Lazimpat, Kathmandu, Nepal
Note: The following information is provided from our own visits & research, the hotel itself, and our clients' experience of using the hotel.
The Hotel Shanker is a 100 year old palace which was built by a Nepali Maharaja and it is said that the Queen of Nepal and her late sisters were born here. The palace was converted to a hotel in 1964 and it still retains much of the character and features of the original building, including intricate wood carvings and ornate moulded ceilings in rooms and public areas. The hotel gives you the feeling of stepping back in time but still has all the facilities of a modern hotel.
The hotel offers a high level of service and this along with the location and historic atmosphere of the hotel make it our first choice for stays in Kathmandu on many of our group tours.
The hotel is set at the end of a long private drive amid beautifully landscaped gardens right in the centre of Kathmandu. The present Royal Palace is close by and the main tourist sites of Kathmandu are within easy reach. It is only a ten minute walk or short rickshaw ride to Thamel with its many restaurants, bars and shops and Kathmandu International airport is only 8 kilometres (20-30 minute drive) away.
The hotel has 94 rooms and 10 suites located on two floors. There are various different types of rooms available, some which are split level, some with wood carvings and others featuring arched windows. The suites are very spacious and have a king sized bed and separate sitting area. All the rooms are comfortably furnished with twin or double beds and have their own en-suite bathroom with bath tub and shower. The rooms, although a little dated are still well equipped with air conditioning/heating, TV, telephone, mini-fridge and electrical sockets.
The Kailash restaurant is the main restaurant in the hotel and serves buffet style breakfast, lunch and dinner. An a la carte menu is also available for dinner with a wide choice of international dishes from traditional Nepali, Indian to Chinese. The restaurant is located downstairs in what was once one of the palace’s main banquet halls. It still has the original crystal chandeliers, mirrors and ornate pillars and ceilings of the original hall and this gives a unique dining experience. The Cosy Kailash is a smaller restaurant which again is located downstairs and offers a more intimate dining atmosphere. This restaurant is sometimes used for breakfast and dinner at quieter times of the year.
There are two bars in the hotel the Kunti Bar and the One Eyed Bar. The Kunti bar is located at the end of the lobby area and is decorated in tradional Nepali style with lots of intricately carved wooden beams, pillars and windows. The One Eyed Bar is located on the first floor at the top of a curved staircase leading from the lobby and is a larger more modern bar with views over the gardens and pool. Both bars serve a range of beers, spirits and wine.
The pool bar serves drinks and refreshments throughout the day and early evening and there are tables set amidst the gardens where you enjoy a cold drink at the end of the day.
The hotel has a medium sized outdoor pool which is located in the gardens of the hotel. There are sun loungers available along with a poolside bar offering drinks and refreshments. The gardens and lawns are one of the main features of the hotel and are the perfect place to relax after a days sightseeing or shopping. There are two shops within the hotel selling gifts and souvenirs.
Hotel Shanker - hotel website
Virtual Tourist - independent visitor reviews
From UK£1,139 per person
"The tour was excellent and we felt we really did discover Nepal. Raj was the tour guide and we couldn't have asked for better- a true gentleman. Ram was a very good Nepalese driver and we felt safe and confident with him."
Margaret Kipling (Nepal Discovery)
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