When visiting Nepal, it’s inevitable to start off in Kathmandu, and use Thamel as the base. However, travelers looking for a better alternative and a less congested area can look for accommodations in the Boudha area such as Hotel Tibet International.
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Located just around 15 minutes from Tribhuvan International Airport, and a few minutes walk to Boudhanath Stupa, Hotel Tibet International is an ideal home base when in Kathmandu.
When I arrived, I was warmly welcomed by the front desk staff. Cold towel, hot tea and Tibetan cookies were served while I was checking in. After this, they took care of my luggage, and I was ushered to my room in no time. My friend, who arrived a number of hours later, received the same treatment.
The Front Office Manager, Santosh, was very accommodating, and assured us that he’s just a dial away should we need anything.
While Hotel Tibet is located along the main road, the rooms are in another building inside the compound (pictured) farther from the road so we were not bothered by the street noise.
I was really impressed with the room! There was so much space to move around, and it had all we could ever need for a relaxing stay.
The earth toned furniture, wooden floor, and Tibetan decor gave the room character and a very homey feel.
The room has a living area with flat screen TV with cable channels; dining area with coffee and tea making facility; a huge cabinet with electronic safe, robes, slippers, and enough hangers; and a spacious bathroom with bathtub, hot shower, toiletries, and even a hair dryer.
The bedroom has two single bed, just as I requested, and smells really nice and fresh. Plus, it has a view of Boudhanath Stupa.
I also love the fact that there’s universal electrical sockets on both sides of the beds so my friend and I were able to charge our devices at the same time. Power outage is also not a problem.
Both the living area and the bedroom has individually controlled air conditioning units which kept us warm during the nippy night.
Do take note that they have a coupon system for the WiFi which means only one device can be logged in at a time. It’s not a big deal, though, as the WiFi’s pretty fast and reliable.
Stir-Fried Noodles ordered from room service
They also have a 24-hour room service, which was great. We ordered twice, and the food was delicious, prices were reasonable, and the food arrived within 15-20 minutes (which is pretty fast by Nepali standards, by the way).
The hotel has several F&B outlets, but breakfast is served at Norbulingka Terrace.
The buffet breakfast was delightful. It offers a modest selection of South Asian, Chinese, and Western cuisines.
photo from Hotel Tibet International
Norbulingka Terrace’s al fresco dining area with a view of Boudhanath Stupa
‘First’ breakfast plate
Other facilities include a meeting room, a carpet showroom, and spa.
Just going around the hotel premises, one will appreciate the attention to detail they’ve put into giving guests a feel of the Tibetan culture.
When we checked out, they helped us in getting a cab, and even negotiated the fare with the driver.
In our short stay, I couldn’t really find anything to complain about.
~~ We were hosted by Hotel Tibet International for a night, but all opinions in this review are my own.~~
Boudhanath Road, Boudha
Tel: +977 01 448 8188