The Hotel Shanker can truly be said to be a monument showcasing the architecture of the Rana years, besides being a hotel with a history.
A 100-year-old palace, situated in the heart of Kathmandu, it faces the north side of the Royal Palace. Located only five minutes from the pulse of the city, Durbar Marg and Thamel, it is easily accessible to the major business institutions, diplomatic enclaves and tourist hubs. The hotel reflects the aesthetic beauty of its historical past, a visible grandeur perceived in the traditional architecture to provide the comfort experienced by the maharajas of Nepal at very affordable rates. The preservation of this four star property as a historical landmark is primarily due to its founder, the late Ram Shanker Shrestha. His ingenious concept of maintaining the architectural beauty of a bygone era and merging it with today’s modern comforts has resulted in a hotel with few parallels in Nepal.
Entering into an exotic world
As you walk into the hotel’s lobby, you enter an exciting and exotic world, the old world elegance only found in a few ‘great’ hotels around the world, characterized by exquisite and authentic objects d’art. Stepping into the Kunti Bar, on the ground floor, you will be surrounded by Nepali hand crafted wooden windows. The hotel has 94 tastefully furnished rooms. They are of various types – rooms with exotic woodcarvings, split level rooms (‘Double Deckers’) and rooms with intricate designs and wall hangings, as well as those with arched windows that impart an intimate atmosphere. Soothing colors have been chosen for flooring and furnishings that lend the rooms an air of sophistication. You can be assured of a good night’s rest. A generous sprinkling of paintings by Nepalese artists in the rooms as well as along the corridors will enthrall you.
To those inclined towards taste and culture, the hotel offers the perfect venue to hold banquets and conferences. Without a doubt, the banquets will seem more stately and conferences, more weighty and substantial. The majestic Kailash Hall, the exotic Durbar Hall and the efficiently conceived One Eyed Hall have been host to innumerable historical events and these venues continue to be much preferred choices for holding various functions throughout the year. Out of the approximately 35 ropanis (4.4 acres) of its property, almost one third is landscaped and this bestows the hotel with a regal environment and an air of expansiveness. A large well manicured garden with a lovely swimming pool and health club in front has been designed to mix well with the neo classical architecture of the hotel itself. The expansive and extensively landscaped garden is another favourite setting for celebrating many joyous occasions including wedding receptions.