Hotel Yak & Yeti
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Rooms was terrible
I was booked into the Yak and Yeti for business purposes. I was collected at the airport and taken to the hotel which looked lovely as far as the outside and communal areas go. However, when I was shown to my room it was just awful and badly in need of upgrading. The paintwork was needing redone and the old furniture needed replacing. However-the worst of it was the bathroom-off white shrivelled up plastic sink, a toilet from the 60's and I don't even want to mention the shower.
I asked for an upgrade and they showed me a couple of other rooms which were pretty terrible. 5 star? No way! I checked out after half an hour and went elsewhere.
I believe there are two wings in this hotel and I was never given the chance to see the new one but I wont be going back there again to find out.
Not at all bad and very clean with good service, but overrated all round.
Whilst I have no real complaints, I will say everything about this hotel and this place for that matter is overrated. What was described as acres of rolling lawns and secluded, actually turned out to be a small estate just off a main road in Kathmandu. Yes the gardens and views are beautiful but you are by no means away from it all.
Everything about the hotel is average - nothing really beautiful, spectacular or breath taking.
The casino is a very shabby, unclassy joint, more like a meat market - skip it unless you're a hard core gambler.
However, the breakfast is sumptuous, room service is instant, the maids keep the room spotless and in general there are no shortcomings when it comes to service.
There is a nice little Internet Cafe and a loungy bar you can have an evening drink in.
At the end of the day I will say go and stay here if you are in a group and on an organised tour with daily outings. If you are on your own and want a little break and are not particularly tour oriented, then opt for the Hayat. If you are on your honeymoon, head for the hills and stay at the Himalayan Club Resort.
Un ottimo punto di partenza
Prima i lati negativi, ce n'è soltanto uno: i letti sono davvero duri e ci vuole un po' di tempo per abituarsi se si amano i materassi morbidi! A parte questo, l'hotel è un piccolo gioiello. Si trova in una parte tranquilla della città, vicino al Palazzo Reale, quindi si è lontani dalla frenesia del centro. Il parco è meraviglioso e al mattino, la prima cosa che si sente appena svegli è l'odore dei fiori. La colazione a buffet è buona e conveniente, c'è uno chef che prepara delle omelette fantastiche! Nel loro piccolo i 3 ristoranti sono tutti eccezionali. Il mio preferito era il Russian Chimney. Il personale è cordiale e sempre pronto a prestare il proprio aiuto, le camere sono semplici, ma pulite e ordinate. Questo è il posto ideale dove venire a rilassarsi dopo una lunga giornata a Kathmandu, non andrei a stare da nessun'altra parte!
Fantastico hotel caratteristico
Sono stato allo Yak & Yeti diverse volte negli ultimi anni e non c'è dubbio che lo considero migliore rispetto agli altri hotel del posto: adoro il fatto che la struttura dell'edificio, il parco e l'arredamento siano così caratteristici. Quest'hotel ha molta più personalità del Raddison e degli altri e la posizione in cui si trova è invidiabile: è a pochi passi da Durbar Marg e Thamel. Certo, la moquette è un po' logora e dovrebbe essere sostituita, ma in quest'hotel vivrete un'esperienza fantastica. Il personale è gentile e disponibile. Se cercate un hotel di tipo occidentale, allora questo non fa per voi, ma se volete avere la sensazione di stare veramente in Nepal, lo Yak & Yeti è l'ideale.
Un fantástico lugar de la zona
Ya llevo quedándome en el Yak&Yeti cinco veces durante los últimos años y lo recomendaría sin ninguna duda versus algunas de las alternativas comparables. Me encantó su arquitectura inspirada en la cultura de la zona, sus jardines, mobiliario, sabor...Tiene más personalidad que los Raddison, además su ubicación (a unos pasos de la plaza mayor de Durbar Margh y a 5 minutos andando hasta Thamel) es inmejorable. He de admitir que sería necesario reemplazar la moqueta ya que está un poco raída, pero en general mi experiencia es fantástica. El personal se mostró muy amable y servicial. Si buscas un hotel normal de estilo occidental, no te alojes aquí, pero si quieres realmente vivir en el Nepal, quédate en el hotel Yak&Yeti, está pensado para ti.
