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“Rustic Mediterranean Resort”

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Temple Tree Resort & Spa
Ranked #8 of 108 Hotels in Pokhara
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Reviewed 26 October 2011

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.

Other observations:
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.

Room Tip: Near the pool, ground floor level.
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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 16 October 2011

Temple Tree Hotel in Pokhara is new. The swimming pool is well-designed, very clean, and lights underneath. You have friendly staff who stand-by to give you towels and assist other guests.

The rooms are excellent. Nice yellow halogen lighting, two wall-attached lamp shades, space programming is highly-optimized, split-type AC, centralized card system power on/off, flat screen Samsung TV on the wall, cabinet for luggage, table, chair, disposable slipper, bath tub, toilet, post-modern sink, heater, exhaust, etc. Wake up call is ok. Front-desk is friendly. The spa was still under construction when we checked out. They need to put in a steam bath room, sauna room, massage room, gym, etc.

All the restaurants on the Lakeside are pretty accessible from the hotel.

The interior design of the hotel and restaurant is rustic Mediterranean.

Needs improvement: housekeeping should clean the rooms thoroughly specifically the toilet, the toilet flush is a bit slow, they need to install card key system for door access, extend the pool to 10PM as most of the hotels globally do. Put CCTV system on hallways. Replace some of the beds with medium soft configuration. More lights on the pool area.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 2 October 2011

We were fortunate enough to spend a night at Temple Tree after a few days in the mountains. It was such a treat to come back to such a beautiful, serene place. I hadn't expected to find a property like this in Nepal as everywhere else we stayed was far more basic. The design and attention to detail is great. It's clearly a new-build but they have incorporated the style of old Newari (I think) designs which is lovely. The room was beautifully decorated and furnished and there was free wifi which is always welcome. Having a pool was just wonderful. We had the pool to ourselves for the most part and it was glorious to be able to swim and get away from the usual Nepali noise & grime. I'm suprised by the review saying that the hotel's away from the shops/restaurants of Lakeside. It's about a 100m walk if that. It would literally take you a minute to get to the waterfront!! We only had breakfast at the hotel as it was included. We did look at the menu in the evening but were put off by the fact no-one else was there and also the food is pretty over-priced (though not unexpected for a hotel like this). We prefer more local-style eateries so we ate at Thakali Kitchen down the next lane, which was fabulous and cheap. Breakfast at Temple Tree was great though. Plenty of choice and the waiter was very attentive. I would highly recommend it - particularly after some hard trekking. It's a fabulous place to relax and unwind. Staying here felt like a real treat!

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 September 2011

We went to Pokhara for a weekend and Temple Tree, a new property offered a great relaxing retreat. Walking distance from the lake, the resort has well furnished rooms, swimming pool and upcoming spa. Thought the massage is available in the rooms and was rejuvinating after a days treck.....The service is great and food is good ...the cottage based setting takes the cake. Though the property does not have a great view, it is quiet and nice.

Room Tip: My personal preference is rooms on ground floor, where you have the liberty of walking in to the gar...
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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 September 2011

We booked at Temple Tree for the first 4 days of September since it is one of the few nice establishments near the Lakeside main road (approximately 100 meters away). We knew they had just finished building it and we hoped everything was up and running. This turned to be the case so we had a very good time. We found the hotel very cozy and warm, with its soft earthy colors and stone niches. Our room had a small balcony overlooking the big central tree: early mornings we could sit there and see the peaks of the Annapurna in between the foliage, coming in and out the thick fogs of the monsoon. The rooms are not very big but are well appointed with Air con, satellite Tv and with very comfortable and new beddings. The bathroom was spotlessly clean, towels were soft and white but amenities were not impressive, regular soap and shampoos instead of some nice natural type of soap. Mineral water was complimentary and Wi Fi was free too, though connection is not always good. We were told server problems are chronic in Nepal. We tried room service and were not very impressed (goofy waiter…) but we enjoyed the bar area near the pool and especially the Tree House Restaurant on the first floor. The staff there are truly friendly and made everything they could to make us feel comfortable. They recommended us some other good restaurant too, like Caffe Concerto which is the nearby Italian Specialty Restaurant offering a whole array of yummy pastas and the Korean specialty one, enjoyed the spicy soups.

They also arranged a couple of sightseeing at affordable price - competitive with the nearby travel agencies – in their comfy air-conditioned mini bus and they throw us a free airport drop as a goodbye. All in all I would recommend it to people who looks for a cozy, medium sized hotel with a unique décor and homely atmosphere.

Room Tip: Try to get a north facing room
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Temple Tree Resort & Spa

Address: 6 Gaurighat, Lakeside, Pokhara 33411, Nepal
Region: Nepal > Western Region > Gandaki Zone > Pokhara
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Pokhara
#3 Spa Hotel in Pokhara
#4 Business Hotel in Pokhara
Price Range: ₹ 7,101 - ₹ 9,425 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Temple Tree Resort & Spa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 47
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