The Most Unique Hotels in Kathmandu

Hotels belonging to every price bracket are available in Kathmandu, from budget backpacker to luxurious resorts. These five unique hotels offer style, comfort and elegant touches. More than just a place to rest your head, staying in these hotels in Kathmandu ensures a memorable hotel experience.

Traditional Comfort

Traditional Comfort is a new boutique hotel in Kamal Pokhari, a short walk or taxi ride from Thamel and Durbar Marg. It sets a new standard for mid-range hotels in Kathmandu. Every last detail is hand-crafted by local craftspeople, largely from the Newari community: the intricate wood carving, the rooftop pagodas that resemble traditional temples, the hand-printed bed linen and the paintings and artefacts within the hallways. It’s good for a comfortable, peaceful night’s sleep, too.


Traditional Comfort – Rooftop

Shivapuri Heights Cottages

Located on the northern edge of the Kathmandu Valley, near the Shivapuri National Park and culturally important Budhanilkantha, Shivapuri Heights Cottages feels a world away from the congested city. Each of the guest rooms and cottages is so uniquely designed by the British-Nepali owners and feels very homely. The daytime and evening view over the Kathmandu Valley are spectacular, the home-cooked food is delicious and nutritious, and there are lots of places to go walking in the fresh air nearby.


Shivapuri Heights Cottage. Photograph courtesy to

Dwarika’s Hotel

More than just a boutique luxury hotel, Dwarika’s is practically a museum. The founder, Dwarika Das Shrestha, made it his mission to collect and preserve traditional Nepali arts and crafts. Since then, local artisans have been supported by the hotel and its related organisations. Each room is different, with priceless antiques and hand-crafted furniture and artefacts in each. It’s also very near the Pashupatinath Temple.

Kathmandu's Most Unique Hotels

Dwarika’s Hotel is practically a museum of traditional Nepali crafts. Photo: Elen Turner.

Gokarna Forest Resort

Another place to stay that is still within the city, but feels so far from it. Gokarna Forest Resort is in the north-eastern part of the city, and was once the King’s hunting reserve. That means that there is a lot of open space and fresh air—plus a golf course! You can also take short guided walks around the forested grounds, as well as yoga classes. Look out for the deer that roam in the woods and the monkeys that try to steal golf balls!


Gokarna Forest Resort

Kathmandu Guest House

Right in the heart of the tourist hub of Thamel, the Kathmandu Guest House is one of the best choices if you want or need to be right in the centre of things. Located within a renovated Rana dynasty mansion, the hotel has been operational since 1967, and is a well-known classic for being at the heart of the original tourist boom in Kathmandu. The Beatles even stayed here in 1968!


Kathmandu Guest House

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Elen Turner

Elen Turner

Elen Turner is a travel writer and editor with one foot in Nepal and another in New Zealand. She has a PhD in Interdisciplinary Humanities from the Australian National University (2012). Her travel writing has been widely published.

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  1. Raj
    July 13, 2017 at 8:49 am — Reply

    Very unique and quite hotels. Thanks for interesting post.

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