoyed our stay immensely.
Having seen lots of photos from the hotel before we went, our expectations were high. But we were not disappointed. It's a lovely place to stay – perhaps the nicest hotel we've ever stayed in.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built upon a rich tradition of Nepali hospitality and incorporating some of the country’s most exquisite architectural traditions, The Dwarika’s Hotel in Kathmandu is an authentic experience of Nepal’s ancient cultural heritage.Originally established as a heritage restoration project, The Dwarika's hotel has become known as Nepal's premier property, and a model for heritage preservation in Nepal and beyond. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dwarikas Hotel Kathmandu