Patan hotels and hostels
The Everest Hotel
Durbar Guest House
Close to Sundhara Tole, this place is set back from the road behind a statue shop. Rooms are not too exciting but they are functional and cheap.
Patan’s only truly top-end hotel, the Himalaya is the haunt of wealthy businessmen and Nepali wedding parties. Expect lots of marble, concierge service and comfortable, well-appointed rooms that are arranged around a pool.
Housed inside the Unesco-restored Shestha House mansion, this charming boutique hotel offers a window onto what it must have been like to be a well-to-do resident of Patan in centuries past.
South of Uku Bahal, this comfortable midrange hotel is a spin-off from a metal workshop and the owners have filled it with an outrageous bestiary of statues.
Expats and NGOs like to keep the Summit secret so that there is room when relatives and friends come to visit. The hotel is built in mock-Newari style, with lots of red brick and carved timber, and the atmosphere is uniquely calm and relaxed.
Mountain View Guest House
Between Jawlakhel and Durbar Sq, down a sidestreet off the main road, this isn't great, with small rooms, sullen adolescent staff and noise from the neighbouring motorbike repair workshop, but it is a cheap option. Rooms at the back are best.
At first glance the Clarion looks a bit dated, but the rooms are comfortable and well appointed, with parquet floors and marble bathrooms. Central air-conditioning is another bonus and there’s a good restaurant with unusual round doors.
Mahabuddha Guest House
Southeast of Durbar Sq, across the road from the Mahabouddha Temple, this is a good budget choice, with tidy, cared-for rooms and an internet cafe. Rooms can be dark so aim for a room higher up.
Peace Guest House
Another quiet and well-run guesthouse right next to the Mahabuddha Temple, with a range of rooms. The bathrooms are a bit hit-and-miss but the views on the west side are great and a couple of rooms have balconies.
Where they got the Hawaiian name from is anyone’s guess, but the Aloha is calm, friendly and blissfully air-conditioned. Rooms are slightly chintzy, but good value, with TVs and bathrooms, plus fridges in the air-conditioned rooms.
Hotel Greenwich Village
In the same area as the Summit Hotel, the oddly named Greenwich Village is peaceful and secluded, though less luxurious than the rates might suggest.