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Traditional Homes - SWOTHA
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Reviewed August 20, 2013

In August we stayed for 3 nights in different rooms.( We booked with Agoda and accidently there was an overbooking. Both Agoda and Swotha solved it without any inconvenience for us, for one of the nights we were upgraded, without any extra costs to the attic room!). All rooms were beautiful and the traditional attic room was sublime.
All staff was very nice and helpful, just the best service! Great location.
They have a very good restaurant with very fresh and tasteful food. International and local food prepared by a real cook!
Overall we really enjoined this very best stay to finish our trip to Nepal.

Room Tip: allthe rooms are more or less similar with smaller and larger balconies, except the traditional att...
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

- Old traditional house, beautiful renovation (professional owners)
- Very nice welcome by Shyam, the manager and all his team - very professional
- Beautiful rooms, very spacious and cleaned daily.
- Meals at anytime (3 cookers), organic orientated with variety
- Go to the terrasse... Beautiful view on the neighborhood and mountains.
- Some interruption of electricity (but light always works)
- Wifi
- Wake up with roosters, dogs and temple bells... Pleasure to leave in the neighborhood.
- 100 m. from Patan Durbar Square
- I staid 2 weeks... Perfect journey! Thx to all the team. See you in November...

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

We stayed 2 nights at Swotha at the end of our 3 week vacation in Nepal. We are a family of 4 and wanted to stay in one room. The attic suite was occupied, but the staff was very helpful and added 2 extra beds to our beautiful room. It was very cozy and the beds were the most comfortable we had slept in in 3 weeks, real mattresses! The restaurant is very good and our last evening we drank wine on the roof terrace at sunset. It was magical!

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 16, 2013

We stayed at Swotha for four nights and it was magical. The old house has been lovingly restored and is full of really beautiful details. We moved between three rooms, each of them spacious, comfortable, spotless, and with lots of character. The attic room led out onto a terrace with a view of Patan's rooftops. The other rooms all had balconies where we sat for hours watching everyday life in Patan. Swotha is literally a stone's throw from Darbar Square, and is the perfect base from which to explore Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. The cafe was delightful. I think my favorite meals in Patan/Kathmandu were eaten there. The breakfast is sumptuous and thoughtful. Our lunches and dinners there were delicious too.
I cannot say enough good things about the staff. Shyam, the manager, was incredibly friendly, patient, and solved any problem we had, no matter how large or small. Everyone else, whether in the kitchen or the cleaning staff, was also exceptional, smiling, genuinely interested in how our visit was going, and always ready to help. They made our trip truly wonderful. I will definitely stay only here on our next visit.
The hotel also recommended an excellent driver for our trips out into the countryside. His name is Rajkumar and he too was exceptional. Definitely ask for him if making any trips.
All in all, we cannot wait to return to Swotha. What a jewel of a place!

Room Tip: The attic room is beautiful, as is room number 6.
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

This is certainly a wonderful place to stay at. The rooms are very nice especially the attic room with a small terrace overlooking the roofs of Patan. The food is nice and original. The personal very friendly and helpful. The other good point is the location near the historical centre of Patan. I can only recommend this hotel. The fact that it is an old building just adds to the charm of this place but this also means it is not the best place for people having difficulties to walk or climb stairs, as they are very steep. But for all others, just enjoy your stay.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 11, 2013

This is the best hotel in Nepal for interesting rooms and great food. Perfectly located near Patan Durbar Square the staff and reception are exceptional . The attic room is a gem of beauty with a great bed and spacious areas. The restaurant is special and has spectacular breakfasts. I would stay no where else.

Room Tip: the attic room is a gem - comfortable and beautiful, but all rooms are excellent.
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 17, 2013

We stayed in Kathmandu/Lalitpur in the SWOTHA hotel twice for several days. What a wonderful oasis in the buzzling city!! Wonderful people in the hotel - at thereception, in the restaurant, helping with all kinds of things to find and get along. It is small hotel in an old Newaris style house with so much character and so nicely renovated. The rooms are elegant and in Nepali style with a European touch. The bath room was clean and spacy.
The biggest treat was the breakfast in the garden veranda with all fresh Nepali homemade food. The lunch and dinner card is recommendable for anything - always very freshly prepared and decorated.
And then Durbar square is just around the corner - you are directly in the city of Lalitpur with so many small shops and restaurants around. Take a tour to Durbar square before sunset and just watch the psople...wonderful!!
Thanks for the experience. We will be back again and can only recommend the SWOTHA hotel.
Jost & Sabine

Room Tip: The attic is just great - view over Laitpur.
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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Address: South East corner of Swotha Square . 50 meters away North from Patan Durbar Square, Patan (Lalitpur), Nepal
Location: Nepal > Central Region > Bagmati Zone > Kathmandu Valley > Patan (Lalitpur)
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 51 B&Bs / Inns in Patan (Lalitpur)
Price Range: $62 - $110 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Traditional Homes - SWOTHA 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Traditional Homes- Swotha is a beautiful Boutique Bed and Breakfast nested in the heart of Patan Historical center, a few meters away from the magical Durbar Square. 5 intimate and spacious rooms with attached bathroom and an Attic Suite room. The furnishing is cosy though minimalist (iron and wood mainly) but very comfortable ( antique chair, cotton linen sheets, wool and hemp carpet, quality mattress, gas heater, hot shower, hand made soap, cotton curtains, selection of books in each rooms and powerful wifi!) to which you add a beautiful roof terrace, a wooden balcony for each room, a small garden and a nice restaurant serving fresh and organic food. ... more   less 
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