Hotel Holy Himalaya was initially recommended to me by a very friendly and reliable tour and trekking operator who is also based in Thamel, Rishi Nepal, proprietor of
Encountersnepal dot com, and I have been staying at this hotel since 2012 each time I visit Kathmandu for teaching and further travel in the Himalayas. My seventh stay here was in September 2017. The location is so central, yet quiet as the hotel is situated in an easily accessible back lane. Security is great there but even more importantly, the staff are just always so obliging and friendly. Breakfast, consisting of a variety of tasty dishes, freshly baked cakes and pastries, fruit and juices, is always plentiful and delicious. If you are a coffee drinker, the complimentary cappuccinos with breakfast are as good as any I have had in Sydney or Melbourne as the staff who make them have been expertly trained and the local coffee they use has a wonderful flavour. Black, masala and other teas are also generously provided at breakfast. There is always a supply of filtered water available in the dining room, for you to top up your bottles which are provided in your room filled, hermetically sealed, when you arrive. Rooms are spacious and kept very clean, have television and air conditioning and the bathrooms are also perfectly clean and adequate with plenty hot water. The hotel wifi is generally very reliable also in the rooms. You can exchange foreign currency for Nepalese rupees at the front desk at a fair rate. Wonderful, colourful shops full of locally produced garments, jewellery and handicrafts are found right near the hotel and plenty more are to be found two minutes' walk from there, where there is always plenty of life, something I always miss for the first few days each time I return home. Just up the road, there is also the excellent Gaia Cafe. You can amble through the paved lanes brimming with a diversity of shops and businesses and vegetable stalls to reach Durbar Square in about 20 minutes.
For the price, I doubt you could find better anywhere in Kathmandu. I am grateful to both Encountersnepal dot com for this recommendation and to the welcoming and helpful staff who make my stay so enjoyable every time. Hotel Holy Himalaya is a wonderfully calm retreat from the hustle and bustle of this teeming and vibrant city and I look forward to my next stay there and also my next Himalayan experience with Encountersnepal dot com l when I travel back to Kathmandu next year.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Holy Himalaya puts its guests right in the heart of Kathmandu's Thamel district, within walking distance to numerous bazaars, cafes and restaurants.Our hotel architecture is a traditional Nepalese Pagoda style with a multi-roof design. The hotel has 56 rooms which includes 43 deluxe rooms, 2 suite rooms and ONLY! 8 Standard and 3 budget rooms are without A/C. Mornings at the hotel start with an optional yoga class, and in the evening, guests can enjoy Nepalese food in the hotel's restaurant or savor a drink at the bar and rooftop terrace with magnificent views over the city and the mountains. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holy Himalaya Kathmandu