Nice hotel in Patan with views of Kathmandu valley and mountains behind. Swimming pool, massage parlour, and on Sundays an organic market. Some rooms from as little as 15 dollars - it's a good place to get away from the heat and dust of the city.
Hotel comprising separate chalets huddled on a hill with spectacular mountain views. Run by Sita and her husband with real affection and friendliness. They can organise treks (the hotel has been used by Everest teams) and will ply you with good local food and ensure you get up in time to catch the mind-blowing sunrises.
The Fort Resort - Nagarkot (City Office)
P O Box 3004, Lazimpat, KTM
Tel: 977 1 4432 960 / 4432 964 fax: 977 1 4432 958
The Kathmandu Guesthouse is a Thamel institution. Rooms are clean and comfy and though they are not the chepest rooms in Kathmandu it's a lovely place with really friendly, helpful staff and a very chilled atmosphere. You can organise tours and change money - there is an ATM there too.
Tel: 977 1 4700 800
It might well have been because the week leading up to my visit had been extraordinarily tough, but this hotel was a godsend.
Greeted by musicians in Tibetan dress, you enter the main lobby decorated by miniature stupas: from the enormous main window you can see the eyes of the Boudannath peeping over the rooftops.
Fantastic buffet and underground bar too, all for about £70 a night.
PO Box 9609, Taragaon, Boudha, Kathmandu Tel: 00 977 1 4491234
Paknajol is a nice quiet area with a number of small, family-run guesthouses. It is very close to Thamel, so you're never far from restaurants or bars or shops, but it also offers an escape from Thamel's hassle, chaos (in the high season) and fakeness. I would especially recommend Nirvana Peace Home. It’s around 300 rupees a night for very pleasant rooms, and the staff are wonderful.
A very short walk from Thamel - consult a map. Or any taxi driver should be able to get you there
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