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.
The hotel consists of clusters of traditional Newari buildings separated by brick-paved courtyards. All rooms are unique and some have sensuous open-plan black-slate bathrooms. Highlights include a lovely library lounge, back pool, a spa where they make their own inhouse soaps, a good Japanese restaurant and a bar in the hotel's original building. The location on a busy street east of town, a short walk southwest of Pashupatinath, is a horror, but finding a taxi is never a problem.
Featuring an extensive collection of artefacts from the 13th century, Dwarika's Hotel is modelled after the palaces of Newar Kings. Pashupatinath Temple is 500 metres away while Tribhuvan International Airport and the Buddhist site of Boudhanath are both 2 km from the hotel. Durbar Marg Street is 5 km away.
The air-conditioned rooms, which are equipped with a satellite TV and seating area. Private bathroom comes with a bathtub, shower and free toiletries.
Recreation facilities available include massage services and a spa. A 24-hour reception welcomes guests. Free private parking is provided.
Guests can choose to dine at Krishnarpan, which specialises in local cuisine. The hotel also serves Japanese dishes at Mako’s and Continental dishes at Toran. Local and international drinks can be ordered from Fusion Bar.