I stayed here for 16 days for work, so I was able to experience this hotel at its fullest. First of all, let me begin with the positive: the location is great - a two minute walk to Durbar square. Secondly, the two young men who work in the restaurant, Binod and Rajeev, are the best part of the guesthouse. They are so sweet and will go the extra mile to make sure you enjoy your stay. Mr. Daya, who is one of the owners but doesn't really get involved in the day to day operation of the hotel, is wonderful and extremely knowledgeable about Bhaktapur, its history, festivals. etc. I just wish he would get more involved in managing the place.
The rooms themselves aren't very impressive - quite basic really, but more importantly, they are extremely noisy. If you get a room facing the street, you will be woken up every morning between 5.30 to 6 by series of mini orchestras - very loud trumpets, drums, etc.., which goes on for several hours. Believe me there wasn't a single Miles Davis in the bunch - I realize the hotel can't do anything about this, but you should be aware of this. At night, you will hear motorcycle horns, dogs barking, and people talking very loudly under your window. If, however, you get a room facing the courtyard, you will basically hear very loud tour groups yelling at each other from one floor to the next and Newaris getting drunk, so getting a good night's sleep is not really an option. In addition, there are frequent electricity cuts, and the hotel doesn't have a generator, which they really should get as it also affects the wifi reception. There is free wifi, but it is extremely slow and very often doesn't work. The rooms don't have air conditioning, but you can request a fan, which works when there is electricity, of course.
Housekeeping is a bit "iffy." Sometimes they make up your room, and sometimes they don't. You will need to remind them to clean the room. After about 8 days, I had to complain to the manager that my sheets or towels hadn't been changed since I arrived - it took them another 4 days to get around to doing it - yeah, I know a few days before I left.
However, my biggest bone with them is their pricing. There doesn't seem to be any logic to it. Could the different pricing be based on age, gender, nationality, etc..? Who knows? One day a room will cost $28.00, and the next day, the very same room will be rented out for $10.00. They don't give discounts for any long term stays, so my advice to you is to bargain HARD - get at least 50% from the asking price.
In short, what do I think of this hotel? I think it is OK for one or two nights - just make sure you use your bargaining skills to the max. If you plan to stay longer in Bhaktapur, find another hotel. The only reason I've given a high rating for service is because of the two young men I mentioned earlier. If it hadn't been for them, I probably would have given this hotel a two star rating. Yes, the location is great, but there is also a number of hotels and guesthouses nearby and even on the square itself.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are situated very close to Durbar Square of Bhaktapur from where it's very easy to go any Squares & Places. We are near by Main squares but not close to heavy traffic roads so, it's a quiet & perfect place for your stay. After seeing Kathmandu when you visit VGH, you will feel the difference! ... more less