Kathmandu Guest House | Thamel’s Oldest Hotel

by Vanessa Wanders Miles
The Buddha Gardens of Kathmandu Guest House in Nepal at night

Buddha Gardens of Kathmandu Guest House

Thamel is a lively and buzzing district of Kathmandu, the go-to place for trekkers, travellers, and culture seekers. Right in the heart of Thamel, you will find a haven of quiet in the Kathmandu Guest House where I stayed before my Nagarkot Dhulikhel trek.

Oldest Guest House in Kathmandu

Kathmandu Guest House, a converted Rana dynasty mansion, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and is called a guest house as that is how it started but in fact, it has grown to a stunning hotel that surrounds beautiful gardens. It is part of the KGH Group of Hotels and Resorts which was established in 1968 and is now one of Nepal’s leading chains of hotels with 8 eco-friendly hotels under its flagship. KGH was unfortunately affected by the 2015 earthquake but a huge effort was put into restoration and expansion to present the legendary guest house you see today.

Buddha Gardens of Kathmandu Guest House in Nepal

Buddha Gardens of Kathmandu Guest House

Writers, anthropologists, philanthropists, mountaineers, artists, and volunteers choose Kathmandu Guest House to congregate and share their adventures. It is said that most of the books written about Nepal in the ’70s and ’80s were done so from the gardens of KGH. Reinhold Messner, Marco Confortola, Doug Scott, George Harrison from The Beatles, Ricky Martin, Joel Edgerton, and Peter Matthiessen are just a few known names that have stayed there.

Dream Gardens at Kathmandu Guest House in Thamel, NepalHall of Fame in the Buddha Gardens of Kathmandu Guest House in Nepal


Breakfast in the KGH Dream Gardens

Breakfast was a pleasure in the beautifully well-kept Dream Gardens dedicated to the famous guests and is reminiscent of the Hollywood Hall of Fame. There was a lovely selection of food including an omelette station, I’m a sucker for an omelette in the morning! And if you haven’t tried Malpuwa, then this is the place, these Nepalese deep-fried pancakes are amazing. There are sun loungers where you can chill in the sun by the Buddha statues, perfect after a hearty breakfast.

Accommodation at Kathmandu Guest House

I fancied one night of upgrade so I opted for the Deluxe room and I was super pleased. It was large, bright, and well-decorated. The balcony overlooking the gardens was fantastic to relax to the faint music from the Dream Garden Café below and the slight noise of the hustle and bustle of Thamel life.  

The bathroom was modern, with complimentary shampoo, shower gel, and soap and, most of all, the shower was hot and powerful. 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.

Deluxe bedroom in Kathmandu Guest House in Nepal

Deluxe bedroom in Kathmandu Guest House

Would I recommend Kathmandu Guest House?

The staff were so friendly and couldn’t do enough to help, you were greeted with a smile at all times of the day. There was transport to collect me from the airport which was a welcome start to the trip. This was my favourite hotel in Kathmandu and will be my go-to from now on!



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