As we entered Temple Tree we were impressed by it's facade- quiet and simple yet you'll know it is newly-built. The lobby was very spacious which was adjacent to the dining area and bar.
The rough wall plastering was very consistent with the exposed ceiling beams design. Even the earth colors to paint the interior and exterior walls were very Mediterranean that is why I call it a rustic- mediterranean place. The hallway had lighted niches which looked very cozy at night with the yellow lights on. We were met by our family friends who checked in a few hours before us and were already eating. However they told us that the food was not that good. We proceeded to our room to find it very soothing as we entered. it smelled of a spa! They put a
room air freshener that brings you to your previous spa visit. However it lasted only until the
second day. I wish they had it everyday after each clean up.
Everyone has to pass thröugh the infinity swimming pool before going to the rooms. It was so relaxing coming from long hours of bus travel. The layout of the buildings on the sprawling property was very efficient and some rooms even faced the pool. I never expected that a well designed place like this can be found in Nepal.
The interior and layout of the room was typical as in other hotels, except that they added the mural of the temple tree behind the headboard (which was also the main wall accent in the
lobby) which was perfectly drawn. Again, there are wall niches or alcoves, with indirect lighting
which our daughter used as a shelf for her books too. There were individual small balconies in each of the room, accessed by a sliding door from the main room, with seating and table if
guests want to rest before or after swimming. I like the detailed attention they put on the door handles, the closet handles, which were lizard-molded metal in patina finish. Very rustic indeed. Very consistent with their theme. Even the bathroom had rough wall and floor tiles. What was missing was the mini-fridge that other hotels have. So we cannot cool some drinks. They also do not have queen sized bed I think because we came as two families with extra bed accommodation, 4pax and 5pax. What they did was put two twin beds beside each other and one more extra bed. it looks fine but you end up waking up with sore back from the hard corded edge of the bed, all in the middle.
The towels were not replaced even those placed on the tub, indicating request for change.
The cleaning guys did not clean our bathroom well. I called the front desk to request but no one came.
There was railings outside the rooms where we hung our swim suits only to find them gone the next day. It took the front dest a few minutes to trace who took them until the laundry department returned everything to us, including personal towels. We did not request for laundry service at all. We did not hang swimsuits outside after that.
Their spa rooms were still under construction and we were dismayed to find that their temporary massage beds were mattresses on the floor, not even massage beds - and they charged the same for that temporary setup.
Breakfast buffet dishes were mostly the same everyday (and we ate there for 3 days). I hope they offer more variety. But the egg station can cook any type of eggs you want so it was a relief.
They had nice vans available for sight-seeing tours and friendly driver and staff for booking.
The waiters were polite, and overall impression on staff was OK, they are friendly but a little distant.
The road from the main lakeside road to the hotel was so rocky that one can slip and hurt the ankle if not careful. There was no lighting at night so we had to bring flashlights. Not safe especially for kids. One time there was a loose buffalo and the caretaker did not care if it was almost walking towards us. But we managed.
When we checked out on our 4th day, we were faced with a phone bill that we never made! Although it cost very meager, we argued that we never ever made that call- which was even
logged at midnight! Everyone of us had mobile phones and we'd rather make the call from our
mobile than the hotel phone. Anyway, it was never cancelled so we paid it the same.
Overall our experience in Temple tree was something we will cherish. It was very strategically located so we could walk along the lakeside shops at night and wander looking for restaurants. We will return to stay there particularly for the pool because our children love to swim.
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- Also Known As:
- Temple Tree Resort And Spa
- Temple Tree Hotel Pokhara