Best hotels and hostels in Nepal

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Chitwan National Park

    Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge

    Chitwan's leading lodge is still on Top. Tiger Tops was the very first lodge in the park, before it even was one, and later helped lobby for the park's creation. When lodges were banned from the park in 2012, it constructed this new lodge, which is hard to beat. Accommodation is atmospheric, service is impeccable and the vintage Land Rovers pitch perfect.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Kathmandu

    Hyatt Regency Kathmandu

    No expense has been spared on this superb palace-style building, from the dramatic entrance of Newari water pools to the modern Malla-style architecture. It’s worth popping in just to admire the gorgeous Patan-style chaitya in the foyer. As you’d expect, the spacious rooms are furnished tastefully, with huge bathrooms, and you can pay an extra US$20 for views over nearby Bodhnath stupa.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Kathmandu

    Dwarika’s

    For stylish design and sheer romance, this outstanding hotel is unbeatable; if you’re on your honeymoon, look no further. Over 40 years the owners have rescued thousands of woodcarvings from around the valley and incorporated them into the hotel design. The end result is a beautiful hybrid – a cross between a museum and a boutique hotel, with a lush, pampering ambience.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Dhulikhel

    Dwarika's Resort Dhulikhel

    One of the finest and most exclusive places to stay in Nepal, this beautifully conceived boutique resort built of red Newari brick sprawls over 22 lush acres. It takes in infinity pools with mountain vistas, meditation suites, massage rooms, several restaurants and bars, and huge but understated terracotta-style rooms, from the entry level junior suite to the two-floor Royal Suite.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Gorkha

    Gorkha Gaun

    Located 6km south of town on a scenic hilltop, this is far and away the best place to stay in this area, and a model of rural tourism. Returning to Nepal after years in the USA, the owners have lovingly crafted their own gaun (small village) of guest cottages using local materials and intelligent engineering – and made it earthquake-proof.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Nagarkot

    Mystic Mountain

    The only five-star property in Nagarkot, the newly opened Mystic Mountain is a steal at this upper-midrange price. With the exception of some growing pains in the kitchen, everything is top-notch, especially the staff. Best of all is the dramatic hillside location, which peers into the mists below, a phenomenon best enjoyed from the horizon pool.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Bardia National Park

    Tiger Tops Karnali Lodge

    Run by the same pioneering team as Tiger Tops in Chitwan, this top-end lodge is set on the southern edge of the buffer zone near Thakurdwara and offers the most experienced wildlife guides in Bardia. Accommodation is in stylish Tharu-style cottages; the signature rooms could be used for a safari fashion shoot. And the food! Every course is consistently above par.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Chitwan National Park

    Kasara Resort

    A minimalist palace set in lush grounds, Kasara Resort easily wins the best design award among Chitwan lodges. Where else does the entryway to your villa have its own private bridge? The bathrooms with large open-air showers are another nice touch, while the huge dining pavilion cannot fail to impress. Package prices include food and certain activities, including safaris. When you consider all this the price is great value.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Daman

    Everest Panorama Resort

    This is one mountain resort that actually deserves to be called Shangri La. The long way in resembles the movie version of Lost Horizon, the book that gave birth to the enduring image of the lost Himalayan valley. After the road ends, a 200m path runs alongside a steep hill, finally reaching a cleft in a rock wall: the hotel's entrance.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Kathmandu

    Kantipur Temple House

    Hidden down an alley on the southern edge of Thamel, this Newari temple–style hotel has been built with meticulous attention to detail. The spacious rooms are tastefully decorated, with traditional carved wood, terracotta floor tiles, window seats and fair-trade dhaka (hand-woven cotton cloth) bedspreads. Due to the traditional nature of the building, rooms tend to be a little dark.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Budhanilkantha

    Shivapuri Heights Cottage

    Perched on the hillside above Budhanilkantha, Shivapuri Heights offers a peaceful, private bolthole far away from the chaos of Kathmandu. Rooms are divided into three cottages, all decked out with charming living rooms and flower-fringed terraces that offer excellent views over the Kathmandu Valley. There are also safari-style tents for a more rustic stay.

  • Lodging in Kathmandu

    Yak & Yeti Hotel

    This hotel is probably the best known in Nepal, due to its connections with the near-legendary Boris Lissanevitch, who ran the original restaurant. The recently renovated Newari wing incorporates woodcarvings, oil brick walls and local textiles, while the deluxe rooms in the Durbar wing are fresh, modern and stylish.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Bandipur

    Bandipur Adventure Camp

    This new bargain option is in its own category. A tent camp on a mountaintop, with amazing views of Manaslu towering over the Trisuli River, it's run by a dynamic young management, and makes the perfect backpacking stop. The multicuisine restaurant bakes its own bread, pasta and pizza, and the small bar serves beer to match.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Chitwan National Park

    Sapana Village Lodge

    Situated 1.5km north of Sauraha, this serene lodge is an excellent option for anyone, but especially those with an interest in Tharu culture. Set up by its dedicated owner with the aim of supporting the local Tharu community, particularly a local school, it promotes various activities that bring Tharu and tourists together, in addition to the usual wildlife activities. This includes village walking tours, planting rice in the fields, fishing trips and classes in cooking and art.

  • Lodging in Kathmandu

    Shanker Hotel

    There’s nowhere in town quite like this creaky 19th-century former Rana residence – the kind of place where you expect to bump into some whiskered old Rana prince shuffling around one of the wooden corridors. The entry columns of neoclassical whipped cream overlook a palatial manicured garden and one of the city's nicest swimming pools.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Kathmandu

    Hotel Ganesh Himal

    Our pick for midrange comfort on a budget is this well-run and super-friendly place. The rooms are among the best value in Kathmandu, with endless hot water and lots of balcony and relaxing garden seating. Throw in free airport pick-up and this place is hard to beat.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Nagarkot

    Club Himalaya Resort

    This well-designed mountain lodge revolves around a huge circular glass room encompassing reception, a nifty heated pool and an able restaurant with an Indian/Chinese/continental menu. There's also an adjoining bar and dance floor with a rock-and-roll theme. But you came for the views, which are some of the best in Nagarkot.

  • Lodging in Kathmandu

    Zostel

    Part of an Indian chain of hostels, Zostel is a clean, comfortable and well-run place a stone's throw from Thamel. The thick comfortable mattresses, well-thought-out design (individual bed lights and electrical outlets) and services like bag storage and bus ticketing have made it the most popular hostel in the city.

  • Lodging in Kathmandu

    Hotel Vajra

    Across the Vishnumati River on the way to Swayambhunath, this is one of Kathmandu’s most interesting hotels in any price category. The brick complex feels more like an artists’ retreat than a hotel, with lush gardens, a library, a rooftop bar and an ayurvedic massage room. The only catch is the location, which, though peaceful, makes it tricky for getting a taxi.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Nagarkot

    Nagarkot Farmhouse Resort

    If you want to disconnect, this peaceful forest hotel is your place. With no TV or phone signal, you'll be forced to sit on your balcony enjoying a sensational sweep of peaks, and lovely valley views as well. Alternatively you can dip into the meditation room for some yoga. A dedicated owner ensures a great stay. Taxes included.