Kathmandu Guest House

KGH Sqaure, Kathmandu, Nepal | 1 star hotel
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Kathmandu - we love you!

A travel blog entry by hamiltonfamily on May 03, 2014

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All things are relative. The last time we were here, we had just arrived following a month in India. We had been overwhelmed with India's teeming masses, sites, sounds, and smells. India assaults all your senses at once, leaving you off balance, feeling shell shocked and vulnerable. It is indescribable and inescapable. You can’t wait to leave …

Days 50 - 52: Nepal - Kathmandu Valley

A travel blog entry by djmorton on Jun 29, 2013

4 comments, 58 photos

Our blogs don't need any more content. I was all ready to tell you about the first hour in Kathmandu, that cows sit peacefully in the middle of the road and how our plane was full of monks and about the Arrivals Form that states "you are only allowed to bring one bicycle and one tricycle into the country". But that mustn't have been exciting enough …

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This 1 star hotel, located on KGH Sqaure, Kathmandu, is near Thamel, Durbar Square, Kaiser Library, and Nagarjun Forest Reserve.
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    TravelPod Member ReviewsKathmandu Guest House

    Reviewed by thecheeses

    Kathmandu Guest House

    Reviewed Aug 15, 2013
    by (5 reviews) Petersfield, Hampshire, UK , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

    Excellent Hotel right in the heart of Thamel, with almost and oasis feel about entering straight out of the hubbub of Kathmandu street life. All kinds of rooms available, but recommended the delux en-suite rooms which have very good A/C, balconies, flat screen TV's with Cable Television. The Hotel has a lovely garden in the middle with cafe and a tented restaurant area to the front where a separate organisation from the Hotel run the catering. Ordered food is a high standard, but the provided buffet breakfast is in my opinion not as good a many other Hotels I have been in i.e. Temple Tree in Pokhara and could improve. The illy Cappuccino is the best in Thamel but is not included in the breakfast and costs 225r with Tax. The Hotel has an antiques emporium, various shops and services. Improve the variety for breakfast, include free WiFi in bedrooms and make the illy coffee part of breakfast and you would have a 5 Star establishment....in Nepal not UK terms.

    Cappuccino in Kathmandu
    Pokhara, Nepal
    Tired Cathy!
    Pokhara, Nepal

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

    Reviewed by derrick241

    bright

    Reviewed Jul 1, 2012
    by (15 reviews) West London, , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

    bright, clean airy, nice garden and restaurant, bit pricey compared to most places
    Rooms are clean, some very cheap, but not as cheap as some
    internet prices are outageoues, out side its free, so their rates are a real rip off, restaurant prices are a bit steep compared to most places
    It seems this was the oldest trekkers place, so it still thinks it has a monopoly, most just stay a night, so they can say they have been here, along with the 'beetles'

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

    Reviewed by sashadasha

    Intimate and safe

    Reviewed Dec 12, 2011
    by (4 reviews) Toronto , Canada Flag of Canada

    We stayed in a budget room with no bathroom attached. It was good, the room was cleaned every day. Hotel staff were nice. The lobby is modern and has a huge flat screen tv. Good to hang out. The dinning area is beautiful and modern as well. The guest house is in the heart of town and has a gated area so the guest house is not too close to the main street. Perfect for the noise factor.

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

    Reviewed by bethlo

    Good Old Hotel

    Reviewed Oct 30, 2011
    by (1 review) , Germany Flag of Germany

    the rooms are very old apart from that is was ok

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    Reviewed by chapdeluc

    KGH

    Reviewed Sep 30, 2011
    by (21 reviews) Montreal , Canada Flag of Canada

    Excellent hôtel, bien situé, au centre de Thamel, donc, de tout !

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    Reviewed by chapdeluc

    La place !

    Reviewed Sep 22, 2011
    by (21 reviews) Montreal , Canada Flag of Canada

    Au coeur du quartier Thamel, cette institution est un immanquable. Il y a des chambres pour tout les goûts et tout les prix. Un personnel courtois, doublé d'un café resto charmant. On se sent à Katmandou...

