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Hotel Ganesh Himal
Our pick for comfort on a budget is this well-run and friendly place, located a 10-minute walk southwest of Thamel – far enough to be out of range of the tiger-balm salesmen but close enough to restaurants for dinner...
From the marbly foyer to the pink rose décor, this hotel feels a bit out of out of place in the heart of budget Thamel...
Hotel Yak & Yeti
This hotel is probably the best known in Nepal, due to its connections with the near-legendary Boris Lissanevitch, its original owner...
Hotel Blue Horizon
The Horizon is a good choice down an alley off the main street in southern Thamel, making it a quiet and central option...
Kantipur Temple House
Hidden down an alley on the edge of the old town, at the southern end of Jyatha, this Newari-temple-style hotel has been built with meticulous attention to detail...
Tibetophiles and tour groups headed to or from Tibet like this recommended midrange choice, run by a friendly Tibetan family and with a very Tibetan vibe...
Shangri La Village Pokhara
This four-star hotel is a peaceful haven with a wonderful secluded swimming pool and tasteful rooms contained in imaginatively designed stone buildings. There are glorious mountain views from the gardens...
Kathmandu Guest House
The KGH is a bit of an institution. A former Rana palace, it was the first hotel to open in Thamel and still serves as the central landmark. Everyone from Jeremy Irons to Ricky Martin has stayed here...
Royal Astoria Hotel
North along Lazimpat, signposted down a secluded alley to the side of the Hotel Shangri-La, is this excellent find. The light and airy rooms are spotlessly clean, and have TV, carpet and nice home touches...
The stone-clad Hotel Barahi has a sparkling pool and very smart deluxe rooms with small balconies. Though these rates include all taxes, the standard rooms are still disappointing. It has 24-hour room service and a nightly cultural show...
Hotel Peace Plaza
This centrally located, modern four-storey building comprises spotless rooms (many with lake views) with soft beds, a desk, a bar fridge and satellite TV. Some also have a bathtub. And there’s a bright restaurant/cafe downstairs.
Draped in vines that flower bright red or yellow (depending on the time of year), Hotel Yeti’s striking facade makes an excellent first impression. Rooms vary but all are good value and the manager here is very helpful...
Hotel Travel Inn
Although catering for all budgets, even the cheapest rooms are spotless. It’s worth the step up to deluxe for the comfy beds and bathtubs...
Hotel Encounter Nepal
This faded place to the north of Thamel suffers from crummy decor and overpriced rates but has some OK rooms...
There’s nowhere in town quite like this creaky former Rana palace – the kind of place where you expect some whiskered old Rana prince to come shuffling around one of the wooden corridors...
Crowne Plaza Hotel Kathmandu Soaltee
Space and tranquillity are precious commodities in Kathmandu but the Soaltee has acres of both; 11 acres, to be precise, so take a map if you go for a stroll...
Trek O Tel
Subtlety is the watchword at this smart modern hotel located in Lakeside East. Everything is tasteful and understated and rooms are housed in octagonal stone blocks in a pretty garden...
Hotel Grand Holiday
This newish hotel comes recommended by many, and with its mountain views it’s not hard to see why. Its comfortable rooms get plenty of sun, and some have bathtubs. Also has an excellent rooftop sitting area and restaurant.
Spread over four villas, Butterfly Lodge has clean, big rooms (some are designated non-smoking), and there’s a lovely lawn with banana lounges. Staff are very helpful and some of the money goes to the Butterfly Foundation supporting local children.
Dull modern three-star blocks in the north of Thamel.
This new add-on to the popular Northfield Restaurant is right in the eye of the Thamel storm and doesn't do itself any favours by having noisy rooms on a bend in Thamel's main street. Still, it's well run and friendly and things quieten down at night.
Radisson Hotel Kathmandu
A favourite of embassy staff and business travellers, the Radisson is a modern, fresh and well-maintained five-star choice, with a 5th-floor pool and a good gym operated by Clark Hatch...