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Kantipur Temple House
Ranked #20 of 207 Hotels in Kathmandu
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 18, 2011

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.

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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.

Room Tip: I stayed in a room which looked over the charming courtyard, but seemed a little dark. An outside ro...
  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 13, 2011

If you want a quiet oasis away from the chaos of kathmandu --yet ironically in the center of Thamel-- then this is the place for you. An architecturally beautiful building (couldn't stop taking photos of it), extremely attentive staff, pleasant atmosphere, quiet rooms. Costs more than the typical hotel, but it is clean, comfortable, there was always hot water. Importantly for me, Kantipur was a place I was happy to come back to **and spend time at** after a tiring day of sightseeing. The restaurant's dinner menu was comprehensive and everything we tried was good (except the alcohol-soaked desserts: banana flambe and crepe suzette). When the nights got cool, our room was furnished with a heating pad (the whole size of the mattress) which was a cozy touch. In addition, the hotel's taxi driver, Hari, took us everywhere, was a safe driver, and spent whole days with us when we had a full itinerary and didn't want to deal with unknown taxis. Kantipur will definitely be our home base every time we visit Kathmandu.

Room Tip: 409 and 410 have an adjoining enclosed balcony and were the quietest of the 6 rooms we had during ou...
  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 9, 2011

Great location, pleasant courtyards, attentive staff, but hugely popular with tour groups arriving to trek elsewhere and perhaps for this reason, the rooms are overpriced. Better value available elsewhere. If the money doesn't matter, however, the rooms, though dark - all low wattage energy saving bulbs - are clean and spacious, the bathrooms adequate. The breakfast buffet's not bad, and the front courtyard a pleasant place to eat it. The location is right in the middle of the main tourist area, everything for trekking available just down the road. Kilroy's, a restaurant well worth a visit, is a three minute walk away. They raised the price of a Himalaya beer from Rs300 to Rs400 overnight when I was there, which gives a perfect example of their pricing strategy: you want to be here, you pay our price!

Room Tip: Most face an inner courtyard, so are dark. Higher I preferred, but no lift, so longer walk.
  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 5, 2011

We stayed in this hotel for a total of 6 nights, while on a tour in Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet. The hotel is a real oasis of cleanliness and tranquility in the middle of Kathmandu.
Very close to Thamel commercial area - 5-10 minutes walk.
Excellent service and excellent maintenance of the hotel.
Very very highly recommended

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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 3, 2011

I stayed at this hotel as part of an organized trek and couldn't have been happier. The room I had, although a little on the dark side, was comfortable and clean. The ensuite bathroom had good hot water. The bed was comfortable, a torch was provided and all powerpoints had international adaptors. There was free Wi-Fi throughout the building and the garden courtyard, which was a great place to read, chill out or eat. The food was tasty and they do room service! Kantipur is centrally located in Thamel. A little off the main drag it is next to a building site and a brothel, but it's quiet and peaceful all day and night.

The guy who built it (in traditional Newari style) is delightful, environmentally conscious and a respected member of the surrounding community. Would recommend it highly as a unique, boutique experience.

Room Tip: Go for the back of the building rather than the front. The rooms are a little darker, but very quiet...
  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 1, 2011

Beautiful newari architecture, very clean rooms. Wonderful garden. dramric lighting in the evening.

We stayed in one of the superior rooms (the better value rooms were all booked) which we feel are overpriced compared to the general price/quality range that is usually found in Nepal.
The breakfast bill comes on top of the room price and does not reflect the value of such a bland meal.
The taxi that the hotel had organised charged us double the usual fare to the airport. The staff new this but ignored it.
The dump site next to the Kantipur Temple House should be removed as this does not add to the experience of arriving at the Hotel.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank takingthehike
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Reviewed October 31, 2011

Stunning Temple like hotel with unique rooms. The hotel cafe serves delicious food and cold beer. The staff is very friendly and know tour companys to help arrange sightseeing. The courtyard is a wonderful place to sit and relax. The hotel is located right in the center of many tourist attractions. We were able to walk to many temples, restaurants, shops, and the Garden of Dreams. The hotel was not good at pointing us in the direction of restaurants as the staff had not heard of many places so the free internet came in handy for locating places to eat.

The only negative was that they recommended that we go to a dinner and show owned by the hotel but at a different location. The food was not very good, the show was not that entertaining, and the price was very high.

Room Tip: Request a lower floor if you do not like taking the stairs.
  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with friends
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Thank Reese M
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Address: Chusyabahal, Jyatha Tol | Thamel, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
Location: Nepal > Central Region > Bagmati Zone > Kathmandu Valley > Kathmandu
Amenities:
Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
#10 Romantic Hotel in Kathmandu
#20 Family Hotel in Kathmandu
#24 Business Hotel in Kathmandu
Price Range: $51 - $125 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Kantipur Temple House 3*
Number of rooms: 40
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