10 Best Places to Stay in Kathmandu | Hostel to luxury hotel

by Vanessa Wanders Miles

Kathmandu is a lively and buzzing city, the go-to place for trekkers, travellers, and culture seekers. Whether you are looking for a budget backpacker hostel or fancy treating yourself to a spot of luxury, there is a lot to choose from, and hard to know where to start when planning your trip to Nepal. Here are the top recommendations of the best places to stay in Kathmandu by travel bloggers around the world. Now time to get packing…


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BEST PLACES TO STAY IN KATHMANDU


BEST HOSTELS IN KATHMANDU


Shantipur Kathmandu Hostel

Located at Kaldhara 16 

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View from the rooftop of Shantipur Kathmandu Hotel in ThamelRecommended by Erika’s Travelventures

For budget backpackers ‘Shantipur Kathmandu Hotel’ in Kathmandu is a fabulous recommendation. It’s located a few blocks away from Kathmandu’s Thamel, far enough away to avoid the noise and crowds on the street. The hostel is 6 stories tall, with a lounge space and restaurant on the 5th floor, and a rooftop with an incredible view over Kathmandu on the 6th floor. When I’m in Kathmandu, you’ll find me chilling on the rooftop with the other guests, where there are plenty of power strips, low tables and cushions, a refreshing breeze, and a small garden. You can even order food or beers from the restaurant downstairs and the staff will bring it to you on the rooftop! 

Shantipur has one big dorm room (350 NPR per night or $3.20 USD), and several smaller rooms including female-only dorms (450 NPR or $4 USD) and private rooms. You won’t break your bank by staying here! I love wandering through the local alleyway right next to Shantipur which opens to a larger street filled with local mom-and-pop shops, where you can find Nepali dishes for 100 rupees each. If you want to eat at Shantipur, their Western or Nepali breakfasts are also amazing, as are their lunch and dinner options. The cherry on top is the amazing staff who you’ll become friends with immediately! 


Zostel Kathmandu

Located at Kaldhara 

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Zostel Hostel in KathmanduRecommended by Hannah from Bold Destinations

One of the best places to stay in Kathmandu, Nepal is Zostel Kathmandu. Zostel is a brand of Budget Hostels located throughout India and Nepal. Each are independently owned but follow all the same rules and design. Zostel recently moved to Kathmandu to start setting up some budget friendly accommodation options.

Zostel Kathmandu caters to backpackers and people looking to be social and travel on a budget. It is a great place to stay if you are traveling alone or want to have a cheap but clean and nice place to stay. Zostel is located in the Thamel district, which hold a lot of great shopping.

In addition to creating a warm and inviting environment, Zostel has its own cafe and restaurant for meals and a rooftop bar for evening get togethers. This accommodation offers guests a choice of staying in a dorm or booking a private room with either a twin or double bed. Prices range from the cheapest at $7.50/night (staying in an 8 person mixed dorm) – $32.00/night (staying in a deluxe double bed private room). Overall, Zostel offers travelers a home away from home. It is very clean, full of beautiful wall art and the staff help create a safe and comfortable environment.


Alobar1000 Hostel

Located in Thamel 

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Alobar1000 Hostel in Thamel, KathmanduRecommended by Bistra from The Magic of Traveling

My friends from the yoga teacher training in Kathmandu Valley basically insisted that we stay in Alobar 1000 hostel in Thamel. I didn’t know what the fuss was all about, having never been to Kathmandu at all. It didn’t take much convincing – the location was just in the right neighborhood of Kathmandu (Thamel), prices were affordable and I could book online. I was expecting my husband Nace to arrive in Kathmandu later, so when I saw they offer private rooms as well beds in dorm rooms, the deal was sealed.

What we liked about Alobar 1000 hostel was the absolutely chill and cool vibe in the common areas and restaurant tables – you can have your meal, drink tea with friends, work, read, play board games. Sometimes they organize group activities like movie nights. It was fascinating how many interesting people we met there while being able to keep our privacy in our room when we wanted to.

I highly recommends Alobar 1000 to everyone who wants to enjoy the relaxed international vibe in the heart of Thamel at quite the affordable price.