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

    Reviewed by thessa_fred

    confortable place

    Reviewed Sep 8, 2011
    by (1 review) , Portugal Flag of Portugal

    Very central, beautiful garden, clean room. Other options cheaper but no garden.

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

    Reviewed by faulds

    good for the money...

    Reviewed Nov 30, 2010
    by (4 reviews) , United States Flag of United States

    Cheap, clean and a very friendly staff. At times is was a bit noisy and the WiFi wasn't reliable, but overall a good choice for cheap place to stay.

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

    Historical Traveler Reviews Kathmandu Guest House

    Kathmandu Guest House...¡Estaré de regreso!

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    Me alojé en el Katmandú Guest House en enero del 2004 y estoy a punto de reservar de nuevo para alojarme allí en unos 6 meses. Estaba solo y con un poco de dudas, sin antes haber estado en el extranjero. Me enamoré del lugar y el personal me pareció más que servicial. También me sentí muy seguro, ya que vigilaban las puertas a todas horas. Era un fantástico lugar para relajarte después de estar caminando en el distrito turístico todo el día. Conocí a gente maravillosa y la comida en el restaurante del hotel era excepcional. Comí allí la mayoría del tiempo. El precio era fabuloso y limpiaban mi habitación a diario, y era muy cómoda. Ya quiero estar allí de nuevo.

    Kathmandu Guest House...Ich komme wieder!!!

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    Ich blieb im Januar 2004 im Kathmandu Guest House und ich bin dabei es wieder zu buchen, um dort in ungefähr sechs Monaten zu bleiben. Ich war allein und ein wenig vorsichtig, da ich zuvor noch nie im Ausland gewesen war. Ich habe mich in den Ort verliebt und fand die ganze Belegschaft mehr als nur hilfsbereit. Ich habe mich auch sehr sicher gefühlt, da die Tore zu jeder Zeit bewacht waren. Es war ein großartiger Ort um sich zu entspannen, nachdem ich den ganzen Tag im Touristendistrikt herumgewandert war. Ich habe wundervolle Menschen getroffen und das Essen und das Hotelrestaurant waren ausgezeichnet. Ich habe die meiste Zeit über gegessen. Die Kosten waren verblüffend und mein Zimmer wurde jeden Tag sauber gemacht und war sehr bequem. Ich kann es kaum erwarten dorthin zu kommen.

    Sie haben mich ganz schön betrogen

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    Ich war dort in einem kalten Winter. Ich bekam ein schreckliches, feuchtes, dunkles Zimmer. Mir wurde ein anderes Zimmer versprochen, aber sie bemühten sich nicht. Sie berechneten mir viel zu viel, mehr als sie mir mündlich zugesagt hatten. Sie warteten, bis ich für meinen Flieger zu spät war und gaben mir dann schließlich die Rechnung. Ich rechnete die Rupien auf dem Weg zum Flieger aus und es war fast doppelt soviel wie der korrekte Betrag. Es gibt dort Zimmer für nur $2. Ich habe einmal $17 bezahlt, als ich zum ersten Mal dort war, für ein Zimmer ohne Badezimmer. Ich habe Einwende erhoben und bekam das $2-Zimmer für $5 (mit Badezimmer und heißem Wasser), das viel besser war. Aber die Rechnung kam wieder in letzter Minute und mit dem falschen Betrag. Niemand half mir mit meinen Taschen. Ich blieb dort nur, weil mein Stammhotel ausgebucht war. ABER nie wieder. Ich blieb sonst immer im Tibet Guest House, seit 10 Jahren. Es ist viel besser und ich bezahle was ausgemacht war. Man berechnet Touristen überall in Kathmandu nach dem, wie dumm sie aussehen. Die Hotels werden jemandem $25 berechnen für das gleiche Zimmer, das ich für $5 hatte, und jemand anderem noch weniger als mir. Ich sehe das überall, jeden Tag in Nepal! Wenn eine Person einem überhöhten Preis zustimmt, dann kommt die Gier und jeder wird nach dieser Rate berechnet.

