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“Excellent service and good food with some calm”

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Shambaling Boutique Hotel
Ranked #5 of 210 Hotels in Kathmandu
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 17, 2013

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.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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JIgme Phuntsok C, General Manager at Shambaling Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 22, 2013

Thank you for taking time to write such beautiful review with details. I am very happy that you specially enjoyed your dinner and massage at Shambaling. As mentioned in your review, regaring the nice aroma of the the shampoo, our shampoo, hand soaps and bath soaps are all organic herbal hand made products from Nepal.
The room you had stayed is our monastery facing Deluxe room, they are very spacious with a seperate living area. These rooms have touch of Tibetan home feel. Our location is slightly out of the main city but as you said, I have also had many other guest say that they like to be back home (Shambaling) in the evening and enjoy the peaceful ambiance and dinner at Shambaling. Boudhanath, one of the world heritage site is only about 7 minutes walk from Shambaling to explore the local culture.
Thank you once again for your detailed review.
It was a pleasure to have both of you here at Shambaling.We hope to welcome you at Shambaling in near future.
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Jigme Phuntsok Chodon / Mrs.
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Reviewed October 16, 2013

This trip to Kathmandu was our first time ever to Nepal. For us first impression is the beginning of everything, and Shambaling gave us a very good start of it all and great impression that we wanted for. Well located in the calm are at the outskirt of Kathmandu, just a walking distance from Boudanath Stupa.

Beautifully furnished, clean and spacious room, nice little garden, great food, amazing services, and most of all, great staff!! All staff are extremely friendly and helpful and they all are very sincere with their friendliness. They were one of the reason who makes us think that we should come back and experience more of Nepal!

I can't express more of our great experience in Shambaling but one thing for sure, whenever we are travelling back in Kathmandu, we will definitely stay again in this hotel.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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JIgme Phuntsok C, General Manager at Shambaling Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 21, 2013

Thank you for taking time to write your wonderful review. Honestly, it was a pleasure to have your family at Shambaling. Thank you for being such wondeful guest. The entire Shambaling family is very happy to learn that you had "Great Experience" during your stay with us. We look forward to welcome you at Shambaling again with lots of sun.
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

This hotel is an oasis of calm situated on the outskirts of chaotic Kathmandu. Only a short taxi ride to the centre of town, Shambaling has it all - beautifully furnished rooms with newly renovated bathrooms (including a ceiling mounted showerhead), a peaceful courtyard garden, fantastic food (great fruit salad and Thali) and exceptional service.

Shambaling is also only a short walk to Boudhanath - one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Kathmandu – and a personal highlight of my trip to Nepal.

I will definitely be staying at Shambaling Hotel when I next travel to Kathmandu.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled solo
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JIgme Phuntsok C, General Manager at Shambaling Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 16, 2013

Dear Sulikowski,

Thank you for your beautiful review. It was a pleasure to have you at Shambaling and was very nice meeting you personally. It is very importent for all of us at Shambaling that our guest enjoy their stay with us and take home beautiful memories of Shambaling.
We are all very happy to know that you truely enjoyed your stay with us and we look forward to welcome you at Shambaling in near future.
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Reviewed October 8, 2013

The best place to relax. Dinner in the garden is a great experience, the bedrooms are very original, clean and confortable. Good place to take a rest for some days, the breakfast is nice and it is really close to Boudha Temple. Wonderful staff!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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JIgme Phuntsok C, General Manager at Shambaling Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 10, 2013

Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We are always trying to make each and every guests stay special and we are happy that you experienced the hospitality of our staff. We all look forward to having you at the Shambaling in the neat future.

Best wishes from Shambaling family.

Warm Regards,
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Reviewed October 7, 2013

Are you looking for a quiet and peaceful retreat in Kathmandu? Then the Shambaling Hotel is the perfect place to go! It is a real pleasure to stay there. It is well-located on the outskirts of the noisy and immensly polluted city. Still, the impressive Boudha Stupa is in walking distance. The rooms are spacious, comfortable and very clean with good facilities. The restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. Meals are delicious and can be eaten outside in a lovely garden. But what is a hotel without staff? ALL people working at the Shambaling are extremly friendly and very helpful. When we spontanously decided to go to Pokhara for one night, they booked and even pre-paid the flights and rooms for us. Amazing service! In the restaurant during busy times they apologised for the slower service, which was no problem at all. During quiet times they always asked about our day-tours and were willing to give advice. A big THANK YOU to all the staff, you made our stay unforgettable!

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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JIgme Phuntsok C, General Manager at Shambaling Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 10, 2013

Dear Mrs. Sabina F.,
Thank you very much for your wonderful review and your appreciation. It was really a pleasure to have you and your family here at Shambaling. We are always trying to make each and every guests stay special and we are very happy that you experienced the hospitality of our staff and enjoyed your stay with us. Appreciation from our guest is what motivates us to always be at our best.

I will convey your appreciation to all my staffs and we all look forward to having you and your family at the Shambaling in the near future.

Best wishes from the entire Shambaling family!

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Reviewed October 7, 2013

The decor, the attention from the staff, the restaurant, the garden...I mean, Kathmandu is chaos, but this hotel makes it worth visiting...definitely stay here...it is gorgeous!! The location is a bit far from the main plaza, but taxis are cheap and what you gain is peace and perfection...

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled solo
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JIgme Phuntsok C, General Manager at Shambaling Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 13, 2013

Thank you very much for your wonderful review. I am very happy to learn that you throughly enjoyed your stay with us. Like you mentioned, many guest have told me that they look forward to be back at Shambaling end of the day. Our garden is a very peaceful place to enjoy a drink in the evening or to dine. Most of all, we are very happy that you fely our hospitality. Thank you for staying with us we hope to welcome you at Shambaling in future.
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Reviewed September 12, 2013

The Hotel Shambaling is a real paradise. There you will feel very comfortable und just amazing.You can relax and calm down after a hectic day in Kathmandu. The rooms are big and clean. In every floor there is a different style, which makes the hotel very homey. There is as well the Shambaling Restaurant, which offers you excellent food and if the weather is good, you can eat your tasteful food in the garden. The garden is unforgettable, its so quiet, even its in the middle of Kathmandu (noisy city). If you like culture, the hotel shambaling is perfect placed, its only 5-10minute walk from the famous Stupa. Why would i choose The Hotel Shambaling again? Because the Staff and the Owner make it to the best Hotel in Kathmandu. They are very friendly and lovely. They made us feel like at home. Thanky you so much for the lovely stay, i will always remeber the hotel Shambaling, see you soonn.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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JIgme Phuntsok C, General Manager at Shambaling Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded September 13, 2013

Dear Nicole, Thank you for your wonderful review. I am very happy to know that you enjoyed your stay with us. It was very nice meeting you at Shambaling. Hope to see you again soon.
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Address: Near the great Boudha Stupa | Boudha, Kathmandu 1001, Nepal
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Location: Nepal > Central Region > Bagmati Zone > Kathmandu Valley > Kathmandu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites
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Ranked #5 of 210 Hotels in Kathmandu
Price Range: $43 - $89 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Shambaling Boutique Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 30
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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