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Hotel Meera
Ranked #86 of 105 Hotels in Pokhara
Santa Rosa, Philippines
Level 6 Contributor
118 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Lovely place to stay”
Reviewed July 30, 2008

After 4 days stay in Kathmandu, my friends and I travelled to Pokhara by bus. It is a 6 hour drive with panoramic view along the way. This hotel was recommended and arranged for by a Nepalese pastor/trekking guide who was with me. Double room rates were only $25/day (low season rates) and we booked two rooms on the 2nd floor. I was informed that the hotel is owned by a Nepali who is a retired officer of the British Army

It is very well located near Phewa lake, along the tourist strip, allowing the traveller very easy access to restaurants, supermarket, money exhange, international ATM, sourvenir shops, massage and spa, pharmacy etc. The Kangaroo restaurant is a good place to eat with nights of cultural presentation and very friendly waiters. From the hotel, you can easily get taxis to take you to Sarangkot (mountaintop viewing deck for the Annapurna range), Devi's Fall and of course, Phewa Lake.

We arrived there at about 2:30 p.m. and after a long bus ride, I was hungry and ordered food from their restaurant. The atmosphere was cozy and relatively cool (open air section) although there was no electricity at that time of the day. Ordered carbonara spaghetti which was a bit oily (but when you're hungry, who can complain! :-) As a practice, I rarely eat in the hotels that I stay so I can sample a variety of food from different restaurants.

The rooms are clean and very basic with a good touch of Nepali interior. I am very particular with toilets and I was satisfied with the cleanliness and the good condition of the facilities. Pokhara does have a water shortage but the hotel's water supply was sufficient. I have included photos of the room. Keep your screen closed at all times to prevent bugs and mosquitos from entering your room at any time of the day. Being near the lake, do expect a lot of curious insects attracted by your room light in the night. Beds have a 3" mattress on wood which was good for my back and enough blanket and comforter for those who might want their airconditioning in full.

The staff were friendly, perhaps very shy most of the time, but they would readily respond as soon as you start a conversation. Remember to generously tip your cleaning lady (you may ask the reception to identify her) because she does her work well.

They accept major credit cards and just at the corner of the hotel is an ATM where you can withdraw crisp Nepali bills from your account in your home country - that's a big plus!

There were some noises (dogs barking, car horn, a loud conversation of a couple passing by) during the early morning hours) but it didn't bother me that much since it is something that I have expected. The first morning was beautiful with slight drizzle and viewing what seems to be a large flock of large white birds flying from the lake to the mountain. We were a bit disappointed though because low clouds obscured the Annapurna mountain range. We were luckier the next day. For anyone interested on kayaking on the lake, you can rent from a travel agency just below the massage & spa across the hotel

At the end, I strongly recommend this hotel to everyone who may get a chance to visit Pokhara any time of the year. I would surely stay in this hotel on my next visit.

  • Stayed June 2008, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 26, 2008

The Meera Hotel is a simple modest place. We stayed in the East Wing which is newer, and quieter. Even still it would be considered low end by most western standards. For instance, the beds are Nepalese style single thin mattress on a cot like spring meaning there is considerable sag; the TV has a 12 inch screen; the phone has a 18 inch headset cord; the bath area is a simple sink with exposed plumbing and no vanity; the toilet setup includes a bucket to augment the meager automatic flush and a waste can for all paper goods; thread bare towels; no dresser nor desk, some shelves instead. To the Meera Hotel East Wing credit, all the above were in excellent working order [which is unusual for Nepal].

Due to rolling power outages [see below] we had to sleep with our windows open most nights. Thankfully the screens were in good shape and there was never a bug problem. But the noise from the main street 100 yards to the west disturbed easy sleep. The noises changed: in the evening music from party establishments dominated; in the wee hours barking pairs of dogs pierced otherwise quiet solitude, and in the early morning, the beep beep beep of taxis and scooters started up.

The Hotel is fanatic about cleaning. At 6AM a crew is already at work sweeping and washing floors. Rooms are serviced by 10AM. The floors are washed again mid afternoon. Despite the cleaning, the dust on the top clothing shelf was so think that we blackened the only hand towel the first night by cleaning the shelf before we placed clothes upon it. And there was a persistent sewage odor in our bathroom, which permeated to the entire room if the bathroom door wasn’t closed. This odor gave the entire room a feeling of unseemliness. We resorted to propping open a vent and plugging all drains when not in use which seemed to cure the problem.

The room key is on very large chain which drives one to turning it into the front desk when leaving the premises, a custom not everyone finds to their liking. All rooms are reached by climbing central stairway where each floor looks same. After two flights, one is on the 2nd floor, where the rooms start with the number 3. After three flights, one is on the 3rd floor, where the rooms start with the number 4. Because all floors look the same, it is not uncommon for someone to be off one floor and attempt entry to a room one floor up or down [happened twice in our group of 12 persons]. Doors do not automatically lock upon entry-exit so unless you are interested in meeting new people, it’s advised to be careful to lock the door from the inside when you’re inside.

Because Nepal gets most of its power from hydro electric and there isn’t enough capacity in dry season to power the whole country, the electricity goes out once or twice a day at different times. Early evening and morning are popular times because usage is high. Establishments – from 5 star hotels to street vendor stalls -- simply crank up their generators. 5 star properties have automatic switchover. Smaller properties may take several minutes to switch over. The Meera Hotel was slow to switch and only did so if it were dark outside. As a consequence, finding things in the darker corners of one’s room can be a challenge. Candles are available in every room, but given the fire hazard, travelers are advised to bring [or buy locally] a LED headlamp. When the generator is running at the Meera Hotel, it powers only two lights in each room and no electrical outlets [in Nepal’s 5 Star properties, the electrical outlets are powered]. So one cannot charge batteries of any sort. To the Meera Hotel’s credit they post a schedule of planned outages.

If you have a bit of time, we suggest you head to the roof patio. The views of the city and the World Peace Stupa are wonderful. There is an awning to shade you from the sun or rain. There are no services on this patio, so bring your own drinks and munchies. You can take the spiral staircase at the north edge to go one floor higher, where you will find a table and four chairs. I thought one might be able to connect to one of the wifi networks along the main street from this lofty perch, but alas the signals are not strong enough. So for computer connectivity you have to walk to the main street 100 yards to the east to find the closest establishment renting computer time. If you have a laptop and wish a wifi connection, go the same 100 yards to the east and then another 100 yards to the south along the main street to the Moondance restaurant. Internet –albeit slow -- is 60 rupees an hour at the Moondance where you can also enjoy drinks and food. And they are pretty quick to start their generator when the power is off [one can even charge laptop batteries at several tables near outlets].

The preceding review may scare travelers who like the amenities and the level of functionality of three, four, and five star western hotels. However, the Meera Hotel is in Nepal and may very well be as good as one can find in the tourist area referred to as “lakeside” or “europe”. Comparing the outside of the Meera Hotel to others in the region, one would certainly place it in the upper quarter.

  • Liked — Location and access to Anapurna Mtn Range
  • Disliked — Odor's
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Meera
Address: | Lakeside, Pokhara, Nepal
Location: Nepal > Western Region > Gandaki Zone > Pokhara
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Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #86 of 105 Hotels in Pokhara
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Number of rooms: 47
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