Great location, price, and fanatstic service! I usually stay at large chain hotels in this part of the world, but Royal Penguin had such nice write ups I decided to give it a shot--Glad I did. Not only was the location perfect but the room was large, clean and bright. My girlfriend literally giggled with delight when she saw the room. I was concerned that a "boutique" hotel would not be able to help me plan some side trips--opposite--they really went out of there way to set up 5 days worth of travel around Nepal. They also set up fight to see Everest, a must see. So the free included breakfast is a choice of 4 very nice pre-set meals. Very good. (Only meals i ate there). You can request different stuffed animals as your table guest. The location is right in the heart of action, but quite from street noise. The staff was beyond helpful and charming. Not only did they set up Everest and Monkey temple trip. But I had a few free days, so the awesome manager Kunchhang Lama set us up with a driver and hotel stays in Pokhara, with guide, than on to Chitwan National park, total of 3 nights, what service!! So here is the kicker, we returned to Kathmandu in early afternoon, our flight was not till evening. We went back to Royal Penguin to store our luggage for a few hours and Kunchhang offered us a room for a few hours to shower and change--NO CHARGE--wow. They really know how to treat there guest, even after they check out. Now remember this is a boutique hotel, it does not have a huge grand lobby, it does not have an elevator, and there is a 3% charge if you pay with a credit card (price is so low cash is easy). Gym gets the job done. They are opening a Royal Penguin 2 with an elevator and more amenities, but I was so pleased i would not stay anywhere else. And did I mention the price is really good. Stay here when in Kathmandu!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Well-positioned in Thamel, Aria Boutique Hotel and Spa is the ideal point of departure for your excursions in Kathmandu. Set 0.0 km from the excitement of the city, this 3.5-star hotel commands an excellent location and provides access to the city's biggest attractions. A haven of rest and relaxation, the hotel will offer total renewal just steps away from the city's numerous attractions such as Kathesimbhu Stupa, Kathmandu Guest House Minitheatre, Gandharba Culture and Art Organisation. Aria Boutique Hotel and Spa offers impeccable service and all the essential amenities to invigorate travelers. Top features of the hotel include meeting facilities, laundry service/dry cleaning, tours, restaurant, bar/pub. Step into one of 13 inviting rooms and escape the stresses of the day with a wide range of amenities such as television LCD/plasma screen, separate shower and tub, bathtub, extra long beds (> 2 meters), coffee/tea maker. The hotel offers wonderful recreational facilities such as garden, sauna, fitness center, massage to make your stay truly unforgettable. When you are looking for comfortable and convenient accommodations in Kathmandu, make Aria Boutique Hotel and spa your home away from home. ... more less
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