Monkey Temple Backpackers Hostel

Located in Paknajol

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Rooftop View from Monkey Temple Backpacker Hostel in KathmanduRecommended by Yen from Swing Abroad

If you’re staying in Kathmandu, chances are you’ll book your hostel close to Thamel, the tourist hub for foreigners. They have all the bars, trekking equipment stores, book stores, pharmacies and everything there. While having all of these convenience do make your shopping and nightlife less hustle, it can get too noisy or loud at night. So if you’re looking for a backpacker hostel at the outskirt of Thamel, Monkey Temple Backpackers is the place you should consider staying at.

Located 10 minutes walk from the main street of Thamel, this hostel offers clean dorm beds, spacious double rooms, and rooftop bars to chill at. In the morning, you can wake up to see the snow mountains on the horizon on a clear day. The friendly hosts and convenient location made me extended my stay of 1 night to 4 nights in Kathmandu.

The only downside to this hostel is that it might not be safe for everyone to walk back from Thamel after their drinks in the bar. There are not many street lights, but I’ve found that it’s generally very safe to walk around in Kathmandu. If you’re worried about this, that’s what the rooftop bar is for! Grab your drinks there, the views are really amazing because of the 4-story apartments. You’re basically standing taller than all the surrounding buildings. And there are a lot of seats to accommodate all the guests.


BEST HOTELS IN KATHMANDU


Omana BnB

Located in Lazimpat

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Omana BnB in Kathmandu, NepalRecommended by Bianca from The Altruistic Traveller

The Omana B’n’B is a unique B’n’B with a social cause. The boutique hotel founded by local female entrepreneur Prakriti Mainali, a woman who has gained recognition for her work in uplifting marginalised women and promoting female empowerment. Prakriti opened Omana B’n’B under the social enterprise model so that profits from the hotel business could be used to fund women’s development projects including skills training, education projects, and micro-loans for women.

The B’n’B is a small scale luxury accommodation, with modern fittings and western facilities. The homely ambiance is apparent in the decor of the rooms designed and planned according to the Vastu Shastra, an ancient Hindu knowledge that prescribes the layout and positioning of objects to align with universal forces in harmony. The property also features a tranquil garden and an exclusive fair trade gift shop, showcasing products hand-crafted by women in Nepal.


Traditional Comfort

Traditional Comfort is a 3 star hotel, located at Kamalpokhari

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Roof terrace at the Traditional Comfort in Kathmandu

Roof terrace at the Traditional Comfort in Kathmandu. Photo: Dominican Abroad

Recommended by Jean from Traveling Honeybird 

Really there’s not a whole lot to be said about this hotel that isn’t in the name. Traditional. Comfort. The building itself has been designed in the traditional Newari style. Warm earthy tones, intricate carvings and a sense of freedom as you walk around. From the lobby to your room and all the way through to the rooftop bar. 

One of the perks of staying in the luxury of Traditional Comfort is their well trained baristas. Each and every morning as our group sat down to enjoy breakfast the barista would craft us a delightful coffee. Not only great in taste but latte art. Faces, happy sayings to start our day or just adorable round animals. It’s the little things that really add to the charm of a place.

Now the comfort part is within the privacy of your room. Each room is spacious, has a western style toilet and regular hot water. A rarity in Nepal! But the icing on the comfort cake is the small touches. Filtered water bottles on your desk. Fruit basked on arrival. Super soft blankets that are made by a local women’s cooperative. You won’t need additional blankets as these are super warm and super comfortable.

I’ve been to Nepal twice, stayed at over a dozen different hotels and will be sure to return to Traditional Comfort when I visit again in 2020.

Have you visited Pashupatinath Temple at dusk and watched the Aarti ritual ceremonies?

Kantipur Temple House

Kantipur Temple House is a 3 star hotel, located on Chhusya Galli in Thamel

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Entrance to the Kantipur Temple House Hotel in Thamel, KathmanduRecommended by Vanessa from Wanders Miles

Kantipur Temple House is a traditional eco-hotel hidden away down an alley giving you a quiet stay away from the noise of Kathmandu life. The rooms are tastefully decorated rooms and the hotel is built to a high standard in the native Newari architecture of Kathmandu Valley. 

The boutique hotel has a zero plastic policy so there’s no bathroom samples such as shampoo. They compost and recycle non-biodegradable materials, they don’t supply bottled water but refills and they use solar panels for energy – just a few of their contributions towards protecting the environment. The Thamel location makes this easy to be able to walk to the main tourist sites in Kathmandu.

