One of the key elements of this blog is sleeping somewhere with a high thread count on the sheets. My ideal type of hotel is one that can be described as boutique. In an ideal world it would be locally owned but most of all I love a boutique hotel where things are done beautifully in the manner of the country of which you are staying. I like to know what country I am in rather than stay in a hotel where I could be anywhere in the world. Well Dwarika’s Hotel Kathmandu is pretty much my perfect hotel! Is is almost half museum/half hotel (you can even visit the wood carving workshop) and it is a stunning venue which brings its guests the absolute best of Nepal. The hotel was inspired by the architectural grandeur of Newari royal palaces and it brings the best of Nepal’s craftmanship to a living building.
Let’s start with the sheets! Definitely a high thread count here! Indeed the the linen is organic! I ended up with 3 different rooms at Dwarika’s Hotel Kathmandu as I had 3 separate stays (see my post on getting sick on the everest base camp trek!). This highlighted a key feature of Dwarika’s – every room is unique. All were stunning. One was more modern, another more classic, another in a different format and outlook – but all so lovely.
The devil is in the detail which is everywhere at Dwarika’s – from the fabulous golden tiger game on every coffee table to the amazing wooden carvings to the stunning soft furnishings. The creator/owner of Dwarika’s was passionate about the wood carving industry in Nepal and has essentially saved this art by bringing wood carvings from all over Nepal to Dwarika’s. These wooden features are so unique and are a huge part of the charm of this delightful hotel.
Each room had a huge king sized bed which was super comfortable. The bathrooms were massive with both bath and separate shower. Complementary snacks and fruits were in the room as well as good coffee and tea (plunger coffee). The toiletries are decanted into ceramic containers but were excellent and heavy on the lemongrass. There was also a whole range of toothbrushes, body lotion etc in the room. Nice big tv with full cable, excellent wifi, room service, turn down service and chocolates – really you name it they had it!
So wow the food! Let’s start with the highlight the amazing Krishna’s or Krishnarpan. This is probably the most famous restaurant in Nepal as evidenced by the number of photos of dignatories who have eaten there in the reception (from Prince Charles to Hilary Clinton to Demi Moore). It is classic traditional nepalese food. When you come in you lose the shoes and sit on a low seat at a low table. I was on my own so I had the lightest menu option which was 6 courses!
The food was AMAZING! From delicious breads to amazing momos to a fabulous chicken curry and ending with amazing carrot cake this was the best meal I ate in Nepal – and would have been on good footing in london. Even if you don’t stay at this hotel you must eat here when in Nepal!
The Toran restaurant serves up a delicious breakfast. There is a fabulous buffet and excellent hot options. This has a more european style menu in the evening and I ate here very well several times. I also enjoyed a pre dinner wine at the Kaiser bar and did eat there one night albeit from the Toran menu. I didn’t visit the japanese restaurant as I was told there was a similar restaurant at Dwarika’s Dhulikhel where I was headed next.
Much of the produce for Dwarika’s comes from its own farm near its Dhulikhel resort (which you can visit – the farm and the resort). The hotel is aiming to have 90% of its vegetables and grains sourced from its own farms or other organic producers in the next two years.
And finally if you possibly can organise to be at Dwarika’s on a Friday night when they serve their Nepalese BBQ buffet. Oh my goodness! It was a struggle to choose between this or Krishna as my best meal in Nepal. It was absolutely fantastic and the atmosphere is lovely as it is served around the pool area.
The Gift Shops
There are a whopping 3 gift shops within Dwarika’s. One is a lovely antiques focussed store and the second has a great selection of books and classic gifts shop type items. The third was my favourite – Misschu. This store has the most stunning cashmere scarves/jumpers/gloves etc. I bought the most beautiful and soft cashmere wrap here that I absolutely love. I highly recommend poppingin here for a purchase!
Dwarika’s has a gorgeous pool surrounded by comfy lounges. Just behind this is a garden area with beautiful day beds. They have a spa which has a fantastic menu. I had an excellent massage here. There is a lovely library with the latest newspapers and books available. The front desk will organise anything you would like. Dwarika’s Hotel Kathmandu is aligned with a local tourism agency who can literally take care of anything you need. Or the friendly concierge service will get a taxi for you to wherever you need.
Speaking of taxis Dwarika’s is kind of on the edge of central Kathmandu. However taxis are so cheap it is super easy to get anywhere – and every taxi driver in town knows Dwarika’s Hotel Kathmandu.
Finally even after all the lovely things I’ve describe above the one thing that really made my stay so very special was the staff. They literally could not do enough to assist but it was never over the top. Anything you asked for was made to feel easy. For one of my stays I was very unwell with altitude sickness and I was treated so well. I was travelling on my own but I didn’t feel like it staying at Dwarika’s Hotel Kathmandu – the staff felt like my kathmandu family as everyone was just so lovely to me!
The above might sound a little over the top but to be honest it is completely justified. Dwarika’s Hotel Kathmandu is now one of my favourite hotels I have ever stayed at and I so hope you have an opportunity to experience it.
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