Kantipur Temple House is an adorable traditional 3-star eco-hotel close to the Garden of Dreams in Kathmandu. The boutique hotel is hidden away down an alley so it really will offer you some peace and quiet from the honking of horns on the roads. So how was my stay in the eco-friendly Kantipur Temple house?
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REVIEW OF KANTIPUR TEMPLE HOUSE
Commitment to social responsibility
Kantipur Temple House is committed to giving back to the environment. There is a zero plastic bag policy in the hotel and bottled water is not provided, there are free water bottle refilling stations around the hotel. In an effort to avoid excessive energy consumption, there are no televisions, bathtubs, AC/central heating systems to avoid excessive energy consumption.
The hotel composts its’ biodegradable waste on-site and recycles all non-compostable waste. The small shop area inside the Hiti café and all the handicrafts and gifts are locally and ethically produced.
Stay in traditional Newari architecture
There are 48 tastefully decorated rooms at Kantipur Temple House with varying sizes and price points. This boutique hotel is built to a high standard in the native Newari architecture of Kathmandu Valley including the complex carved windows and eaves. The materials are all sourced locally and use traditional skills such as the stone carving, every detail has been given great care and attention. The only thing I would say is the rooms felt pretty dark but I guess that is the energy saving bulbs.
As solar power is used to heat the water in the shower, the hot water is a little slower than other hotels so you do need to hang around for a while until it comes warm. There are no samples of shampoo and toothpaste supplied in the bathroom to avoid unnecessary plastic.
Yoga is just one of the perks!
There is free yoga at 8am each morning in the gardens at Kantipur Temple House. Unfortunately, I was getting picked up to head off for my 2 day trek from Changu Narayan to Dulikhel so I missed it!
The front desk is manned 24 hours a day, thew staff were really hospitable but not the quickest on checkout. The hotel has a currency exchange service which is helpful. Transportation to and from the airport is available at a $10 extra cost.
Dining at the Kantipur Temple House
There’s a lovely restaurant decorated in Nepali-style décor at Kantipur Temple House with a view of the gardens. One section is traditional floor seating with cushions and low tables, the other is standard Western seating. The buffet breakfast was tasty, I ordered poached eggs from the kitchen, they were done to perfection!
The food is all organic from selected farms around Nepal, you can even take a tour to their own farm in Gundu village, near Bhaktapur.
Kantipur Temple House hotel is conveniently located in Thamel and is only 10 minutes walk to Durbar Square. If you’re looking for a skilled sports massage, check out Seeing Hands round the corner from the hotel. I had a dinner in the casual Rosemary Kitchen & Coffee Shop, the food and service was top class, this is also really near to the hotel.
The ‘not so good’
The WiFi wasn’t very good in my room, however, in public spaces it was a strong connection. This is a five storey building with a lift in the building. Whilst this is fine for me, if you struggle with stairs for whatever reason, I’d make a point of requesting a lower floor.
Would I recommend Kantipur Temple House
I was more than happy with the compromises for the environment but if you are not then it probably isn’t the right place for you. I only stayed one night at Kantipur Temple House, it was a unique experience that I would certainly repeat.
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