Golden Guesthouse is a great family-run guesthouse right in the heart of Bhaktapur. It is a few steps away from both Tamadi square and Durbar Square, but also protected from the noise of either squares, which is great because they can get quite noisy.
There is a range of choice from simple rooms with or without toilet or balcony, to more luxurious and spacious ones.
The staff are very accomodating with any needs and will make you feel at home at all times.
My partner and I stayed there for two months, as we were volunteering at a nearby school, on day one, the owner asked us to make it our home, and it was so true!! We had to leave to go to school everyday at 6, and our breakfast was always ready so that we wouldn't have to wait and we could have an extra snooze. I believe one of the staff woke up earlier than usual just to cook our breakfast every day.
The rooftop is amazing, you can chill while you watch all of Bhaktapur, and even see the Himalayan range on clear days, which luckily for us, was quite often as we were there on the high season.
The food is really nice, and very cheap, and there is a mix of traditional nepali food, but also western food, and great vegetarian choices, if that is your thing, and also great newari feasts on request.
The staff were great, all of them knew us on our first name basis, and all of them speak great English too. They are always happy to give advice on anything when needed, and they also helped us out getting the long-stay cards for Bhaktapur or trips to Kathmandu and elsewhere.
I heard that some people use Bhaktapur as a base camp when staying in Nepal to stay away from the craziness, noise, traffic and polution of Kathmandu, which is only a half-hour trip on the bus, and I can certainly understand why!
I certainly couldn't recommend this place enough, make it your first choice in Bhaktapur, you won't be disappointed!!!
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