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Eco-friendly Kantipur Temple House | Kathmandu Hotel Review

LAST UPDATED: 29th February 2024

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?

Entrance to the Kantipur Temple House Hotel in Thamel, Kathmandu
Entrance to Kantipur Temple House Hotel

Kantipur Temple House Hotel Review

Commitment To Social Responsibility

Kantipur Temple House is committed to giving back to the environment making it one of the best hotels in Kathmandu (in my eyes). 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.

To avoid excessive energy consumption, there are no televisions, bathtubs, or AC/central heating systems to avoid excessive energy consumption. 

This sustainable hotel in Kathmandu 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
Refillable water jug @ Kantipur Temple House

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.

Newari architecture of Kantipur Temple House
Newari architecture

The building materials are all sourced locally and use traditional skills such as 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. It is best to plan your sustainable travel toiletries before you leave your home country.

Bedroom at Kantipur Temple House in Kathmandu
Twin Bedroom at Kantipur Temple House
Bedroom window at Kantipur Temple House Kathmandu
Bedroom window at Kantipur Temple House

Yoga Is Just One Of The Perks!

There is free yoga at 8 am 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, the staff were 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, and they were done to perfection!

The food is all organic from selected farms around Nepal, you can even take a tour of their own farm in Gundu village, near Bhaktapur.

The ‘Not So Good’ At Kantipur Temple House

The WiFi wasn’t very good in my room, however, in public spaces, it was a strong connection.

This is a five-storey building without a lift 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.

Location Matters!

Kantipur Temple House Hotel is conveniently located in Thamel and is only 10-minute walk to Durbar Square, making this a perfect spot to explore the city.

Discover the delights of Kathmandu whilst giving back with Welcome To My Yard, visit Pashupatinath Temple at dusk, and visit the UNESCO sites with unique tours in and around Kathmandu.

Seeing Hands is a social enterprise around the corner from the hotel. They train and employ blind people in massage therapy, and I had a really skilled sports massage.

Rosemary Kitchen & Coffee Shop is a wonderful place to eat. It feels casual, the food and service were top-class, and this is also really near to the hotel.


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 the eco-friendly Kantipur Temple House, it was a unique experience that I would certainly repeat.


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  1. 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!

    1. 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!

  2. 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.

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

  3. Shreya Saha says:

    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.

    1. 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!

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

    1. 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!

  5. 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.

    1. 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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