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Shambaling Boutique Hotel
Ranked #3 of 209 Hotels in Kathmandu
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 1, 2014

This hotel is not just nice, the staff is wonderful and helpful. You don´t have to worry if you get sick for example, you are not alone!
The only objection I may have is that it is expensive in the restaurant.
Moreover, I have stayed at Shambaling three times and I promise I will come back!

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with friends
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Jigme Phuntsok C, General Manager at Shambaling Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded September 29, 2014

Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking time to write your positive feed back. We are delighted to know that you enjoyed your stay with us one more time. It was our pleasure to welcome you back at Shambaling.
I have noted your comment on the food pricing, our focus is more on serving hygiene and quality food which may be the reason for slight price difference from local restaurants. However, we appreciate your honest feed back and therefore have added more selection in our menu with different price range.
We look forward to welcoming you at Shambaling in future.

Warm Regards,
Jigme Phuntsok Chodon / Mrs.
GM

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Reviewed August 21, 2014

On the first day we were welcomed in Nepalese style by the (female) hotel manager with white scarf & drink. The personnel is very friendly and gives excellent service. Very nice rooms with good comfort, very quiet environment in nice garden although the hotel is located near the Great Boudha Stoupa (walking distance). Food is very fresh, the cook has his own herbs in the garden. Address to remember!

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  • Stayed: August 2014, traveled with family
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Jigme Phuntsok C, General Manager at Shambaling Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded August 23, 2014

Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking time to write your wonderful review. We are all very happy to know that you enjoyed your stay with us and liked our restaurant very much as well. It was our pleasure to have you and the entire group at Shambaling.
We look forward to welcoming you at Shambaling in future.

Warm regards,
Jigme Phuntosk Chodon / Mrs.
General Manager

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Reviewed August 19, 2014

I had not given my stay arrangements much of a thought when I went to Kathmandu this time. It was for work, pure work, so unlike the other times when I had always combined it with some 'Nepal' time. What I had assumed would just be a place to stay in the crowded Boudha turned out to be something completely different - very nicely and authentically done up, with attention even to the minute detail right from furniture to tapestry to the singling bowl placed in the room to the very ethnic appearing key-ring and the yummy Tibetan snack I no longer remember the name of but came home with a bagful of.
It's not a huge place, but the rooms are good sized, the green patch of lawn and the colourful flags soothing. Breakfast on the lawns was always an experience to cherish, the friendly yet unobtrusive service a bonus. As a vegetarian I found the spread somewhat limited but adequate. The place exuded a kind of detached warmth - I loved it.
A highlight was the proximity to the Boudha Stupa - and the thoughtfulness of the Shambaling team to give a tiny roadmap to it.
All in all, a place I can go to again and again.

Room Tip: I stayed in a garden-view room - that's what I talk about in my review. The other possibility I...
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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled on business
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Jigme Phuntsok C, General Manager at Shambaling Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded August 23, 2014

Dear Ms. Aditi G,

Thank you very much for your positive feedback. We are delighted to know that you enjoyed your stay with us. It was our pleasure to have you with us last spring. We appreciate your detailed review.

We look forward to welcome you at Shambaling in near future.

Warm regards,
Jigme Phuntsok Chodon / Mrs.
General Manager

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Reviewed August 3, 2014 via mobile

This newly renovated hotel is a travellers' delight. It is situated away from the busy Kathmandu streets but only a couple of minutes from the heart of Thamel. The service is excellent with everyone from the cleaning staff to the owner brightening your day with a happy "Namaste". The restaurant staff are very competent and provide lovely fresh meals from an extensive menu. It is easy to relax here and the friendly atmosphere encourages interaction between the visitors and the staff. The decor is bright and the rooms are clean and well-furnished. We will certainly return to the shambling Boutique Hotel when next in Kathmandu.

Stayed: August 2014, traveled as a couple
Thank Mohammed B
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S0nam_Sherpa, General Manager at Shambaling Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded August 15, 2014

Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for taking time to write your positive feed back. It was our pleasure to have you and your wife at Shambaling. We are delighted to learn that you enjoyed your stay with us and felt at home and relaxed.
We look forward to welcome you at Shambaling in future.

