In a quiet back alley in the heart of historical Patan, the ancient city of art and culture, Traditional Stay is a refuge of comfort. Its location is ideal for dipping in and out of the sights and sounds of the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Patan.
Start your day by wandering through the vibrant and bustling winding streets of the historical area, and return to the calm and tranquil environment of the hotel to recharge in its charming and comfortable surroundings. Early risers can take a fascinating dawn amble through the winding old streets of Patan, watching locals perform their morning rituals and prayers, returning to Traditional Stay for breakfast and coffee.
Traditional Stay is a purpose-built hotel offering modern comforts, while utilising elements of Newari art into its design. Craftspeople from Patan itself have carved the wooden features found throughout the hotel, such as the windows, beams and alcoves. Painstaking care has gone into the small details, which makes this boutique hotel truly special. The thoughtful design merges history and culture with modern comfort in a seamless way.
The large, spacious bedrooms boast traditional features and balconies. Despite being in the heart of historical Patan, Traditional Stay is down a quiet alleyway, ensuring an uninterrupted sleep on the large, comfortable beds.
The hotel shares a traditional courtyard with ‘living heritage’ buildings, still utilised by locals. The courtyard is resplendent with original features, such as an old water well, where you can sit, soak up the sun and the traditional atmosphere of Patan. Some hotels can feel removed from their location, but in Traditional Stay the experience is truly incorporated within the local surroundings and people.
Traditional Stay has collaborated with the local community of Patan to provide unique services and experiences to its guests. Bespoke activities can be coordinated, depending on the guest’s interests. These can include opportunities to try one’s hand at practical arts and crafts such as thanka painting or traditional cookery courses. You can take inspiration from the beautiful hand-carved wooden features throughout the hotel and ask staff to arrange a woodcarving workshop for you.
The staff at the hotel are from the local community themselves, and are full of useful and friendly advice. They have insider knowledge of the many festivals celebrated in Patan, and can direct you to the best places to enjoy these first-hand experiences, should your stay coincide with a festival or celebration. The hotel has a real cozy, family atmosphere, where you can feel yourself at the heart of Newari culture but with the features expected of a boutique hotel.
As for the food, the skilled chef incorporates local ingredients into international dishes, creating a unique fusion. The food is delicious and high-quality, a perfect way to replenish your body and soul after trekking. Dinner is served either indoors or in courtyard, which can be heated in winter to ward off the evening chill. If you’ve developed a taste for Nepali food then don’t fear: the staff can direct you to some excellent local eateries. The abundance of local food available in the area lies behind the hotel’s decision to focus on international cuisine within its walls.
The hotel is a socially sustainable enterprise, working with the local community to ensure guests enjoy and make the most of their stay in Patan They’re also committed to the environment. All lighting is powered by solar energy; efficient LED bulbs combined with lamp shades are both environmentally friendly and atmospheric. The hot water supply is largely solar heated, but with backup power supply for water heating should it be necessary (you do not have to totally compromise comfort). The beautiful bed linen is handmade by a local women’s cooperative, providing an income to single mothers.
The connection to the local Newari culture of Patan and genuine effort to integrate its guests with the local community truly sets Traditional Stay apart from other boutique hotels in the area.
Article by Hannah Straw.