Road to Tibet, our agent for the Tibet trip arranged this hotel. We are extremely pleased with it.
Location- on a quiet residential Tibetan neighborhood close to the Tibetan Stupa. After the commotion of the city it is very nice to enjoy the quiet of their garden restaurant-bar. Reception- extremely friendly and helpful. The entire staff is very nice and accommodating. I feel like a maharishi with all the kind attention.
Breakfast –was very good. We actually had dinner at the hotel both days as the food was excellent.
Rooms –We had a very nice suite with 2 beds in one room and a small living room. Adjacent a closet space with the refrigerator.
Bed –Comfortable a bit on the firm side with very nice linen and comfortable pillows.
Wi-Fi- Free but only in the garden and lobby.
TV-On request with a couple of news English channels.
Room for bags. Large enough for our 2 large bags.
Tea Kettle with complimentary coffee and tea
Bathroom- Very nice modern bathroom with rain shower and good shower pressure.
Cloths line-No clothes line but laundry service was very reasonable.
No air conditioning only a fan.
No safety bar in bathroom. there is a big step into the shower but not as high as a bathtub.
Towels-Nice big thick towels.
Amenities –Shampoo that smelled really good, face and body soap, shower cap and some q-tips.
Two large bottles of complementary water.
Hair dryer- Yes
Parking –Yes, but you have to be crazy to drive in Nepal. Driver service is very inexpensive. We paid $50 US for a driver all day 9Am to about 4PM arranged by the hotel. We gave the driver a $5.00 Tip.
We also had the massage for $30 US and a facial also $30 US. By the time I got the facial I could hear myself snoring. The trip from Tibet to cross the border into Nepal is a big hassle and then the trip into Katmandu was very rough. The roads are almost none existent for large stretches.
It was nice to find some calm.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Close to one of the holiest Buddhist stupas and adjacent to a Buddhist monastery, Shambaling is nestled in the heart of Kathmandu’s Tibetan community in Boudhanath. A 10-minute walk from Boudhanath Stupa, through the narrow brick-paved lanes, Shambaling, meaning paradise garden, opens its door to the comforts of true Tibetan culture fused with high end Swiss hospitality. Spread in 35,000 square feet, your address will be a renovated early 70th Tibetan-style house. You have the luxury of choosing from the 28 meticulously designed suits deluxe and standard rooms based on the concept of Kalachakra. Shambaling exquisitely welcomes you to experience a true Tibetan home stay coupled with genuine Swiss hospitality. One of Boudha’s first guesthouses used by pilgrims from Tibet, the property dates back to early 1970's. Approximately 20 minutes from the international and domestic airport, the hotel is quietly tucked away from the busy streets and fairly close to the peaceful realms of Buddhist heritage sites. Two years in the making, the once old building now houses Shambaling, where old traditions meet modern amenities. While elegantly designed modern rooms and suites mirrors Tibetan aesthetics, every floor represents the Kalachakra elements of Earth, Fire, Water and Sky. Each room’s ceiling colour complements the custom-made curtains and cushion covers. The exclusively imported linen adds novelty to your private space. Shambaling also opens up its lush green garden, perfect for an outdoor meeting or a relaxation under the Peepal tree while gazing at the colourful prayer flags. If you are in search of some soul-searching, the meditation room might come to your rescue. Rooms and SuitesWith meticulous design and an eagle-eye detail, each of the hotel’s four floors represents the elements of Earth, Fire, Water and Sky. While white ceilings combined with white curtains and linen gives you the impression of being under a cloudy sky on the first floor, you transcend to the second floor to experience the warmth of red fire. As you climb further, the rooms welcome you with the exquisiteness of blue water on the third level and yellow hue representing earth on the fourth floor. You can choose between Shambaling standard rooms, the monastery-facing or the garden-facing deluxe rooms, or one of the exclusive suites, all equipped to ensure your comfort, luxury and privacy. All rooms while retaining a taste of authentic Tibetan aesthetic are equipped with modern facilities, including suave bathroom, spacious closet and a mini bar. Whether you are in the mood for fine dining or a casual lunch, Shambaling offers you appetizing delicacies for your gastronomic delight.The Lungta Restaurant is a multi-cuisine fine dining restaurant with a menu that caters eastern and western culinary. With an open-counter kitchen, wooden floor and fine cutlery, the restaurant gives you an invigorating dining experience. Shambaling also serves savories in its outdoor facility known as The Lingka, the Garden Restaurant. Overlooking the lush green garden space, you can dine beneath the prayer flags while gazing at the hotel’s magnificent Tibetan-style architecture. If you want to fulfill your dose of caffeine, our coffee machine La Cimbali serves the world-known Illy coffee. A wide selection of wines and single malt whiskey chosen by the owners awaits you at the Cave Bar. ... more less
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