We stayed on two separate occasions, the first time for one night in a Palm Court Room, which is the highest category room. It was very dated and smelt foisty and the bathroom was small and dingy although the shower was hot. Bed and pillows uncomfortable and towels well past their best. For our return stay for 2 nights after our Annapurna trek we asked to be moved to a standard room. This category of room is made up of small bungalows situated in the garden. Again a very dated room, but we felt it was marginally better than the Palm Court rooms. The overall impression we got of both room categories is that they are greatly in need of total refurbishment.
The lodge is in the middle of Fewa Lake and you are either rowed across in a boat or hauled across on a pontoon - a very unique way to arrive. The grounds of the hotel are very pleasant and on a clear day the views from the restaurant terrace across the lake to the snow-capped mountains are wonderful. The restaurant looked as though it had been refurbished and breakfast and dinner were both buffet style and adequate. Although we'd booked dinner as part of our package we only ate one night at the lodge as we were not keen on the choice of dishes. Eating out in Pokhara was our preferred choice as there are many reasonably priced restaurants with a real buzz and a more authentic feel - delicious food too.
Some of the staff were very pleasant, others not so. On check-out there was no 'hope you've enjoyed your stay', more a concern that you were settling your bill. Also worth bearing in mind that large tour groups use the hotel so it can get noisy. Would we stay again - definitely not - on reflection we would have preferred to stay in a smaller boutique hotel along the lines of the Temple Tree House which knocks spots off the Fishtail Lodge. To our mind the lodge is resting on its past reputation and unique location and is more in the market for quantity rather than quality.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on a peninsula with the Fewa Lake on one side and a forest-covered hill on the other, the Fish Tail Lodge offers spectacular views all round making it a unique lake resort. Guests are received and transported to the Lodge on its shuttle-floats or boats.Established in the late 1960’s with unique round cottages set amidst a lush garden, the Fish Tail Lodge is ideal for travelers desiring the charm of a small hotel with very high service standards. A choice of 48 standard rooms, central dinning room and bar contained in five ‘rounds’ and 12 deluxe rooms blend in harmony with the landscape.All profits generated by Fish Tail Lodge are donated to the Princess Jayanti Memorial Trust. The Trust provides free cardiac care to underprivileged Nepalese people and conducts various programmes to raise public awareness regarding the causes of heart diseases in Nepal. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fishtail Hotel Pokhara
- Fishtail Resort Pokhara