Encounter is one of the nicest hotels in Thamel. It's hidden from the rush and noise of the Kathmandu craziness. Has a very nice garden, with lots of flowers and big evergreens, a place for butterflies and midafternoon refreshments.
I would strongly recommend Encounter to those who strive for an oasis in a big chaotic life of Kathmandu valley. Good prices, free wi-fi and friendly stuff, along with good food of the garden restaurant will leave you highly satisfied.