Eco-friendly Kantipur Temple House | Kathmandu Hotel Review

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

Entrance to Kantipur Temple House Hotel

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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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.

Water jug for refilling at the eco-hotel, Kantipur Temple House in Kathmandu

Water jug for refilling

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.

Bedroom at Kantipur Temple House in Kathmandu

Bedroom at Kantipur Temple House


Bedroom window at Kantipur Temple House Kathmandu

Bedroom window at Kantipur Temple House


Newari architecture of Kantipur Temple House

Newari architecture

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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.

Fountain in the gardens at Kantipur Temple House Kathmandu

Fountain in the gardens

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.

Location matters!

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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Lisa 16th June 2019 - 8:08 pm

I’m a boutique traveler, so I definitely would stay at this hotel. Nepal is somewhere I’ve never been before, so it’s good to read about somewhere like Kantipur Temple House. Free yoga is a super perk, and though the WiFi isn’t great, the building structure is so unique!

Vanessa 16th June 2019 - 10:35 pm

Nepal is one of my favourite countries for so many reasons, you must visit! The Kantipur Temple House is an awesome eco-friendly boutique hotel!

Candy 17th June 2019 - 8:52 pm

Wow! This place is gorgeous and I love that it’s eco-friendly. I hope more places follow suit with the no plastic bottles and utilizing solar panels.

Vanessa 18th June 2019 - 5:56 pm

Exactly! There are not enough hotels that follow this principle!

Shreya Saha 19th June 2019 - 5:08 am

I am keeping this in mind that when I head to Kathmandu, I am staying nowhere but Kantipur Temple House. Your pictures have intrigued me. Also, its location seems to be perfect having such nice places to eat nearby. The rooms look great and I don’t mind if WiFi doesn’t work that well. I am surely staying there.

Vanessa 19th June 2019 - 9:54 pm

It’s a great place to chill away from the busy streets. It’s nice not to have TV and internet, just to switch off!

Lori 26th June 2019 - 10:10 pm

What a beautiful place! That garden is gorgeous! I would love to try some Yoga there. Great post!

Vanessa 28th June 2019 - 12:55 pm

Thank you, glad you like the post! There’s yoga all over Nepal but it’s a nice touch they offer it at the hotel!

Rebecca 17th September 2020 - 1:53 pm

I love this, really makes me want to go and stay at the Kantipur Temple House in Kathmandu. I wish more hotels took an active approach in making the world a better more sustainable place.

Vanessa 20th September 2020 - 9:14 am

I totally agree, I am interested in how hotels approach sustainability as this would make me favour this kind of residence.


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