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Nirvana Garden Hotel
Ranked #114 of 202 Hotels in Kathmandu
Seattle, WA
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“Good Stay for the price, excellent location”
Reviewed December 2, 2012

The Nirvana Garden hotel is centrally located in the Thamel district in Kathmandu. This is super close to great shopping and across the street from The Everest Steak House. The hotel offers free wifi but it doesn't always reaches the rooms in the upper level. In house laundry is very affordable and convenient and breakfast was included in our package. The rooms are a bit tiny, but that's very common in Kat. The only downside was the bathrooms. This is not a fancy hotel, just remember that. We did have hot water in our room, so I guess we were lucky!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 1, 2012

Staff is very nice and accommodating, rooms are basic and comfortable and the breakfast buffet is quite tasty. I thought it would be a 24 hour hot water establishment though given the price and it wasn't. Very disappointed about that. I had 4 showers and 2 of them were cold :(

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed November 7, 2012

Kathmandu's best hidden secret garden. My third trip to Thamel and the Nirvana Garden Hotel. Staff are so accommodating and helpful. Try and book a room in the back unit on the front with a balcony overlooking the lovely garden and outdoor seating area. The beds could do with an upgrade as some are super soft or rock hard but this is a small hiccup given the wonderful setting, remarkable staff and delicious restaurant food. You can leave your luggage in storage and they have safety deposit boxes free of charge as well. I wouldn't stay anywhere else when I visit Kathmandu, make it your little piece of paradise.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Gothenburg, Sweden
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed October 30, 2012

We stayed here a couple of nights after coming down the Friendship Highway from Lhasa. Compared with some establishments in Tibet this place was luxurious with a very nice garden where you could have a meal or a beer. The hotel is located right in the Thamel area. Our room, in the annex building facing the garden, was OK, clean and with a balcony. No AC but this was not needed at this time of the year (October). AC is available in rooms in the main building. No elevator in this hotel! The breakfast was OK but as usual it seems very difficult to keep it topped up. Did not use the restaurant for other meals but there are plenty of restaurants in the area. Next door there is a building site and and a school that was very noisy during day time. Due to the location at the end of a alley there is little noise from traffic and barking dogs at night. Beware of using credit card to settle your account, the surcharge is 4%.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed October 26, 2012

We stayed here for 2 nights before starting our everest base camp trek. This is a two star hotel so we didn't exect much, esp on our budget! The rooms are ok, basic bathrooms (not like your going to spend that much time in there! if you are than maybe his hotel is not for you :)). The AC did not do much cooling, it just made a lot of noise. The room did have a mini fridge, which wasn't on, and we didn't even try to use it. There was some funny timing thing with the lights in the room. We were told some of the lights in the rooms only came on after a certain time in the evening (not quite sure about the reason behind it, but it didn't bother us). As fas as the breakfast goes, it was ok, good enough to get you going for the day.

In terms of location, it was in a great location, center of the thamel area. Lots of places to eat and shop.

For the price we payed for this hotel, we were happy with it. After our trek we stayed in a 5 star hotel, which cost us 4x more and the staff there don't even know what a smile is, let lone customer service. At least in Nirvana the staff smile and are much more helpful.

O nearly forgot, there is no lift in the hotel. Staff do help with bags. Overall, the hotel is ok for the price, but if they want, maybe do some work on the bathrooms and the matresses :).

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed October 26, 2012

This was an ideal location for me as it was my first time in Kathmandu, the gardens are beautiful, the staff friendly and if you get a room with a balcony overlooking the gardens even better. I started and ended my tour here. Leaving my luggage in storage while away trekking.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 16, 2012

We stayed here before our solo trek to Annapurna Base Camp. The hotel manager is a saint, he helped us with everything we needed before we set off including return flights to Pokhara, orgnised airport pick up and advised of the best places to go to in the city, We had a great room with a balcony over looking the gardens which are great to relax in after a day in Thamel.
Many thanks, this is the only hotel we would consider when we return

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Nirvana Garden Hotel
Address: P.O. Box 5728 | Thamel, Chhetrapati, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
Location: Nepal > Central Region > Bagmati Zone > Kathmandu Valley > Kathmandu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #114 of 202 Hotels in Kathmandu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Nirvana Garden Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nirvana Garden-Hotel is located in a tranquil oasis right in the heart of Thamel: Kathmandu's hub of touristic area, within walking distance of the Royal Palace Museum, the shopping and business district and areas of touristic interest. One step away from the hustle and bustle of Thamel, guests can enjoy the serene comfort of an expansive and lush landscaped garden replete with a rocky waterfall and a profusion of flowers, trees and birds. The hotel is unique, starting from its prime location, a spacious parking area, the ambiance and decor of the lobby and rooms to the Nepalese architecture of the hotel structure. The service is friendly but efficient and polite but personal, catering to all the needs of a discerning guest. The hotel aims to provide international standard accommodation and service with a touch of warm Nepalese hospitality at very affordable prices. ... more   less 
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