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Gokarna Forest Resort
Ranked #27 of 198 Hotels in Kathmandu
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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“Peaceful”
Reviewed October 12, 2013

Beautiful grounds including a golf course. The gardens were well maintained and they even had a few rabbits hopping around. Very peaceful. The air was clean and fresh. The rooms were spacious and the deco was good. Free yoga class was the best one hour we spent. The staff are so courteous. The shop at the hotel had such lovely things including some of the prettiest semi-precious jewelry. Breakfast was basic. The bar was very cosy.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 11, 2013

My wife and I spend this year’s Chinese National Holiday week (1st October week) in Kathmandu. After spending three nights in town in a “junior suite” at the Hyatt, we stayed four nights at the Gokarna Forest Resort and were totally impressed; its incredibly friendly staff and great surroundings left a lasting impression on us.
Impressed not just by the outstanding all-round service, or the great room that we had (tower-suite 421), but especially with the way all staff at the hotel responded to the little things: any issues were immediately and without hesitation attended to and fixed on the spot and with a smile, the service desk and reception staff went out of their way and beyond the call of duty to help us with any enquiry and request, and the in-house restaurant, despite some negative online reviews, not only served us again and again with excellent Indian/Nepalese food, but the restaurant staff were an absolute pleasure to have around, highly attentive and yet never intrusive.
The buffet-style menu, while unsurprisingly not on a Hyatt level, was very good and offered abundant choices, and the staff even offered to bring all of our many choices up to our room (fourth floor!) just so that my wife could enjoy a breakfast in bed! Wow!
The adjacent bar is a nice little affair, with great service, a good selection of alcoholic poison and a some very tasty snacks to go with.
The hotel has just added a brand-new and very large and airy bar with oodles of space and comfort, and a plethora of drinks and mixes to satisfy just about anyone’s particular drink requirements.
There’s also a Thai/Chinese restaurant a little way into the parklands, but we never ate there (we live in China, so couldn’t see the point). But on the night we checked out that restaurant, it was empty except for one lonely couple, and the staff had all doors and windows opened presumable to welcome the mossies and such …
My wife especially loved the spa and really enjoyed her daily Ayurveda massage. The Wi-Fi, whilst not the fastest in the world, was usually sufficient for my daily needs (primarily email / checking back with the office), and was included in our room package. BTW, the Wi-Fi in the bar/restaurant area is free and sufficiently fast most of the time.
The hotel also has an indoor swimming pool which we, unfortunately, never used (too lazy, I guess). But it looks great and certainly seems to be as clean as any other.
The parklands surrounding the hotel are the real extravaganza here, and offer a highly welcomed retreat with abundant peace and tranquillity from the all too overpowering dust, smog and general air and noise pollution good ol’ Kathmandu is offering in spates these days (thanks in parts to the horrendous road constructions that are now, and for the foreseeable future, clogging up most if not all streets in and around this ancient city).
I’m totally useless if it comes to golf, so I shall refrain from commenting about that side of the resort, but I understand that this is one of its major aspects. The day before we left a large tournament got underway, but we didn’t even know about it until one of the managers told us of it – that’s how sprawling this resort is.
I should mention, also, the monkeys and deer: There are plenty of the former around, and all windows have warning signs not to feed the little blighters. Apparently, if one happens to leave a window or balcony door open, they will not hesitate to sneak in and make their way straight for the minibar to raid it of everything that tickles there fancy as they are rather adapt at opening the minibar doors! As for the deer, one can see them early mornings grazing in the hotel grounds, and apparently some are rather tame.
And yes, getting to and from town is a bit of a drag and can be off-putting if you want to spend most of your time in KTM, but for us that was a small price to pay. Besides, the reception staff are very helpful to arrange for outside taxis if one doesn’t want to make use of the hotel’s car/driver.
All in all, given today’s high prices of Kathmandu’s mid-range and upper range hotels, this place is very good value for money. My wife and I had a fantastic time at the Gokarna Forest Resort, and are sure to spend time there again if ever we come back to Kathmandu.

A side note on the price aspect: Compared to China, Kathmandu’s mid-range and upper range hotels tend to charge like the proverbial wounded bull - and all too often without offering the service one expects from four and five star hotels. In most major Chinese cities and tourist hot-spots I can get a room in a five-star hotel for close to half the price I’d be paying for a four or five star hotel in Kathmandu – and get far better service and amenities most of the time. What really annoyed me this time around in Kathmandu, however, is the arrogant attitude by a lot of service staff we encountered in some of the valley’s better (according to the Lonely Planet) restaurant and five-star hotels!
It’s a real shame, as this reflects badly on the normally so pleasant attitude of the more down-to-earth Nepalese people! I’m Australian and have a bit of a thick skin, but my wife is Chinese, and she was certainly less than impressed with some service staff we met in downtown Kathmandu!

