We stayed at Ganesh Himal for 2 nights at the end of March and found it as a very welcoming and well located place to explore the centre of Kathmandu.
Although we didn't get a free taxi pick up from the airport due to the late arrival, there was a porter at reception after midnight who checked us in without any delays. The room was quite big, but with outdated furniture and decor, 2 windows, decent size bathroom/toilet and quite comfortable bed. The bedding could have been a little fresher and I hope management of the hotel will take a note of this comment.
Two of the main selling points of this hotel are its location and a peaceful and charming garden with shaded tables and chairs. There is a good choice of reasonably priced food on the menu and you can eat outside in that garden surrounded by flowers, butterflies and singing birds. Just be prepared to wait for your food for a little longer than you have probably got used to, but when it arrives - you won't be disappointed! :-)
Reception staff are very helpful and efficient. We have been given very clear guidance for some major nearby sites and various restaurants, located within minutes walk from the hotel. You can also change cash at reception and their rates match other places we've seen across Nepal.
Although it is dark evenings in most parts of the Nepal due to the electricity shortage, we never felt any danger in Thamel and could easily say it is safe to get to the hotel in the dark on foot.
Taking into consideration the 'value for money' factor, I would say it's a great place to stay for a few nights if you wish to explore the sights of central Kathmandu.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sit back and relax in one of the hotel's 11 guestrooms, all designed with guests' comfort in mind. Every room in the hotel offers guests television, hair dryer, internet access – LAN (complimentary), in house movies. This excellent hotel in Kathmandu also has 24hr room service, restaurant, bar/pub. Guests may make use of the hotel's excellent recreational and leisure facilities including garden. Offering guests quality accommodation since 2009, this hotel combines first-class service and the most modern facilities. To make your reservation at Hotel Backpackers Kathmandu, just enter your travel dates on our secure online booking form and submit. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ganesh Himal Hotel
- Ganesh Himal Kathmandu