Kathmandu in Nepal has some of the best hotels in the country. Nepal is every trekker’s dream destination. But most of the time, it is the budget that throws them off. So what say you, if we tell you that there are beautiful yet affordable accommodations right in the heart of the city?
Here are some of the cheapest hotels at its capital Kathmandu, particularly hotels in the tourist hub of Thamel. The establishments have been arranged by their room rates beginning from the most affordable ones.
Top of the list is Kathmandu Garden House, a beautiful boutique hotel that is a 5-minute walk from Thamel. This short yet significant distance ensures that guests get to be within walking distance of the popular tourist spot, yet far away enough from the hustle and bustle. And adding on to the serenity of the hotel, is its lovingly tended garden.
What visitors love most about this hotel is that the bus stop to Pokhara and Chitwan National Park is just outside of its front gates (there are two gates to this hotel!). The hotel staff are also more than willing to help guests carry their luggage out to the busses in the morning and ensure you get on the right bus. This is an especially valuable service, as there are usually over 30 different busses lining the street. And things can get pretty chaotic when you can’t find the right bus.
This hotel is also used to serving international clientele despite their homeyness, as it is run by a foreign couple from France. The standard of their food is as such of international standards. They also have an amazing partner Nepali restaurant, which you can order food from, from the comfort of Kathmandu Garden House itself.
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Although rather new, this homestay is already making its way up in the market for its impeccable comfort. Newly built and beautifully furnished, large groups can opt to stay at this homestay that comes with 1 large ensuite bedroom, 1 medium sized bedroom, and 1 single bed sized bedroom. The place has 2 bathrooms, and the shower water is heated. Guests can also opt to cook if they stay at xxx homestay, as the place comes with a kitchen and a spacious dining area.
Cooking will be a convenience here, as this homestay’s location is impeccable. There are myriad of mini marts just outside the gates of this homestay, selling meat and vegetables. There are also shops that sell typical everyday groceries, and quite a number of pharmacies. And just a 5-minute walk from the homestay is a taxi stop where there are cabs at all times of the day and night.
Safety is priority at this homestay. It is located within a gated and guarded community, and the apartment itself comes with its own gate, hence security is more than ensured.
Another major advantage of this apartment is that it is located on the ground floor, and the unit owner lives on the 3rd floor of the same building. So if you have any issues, all you need to do is walk up and look for her.
Tajaa Pha is a boutique hotel in Lalitpur (historically called Patan) with only 12 rooms priced from US$37.17 to US$44 per night. Although located almost half an hour from Thamel, this property is popular for its proximity to tourist attractions.
For instance, the hotel directly faces Pimbahal Pokhari, a water reservoir built in 14th century that is surrounded by several historical landmarks. There is a small temple in the middle of the water body. At its west lies a white Buddhist Stupa with a golden spire, while the Chandeshwari Temple is situated at the north.
In addition, the 3-star property is just a five-minute walk to Patan Durbar Square and Patan Dhoka, one of the historical entrances to Lalitpur, Nepal’s third biggest city. The largest is Kathmandu followed by Pokhara. The establishment is run by the Shrestha family, who are very helpful and accommodating.
This well-located guest house is just a quick stroll from Lalitpur’s bustling Patan Durbar Square. While the hotel is within close proximity to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s not noisy as its nestled in a peaceful back alley. In addition, the guest house contains a café that not only serves good food but also has reliable Wi-Fi.
Interestingly, the 3-star hotel was formerly the Pradhan family’s ancestral home built over 70 years ago. The owners however partnered with Traditional Homes to transform it into a popular guesthouse. It then opened in 2010 after undergoing 18 months of restoration and conservation work. The boutique hotel now comes with 9 rooms priced from US$80 to US$160 per night.
This wonderful boutique hotel is perched on the hillslope of Shivapuri Hill in Budhanilkantha at an altitude of nearly 6,000 feet, giving guests a breath-taking view over Kathmandu. Despite its seemingly secluded location, it’s just a 30-minute drive from the city centre.
Established in 2005, the 2-star property comes with several cottages with 7 rooms containing a total of 18 beds. The units comprise luxury tents and standalone cottages. Prices range from US$85 per night for the attic room to US$300 for the two-bedroom suite with lounge. The hotel is managed by its Nepali and British resident owners, Neeru and Steve Webster respectively, who are more than glad to tour you around or provide flavourful home-cooked meals.
Furthermore, the hotel is equipped with a spa, plunge pool and Jacuzzi. The owners and their staff also organise trips to tourist spots in the area like the Budhanilkantha Temple and Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park.