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Historical Traveler Reviews Dwarika's Hotel Kathmandu
Probably the best hotel we've ever stayed at!
We stayed at Dwarikas Hotel before and after a trek in the Everest Region before travelling to the Chitwan National Park. On our return from Chitwan we were due to stay in a Guest House in the Thamel area of Kathmandu, but we loved Dwarikas so much we booked to stay for a third time cancelled the guest house.
The hotel has a very special atmosphere - it is so serene. When you step through the door from the bustling street outside, it is like another world. There is a beautiful couryard area which surrounds you with amazing architecture. There's a lovely pool in the centre of the courtyard. On our visit in November the weather was hot enough to sunbathe which was very welcome after a tough few days on a trek.
As we had three seperate stays at the hotel we experienced three different bedrooms. All were HUGE with beautiful wooden furniture and each was unique. The Executive rooms have been refurbished and have beautiful bathrooms - ours had a sunken bath. The standard room bathroom was a little dated, but the four poster bed made up for that!
Each time we returned to the hotel, bedraggled from trekking, the hotel staff recognised us and welcomed us back by name.
I can honestly say that this is the best hotel we've ever stayed at. It is so far removed from the ubiquitous hotel chains (Marriott, Hilton etc) and provides a real cultural experience.
When we return to Nepal, we will definately stay in Dwarikas again - there's no way we could stay away!
Con il Dwarika si va sul sicuro
Il Dwarika era giusto quello che mi ci voleva dopo aver viaggiato per il Nepal per un paio di giorni. Ero stanco di sfacchinare! Servizio accomodante, belle stanze e pavimenti, acqua CALDA, prezzo onesto, staff disponibile, senso di sicurezza...
Ho pure partecipato a una festa di nozze nell'hotel, che è stata molto bella. I baristi hanno preparato dei cocktail da favola!
Il Dwarika non è per quelli che viaggiano a Kathmandu in economia, ma se avete i 100$ circa per la notte li vale tutti. Una splendida tenuta con importanza storica - non uno di quei complessi super giganti come per esempio l'Hilton.
Kathmandu non è poi alla fine così grande, così anche se l'hotel era un po' fuori mano tutte le attrazioni e i negozi erano abbastanza vicini da essere raggiunti in taxi per un prezzo onesto..
Il menu di servizio potrebbe essere aggiornato, a parte quello non ho lamentele da fare. Non ho nemmeno mangiato in nessuno dei ristoranti ma il pasto tradizionale Nuari al ricevimento di nozze era gustoso.
Mit dem Dwarika's Hotel kann man nichts falsch machen
Das Dwarika's Hotel war genau das, was ich brauchte, nachdem ich ein paar Tage durch Nepal gereist war. Endlich wieder Komfort. Abends wurden die Betten aufgeschlagen, die Zimmer und das Grundstück waren wunderschön, es gab warmes Wasser, der Preis stimmte, die Angestellten waren hilfsbereit und man fühlte sich sicher.
Ich nahm hier auch an einem Hochzeitsempfang im Hotel teil, der war wunderschön. Die Barkeeper hier zaubern ein paar tolle Cocktails.
Das Dwarika's ist nichts für Leute, die den Geldbeute im Auge behalten wollen aber wenn Sie um die 140 Euro für eine Nacht übrig haben, dann ist es die Sache sehr wert. Es ist ein wunderschönes Grundstück mit historischer Bedeutung, also kein riesiger Klotz wie das Hilton und andere.
Kathmandu ist keine sehr große Stadt, das Hotel liegt etwas außerhalb aber man kann alle Geschäfte und Sehenswürdigkeiten gut und für kleines Geld mit dem Taxi erreichen. Die Speisekarte könnte mal geändert werden aber sonst hatte ich keinerlei Beschwerden. Ich habe nicht in den anderen Restaurant gegessen, ich war nur im traditionellen Nuari (keine Ahnung, ob ich das richtig geschrieben habe), das Essen beim Hochzeitsempfang war sehr lecker.
Can't go wrong with Dwarika's
The Dwarika's was just what I needed after traveling in Nepal for a couple of days. No more roughing it! Turn down service, beautiful rooms and grounds, HOT water, fair price, helpful staff, sense of security...
Also attended a wedding reception at the hotel which was beautiful. Bartenders poured some mean cocktails!
Dwarika's isn't for budget conscious travellers in Kathmandu but it's so worth it if you have the $100 or so for a night. A gorgeous property with historical significance -- not a super huge complex like the Hilton or something like that.
Kathmandu really isn't that big either so despite the hotel being off the beaten path, all the sites and shopping were close enough for a fairly-priced cab ride.
Service menu could use an update, but no complaints after that. I didn't eat at any of the restaurants either but the traditional Nuari (sp?) meal at the wedding reception was tasty.
A delightful oasis in Kathmandu
We stayed at Dwarika's for two days before, and two days after, a trek in the Everest region. The hotel and its beautiful grounds are a delightful oasis in the noise and bustle of sprawling Kathmandu. Just walking through the door into the courtyard began a feeling of serenity.
Dwarika's is devoted to the preservation of the craftmanship of ancient Nepal. The wood carvings on the windows, the ceramic sculptures and pottery are all made in a workshop on the premises.
The rooms (we stayed in two) are comfortable and atmospheric. The food is delicious and varied, especially their upscale Nepalese restaurant Krishnarpan.
The staff were persistently accommodating and well-trained.
