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Gokarna Forest Resort
Ranked #26 of 210 Hotels in Kathmandu
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 4, 2014

This is a very peaceful, quiet place to stay in a very noisy, crowded Katmandu. In the mornings and evenings, there are spotted deer grazing on the lawn outside the rooms. Our room was large and roomy, clean and cheery with a big picture window overlooking the grounds. The bathroom was huge with a big sunken tub. There are monkeys on the grounds that apparently can invade your room if you leave the window open while you're not there and that happened to one of our travel mates but she swore she kept the window closed (the cleaning people were in there and we think they left it open). The simian invasion resulted in some victimized snacks but the hotel was kind enough to overlook the purloined munchies and they didn't charge for the missing food. The grounds are expansive, there's a golf course and even a working shrine with early morning and early evening chanting in the park. The main lobby with a peaceful open air atrium is surrounded by a souvenir store with relatively good prices and quality items. The bar has free Wi-Fi and the dining options are surprisingly good. The Thai restaurant is a short hike away with presentable Thai food. The hunting lodge serves authentic Nepalese cuisine and was tasty and the breakfast with made to order eggs was quite impressive given the locale and the circumstances. One thing that was surprising was that another guest was riding in a car on the long driveway to the hotel and spotted two jaguars crossing the road! Even if you don't get lucky with wildlife spotting, the hotel was a real bright spot on our trip to India and Nepal.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 27, 2014

I just finished a one to one 2 minute feedback interview with Lasta from reception. I felt that my opinion was actually listened to because I am always convinced that those written notes I usually make in other places are lost in the filing system. The staff are amazingly caring and very professional. Lasta from reception and Sabine from the terrace restaurant really made my stay comfortable, relaxing and I felt that I had the time to just let my hair down. A few kms out of the hussle of Kathmandu city Gokarna offers a peaceful setting with relaxing spa, golf club and beautiful gardens. The monkeys add value to the natural setting and you are warned by all staff to enjoy their presence but to be careful. We invaded their space and they are keen on joining us in our lifestyle. I just finished a conference and added 2 days on to travel the bits of Kathmandu that I have time for. Well try the hopper flight to get you close to Everest and then don't miss the Thamel market and many temples. Its easy to get from Gokarna to the city to do these many things. And remember, even though they say prices are fixed in the market BARGAIN. Start by being ridiculous by offering 30% of the quoted price. you will eventually pay 50% and that is still a good profit for the seller. ENJOY

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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled on business
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Reviewed February 27, 2014

I spent four nights over two stays at the Gokarna Forest resort as part of a group tour. I stayed in two different rooms, and both were excellent. The resort is an oasis in this somewhat chaotic city. Breakfasts and dinners were very good. Free Wi-Fi is available in the bar area. The design and layout of the building and grounds are very nice. Resort staff were very friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 24, 2014

We stayed there for a weekend, two couples and one infant. The location is really nice, immersed in lush green and mature forest, perfect for walks. There is also the golf course for those into the sport. Overall the experience was nice thanks to the location, room quality and very friendly and competent front desk staff. Our downside is that the two restaurants have much way to go to be at any level of quality service especially when considering the premium they charge.
We ate at the club restaurant and it took more than 45 minutes for 3 simple tuna baguettes and one paneer. Mind you, there were at most 3 tables so this is not because of coming at a busy time. We then had dinner at the main restaurant and here it was really bad, the food was tasteless, hygiene left much to be desired and the service was extremely slow and poor. A normal meal for 4 set us back over 11,000 NPR, which is a steal in any restaurant in Kathmandu.
On the positive side, when i reported the dissatisfaction to the front desk, they were very engaged, took notes while being apologetic and promising to take the issue up with management.
All in all, the place is great but they must really address the restaurant aspect as it is otherwise a shame for such a nice place as the price/quality ratio is simply not there.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 19, 2014

This was the nicest place we stayed during a recent trip to Nepal and Bhutan. the rooms are very large and well equipped and there is a nice spa and indoor pool. The restaurants and bar are very good with a meal at the Hunters lode a special treat. The breakfast buffet was also very good and varied each day. My wife enjoyed a massage at the spa while I got to try out the golf course which was very nice and it was fun to see all the monkeys on the course. The hotel is removes from the heat of the city but our tour company use a bus to get us to all the right sights.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 31, 2014

We really enjoyed our stay at the resort. The rooms were huge, very clean and nicely decorated. There are monkeys all over the place trying to steal anything they can get their hands on. There are several food options at the resort and they are all very good. The one thing that I would "complain" about is the fact that it was very cold in the common areas, if you plan on dining outside, ask for the heating lamps as they are not offered voluntarily and we did not know that we have that option until the last day. The staff is very very friendly and are eager to help you with anything you may need.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 15, 2014

I was there for one day conference in Kasturi Hall which was very delightful. The view from the Hall was amazing.The location of the resort is very charming. The hospitality of the resort is very good. People are very helpful and friendly. We didn't played the golf but we enjoyed watching others playing. At last, the internet service was quiet impressive though the resort is very far from the valley. We enjoyed a lot and planning to spend a night with my friends.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled on business
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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
#5 Romantic Hotel in Kathmandu
#5 Luxury Hotel in Kathmandu
#6 Spa Hotel in Kathmandu
#6 Business Hotel in Kathmandu
#7 Family Hotel in Kathmandu
Price Range: $96 - $553 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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Gokarna Forest Hotel Kathmandu
Kathmandu Le Meridien
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