Room Tip: Try one of the two "tower-suits"; great views and very quiet. #421 is the better of the tw...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 7, 2013 via mobile

We stayed 6 nights in 2 rooms
First in the check in we needed to find good room for us like a 2 hours take they stuff to find good room that we ask
The rooms that we find after 2 hours they was very clean and big after this the cost of the taxis from the hotel very high and the food we needed to ask to refill in the breakfast . Lasta the manager was very nice and helpful this is the only person that help us in pro way I really thank her for that and the hotel is very high prices for all
Thank you we enjoy very much but the manegment need to do home work on the prices

Stayed October 2013
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Reviewed October 6, 2013

Great staff, especially manager Lasta. Comfortable rooms and good restaurant with Chinese food. 15 minutes from International airport and 15 minutes to Bodnaht Stupa.Children were exited to see deers and monkeys. Surprised by the quantity of soldiers within the hotel territory. Will stay next time at Gokarna.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 5, 2013

I stayed here at the end of a trip to relax in a bit of luxury before heading home. The room was OK but full if Mosquitos, which is not a good start, although cant blame this in the hotel itself, but I would expect some more attention when leaving doors and windows open. I went to use the Spa and the showers were broken, the towels were dirty and smelt of mould and the dressing gowns had no belt and also smelt of mould. I cancelled the Spa appointment thinking I could take a bath in the room, however there wasn't enough hot water for the bath!! At dinner, I tried to use the free Wifi - ONLY AVAILABLE IN PUBLIC AREAS, not in the room, but unfortunately it wouldn't work for longer than 5 minutes....when I told the staff about this their reply was that I would have to pay for the other Wifi that didn't have connection problems....the front desk staff were very helpful, but I won't be staying here again.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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Melle , Belgium
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Reviewed October 4, 2013

This hotel is a welcome relaxing place in the busy and noisy city like Kathmandu. Its a bit outside of the city on a hill in a forest. Negative is the way to the hotel takes some time, positive is that you stay in a very calm environment. Another point to keep in mind are the apes staying in the woods, they are always searching for easy food, but if you respect some basic rules this must not be a problem. We used this hotel as a kind of base camp for trips to Bhutan and Tibet and could leave extra luggage in the hotel we not needed during those trips. The personnel is extremely friendly and that on all levels. The rooms are clean and big. Breakfast as well as dinner are in buffet style but there are choices enough so that everybody can find his cup of tea. If you drink something in the bar you get a free wifi password that you can use for the rest of your stay. Since electricity has frequent breaks avoid to have a room in the area of the back-up diesel.

Room Tip: Since electricity has frequent breaks avoid to have a room in the area of the back-up diesel.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 3, 2013

We were there for 6 nights, and all we have to say are positive things! The staff was super kind, if we had a problem they solve it so fast and with a big smile, what is so grateful if u wanna enjoy ur holidays.
The room was big, with a beautiful design, details like the flowers or the caffe and tea were perfect, so you could enjoy just staying in your room feeling the silence. The atmosphere, with a great forest surrounding all the hotel, gave us a unique experience, you can feel the peace outside the noisy Kathmandu, so we really recommend it if you wanna enjoy the nepali lifestyle and then rest in this beautiful resort.
On the other hand, if u wanna enjoy playing golf or having a spa evening you can too.
We are really grateful for all the days we spent there and all the people who are working there for making our experience so wonderful.
We really would like to come back someday!!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Gokarna Forest Resort
Address: Rajnikunj Gokarna, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal (Formerly Le Meridien )
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Location: Nepal > Central Region > Bagmati Zone > Kathmandu Valley > Kathmandu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Kathmandu
#4 Luxury Hotel in Kathmandu
#5 Romantic Hotel in Kathmandu
#6 Business Hotel in Kathmandu
#7 Spa Hotel in Kathmandu
#7 Family Hotel in Kathmandu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Gokarna Forest Resort 4.5*
Number of rooms: 100
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Gokarna Forest Resort... A tranquil Heaven to quiet Hideaways.Situated within the city limits of Kathmandu, capital of Nepal, Gokarna Forest Resort is located inside the serene temperate Gokarna Forest, the former private Royal hunting grounds of the Kings of Nepal. A winding road climbs leads through the forest up to the main complex, comprising a mix of subtly majestic Malla period architecture, Rana period lodges, and sanctuaries harmoniously blending with nature. Further on exotic Forest View cottage rooms are set beside a century old restored Hunter's lodge. A quiet peaceful haven set between ancient towering trees with glimpses of the second fairway in the valley below make the perfect getaway for a few days of golf, relaxation and rejuvenation at the Spa, enchanting forest walks, and time close to nature. SPA & HEALTH CLUB Amongst majestic trees on the edge of a plateau overlooking Gokarna Forest and the grassed valley below, Harmony Spa combines therapeutic care with a natural environment impossible to recreate elsewhere. Included are a variety of rejuvenating courses, emphasizing Ayurvedic treatments within Ayura, a dedicated Ayurvedic treatment area, the Adam & Eve, and Serenity massage rooms. The Health club encompasses Apsara, the Beauty Treatment center, an indoor temperature controlled swimming pool, luxurious changing rooms each with a Sauna, Steam room, and Jacuzzi. The large well equipped gym, the finest in the country, overlooks the forest through large windows. GOLF COURSE Against the backdrop of the snow capped Himalayas, close to the heart of Kathmandu city, South Asia's finest, and one of the world's most spectacular Golf Resort Courses is stunningly set within 470 acres of the hundreds years old Gokarna Forest Reserve. Designed by David Kidd (Gleneagles Golf Developments of Scotland), the 6,715 yard par 72 course boasts the only Bent Grass Greens in South Asia, making it one of the highlights of the professional tour circuits in the region. The serenity and setting are overwhelming. Deer and monkey wander freely, as will the spirits of all who enter. Truly an enchanting sanctuary. ... more   less 
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