Breakfast is all organic and locally produced and they even have their own farm in Bhaktapur. If you’re happy with no TV in your room, free yoga in the morning and a peaceful environment then this is the place for you, I loved it!


Hotel Mulberry

Hotel Mulberry is 3 stars, located in Thamel

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Hotel Mulberry in Thamel, KathmanduRecommended by Gerry from Dominican Abroad

Hotel Mulberry is tucked away in a quiet corner in the center of the most popular Kathmandu neighborhood for travelers: Thamel! This is one of the best hotels I’ve stayed at in Kathmandu and yet it seems very underrated. It has an infinity pool on the roof, a fitness center on the top floor, impeccably clean and state of the art amenities and a wonderful staff that take care of you from the moment you walk through the door.

Although currently ranked as a 3 star hotel, Hotel Mulberry is easily at least a 4 star hotel. I spent a week here and felt like royalty. There’s nothing I have to say to improve the hotel. It’s a stone’s throw from some of the best restaurants, shopping venues, bars, massage parlors and cafes and yet it retains a quaint, quiet and luxurious atmosphere. If you can afford the $100-$150 price tag, I say go for it!


Kathmandu Guest House

Kathmandu Guest House is a 4 star hotel, located in heart of Thamel

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Buddha in the gardens of Kathmandu Guest HouseRecommended by Vanessa from Wanders Miles

Kathmandu Guest House is a calm oasis amongst the hustle and bustle of Thamel. The converted Rana dynasty mansion is proud of the many celebrity guests as their names are etched into the paving stones similar to the Hollywood Hall of Fame.

Breakfast and meals are served in the beautiful Dream Gardens with a fabulous selection of tasty dishes. The rooms are well decorated and have a great ambiance, especially with the windows open, and listening to the relaxing music outside. If you really want to stay at Kathmandu Guest House but are on a more restricted budget, don’t worry, they have cheaper rooms too. The staff was super-friendly, and the location is 10 out of 10, definitely on the recommended list! 


Hotel Shanker

Hotel Shanker is rated 4 stars, located at Lazimpat

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View of Hotel Shanker in KathmanduRecommended by Casey from ViralFlare

If you’re a history buff and love to experience the past during your travels, then the Hotel Shanker is the perfect place to stay! The hotel itself is built around a building dating back to 1894 with historical architecture scattered throughout the hotel, including it’s 200-year-old windows. An add on to the historical adventure you’ll go through, right next to the hotel is the Narayanhity Palace Museum. So, it’s an even better choice if you’re an avid museum goer.

As a plus, this luxury heritage hotel also has very affordable rooms for the budgeting traveler, making it a perfect option in all aspects. You can also choose the pricey option and truly splurge on luxury with a large room and king bed. Whatever your preference, the Hotel Shanker is the best place to stay for luxury, price, and historical significance.


Park Village Resort

Park Village Resort is rated 4 star, located at Budhanilkantha

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Park Village Resort in KathmanduRecommended by Stuti from Me and My Suitcase

On my recent trip to Nepal, I stayed for three days at Park Village Resort in Kathmandu. Park Village is a beautiful and expansive property by KGH chain of hotels. 

Away from city, everything about Park Village screams but in a good way green, there are so many trees and shrubs covering the ground and the only sound you hear here is of chirping birds and breeze. It feels like you are staying in a small but truly green sanctuary. There are various cottages and wings which are in earthy colours and with interesting names which are picked from everything related to nature, I stayed in Hamilton wing. The rooms are big and luxurious with fabulous amenities. Nonetheless, view is impeccable. I was stoked when I discovered that my window offers me the views of Shivpuri Nagarjun National Park and Sakya Stupa.

Nearby, you’ll find many places of interest including the famous temple, Budha Neelkanth. Food here is great as well so is the staff. Every inch of Park Village oozes freedom; freedom from stress, monotony & city; I loved my stay.


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18 comments

Angela 29th June 2019 - 12:13 pm

Such a lot of choice and all really nice looking accommodations. I particularly like family-run guesthouses when I travel so the Kathmandu Guest House looks like the ideal place for me. I also like the look of the pool at the Hotel Mulberry and I also like places with great customer service so this fits the bill nicely.

