I stayed for one night as there were no more rooms available in the Ambassador Garden Home, where I had been staying for the past three nights. Without doubt the hotel is one of the most beautiful buildings I saw in Kathmandu outside Durbar square - fabulous traditional architecture (think moulded brickwork and intricately carved window surrounds). The hotel was peaceful with lovely courtyards and the concierge who showed me to my room seemed to take real pride in their attention to detail and eco-conscious attitude.
Given that the hotel is far more expensive than most (and double the price of the Ambassador Garden Home) I feel it didn't really live up to my expectations. The room was nice but the bed was uncomfortable, and with non of the lovely touches provided by the Ambassador (such as fresh fruit and newspapers daily). The breakfast was entirely disappointing, although served in a pleasant room. But what bothered me the most as a woman travelling alone, was the fact that it's down a quiet backstreet. This is fine in the day, but if you're planning on wandering around the shops and grabbing a bite to eat in the centre of Thamel, the walk home down unlit streets can be just a little unnerving. Not too bad for me coming from London, but I imagine for those of a more nervous disposition it might be a black mark.
However all in all, I would recommend the Kantipur Temple House. I probably would have given it 3.5 stars if I could have done.
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- Also Known As:
- Kantipur Temple House Hotel Kathmandu
- Kantipur Temple Hotel
- Kantipur Temple Kathmandu