Firstly, this hotel was booked as a package tour so I didn't book it directly.
I stayed here twice as I travelled two times into Kathmandu during my trip.
The first time I must admit was horrible and the room was really disappointing. The room I had overlooked another hotel at the back and was utterly charmless and void of any defining character. Just so you know it was based in the new building and if you stay there demand a garden view. The other rooms are just not worth it. I could only get wifi reception from the neighboring hotel? I did ask to change room on several occasions but everything was constantly booked even though I saw people just come and go.
The dining experience was also a bit hit and miss. Breakfast is basic - food is warm and available. My evening meal was tedious. The actual food was ok but the service was dire. I waited 40 minutes for my meal and I was the only one in the restaurant. It's was nice when it arrived but I really didn't think it would take that long. The boys who served me also looked a bit lost and had to ask me my order twice. They were young though.
This place is fantastic if you've been a week trekking sleeping in tents. It will feel like nirvana with hot water being the blessing. This hotel is basically the hotel you go to when you go on your first adventure holiday without your folks and you think it's the best. Add 10 years - them it's just not.
The second time I stayed here was a LOT better as I actually asked for a garden view. The room was smaller but the view made up for it. The garden is sweet and quiet and away from the busy street which is a huge saving grave for this place.
If I could give one recommendation - the staff should maybe smile more. They look a bit sad in my opinion like they are watching an endless conveyor belt of tourists - which they are but isn't that what hotels are for? I actually found the lady behind the counter sleeping during the day visible from the counter. No apology or surprise on her behalf so I guess it's common practice.
Location is a major plus here. Located in the heart of Thamel, you can get to all the shops within a few minutes walk. This is fantastic and you can explore this part of Kathmandu knowing you are close to the hotel.
This place is cheap and slightly cheerful but nice and quiet but there is a massive building site going on when I was there.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Nirvana Garden Kathmandu