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Reviewed April 10, 2013

Hotel Devachan is a great place to stay. It is near Swayambunath in a quiet part of Kathmandu but is not very far to walk to Thamel. It is a family run hotel and you are made to feel very welcome and part of the family. My room was very nicely decorated, clean with large windows letting in lots of light all at a very reasonable price. The whole place is very clean and attractive with a lounge area where you can watch tv and wifi is available. Nakul and Kiran are always happy to help in any way possible, and the food is delicious - real homemade nepali food that is much better than in the resturants - and good western meals available too. I was able to use the hotel laptop whenever I needed to and sorted out all my onward travel arrangements from there. I stayed at the hotel for a week and always felt happy and relaxed there with excellent service and friendly conversation. I highly recommend this as a place to stay for anybody wanting to avoid staying in hectic Thamel, and who want to meet a lovely nepalese family.

Date of stay: March 2013
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2  Thank 862JamesB862
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Reviewed March 30, 2013

My experience was a bit different from what the other reviewers described. One of the reasons we booked this hotel was because it offers a free airport pick-up. But there was some misunderstanding, and there was no pick up arranged. The owner tried to blame this on us, saying he'd mailed us THE DAY BEFORE and had not received an answer, but we never got his e-mail and I think one day in advance is ridiculously short notice. Only by accident she found out no one would come to pick her up, and the hotel owner arranged (and payed for) a taxi. Problem solved, and we enjoyed the night we stayed at the hotel. But the next morning, when it was time to pay the bill, it turned out he wanted us to pay for the taxi to the hotel! We refused, for the simple reason it was supposed to be included. I' m glad we seem to be the only ones with an experience like this, but all this didn't really make us feel all that welcome... My mom has sleeping problems, and the hard mattresses and the noise of airplanes flying over makes this a bad choice for her.

Date of stay: March 2013
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Thank Lise V
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Reviewed February 13, 2013

dear Visitors of Kathmandu,
all that Jody wrote is so true and I couldn't describe it any better. Mr "Kool", how my two sons and me called the owner is a warmhearted man and staying in his house makes you feel special. It is like coming home. We first arrived there wrecked from a long flight, facing physical and mental problems and the "Devachan-Team" did a better job than mom at home would.

At the same time you get in touch with the real Nepalese Life and habits and your wishes foodwise are fullfilled. For us a very important point because my younger son resisted all the other food that is offered in Nepal.

If you are not the 100% Japanese or American 5-star Tourist and your heart is still awake than Hotel Devachan is your best bet also because you are not kept in the Thamelmadness where most of the tourists stay...

Namaste and dahanniabad to Kool and family

Room tip: there is a great room on the top with lots of space, 6 different lights and about five windows with a great terace.
Date of stay: March 2012
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Reviewed November 22, 2012

Like many people, when I travel I always hope I'll have a WOW experience of some kind. And I always hope that in some way I can connect with a person or people whose lifestyle and habits may be considerably different from my own, looking for that thread of humanity that unites us all. That happened for me in Kathmandu in October of 2012 at the Devachan.

I arrived there cold, dirty, tired and hungry, having flown in from a trek in the Himalaya. Within hours Nakul Kunwar and his capable wife Kalyani had taken care of all my physical needs. But more importantly, I arrived alone, having left my son and his girlfriend two days earlier at 12,000 feet where they continued upward with their journey and I descended back to Kathmandu with mine. I was feeling both a bit fragile emotionally and all stuffed up with a headcold.

This kind, loving, extended family embodies the word 'hospitality' and they quickly sprang into action. Nakul made me countless pots of tea with herbs from the garden; Kalyani missed no opportunity to smile warmly and offer hugs and food. I was there for a week and it soon became clear that daughter Karuna was up for just about any adventure I might suggest. We spent a morning at Pashputinah - joined by two young Austrian men who were also staying at the Devachan. Karuna, a Hindu, explained things we never would have known about the cremation ceremony we witnessed. We found a tailor in Indra Chowk to custom make some shirts I wanted copied, and one night we all cooked a delightful meal together so they could showcase the foods they loved. We shopped for treasures for me to use in my business. The day I left I glanced up to the noise on the rooftop to see the the Austrians energetically flying kites with some of the younger members of the family to celebrate the Dashain holiday.

A Hilton hotel experience in Kathmandu is not much different from one in Singapore, Cairo or Montreal, and you probably have pretty good idea of what you'll find when you open that hotel room door or sit down in the dining room . . . but is that why you're traveling? If you're looking for a wonderfully rich experience in Kathmandu, as opposed to simply a hotel, I can strongly recommend the Devachan. You won't be disappointed. If you'd like any further info, don't hesitate to email me: jodyhalliday32@gmail.com Namaste

Date of stay: October 2012
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5  Thank JodyH789
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Reviewed February 28, 2017
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Date of stay: February 2017
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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