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“Great Hotel - shame about the double booking”

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Shiva Guest House1 & 2
Ranked #4 of 8 Hotels in Bhaktapur
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 7, 2010

All of the comments about the hotel on this site are true:
The hotel has a wonderful location. Rooms are adequate size, clean and comfortable. Food was good and good value as was the room charge. It is a great place to overnight in Bhaktapur. What they do not mention is the propensity to overbook and then claim you did not reserve what you did reserve. This not only happened to us, but to a French group arriving the following morning. although for us it was resolved after some discussion. This is a shame as it took the gloss off an otherwise excellent stay. I would suggest to ensure you have any reservation in writing, the hotel is understandably busy in high season.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 1, 2010

We just loved the location. Central and with great views over Durbar Square. The staff couldn't have been more friendly and helpful. They even chilled our beer glasses when we ordered in advance. Cold beer on a steamy day with a magnificent outlook.

Bhaktapur is a gem, laid back like Khatmandu of old. It would be great to revisit and to stay again at The Shiva Guest House.

Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 11, 2010

I traveled for months through India, Nepal and Thailand, and Shiva Guesthouse was on my top stays of my entire trip. The place is amazing, I stayed in Shiva Guesthouse 1 where I got the beautiful view of Durbar square every morning.
Unlike many places in Nepal, Shiva Guesthouse was 100% reliable with the hot water and their generator. The place was clean and the food in the restaurant was one of the best of the city...and I tried almost all of them!
The staff was amazing, incredibly friendly and helpful.
The beds were perfectly clean and comfortable!
Theres no negatives of this place. When I go back to Backtapur there is no question in my mind that I will stay there.
I Highly recommend Shiva Guesthouse

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed May 4, 2010

Great hotel in the center of Bhaktapur with kind people and very good meal. I can recomend everyone.
Kamil&Pavla Czech Republic

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 5, 2010

Location: Hotel was very convenient to see attractions especially if you want to wander around the temples at dawn- an alarm clock isn't necessary as the temple bells wake you up!

Room: Clean and bright. Also had great views over the square- I've never stayed in a room so close to a temple before.

Service: It was nice as it was family owned- I got the impression that they really enjoyed being hoteliers. Staff were friendly & helpful

I was informed that a second Shiva guest house had opened (only saw the lobby and I didn't see any of their rooms) it also looked like a good choice.

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 6, 2009

Before putting my comments on Shiva Guest House, I want to mention that, in time, I have been in 22 European Cities and 16 other cities in developing countries. This may be a reference about me for some people to better evaluate this review...

Shiva Guest House, as the name suggests, is not a hotel. It is like a village house made mostly up of wood and with 3 floors. It is not like what we are familiar with European hotels... However, it is a great place to feel the atmosphere of Kathmandu. You can stay in a 5 star hotel and visit Bakhtapur for an hour, but definitely you will understand nothing about the soul of Kathmandu. It was a great experience for me to stay there, see day and night, hear sounds coming from temples and praying people. Being in such a place makes you feel that you are in another world...For what other reason you are going to Kathmandu?

We stayed in Shiva 3 nights. For the photographers, I strongly recommend room #303. It has a great view (I am adding a photo that I took through my window). #303 has its own bathroom (some rooms doesn't have, you must use one of shared bathrooms).

It is not as clean as other 5 star hotels but clean enough to stay several days. Bed and sheets were quite OK.

People are very kind, friendly, very helpful and organizing everything easily for you.

(We have attended a 1 hour Everest Flight with Buddha Air and 1 day Bungee Jumping tour near Tibetan border.)

Meals are quite OK. We ate there all that 3 nights.

I will strongly recommend Shiva Guest House to all my friends and everybody who is planning to visit Kathmandu.

Namik Kemal Gunel
nkgunel@yahoo.com

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 14, 2009

It's a very friendly and familiar place to feel well! Also the place around is perfect to feel and see the city life! The service and kitchen is very good!
A lot of ideas and creativities will grow this House, I know!
When I was there as a girl alone, all the time the whole familiy took big care of me. So I felt very confidenced of travelling alone. If I needed something, I knew, I'm not alone with the help of this second family ;)!
My first way for the next Nepal visit goes straight to Shiva Guest House!!!
I'm happy to visit it again!
Big hugs!
Selina

  • Stayed: August 2009
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Address: 11 Durbar Square, Bhaktapur 44800, Nepal
Location: Nepal > Central Region > Bagmati Zone > Kathmandu Valley > Bhaktapur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #4 of 8 Hotels in Bhaktapur
Price Range: $18 - $78 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Shiva Guest House1 & 2 2*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Eco-Friendly Heritage Guest House. SHIVA GUEST HOUSE-pleasantly located in the heart of the Durbar Square is your address in Bhaktapur. Standing next to the Yaksheshwor Temple the city's oldest edifice dating back to 1472 AD, the guest house is where you can start your exploration trip from. You can do here what many of our esteemed guests including scholars, students and even a film crew of Bertculocci from Hollywood have done in the past. We are always behind you to help materialize your cherished dreams in Bhaktapur and beyond. With a team of professionals around, you will surely feel that you have made a right decision choosing us. SHIVA GUEST HOUSE, as our well-wishers say, is suited to all types of travelers. For your personal comfort, we offer 15 well appointed rooms, many often overlooking the palatial square in the gracious elegance. For the gourmands and gourmands, we have the Cafe Corner, which serve a wide verity of cuisine to suite both you pallet and wallet. The culinary delights here range from Newari and Nepali Dal Bhat to Chinese, Mexican, Italian, Indian and Continental delicacies. And when comes the question of the quality of our culinary offerings. We never forget Hygiene is our top priority. Adding to the mesmerizing ambience, we also have rooftop garden from which you can savor the splendor of nature's graciousness all around on the south, the bliss you feel at SHIVA GUEST HOUSE is something different. ... more   less 
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