Una fantástica base
Primero los puntos negativos, aunque sólo hay uno: las camas son demasiado duras y te lleva un tiempo hasta que te haces a ellas, especialmente si eres como yo que te gustan los colchones blandos para dormir. Excepto por esto, este lugar es un pequeño tesoro. Se encuentra en la zona más tranquila de la ciudad, cerca del palacio real, por lo que estás lejos del bullicio y ajetreo de la ciudad. Los jardines están inmaculados y el aroma por la mañana, a primera hora, es maravilloso. El desayuno bufé es de muy buena calidad y el cocinero prepara tortillas de buen tamaño. Los tres restaurantes son fabulosos a su manera, aunque mi favorito era el Russian Chimney. El personal era amable y siempre mostraba un gran interés por ayudar. Las habitaciones están limpias y ordenadas, aunque es cierto que son un poco básicas. Es el lugar perfecto para relajarte después de un largo día disfrutando de Kathmandu. No me quedaría en ningún otro lugar.
Great Local Place
I have stayed at the Yak & Yeti 5 times over the past several years, and would certainly recommend it vrs some of the comparable alternatives--i love the local-inspired architecture/grounds, furnishings, flavour. It has more personality than the raddison, etc, and its location (steps to durbar margh and a 5 minute walk to thamel) can't be beat. granted the carpet is a bit dungy and could be replaced, but the overall experience here is great.
the staff is friendly and helpful. if you want a western-style standard hotel, then this isn't for you, but if you want to feel like you are actually in nepal, then the Yak & Yeti is for you.
A great base
Negatives first. The is only one; the beds are really hard and that takes some getting used to if like me you like a soft mattress for sleeping on! Other than that this place is a little gem. In a quieter part of town near the royal palace you are away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The grounds are immaculate and smell wonderful first thing in the morning. The buffet breakfast is great value, the egg chef does a mean omlette! The 3 restaurants are all great in their own little way. My favourite was the Russian Chimney restaurant. The staff are friendly and are always keen to help, rooms are clean and tidy if a little basic. This is the perfect place to relax after a long day enjoying Kathmandu, I wouldn't stay anywhere else!
A quiet retreat.
For those of you going to Nepal, don't expect to find your typical Western luxury hotel. The Yak and Yeti is a good hotel with lots of charm and history. The rooms were comfortable with hand carved furniture and decorations. Our room had a view of the garden / pool. It wasn't expensive and the hotel was located a bit off the beaten path, tucked away off of a side street. It was a good secluded, and luxurious (for Nepal) place to stay.
The dinner show was OK but would have been better if there were more customers there. The casino was "amusing"... I played blackjack... no tipping allowed.. the worn out cards are shuffled by mixing them face down on the table... I won $100 but I actually felt guilty. The guy behind the cash cage must have counted out my money three times in abused $10 bills before he gave them to me.
A luxurious haven amidst chaos
I loved staying at the Yak & Yeti in Kathmandu, it was a luxurious haven in a busy city. It was so nice to come back to the hotel and relax after a day of being pushed through crowds and car horns blaring everywhere.
The staff are really friendly, the doorman in particular who prevented us from being ripped off by the driver of our rickshaw. The problem being once you say the name of the hotel (or any 4 or 5* hotel) the price goes up immediately. The key is to negotiate the fee before setting foot into the taxi.... a lesson we learned fast. If they don't come down in price just find another taxi driver!
The bedrooms are lovely and very comfortable, the bathrooms could use a bit of an update in the Newari wing, as they don't fulfil the requirements of a 5* deluxe, but they are clean. The rooms in the Durbar wing on the other hand (where we stayed after a short trip to Pokhara) are fabulous and those rooms really do live up the 5* deluxe tag. Everything is as you would expect clean and modern. Room Service is fast and very efficient, no sooner do you put the phone down with your request there is a knock on the door.
The Chimney resturant and the Piano Bar at the hotel serve very nice food in an idyllic atmosphere particularly at night when the gardens are lit up. The sunrise cafe has a huge buffet breakfast with so much food on offer you're not sure whether you should be good and enjoy the fresh fruit or, be naughty and enjoy all their fresh pastries. Needless to say we opted for both! There is another restaurant that all the guide books recommend at the hotel that has indian folk dancing which we heard was quite good but you need to book in advance to experience it....so sadly we missed out.
There is an outdoor pool, tennis courts and a gym which is very small. You can also enjoy a vast choice of massages which I found so much cheaper in Nepal than anywhere else. The Casino, also in the hotel has interesting entertainment which is a must see!
The hotel is fantastic and I recommend it to anyone going to Kathmandu. They make it hard for you to leave the hotel but just one glance at the view has you trekking out to see the surrounding areas. The hotel is right next to the Royal Palace and Thamel which is a tourist trap where you can buy your souveniers and enjoy nepalese food really cheap. Durbar Square is a very enjoyable 15 min walk away as well. This hotel is well worth a visit and I can't wait to go back.
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