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“Quiet, unique location, but in need of refurbishment”
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Fish Tail Lodge
Ranked #15 of 108 Hotels in Pokhara
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Reviewed May 2, 2013

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.

Room Tip: Don't bother paying extra for Palm Court rooms- standard rooms are more or less the samen
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Avik S, Director of Sales at Fish Tail Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded May 25, 2013

Dear Mrsj15,

Thank you for your kind response. We would like to inform you that we value the fact that you have taken time to provide us with such a detailed feedback on the resort.

Although we are very disappointed that Fish Tail Lodge has not been able to meet and exceed your expectations, we would like to inform you that it is not the norm. The response to our service culture has always been highly recommended by our guests. Infact the location,services and the product form together to ensure that we deliver memorable guest experiences.

Once again we would like to thank you for your feedback.

best regards

Avik JB Singh
Manager- Sales & Marketing

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Reviewed April 24, 2013

No roads lead to Fishtail!!!…figuratively, as it lies across the river. It is only with the help of a customized barrel-dinghy that one can reach the shores of Fishtail. On the Fishtail side of the river, a couple of steps up and you reach the reception. Its joined to the hotel restaurant. The open deck of the restaurant was magnificent in the view it provided, even in the dark. The people at the desk were cordial and made extra effort to address our queries and concerns. Even the lower grades of staff always had a smile on their face, which is a very reassuring factor when you’re living away from home.
In my opinion, if budgets not a concern (and frankly it shouldn’t be if you’ve come to lodge at Fishtail) go for the Heritage rooms, failing which the Standard rooms. As elegant as the deluxe rooms are, their inaccessible positioning and lack of easy access to the lawn, reduce their attractiveness in my eyes. In Nepal, there is always the risk of power-cuts, but thankfully Fishtail is well backed-up. Barring the blink-and-miss switchover, it didn’t inconvenience at all. However, the close to $3 per hour per machine (you can only use one computer/tablet/mobile at a time) rate of wifi, was simply sophisticated extortion! Especially considering the fact that ALL the café’s on the Lakeside promenade give wifi free.

All meals at hotel are buffet. Food can be ordered through room service as well. There's a wide variety of food available and good quality.

The views of the lake and the Annapurna range are phenomenal. The backdrop against the luscious mountain is peaceful. There is a high demand for rooms here and so you would be wise to initiate the reservation process well in advance of your trip. The hotel also has a decent spa but a there’s always a huge rush for it. if you would like to know more abt my experience at Fishtail, read here http://ayebee.me/fishtail-lodge-pokhara/

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 19, 2013

This hotel is a nice place. Relatively quiet and quite clean. The restaurant food is just OK but there are plenty of good options lakeside on the mainland. The two negatives about this place are the location and service. The service is not the greatest. Probably about the standard level in Nepal. The location can seem quite romantic at first but it can be a real pain waiting for someone to shuttle you back and forth across the lake. The romance wears off pretty quick when you spend 10-15 minutes each time you need to go back and forth to town. Add that up over 3-4 trips per day. I guess I depends on what the purpose of your trip is and how you value your time.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 18, 2013

We visited this property April2013. We crossed the lake in a small boat and entered the property. Lush green, nature friendly, and peace full I would say. It is so close to the market but the lake separates the hustle and bustle.

The rooms in this hotel are in shape of cottage, big open ground all around the cottage.

The restaurant is excellent with smiling and attentive staff. Food we had was not doubt also good.

I have visited several good hotels in pokhara but this is some thing different and special.

Room Tip: stay in cottage style room rather than the building one.
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 16, 2013

I stayed here a few years ago both before and after trekking a portion of the Annapurna circuit (Jomson to Muktinath). I found the accomodations to be very comfortable and clean though a bit dated (at least at the time I was there). The grounds are beautiful, views of the mountains really spectactuar over the lake, and the rooms all have exterior doors opening out to the gardens which are full of flowers. Please note that this hotel is where historically many dignitaries traveling to Pakhara stay (Presidents, royalty, celebrities etc) and is one of the top properties in Pokhara. I personally found the property to be unique, quaint and intimate with very good service - the front desk was very accomodating and accustom to handling questions and requests from foreign travelers. The short boat ride to get to the island is quite charming and we actually enjoyed talking to the young boys trying to sell us trinkets while waiting for the boat (which was usually only a few minutes at most). Once they got that we were not buying they just had a lot of fun with us.

I would also suggest that you keep in mind that you are traveling in a devloping nation and as such should temper your expectations to some extent. You will not be disappointed in your stay.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 13, 2013

Fabulous setting overlooking the lake & well located within easy walking or taxi ride of main tourist areas, and is probably one of Pokhara's best.
Service very willing but the hotel is very tired and the food looks great but is nothing special.
Annoyingly there charge an exorbitant amount for wifi access, which is very irritating as every othr cafe does it for free

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

Best located resort in pokhara.you will be fascinated by the ferry which transports you to the resort from the other bank of the lake.located in the backdrop of lush green forest the resort provides stunning view of lake as well as the snow covered peaks of Annapurna mountain.The breakfast needs some improvement but the dinner was good.rooms were good but bathrooms slightly small.But everything is overcome by the location.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: P.O. Box 10 | Lakeside, Pokhara 33700, Nepal
Location: Nepal > Western Region > Gandaki Zone > Pokhara
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Pokhara
#2 Family Hotel in Pokhara
#6 Business Hotel in Pokhara
#7 Spa Hotel in Pokhara
#8 Romantic Hotel in Pokhara
Price Range: $119 - $160 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Fish Tail Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 60
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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