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Vanessa 29th June 2019 - 3:53 pm

I certainly discovered a few more from other travel bloggers that I’d like to try next time I’m in Kathmandu

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Martha 29th June 2019 - 7:20 pm

I think that this post highlights different accommodations in different areas of Kathmandu and price ranges so all travelers are able to find something within their budget and that excites them. I would love to stay in Kantipur Temple House. In the past year, I’ve realized the importance of being eco-friendly while on the road and love that this is part of the hotel’s mission. By eliminating waste and decreasing their carbon footprints that are positively impacting Nepal and making sure that its beauty is preserved for many more generations. I also love the Kathmandu Guest House because it still offers you a cultural experience without breaking the bank.

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Vanessa 30th June 2019 - 7:03 pm

I agree with you on the eco-hotel Kantipur Temple House, they really have an edge with this. Kathmandu Guest House is a wonderful place to stay too, totally in the heart of Thamel.

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Shreya Saha 30th June 2019 - 7:40 am

Kantipur Temple House looks really beautiful and elegant. I would love to spend my days in Kathmandu there. I appreciate how you have listed all the awesome stays in the city under one shade. Zostel and Alobar 1000 also seem to be great if traveling on budget.

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Vanessa 30th June 2019 - 7:04 pm

Exactly, I wanted to show the full range. Some people that have spent time trekking want a bit of comfort when they come down from the mountain and some travellers want to keep within budget. All very possible in Kathmandu!

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Sinjana Ghosh 30th June 2019 - 3:56 pm

Excellent collection of the best places to stay in Kathmandu. I normally go for the 3-star affordable luxury range so the hotel Mulburry looks perfect for me. Traditional Comfort also looks awesome, especially for the local vibes in the outdoors.The Monkey temple backpackers, though not necessarily my style of living is somewhere I would like to experiment a hostel stay. The scenary is awesome

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Vanessa 30th June 2019 - 7:05 pm

I have a few places on my list to try when I next go to Kathmandu – I think I’ll give Mulberry Hotel and Traditional Comfort a go!

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Kate 30th June 2019 - 9:31 pm

I can absolutely see myself enjoying an evening on that patio at Traditional Comfort. I’ve never stayed at an eco-hotel before, but I love what Kantipur Temple house is doing. I love that they are composting an reducing their plastic!

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Vanessa 1st July 2019 - 6:25 pm

I loved staying at the the eco-hotel, it comes with a few compromises but totally worth it!

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Yukti Agrawal 1st July 2019 - 6:52 pm

Great list of places to stay in Kathmandu in which some are budget-friendly and some are luxury. I loved those quirky colorful hostels, especially Alobar 1000 hostel. Also I would try out some luxury options like Hotel Mulberry or Hotel Shanker.

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Vanessa 2nd July 2019 - 6:16 am

I do hope it gave you some inspiration for when you find yourself in Kathmandu!

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Cat Lin 1st July 2019 - 7:52 pm

Traditional Comfort sounds a great place to stay. Their roof terrace looks chill and relaxing. The Kantipur Temple House sounds an interesting and sustainable place to stay too. It’s a good thing that they choose to be eco-friendly especially nowadays that environmental destruction is a big issue.

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Vanessa 2nd July 2019 - 6:19 am

I’d like to give Traditional Comfort a go too, so many bloggers wanted to write about this venue!

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MEENAKSHI J 1st July 2019 - 8:53 pm

What a lovely list of properties. I am in love with the Kantipur temple house. That they have a zero-plastic policy is appreciative. Also, I have been itching to visit Bhaktapur and they owning a farm there is an additional place of interest. It is nice that they have gone organic.

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Vanessa 2nd July 2019 - 6:21 am

It’s a big pulling point for the eco-friendly hotel in the current age where we are all so worried about the environment, we need more!

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Debjani Lahiri 1st July 2019 - 11:22 pm

Wow Mulberry hotel looks so chic and nice . I stayed in Hotel tibet international and Hotel Kaze Durbar and both had an unique character . While I was there lot of people said a good things about Hotel Kantipur Temple house for their eco friendliness . To some extent Kaze Durbar followed it too . Great compilation on the list of hotels

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Vanessa 2nd July 2019 - 6:17 am

Glad you enjoyed see the range of hostels and hotels in my article. I’m interested in checking out the ones you have recommended too!

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