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Dwarika's Hotel
Ranked #10 of 193 Hotels in Kathmandu
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“Quite possibly our favorite hotel ever visited...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2012

This hotel was an excellent surprise in every way. To be clear, this hotel compares well against some of our favorite 5 star properties around the world (not other so called 5 star locations in Kathmandu. From the moment you enter the gate you feel as though you've stepped into a different time and place. It's easy to recommend... an extra welcoming greeting at the door, free of charge early check in, a personal tour of the property, multiple on site restaurants and lounges, of course the museum setting and decor, Friday outdoor BBQ, film and dance, large rooms, favorably priced amenities... the list just continues. We had several days of touring planned, but enjoyed the hotel enough to cancel and afternoon tour to relax around the hotel. Dwarika's has everything you could ask of a 5 star hotel, but also a bit of a small town bed and breakfast feel. On our next visit to Nepal, we will make time to stay at least one night here on our way out of the valley.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 February 2012

We recently made our first ever trip to India and Nepal, and while in Kathmandu we stayed for 3 nights at Dwarika’s Hotel. It is a beautiful combination of calm comfort, but also a unique taste of Kathmandu and Nepal (too many "calm" hotels could be anywhere in the world, so then what's the point of visiting?). Aside from being a "merely" excellent hotel, Dwarika’s is also the product of an inspiring dream. The visionary behind the hotel, the late Mr. Dwarika Das Shrestha, fretted about the loss of Nepal’s rich cultural and architectural legacy as historically important but neglected buildings crumbled, burned and dissolved into the landscape. So, he started an cultural and architectural rescue mission, and with his rescued architectural elements, carvings, sculptures, he built his hotel. So, you have an odd (but wonderful) sensation of recent construction that feels as if its been there for centuries, with literally hundreds of details and surprises throughout. The staff at the hotel was friendly and took very good care of us. The breakfast buffet offered excellent selection of very good food, and what we sampled of the restaurant’s evening fare was also quite good. The hotel is relatively close to the airport, which means also close (i.e. as in “close drive”, not as in “walking distance”) to one of the major tourist attractions, the must-see Pashupatinath temple.

Our room was very comfortable and spacious, but then on the last night they upgraded us to a suite. Wow! If you need lots of room, or have a few extra elephants you need to park, the suites have more room than you will ever need.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2012

Staying at Dwarika's is indeed an experience: the history of the deceased owner and his conservation efforts is touching and after having read about it, it was joy to see the results live. The Newari-style buildings look stunning, with the old elements incorporated in the new ones. The whole courtyard is lovely, full of little details and spaces for contemplation - the pool space is spectacular, with the bar lights in the back and the trees surrounding. We had a high floor room with views to the pool: while not luxurious, it was absurdly spacious, comfortable and traditionally decorated. The staff is attentive and kind, there's a nice spa and there's the aditional touch of the three sweet dogs that live in the hotel.
Food experiences were great, either at Krishnarpan restaurant, with the Newari tasting menu or at the new japanese one (where we've eaten twice). Excellent breakfast and a very cozy bar complemented the experience.
The location is not very handy to explore the city center, but it's near the airport and near the route to other sites, like Pashupatinath and Boudhanath and the road to Bhaktapur.
If you want something unique, this is the way to go.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2012

Stayed at Dwarika Hotel twice (July 2010 & Jan. 2012): no words are powerful enough to describe this "Oasis" as all travelers used to call it. Magnificent rooms & excellent service.
If your are traveling across Nepal, try the formula of "last nights" at this hotel for a maximum of relaxation.

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2012

Let me quickly use the one word used by most of the reviewers - "oasis". Dwarika's is clearly an oasis in the midst of the dust, dirt and grime in Kathmandu.

The hotel's background is the stuff of legend. The builder, Dwarika Das Shrestha chanced to come upon carpenters sawing off pieces of very ornate and ancient wood carved pillars after an old building had been demolished to make way for a modern one. Aghast, he bought the pillars. Since then, he's made it a mission to run after every demolition project to salvage the ornate wood doors, pillars, windows, and decor. Looking of a place to keep his growing collection, he decides to build a hotel in the old Newari style to take advantage and show off the fine craftsmanship. And he insists that all materials in the hotel - floors, beds, tables, bed covers, curtains, etc. must all be Nepali-made if possible.

The service is impeccable. There seems to always be many more staff than guests. There were so many waiters at the every-Friday barbecue dinner and they were very attentive, picking up plates, moving your chair, or fixing the fires in the portable burn stands.Even at breakfast, there were always waiters around waiting to serve. When we checked in, we got the welcome scarf put on us, and a very elaborate pouring of complimentary tea or coffee. The staff are all so accommodating and speak good english.

The rooms are well-designed and very spacious. Large wash-closet area, nice tub, large poster bed, strategic living area and work desk. All the furniture and doors are of course in the traditional style. The lobby is in three parts - a fireplace area, a front desk, and a foyer, all large.

All the rooms look over the courtyard. There is a building in the middle housing a library-lounge-bar area on the ground floor. They also have a mini-gym at the back end of the lot. There are so many art pieces to see everywhere - vases, water spouts, wall decor, etc. - that we kept taking pictures. The coffee shop is well designed, with privacy provided to a lot of tables.

Food was great. The barbecue spread was great, and very reasonably priced. The breakfast fare is a full range.

The only downside is that it's quite far from the city center. When you walk out, there's nothing to walk to so you're reliant on your tour operator. But that's a small negative for all the positives. It clearly deserves all the praises it has gotten from the reviewers.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Dwarika's Hotel

Property: Dwarika's Hotel
Address: Battisputali Rd, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
Region: Nepal > Central Region > Bagmati Zone > Kathmandu Valley > Kathmandu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Kathmandu
#2 Romantic Hotel in Kathmandu
#2 Spa Hotel in Kathmandu
#3 Business Hotel in Kathmandu
#3 Family Hotel in Kathmandu
Price range (per night): ₹ 18,605 - ₹ 35,006
Hotel Class:5 star — Dwarika's Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 86
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Built upon a rich tradition of Nepali hospitality and incorporating some of the country’s most exquisite architectural traditions, The Dwarika’s Hotel in Kathmandu is an authentic experience of Nepal’s ancient cultural heritage.Originally established as a heritage restoration project, The Dwarika's hotel has become known as Nepal's premier property, and a model for heritage preservation in Nepal and beyond. ... more   less 
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