Perfect way to start your trip or finish your visit to Nepal.. A MUST!
A Great Hotel, rich in culture, great food, clean, safe, close to the airport ( 5 minutes), near the Boundhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath Hindu Templo. Picture perfect. A MUST in Nepal. Dwarika Hotel is unique!
Dwaika is a beautiful architectual heritage restoration Project. The Hotel has done an incredible job of preserving Kathmandu Valley's culture and heritage. It is the perfect place. Huge rooms with views of the courtyard, very nice peacefull gardens, great staff. The food is very good. Their Nepali's dinner is an event, delicious and in a beautiful setting. My husband, 6 year old and 11 year old daughters and myself did not want to leave. We spent 3 nights at this magical place. Great for families, great for couples, great for singles. An unforgettable place just like Nepal.
Terrible massage, rooms a little run-down, but still beautiful
The massage was horrendous. The therapist dropped some oil on the floor and scooped it back into the same dish. She was rough and a little rude. It was also uncomfortable on the floor. Housekeeping service is inconsistent and needs improvement. Some of the rooms are a little run-down and in need of renovation. Wirless internet from the rooms is a big plus but the connection keeps on going on and off. However having said this, I still find this hotel a beautiful oasis. It's worth the experience to come here for a meal even if you are not staying overnight.The swimming pool is lovely, the reception staff are friendly and the food is nice. I would probably stay here again, just avoid their massages.
We stayed three nights at Dwarika`s in January 06. This is a beautiful boutique hotel. It is located fairly out of Kathmandu city centre. This can be considered as an advantage given the city`s tiring hustle and bustle but also forces you to travel by taxi or rickshaw to the city centre each time (which itself is another tiring process due to endless negotiations with the drivers and several rip-off attempts). The rooms are very authentic, in Newari style decorated with valuable Newari wooden craft work. The building we stayed was somewhat older and the bathrooms were especially in need of repair (out of order showers, no hairdryers, general old appearance etc.) but the rooms that are in the same building with reception are new and in better condition. Our stay coincided with a cold wave in the country and heating system from air-conditioning was not enough. The staff gave hot water filled plastic bags to make us warmer, which worked quite well. Another missing point is the hotel lacks a SPA center, although they have in-room massage facility. In room massage is done on the floor which is quite uncomfortable and unhealthy. I do not recommend you to take a massage unless the hotel dedicates a comfortable SPA room somewhere in the premises. The hotel also has a good but expensive Newari style authentic restaurant, Krisnarpan which is worth trying.
The absolute best hotel ever!
I am an avid traveller and have stayed at many hotels around the world- however there simply is no place like Dwarikas. The grounds are almost magical, and at night time the traditional nepali architecture and gorgeous woodwork comes alive with lit diyas/candles gracing the path. The rooms were absolutely gorgeously appointed and fantastically decorated. You are made to feel like you are staying a Nepali village (albeit a very luxe one) with two of the owner's very friendly dogs strolling the grounds and everyone around greeting you with a friendly smile.
As the previous reviewer noted, make reservations at Krishnarpan- the food is presented very well and gives you a very good sense of Nepali cuisine. The ladies dressed in outfits from the various parts of Nepal is also a nice touch. I also really enjoyed the onsite bar with great decor as well as the weekend BBQ poolside.
While the global hotel chains Radisson and Hyatt are also available in KTM- I don't think they can match up to Dwarikas. While in Nepal, it gives you a sample of the very best Nepal has to offer. This place holds a very special place in my heart.
Nepalise style in an international setting
Dwarika's is the way a hotel should be. It celebrates all that is the very best of Nepal. It has the feel of a boutique hotel with all the facilities of an international brand (and none of the drawbacks). On arrival at the hotel I was given a traditional greeting with prayer shawl and complimentary drink - this sounds tacky but was completely genuine. I was shown to the largest hotel room I've ever stayed in and this was a 'standard' room. The bathroom itself was larger than most hotel rooms. Decorated with clean, crisp sheets the bed was enormous. Traditional woodwork adorns the windows, daybeds, desk and sideboard, with terracotta bricks adding a warmth to the room. This is not your stock-standard hotel room devoid of personality: the majority of the room's contents have been made locally if not onsite - Drawika's operates its own school onsite encouraging local artists in traditional woodworking techniques etc.
The hotel also has a beautiful swimming pool area with sun lounges, lovely landscaped gardens, a breakfast cafe and gift shop. Perhap more importantly their staff are always willing to help - whether it's changing money or arranging a taxi. The hotel has clearly chosen the best staff and trained them well. All are presented immaculately, speak english well and are discreet in the process of running a hotel.
For a truely delicious meal make a reservation at the Krishnarpan Restaurant. Their banquets are a great introduction to Nepalese food. I had the 6 course banquet (more than enough), with a personally printed menu, though a 12 course banquet is also available. The staff are friendly and helpful, giving an explanation of the courses as you go. Another recommendation is the Third Eye restaurant in Thamel for delicious local and international style meals - high standard of hygiene, good value for money and very tasty.
The rates at Dwarika's are great value for money, especially the packages.
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Dwarika's would appeal to couples, business travellers and even the backpacker looking for a splurge. It's not quite set up for kids but if yours can cope with a more grown up experience they'll be fine (ie. there's no kiddie meals on the menu). The hotel isn't really in walking distance to the main sighteeing attractions of Kathmandu, but taxis are plentiful and cheap. It is conveniently close to the airport however.
You'll love this place !
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