The best hotel in Kathmandu (In our opinion)

13 Nov, 2016 | Blog, Nepal

Now we haven’t stayed in every hotel in Kathmandu, but we have stayed in a few, one of them so bad we had to leave after an hour and one of them was a 4* but ended up giving us food poisoning! So even though we haven’t checked them all out, we’d like to think we know the hotel scene here pretty well, and from our judgement, Hotel Shambala sits atop them all

As soon as we got to Hotel Shambala we were warmly welcomed and greeted by the staff. We took the weight off our feet and sat down in the lobby to enjoy the air-conditioning and complimentary welcome drinks whilst our room was prepared. My first impression of the hotel was great, modern but with a Tibetan theme running throughout, it felt like home already.

As we entered our room for the next few days the views just took our breath away. Huge widows on two sides of our room filling the room with natural light but also letting us look over Kathmandu and the mountains surrounding us. We also had the most comfortable double bed, air-conditioning, fast and stable wifi (this is unheard of in Nepal), television (with English channels), toiletries in the bathroom and tea and coffee making facilities. In Nepal, there are a lot of power cuts, however, the back up generator worked so fast here we were never out of power. The wifi was also really good which made uploading blog posts and videos a dream. The only thing that was odd was that there was a window in the bathroom so I got the pleasure of seeing Nathan have a shower, luckily there is a blind so I didn’t have to witness anything else!

The rooms were cleaned everyday and toiletries were refilled which was great. I can’t compliment the service enough, the staff were polite and friendly and were more than happy to help with any questions we had.

Location wise we were 15 minutes drive away from Thamel, the tourist hub of Kathmandu. We actually liked being a little bit outside, the area was lovely. The great thing is the Hotel is right next to the ring road; meaning anywhere in Kathmandu is easily accessible.

We had breakfast included with our room that was a buffet style. There was a variety of food to eat. Some which seemed strange to us for breakfast but was actually delicious. Vegetable noodles, beef with peas and potatoes. Then of course you had cereals, pastries, cakes, pancakes, bread, cheese, toast, jams, fruit and porridge. There was also tea, coffee, juices and water. They even had a chef cooking outside that made eggs to order. So whether you wanted them fried, scrambled or even an omelette they were made freshly and brought to your table.

We paid £75 a night for our hotel, quite a bit more than we usually spend on accommodation, but we felt like treating ourselves for a few nights, let’s not forget also that this kind of place in somewhere like London would be 4 times the price!

If you want to book Hotel Shambala for your stay in Kathmandu follow this link – or to book your accommodation for anywhere else in the world use the search box below (by using these links we receive a small commission that helps us keep this website running)
My favourite part of the hotel has to be the rooftop terrace, it’s the main reason we booked it! Surrounded by mountains with the most incredible views, definitely one of the best places to watch the sunset. Then to make it even better they have an infinity pool! Yes, an infinity pool in Nepal! It was just incredible.

We highly recommend staying at Hotel Shambala whilst in Kathmandu. We rate it 10/10 and we’ll definitely be back if we ever find ourselves in Nepal again.

Take Care, Rebecca.

Check out our post on why we think everyone should go to Nepal by clicking here.

If you’ve got any questions, want to add anything, or just want to say hi, use the comment box below.

Want more? Check out our video we made whilst at Hotel Shambala –

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  1. Livi Bee

    I’m sold! After reading your post, I did a little research and Hotel Shambala is lovely!! I am certain the views from the pool were beautiful. I’ve never been to Nepal, but it is on my list. When I do make my way there, Hotel Shambala will be my hotel of choice. Thank you for the recommendation!!

  2. Lyssie

    Looks like such a nice upscale hotel! I usually prefer to travel on a budget and save hotel money for excursions but if I ever do splurge, I hope my hotels look like this. Absolutely love that pool!

  3. luxurybackpacking | Emma

    Great read, that hotel does seem very lovely with a great pool! We haven’t been to Kathmandu yet but if we do visit we will definitely check this hotel out! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  4. Corinne ~ ReflectionsEnroute

    Um, yeah, any hotel with an infinity pool is going to get my vote as well. I haven’t been to Katmandu…so when I go…..I’ll have to book it.

  5. Corinne ~ ReflectionsEnroute

    I want to go to Katmandu and I would love staying in this hotel. I’ve always wanted to swim in an infinity pool.

  6. Ashleigh

    Saw the infinity pool on Facebook and just had to come and have a read!! Looks amazing, I will definitely keep I mind when I get to Kathmandu! Thanks for the post

  7. Corinne ~ ReflectionsEnroute

    Love the idea of staying in this hotel in Kathmandu when we finally make it there. Infinity pool is calling my name.

  8. Maya

    This hotel looks really great. I love the rooftop terrace!

  9. Amy

    We dream of coming to Nepal, and this hotel looks beautiful. The consistent wifi would be quite a plus, as would the AC and the mountain view! That pool is spectacular. Great post!

  10. Nathan

    This hotel looks amazing! I wish I had known about it when I was in Nepal. Next time for sure! I love the pool.

  11. Sarah

    What a score! Glad the weather was nice for a dip in the pool, too! Great video and thanks for sharing your hotel experience.

  12. Susan Aksu

    I love a hotel room with a good view of the city. The infinity pool is a bigger plus! Looks like it’s a great stay!


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