    Kathmandu guest House...I'll be back!!!

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    I stayed @ the Kathmandu Guest House in January 2004 and am about to book to stay there again in about 6 months. I was alone and a little wary, having never been overseas before. I fell in love with the place and found all staff to be more than helpful. I felt very safe as well, as the gates were guarded @ all times. It was a great place to relax after walking around in the tourist district all day. I met wonderful people and the food @ the hotel restaurant was exceptional. I ate there most of the time. The cost was amazing and my room was cleaned daily and very comfortable.I can't wait to get there.

    They cheated me big time

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    I stayed ther in a cold winter. I got a horrble damp dark room. I was promised a different room, but they made no effort. They overhcharged me anernomous amount, moore than they had verbally agreed to. They waited till I was late for my plane, then finally gave me th ebill. I figured out the rupees on the way to the plane, almost double the correct amount. Rooms there can be as low as $2.

    I paid $17 once before, when I stayed for a room that had no bathroom, my first stay. I argued, got the $2 room for $5, (with bathroom, hot water) which was far nicer. But the bill was again last minute, wrong amount. No one would help me with my bags. I only stayed here because my regular hotel was filled. BUT never again.

    I stayed at the Tibet Guest House all the other times, for 10 years. It is much nicer, and I pay what we agree on.

    Tourists are charged anywher in Kathmandu according to how stupid thinks they look. Hotels will charge someone $25 for same room I have for $5, then charge someone else even less than me. I see it everywhere, everyday in Nepal! When one person agrees to an inflated price, then greed sets in, and everyone is charged that rate.

    My home-from-home in the Himalayas

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    Even though this was my first visit to Kathmandu, within 2 minutes of arrival I felt as if I was home. True, I had decided to go for the Deluxe A/C double-room option, but what I had not expected was the warmth and friendliness of everybody connected with the KTMGH.

    I can only comment on rooms 135 and 136 (the Ricky Martin Suite!). Both these ground-floor rooms are situated in a section off the main gardens. They have comfortable beds (2 singles in 136, a double in 135), telephone, 60-channel colour TV, bathroom and room to relax. The air conditioning unit was a real boon to an Englishman who normally stops functioning in the heat!

    The rooms were kept clean and tidy by a lovely Nepalese lady who welcomed my emergence each day with a cheery "Good Morning, Sir". As I soon learned, in Nepal the day usually starts with a smile and goes uphill from there.

    Apart from my aversion to extremes of heat, I also do not eat Indian food, so to find a large selection of European dishes available on the Restaurant menu was also a pleasant surprise. Breakfasts were good, well-resented, and there was the occasional buffet available for dinner. You can get food and drinks in the lovely gardens, or in the main restaurant area which is situated immediately in front of the reception. This is a great place to watch the comings and goings of trekking groups, climbers, tourists etc.

    While I was there I had the additional spectacle of watching Nepalese construction in action. A new pergola was being fitted over the main restaurant area to enable the restaurant to keep functioning through the monsoon period.

    Internet and international telephone calls are available. My travelling companion used the barber twice and was particularly happy with the service, not that the barber had much to work with! There is also a safety deposit available, and a gift shop.

    The reception area and lounge is the hub of the hotel, and the concierge and other front-of-house members of the team are available to assist travellers with arrangements for tours, sightseeing, where to buy what, and anything else that you can think of.

    Yes, you can do Kathmandu the 5-star way, but that's not the best way to see and experience Kathmandu. The KTMGH wouldn't win any awards for designer-decorated bedrooms, and doesn't have the trappings that you might expect in the luxury-end hotels which provie you with the same environment whether you're in Beijing, Barcelona or Boston, But the KTMGH is 6 stars, because it represents Nepal's greatest natural asset - it's people, with their charm, friendliness and kindness. I will certainly be back, probably in early May 2006, and can't wait to be there.