Warm regards,
Jigme Phuntsok Chodon / Mrs.
General Manager

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Reviewed July 30, 2014

stayed here for 2 nights - a couple in our late 30's with our 4 year old son. The place is beautiful and the staff genuine and friendly without being too pushy or intrusive. Had dinner at the restaurant 2 nights - very very nice. Highly recommend this place for people with young children who want to have a break from the craziness of Thamel. Very close to the Stupa via lovely paved streets and walkways. Thank you Shambaling for looking after us.

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  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled with family
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Jigme Phuntsok C, General Manager at Shambaling Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded August 1, 2014

Dear Guest,

It was indeed our pleasure to have your family at Shambaling. I am delighted to know that you enjoyed your stay with us and felt well taken care of. Thank you very much for the special line on our restaurant, i am glad you and your family enjoyed your dinner at our Lungata restaurant.

We look forward to welcome you at Shambaling in future.

Warm regards,
Jigme Phuntsok Chodon / Mrs.
Genearl Manager

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Reviewed July 9, 2014

Tourism in Nepal is very much a developing industry. A boutique hotel in Kathmandu won't be anything like a boutique hotel in say, Bangkok or Delhi. However, what the Nepalis lack in swagger, they make up for in friendliness and spirit. The Shambaling is a simple hotel run well by friendly attentive staff.

I've stayed in the Shambaling hotel three times over the past 18 months, which is really saying something. Because I'm a fussy git.

The rooms are clean and well designed, the decor is easy on the eye, and there's a general warmth about the place. The restaurant has a pretty decent menu and if you get tired of that, there's plenty of suitable eateries close by.

Running a hotel in Kathmandu is no easy task. There's a lot of things to battle against. Power cuts, noise, traffic, and general lack of civic amenities to name a few. But the Shambaling manages to carve out a slice of calm amidst the chaos of the city. And for that, they should be applauded.

Areas for improvement would be, stronger WiFi, better lighting in some of the rooms, and pet dog would be nice.

Room Tip: Ask for a room looking into the garden.
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  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled on business
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3  Thank Sheridan F
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Jigme Phuntsok C, General Manager at Shambaling Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded July 23, 2014

Dear Guest,

It was indeed our pleasure to have you back at Shambaling. Thank you very much for taking time to write your feedback. We are delighted to know that you enjoyed your stay with us and felt at home.

We look forward to welcome you at Shambaling in furture.

Warm regards,

Jigme Phuntsok Chodon / Mrs.
General Manager

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Reviewed July 3, 2014

This hotel is in a very quiet location. One can walk 10 minutes to visit the big Boudhanath stuppa.
The hotel was empty and we were the only guests. They asked if we wanted to dine in and staff stayed to serve us. All the meals and drinks were all good. The staff in resto is very friendly. The restaurant is set in the garden. Nice/romantic. Sometimes outsiders come to dine here.
They picked us with a luxurious car from the airport to avoid hassles with taxi drivers; it was pricey. However if jetlagged this is the best solution.
The room was exactly as shown on their website. Nice furniture. Working shower and AC. during the night when there was a power cut they switch on the generator.
Beds are hard, but I travel with a lightweight inflatable mattress, (exped synmat) so that did not worry me.
This hotel is 15 minutes driving away from Thamel. Their street is under construction and very bumpy/muddy. Apart from the stuppa one always needs a taxi. They will happily call their taxi driver who is honest with his prices, but drives very slowly. Trip to Thamel 300 Ruppees. Take their business card to show to drivers on your return trip.

We did visit the Boudhanath stuppa toward 18 hrs. The narrow street leading towards this square was very vibrant. A mass of people were all circling around this stuppa. Very impressive. No entrance fee. Had drinks on one of the rooftop terraces. After 19 hrs. the whole area gets very quiet.
Later we revisited during the morning, but it was very quiet AND we had to pay an entrance fee.

If jetlagged this a good and quiet hotel to spend a few days.
I write also about hotel Manaslu next to Thamel, hotel Lakefront in Pokhara, Neeru guesthouse in Marpha and hotel Bob Marley in Muktinath (Mustang area).

Room Tip: Garden facing.
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  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled with friends
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Jigme Phuntsok C, General Manager at Shambaling Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded July 23, 2014

Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for taking time to write about your experience at Shambaling. We are very happy to learn that you enjoyed your stay with us.

We look forward to welcome you at Shambaling in future.

Warm regards,
Jigme Phuntso Chodon / Mrs.
General Manager

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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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 209 Hotels in Kathmandu
Price Range: $45 - $84 (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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