Review: Gaju Suite Hotel, Kathmandu

When looking for accommodations in Thamel, Kathmandu, make sure you do your research well so you don’t end up in a ‘hotel’, which, really, is just a guesthouse, like we did. 

The first ‘hotel’ we stayed at doesn’t have a lift (and we were given a room on the 4th floor), doesn’t have an inverter air conditioner so we had to endure single digit temperature at night, we had to wait for 15 minutes (or more) for the hot shower to heat up, and breakfast takes forever to be served. It was unbearable I cannot wait to leave that place. haha

Anyway, on my remaining days in Kathmandu, I was very relieved when I stayed at Gaju Suites. It is conveniently located a few minutes away from Garden of Dreams, but far enough from the noisy and chaotic side of Thamel. There’s also plenty of restaurants, souvenir shops, ATM & foreign exchange close to the hotel.

The hotel is within a business center, and the lobby is at the ground floor while the rooms/suites are on the 3rd and 4th floors. The restaurant-bar, Reef, is at the 5th floor. The building has a small lift, so guests don’t have to worry about their heavy luggage. A staff also assists guests to the rooms.

I also appreciate that they have security guards at the building entrance, and at the 3rd and 4th floors.

I was given a modest sized Deluxe Room with modern amenities. 

The first thing I noticed was the air conditioning unit. Hello, 25°C! I was still nursing a cold then, so the warm room temperature plus the comforter gave me a good night’s sleep.

There’s a flat screen TV with cable channels, dresser, personal refrigerator, and lounge chair. The cabinet was big enough to store my bags, and can be locked to secure my things. 

Two 1-liter bottled water were provided and replenished daily.

The WiFi was also pretty fast and reliable by Nepal standards. Kathmandu has regular power blackouts, but it’s not a problem since the hotel has a generator.

The bathroom was clean and spacious. Basic toiletries and towels were provided, and replenished and/or replaced by housekeeping daily. I love the hot shower because the water heats up in no time.

Breakfast is served at the marine-themed Reef Bar overlooking Thamel.

The breakfast sets were wonderful! Guests have several options, and the food arrives within 10 minutes (which is pretty fast by Nepal standards). 

Continental Breakfast
Indian Breakfast
In terms of service, the hotel staff were just lovely. Every time I have a request or need assistance with something, I just call the reception and a staff will be knocking on my door in no time. They were also very helpful with directions.

My only tiny complaint would only be the music from Reef Bar reaches the room and might be a problem for light sleepers. But other than that, I think Gaju Suite is the ideal choice when staying in Thamel.


~~ I was hosted by Gaju Suite Hotel for 2 nights, but all opinions in this review are my own. ~~

A One Complex, Bhagwatisthan, Thamel,
Kathmandu, Nepal 
Tel: +977 01 4432281
Facebook: Gaju Suite Hotel


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