    Dhanyabad (thank you) to MD Rajan, and Operations Manager Uttam Phuyal, in particular, for making it such a memorable stay.

    Stay here in this legendary icon of Kathmandu

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    This is the second time i have stayed here. their range of rooms is from ultra basic to deluxe a/c. i stayed in standard a/c. there are cheaper places in Kathmandu for similar rooms but here you are paying for the atmosphere which cannot be equalled. this place is truely legendary and one of the friendliest places i have stayed anywhere in the world. the staff quickly get to know you and if you return this is when it shows as they greet you like a long lost friend. i cant praise it enough - you do need to NEGOTIATE your room rate downwards as you do in all of nepal. the longer the stay the greater the discount up to 30% is possible. the comment about the sheets is true, but they are not shiny white becasue they don't use environmentally unfriendly bleach - the towels and sheets are spotlessly clean and replaced everyday if a little grey. have a good time here and write a review.

    Great atmosphere

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    We stayed at the Kathmandu Guest House for three days before going trekking in March 2005. Unfortunately due to the political problems in Nepal tourism is down. What a shame, this is a great budget hotel in the middle of the Thamel and the service was superb. Good hot showers, cosy lounge with TV and lovely gardens to sit and have a pot of tea. For a budget hotel (we paid $30.00 for double garden facing room) it cannot be beat.

    The famous KGH

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    Probably the most established hotel / guest house in Thamel (the traveller's area of Kathmandu). Right in the centre of the action, and only a few minutes walk from durbar square, there are loads of good restaurants and bars nearby.

    The hotel is set in it's own private courtyard, and has on site travel agent for treks and rafting expeditions. There's even a barber, where you can go for a cut-throat shave if you're feeling brave!

    There are gardens in atriums inside the hotel to chill out in, and the hotel is generally a very relaxed and safe place to be. A great introduction to Nepal.

    Home from Home

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    Last November and December, I stayed in Kathmandu Guest House, where I was welcomed like a long-lost friend by the staff. I was most impressed by their friendliness, good humour, courtesy and graciousness. I enjoyed my stay with them enormously, because they made their Guesthouse my Home from Home.

    Kathmandu Guest House is situated right in the very heart of Thamel - it couldn't have been in a better location - beside the hussle and bussle of shops, restaurants, bars, rickshaws, etc., yet it is a quiet, peaceful haven were you can unwind after a hard day's sightseeing. The security man on the gate greeted me with a cheery "Namaste, Mother" each time I left or returned!

    The Standard rooms are all fairly basic, but comfortable and perfectly adequate. Staff at Reception were very helpful and kind, as were the cleaning staff (who left a vase of flowers in my room on at least 2 occasions) and in the small Internet place I got a cheery greeting each time I arrived in.

    The only small failing was the grey colour of the once-white sheets on the beds!

    The outdoor courtyard Restaurant is a meeting place for travellers from all over the world and, even if you are alone (as I was for part of my time there) you will find it very easy to meet new friends. There is a lovely, quiet, private garden in the inner courtyard, where you can relax, read in peace among the flowers, or just sit and unwind after a hectic day exploring Thamel or the various historical sights of the Kathmandu Valley.

    At night, you can sit by the open log fire and chat with friends from all over the planet or sit outdoors (even in Winter, because they have patio heaters!) and eat a delicious Nepali or Indian meal and swop stories of your adventures with other fellow-travellers.

    The atmosphere in Kathmandu Guest House is one of unfailing friendliness and welcome. At my moment of departure, I was given a yellow scarf to wear around my neck, as a sign that one day they hoped I would return. I was kissed and hugged goodbye and I must say, there was more than one tear in my eye as I waved farewell!

    Thank you Kathmandu Guest House staff for a most memorable stay! Some day I hope to go back again.

    Dorothy from Ireland

    TripAdvisor Reviews Kathmandu Guest House

    3.50 of 5 stars Very Good

    Traveler Photos Kathmandu Guest House

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    Kathmandu guest house before dusk.
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