Stayed at the Norbu Linka for 4 nights on a last minute booking. Was there with two other colleagues for work and we had scrambled to find a hotel last minute and many of our preferences were all booked. Saw that there was WiFi and hot water and booked online. Finding the place is a bit of a hassle (not many even in Thamel have heard of it) because it's hidden away off the main streets but the hotel is decent. The rooms are cosy and comfortable, there is (at least limited) backup power, the heating is good, and you get hot water... all great for visiting Nepal in winter because it can get nippy in the early mornings and evenings and power outages are frequent. The WiFi was iffy on the other hand and often slow to the point of being non-existent. The staff is friendly and generally helpful. Breakfast was filling although the pancakes we had were really quite awful (which is sad because they were complimentary on our last day) and servers can hover around a bit too much. There is a safe deposit box for valuables at the reception. What would be nice are bathroom slippers or a bathmat so that customers don't end up slipping in the shower and padding across the wooden floors of the room with wet feet. Also, we were annoyed at checkout because the staff at the reception couldn't find our prepaid online bookings and wanted us to pay for 2 out of the 3 rooms. Took about 10 minutes of him scouring his email and us opening up email confirmations on our phones to indicate that we had, in fact, paid already before before he was satisfied and let us leave. All in all, I'd stay here again if we had a last scramble like this time, but would look at other options first.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in central Thamel, Hotel Norbulinka features a mix of modern décor and traditional carvings and artworks. It offers rooms with a private bathroom an on-site restaurant and a free airport pick-up service.Room are air-conditioned and feature a wardrobe and cable TV. A private bathroom includes a shower and free toiletries.Hotel Norbulinka is 3 km from both Central Bus Park Gongabu and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu is 6 km from the hotel.Guests have access to free Wi-Fi in the hotel’s common areas. A safety deposit box is available at the 24-hour reception. A currency exchange and tour desk is conveniently located at the hotel, which also provides laundry and dry cleaning services at an extra cost.Restaurant serves a variety of cuisines including Nepalese, Tibetan and Indian. Jasmine Bar offers a wide selection of drinks. ... more less
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