I stayed at Newa-Chen with my wife and 3yr old kid from 13th Oct, 2012 to 16th Oct, 2012. I must say that I will cherish the memories of Newa-Chen for a long time. While I have stayed at costlier hotels and have experienced better room service I have never stayed at any hotel which had as much character as Newa-Chen. The building is few hundred years old and is of a typical Newa architecture. Living in one of its rooms gives you a feeling that you are staying in a museum rather than a hotel. The place is family run but is very professionally run. But again, it has the personal touch of Mr. Devendra's family. The staff comprising of Rashita and Sarina are wonderful and pay genuine interest to their guest's needs. Mr. Devendra also helped a lot with the car bookings which I found to be cheap and comfortable.
The booking was done over the phone and email. The interaction was mostly with Sarina and Rashita. We were really delighted with the room that we were provided. It was the costliest and perhaps the best room overlooking the beautiful courtyard. The staircase is a bit narrow and you should mind your head. The elderly should choose a room in the lower floors. The room was impeccably clean and the decor matched the heritage feel of the building. Overall, we liked the mattresses on the floor, the low tables and the entire decor. The attached toilet was as clean as it could be. As pointed out by many, the ceiling height is low, but for my 5feet 11inches I did not experience too much discomfort.
The location is simply the best in Patan. It is a 4 mins walk from the Patan square towards the Bagalamukhi temple. The Patan square is a place which can fascinate you for hours if not days. There are shady no alleys or by-alleys. At the same time it is not crowded like Kathmandu. We loved Patan and we loved Newa-Chen.
The breakfast at Newa-Chen is complimentary. The breakfast is wholesome, tasty and freshly cooked. It is served in the little open courtyard while you sit on elevated concrete slabs with jute mats laid out. The place will make you realise that there are better options than a chair and a table to have your food. Newa-Chen does not have a restaurant but that there are several excellent restaurants around it, particularly in the Patan Square.
I must mention that my child was ill when we arrived at Newa-Chen. We got whatever support we expected from the hotel. They took the pains to store the medicine in their refrigerator and took it out whenever we asked for. We also appreciated the bottled water in our rooms and the fruit basket.
Check-in and check-out experience was a breeze. The billing was transparent and proper bill was provided on check-out.
Overall, I would highly recommend this hotel for its ambience, decor, character and hospitality. The only downside might be the narrow wooden staircase which leads to the rooms. Otherwise, we could hardly find any other faults.
A big thanks to Mr. Devendra and team for running this wonderful place professionally and for their impeccable hospitality!!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Newa Chen is a traditional Newari house about 350 years old, that has been restored and converted into tourist accommodation under a UNESCO project. It offers people a chance to experience traditional Newari lifestyle and values that are different from the modern materialistic world. A Newari house is characterized by the use of natural materials, the intricate wood carving and brickwork, low ceilings and welcoming atmosphere. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Newa Chen Hotel Patan (Lalitpur)
- Newa Chen Nepal/Kathmandu Valley - Patan (Lalitpur)