The Stupa was our introduction to Nepal and at the end of our trek. As a first timer to Nepal, I have no comparison hotels or lodges to any of those we used, so anyone reading my comments should bear that in mind. I have however, travelled in 3rd world countries and Asia before, so am accustomed to some conditions that are common to these locations.
Nor can I comment on the value for money - it was part of our tour package.
The Stupa is a family run business and very well located near, but off, the main street in Pokhara.
My room on both occasions was an upper corner room facing West. It was large, clean, and the bathroom was adequate, although a little dated. A cupboard or bench surrounding the wash basin would have been useful. There is plenty of hot water. If you haven't been trekking yet, you may not understand the importance of this statement - but you will!
We were a group of 10 and had three breakfasts and two dinners at the hotel. The breakfasts were average (omlettes were a good bet - "soft eggs" a bit hit & miss with the boiled or poached).
The muesli with fruit & yoghurt was excellent. Give up on coffee until you get back to your home country if you're a latte/espresso afficionado. Try masala tea instead.
Apart from the dal bhat, the restaurant's dinner offerings were pretty ordinary. Very ordinary. Try Mike's Breakfast or one of the other restaurants along the Lake instead.
Something to note: If you use the Hotel's safe deposit boxes, take your own lock. I found, by error and to my dismay, that my key and that of others in our group fitted several other locks to the safe deposit boxes. I took this up with our tour leader and the Duty Manager at the time and replaced that lock with one of my own immediately. The problem may have been fixed, but as I didn't use the safe deposit boxes on our return, I have no way of knowing.
I used an internet cafe, so can't comment on the Hotel's wifi or internet service. Other than that, the staff were pleasant, occasionally confounded by what would seem a fairly ordinary request, but generally helpful.
The garden is a lovely refuge from the dusty streets and very pleasant spot for a cool drink and snack in the evening. We had a party there with our Porters & Guides at the end of our trek and it was the perfect venue.
As a base and somewhere to leave our luggage while we were on trek, the Stupa suited us perfectly. If I were to stay longer, I'd see what else was on offer - and may well end up back at the Stupa. As I said at the outset - don't have anything else to compare it with ... yet.
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