For most people on a budget getting cheap accommodation is a high priority - So staying in a low cost hotel in the run down tourist ghetto of Thamel is pretty much your only option. But lets face it, Kathmandu central is a horrible place to stay!
Nepal is a country of such beauty and diversity that it seems a shame to start your trip down a polluted side street. Step in Homestay Nepal! Now in case you're thinking I'm being paid for this review I'm not. I just think people aren't aware of what's really on offer in the Kathmandu Valley.
As a writer I try to find inspirational places wherever I go and when I came to Nepal as I was horrified by the state of Kathmandu city and the idea of being bussed around on busy overpriced tourist treks to the mountains.
I have stayed with Babu and his family three times since May 2013, and although it may not be the cheapest place to stay, each time I get the most friendly welcome, excellent service, clean comfortable rooms and bathrooms and as much food as I can eat during breakfast and dinner, add to this free wifi, free laundry, and mineral water and it isn't actually more expensive than the cheap places.
This year I was taken on a new five Day, four night trek walking directly from the homestay, without any transport. By lunchtime on the first day I felt like I had crossed into a different world or at least a different country. Villages that looked like they had been taken straight out a film set, Scenery that would have been more in place in Scandinavia, the french hills or the italian lakes, and friendly people who had never seen a tourist before, offering tea, and food, and breathtaking scenery.
So take my advice, give Thamel a miss, and try something new.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Homestay Nepal We wish you a very warm welcome into our home. We are very happy that if you have chose to stay with us on your trip in Nepal. We are not a hotel nor a guest house, but a family, and we want you to feel part of our family, so if there is anything we can do to make you feel more at home please do not hesitate to ask us. We hope you enjoy our home, our home cooked food and our service. If you have any questions we will be happy to answer them, and if you have any problems we will do our best to rectify them. Your enjoyment of our home is of the greatest importance to us, and we look forward to being of service to you during your time here. Best Regards Babu and Homestay Nepal ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Homestay Nepal Kirtipur