This was our first trip to Nepal, and we knew Kathmandu was going to be crazy so we wanted to splurge on a place to relax and hide from the madness as needed. We ended up staying 4 nights before our trek and 1 night afterwards.
And indeed, it was relaxing! Though nothing like the lush, tropical gardens of some resorts, the grounds are lovely and quiet. The patio areas are great for eating or drinking, and the pool was packed with families.
Lunch/dinner was generally excellent and reasonably priced for being an upmarket hotel; we ate the Kashmiri Chicken many times, and loved the lamb burger after our trek. We ate almost all of our meals at the hotel, and saw dozens of local expats hanging out there for food too. I think fondly back to our pleasant dinners on the atmospheric patio... super romantic and relaxing.
The rooms themselves are perhaps a bit dated, so you shouldn't expect too much luxury by international standards: they're clean, and built solidly, and there's copious hot water, all of which can't be said for many hotels and guesthouses we encountered in Nepal.
We're backpackers on a RTW trip and did not feel discriminated against; the front-desk staff were super friendly and helpful. Like elsewhere in Nepal, accurate reliable information is hard to find, particularly during a holiday period like Dasain, so we had to work a bit harder to find some things out.
I suspect some of the negative reviews might be from those who are passing through Kathmandu and not really appreciating what must be the enormous challenge of running a solid hotel in a crazy country. This is largely, I suspect, why their room prices are so high.
Also, I wouldn't personally spend extra on the Himalaya view rooms, as the view is generally non-existent. Even in October, post-monsoon, when skies are the clearest, the real mountains are usually impossible to see. You do get a nice view of the city and the first row of foothills, but not the real peaks, so be prepared accordingly. Maybe the Himalaya View Wing rooms are bigger or newer too?
We'd probably stay here again, and will absolutely eat here whenever we're in town!
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