Traditional Stay and Traditional Comfort are two unique boutique hotels within the Kathmandu metropolitan area. They are matched in their astute attention to detail. Both are modern, purpose-built buildings but cleverly designed to offer a traditional atmosphere.
While staying at either hotel, make sure you don’t let the finer details pass you by – take some time to admire the handiwork of the traditional craftspeople you will find around both hotels, from the traditional wooden features around the windows, to the hand-painted scenes on pillars in the reception area of Traditional Comfort. These touches of handicrafts show that there is still a place for traditional workmanship in modern design.
Both hotels offer much more than just a convenient location to stay – they offer an experience in themselves. Traditional Stay is located within the historic city of Patan, famous for its Newari arts and culture. The hotel is situated in a quiet alley, ideally placed for you to explore the winding streets of Patan, where you can watch local crafts such as metal, stone and wood work being prepared in street-fronted workshops. Indeed, staff at the hotel can arrange for you to attend a workshop with these local artisans. There is a range of traditional Newari eateries within close proximity to the hotel, or you can eat in the hotel’s excellent restaurant, which re-creates popular international dishes using local ingredients. Traditional Stay has a neighbourly feel to it, perhaps also because many of its staff live close by and have expert knowledge of the surrounding area which they are eager to share with their guests.
Traditional Comfort offers a more central stay, close to the city’s main sights. It is a quiet haven within the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu city. You can enjoy international cuisines in the many restaurants on Durbar Marg and the nightlife of Thamel, both a short walk away. Or you can enjoy the large range of food prepared in the hotel’s excellent restaurant and sip sundowners on the atmospheric roof terrace, enjoying the special mix of Kathmandu’s urban skyline framed by the hills that create the valley. It’s also an ideal base for checking out the Narayanhiti Palace Museum, where you can view the sublime Nepali crown jewels and learn more about the history of the erstwhile royal family.
The rooms in both hotels continue the unique blend of modern comfort with traditional design features. They both have large, comfortable beds and all the comforts you require, such as climate control and hot water in abundance. Bathrooms are spacious and tasteful, with powerful showers. Sustainability is a key focus of both hotels. Complementary toiletries are provided, but in reusable wooden pots that are refilled for each guest. Both hotels have made huge efforts to remove plastic products. All of the lighting throughout both hotels is powered by solar, as is much of the hot water. The high quality cotton bed linen is beautifully designed and created by women, through an organisation that provides employment and training especially to vulnerable women.
Both hotels offer their warm Newari hospitality with a modern take, and at the same time strive for sustainability both as a social enterprise and in their commitment to protecting the environment.
Article by Hannah Straw