Review of Thamel’s first and oldest hotel: Kathmandu Guest House, Nepal.

Last Updated on July 4, 2017 by

Review of Thamel’s first and oldest hotel: Kathmandu Guest House, Nepal.

KATHMANDU GUEST HOUSE, located in the heart of bustling Thamel in Kathmandu, Nepal is a great stay option.  In 2015, after finishing Everest Base Camp successfully, I stayed in Thamel for a week. Kathmandu Guest House was often the landmark every time I asked locals for directions. Ever helpful people of Nepal would help me with “Take a right from Kathmandu Guest House.” , “It’s next to Kathmandu Guest House”  It intrigued me as I roamed around it.

Pata’s Nepal chapter invited me to attend International Travel Bloggers and Media Conference I was ecstatic when I learned that I was allotted Kathmandu Guest House for a good part of my 11 days stay in Nepal. One, I was itching to go back to Thamel after my 2015 stay. Two, I was curious to see how the Kathmandu Guest House looked like from inside. And of course, a stay is a bonus.

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A Brief history of Kathmandu Guest House:

Regarded as an institution now, it was the first and the only hotel of Thamel when it was inaugurated. Established in 1967, KGH Group of Hotels and Resorts is one of Nepal’s leading hotel chains with 8 eco-friendly hotels under its flagship. Originally a mansion dating back to the times of the Rana Dynasty, Kathmandu Guest House suffered much damage during the devastating April 2015 earthquake.  There is not a sign of earthquake in its present day restored form.

Kathmandu Guest House belies its name. Most people, including foreigners in my group were not very excited when they learnt they would be staying in a ‘guest house’. Most people perceive the word Guest House as a bland, clinical, basic stay option which believes in serving its guests the tackiest food possible. However, Kathmandu Guest House is anything but that.

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The Buddha Garden is an oasis in busy Thamel!

As I entered its massive gates, I and my co travelers were surprised to see its sprawling campus made atmospheric by a manicured garden and al fresco dining. In the evening local Nepali singers would play Nepali instruments and sing melodious folk songs in the lawns for those who cared. I would come running from my room as soon as I heard them play the music. Guests of mixed nationalities would sit and savour the food and drinks, cocooned from the rush and chaos of Thamel market, situated just 2 minutes walk away. It is a perfect haven for those who seek a calm, uncrowded, spacious and clean place near the congested Thamel market which is perennially starved of open spaces.

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The Walk Of fame and The Beatles Connection:

There were large Beatles posters in the dining room and the ‘Walk Of Fame’ pathways were marked with names of celebrities a la Hollywood. Curious to see a Beatles heavy theme across the public spaces in Kathmandu Guest House, I investigated with the managers. Turned out band members of Beatles have stayed here eons ago. Other celebrities apart from George Harrison who have stayed here and find a mention in the ‘Walk of Fame’ are: George Band (First mountaineer to ascend Kanchenjunga), Shyam Benegal (Indian film director), Jeremy Irons, Joel Edgerton (Hollywood star) and Ricky Martin (Pop star)

Rooms in Kathmandu Guest House:

I stayed in a garden facing room. It had a small balcony which I used mostly to sip coffee, smoke, talk on phone and watch pigeons make love. It is also a good idea to enjoy the Nepali music being played in the garden, in case you don’t feel like going down.

My room was spacious if not huge. The beds were neatly made up. It had the basic amenities, viz. tea coffee machine, mini-bar, different lighting options, a dressing mirror and avoidable instant noodles. I was able to control the AC thanks to the panel. My room was not ultra luxurious but was pretty decent and comfortable. The slabs and tables helped me manage my luggage. There was a TV which I didn’t use.

The washroom stocked high quality soaps, shampoo, body gel, loofah and tissue papers. Shaving and dental kit was perhaps available on request. I didn’t need it so I am not sure. The temperature in the hot shower was perfect. For Asian guests, the good news is that unlike some pretentious luxury hotels, they do have jet spray along with tissue papers next to the western style Water Closet.

Food and beverage:

I had lunch and breakfast at The Kathmandu Guest House Dream Garden Café. I had a vegetarian burger which was huge and comes with fries. It was delicious, filling and justified its price. The breakfast, though good, might not appeal to an Indian guest. It was mostly fruits, cereals, juices, baked beans, muffins, croissants, preserves, pancakes etc. It would have been great if they offered Idli, Upma, Aaloo ka paratha, poha etc in the buffet to cater to the Indian taste.

Location and the cost of rooms at Kathmandu Guest House

The location is a winner thanks to its proximity to Thamel, Ratna Park bus stand and the Tribhuvan International Airport. One can spend all night partying in the lanes of Thamel without worrying about returning to the hotel via taxi. You can just party and walk up to the Kathmandu Guest House.

There are rooms for all pockets in the Kathmandu Guest House. One must call and ask the price for their chosen dates as its subject to change as per season. Would I want to come back again? Of course.

The view from my #SoulWindow is comforting!

Address and contact of Kathmandu Guest House
Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Landline: (+977-1) 470 0632/470 0800
Mobile: +977 9851020484

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20 thoughts on “Review of Thamel’s first and oldest hotel: Kathmandu Guest House, Nepal.”

  1. Your photos are absolutely stunning! I would love to visit Nepal one day. Thanks for sharing your amazing trip experience. Nepal is one interesting country to visit.
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  6. This guest house looks delightful and very charming. I love the look of the gardens. Glad to know they have been able to recover from the devastating earthquake. It must have been so nice returning to Nepal after your last visit.

  7. Kind of a heritage stay. The interiors are excellent if you say it is a guest house.
    Very well maintained one. Noting it for a future date.

  8. Oh this looks like an amazing place to stay. The gardens look so serene. Nepal is on our list of places to consider for 2018 and I’ll definetly want to stay here if we get there.

  9. travellingslacker

    Looks like a great property. I envy your explorations into Nepal. Do post more about the country. They will be useful when I make my foray into Nepal, something I have been planning to do for a while.

  10. I stayed in the boutique property of the same Group of hotels and during my stay one evening the owner dropped in and he shared his backstory how he came up with the idea of that property. That was a really good conversation. Whenever I’ll go back I would love to stay in that property and experience it myself. Your review is helpful.

  11. Wow, I wish I could get an invitation for an International Travel Bloggers and Media Conference! That’s amazing, congratulations to you! I guess the best part of this experience is the Nepali music.

  12. What luck you have ! Getting allotted the hotel, which you wanted, and that too for 11 days. Love the vibrant pics of the oldest hotel in Thamel. Hope to go there some day in the near future.

  13. Wow from your description, The Kathmandu Guest House sounds like a pretty fancy hotel. I love rooms with balconies so I can while away the time sipping tea as the world pass by. I also love to try out local food for breakfast rather than going English. They can introduce both English and local options so guests can choose accordingly.

  14. This was a wonderful property to stay in while in Kathmandu. One of the 1st property to be build right in the center of the shopping hub of Thamel. I was left in awe as soon as I entered this guest house. So colorful and vibrant

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