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.
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