Best hotels and hostels in Kathmandu

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Hotel Tibet

    Tibetophiles and tour groups heading to or from Tibet like the Tibetan vibe of this recommended place. The 54 quiet and comfortable rooms are plain compared to the opulent Tibetan-style lobby, but several of the larger front-facing rooms have a balcony. There’s also a great rooftop terrace bar-restaurant and a side garden cafe.

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    Maya Manor Hotel

    This colonial-style villa in buttercup yellow was once the family home of the owners of Kathmandu Guest House, who manage the place. Rooms are modern and fresh and the spacious Rana-era suites are named after such illustrious house guests as George Schaller and Jane Goodall. There's a small but pleasant garden and a hidden upper terrace; the service is excellent.

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    Kathmandu Guest House

    The KGH is an institution. A former Rana palace, it was the first hotel to open in Thamel in the late 1960s and still serves as the central landmark. Everyone from Jeremy Irons to Ricky Martin has stayed here. Despite losing a couple of buildings in the 2015 earthquake, the relaxing garden is still Kathmandu's social hub, so book rooms well in advance.

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    Thamel Villa Heritage Hotel

    This classy and stylish new lodge hits the perfect balance of atmosphere and utility: with romantic traditional architecture but modern bathrooms, and right in the heart of Thamel but hidden down a backstreet by Jatra. The former Rana-era palace has only eight rooms (each with one double bed), two of which are spacious rooftop suites. Rates include breakfast on the pleasant terrace.

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    Three Rooms

    There are actually four rooms at this intimate French-run secret in the stylish Baber Mahal complex. Another surprise is just how spacious and charming the rooms are, with traditional dark slate and brass sinks given a cool modern twist by some well-chosen black-and-white photographs. One room even has its own fabulous private terrace. Rates include breakfast and tax.

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    Hotel Blue Horizon

    Renovations have revitalised this old favourite, adding a spacious garden and a new block of midrange rooms. There's a wide range of options spread over multiple floors and terraces; the deluxe rooms offer the best value. Best of all is the secluded location down an alleyway off Tridevi Marg, which makes it super easy for transport around the city.

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    Mi Casa

    For a stylish, cosy option with good personal service this place has just nine rooms with splashes of colour from Nepali fabrics and potted plants. The pricier rooms come with kitchenette and terrace; others are smallish but there's a courtyard cafe that serves breakfast. The location is useful for both Thamel and the new town. Prices include tax.

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    Soaltee Crowne Plaza

    Space and tranquillity are precious commodities in Kathmandu, but the Soaltee has acres of both; 4.5 hectares, to be precise. Spread around the palatial grounds are excellent restaurants, a lovely poolside area and even a bowling alley. The price you pay is a crummy location on the western edge of town, a 15-minute taxi ride from the centre.

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    Hotel Moonlight

    The modern and professional Moonlight is a good midrange choice, with a calming interior garden courtyard, a lobby cafe and a spa, all punctuated with nice design touches. The 67 rooms vary in size; our favourites are the rooms with a balcony in the 'boutique' block. The rooftop bar should boast great views when finished.

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    Kathmandu Garden House

    This small and intimate guesthouse is cosy and deservedly popular. The views from the roof are excellent, the place is impeccably clean, mattresses are comfortable and there is a pleasant garden where you can sit back and marvel at the staff cutting the grass by hand (literally!).

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    International Guest House

    This is a solid and quietly stylish place that boasts century-old carved woodwork, terraced sitting areas and a lovely, spacious garden complete with sun loungers that makes up for somewhat plain rooms.

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    World Heritage Hotel

    Well away from the Thamel bustle, this traditional-style hotel is right next to the splendours of Durbar Sq and some rooms even offer views over the temple rooftops. The 12 rooms are decked out in stone and carved wood and come with ikat bedspreads and window seats.