Hotel Shangri-La

Hotel in Kathmandu

The real draw at this five-star place is the large relaxing garden, with its terrace restaurant and small but nice pool. Come for the Friday barbecue or Saturday champagne brunch, or try a Lost Horizon–themed cocktail during happy hour (4pm to 6pm) at the cosy James Hilton Bar. Request a garden-view room.

It's not connected to the Shangri-La chain.