Dwarika Hotel Kathmandu Review

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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 staying in a hotel where I could be anywhere in the world. Well, Dwarika Hotel Kathmandu is pretty much my perfect hotel!

historic window frame at the dwarika hotel kathmandu
The beautiful historic window at Dwarika Kathmandu Hotel

Dwarika’s hotel Kathmandu Nepal is almost half museum/half hotel (you can even visit the wood carving workshop) and it is a stunning venue that 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 craftsmanship to a living building.

Dwarika Hotel Kathmandu Review – The Rooms

king sized bed in room at Dwarika's Kathmandu
My lovely bedroom at the Dwarika’s hotel

Let’s start with the sheets! Definitely a high thread count here! Indeed 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 Nepal – 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.

dwarika hotel kathmandu king sized bed
This bed at Dwarika’s Kathmandu felt as good as it looks!

The devil is in the detail which is everywhere at hotel Dwarika Nepal – from the fabulous golden tiger game on every coffee table to the amazing wooden carvings to the stunning soft furnishings. The creator/owner of Hotel Dwarika Kathmandu 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 Kathmandu. These wooden features are so unique and are a huge part of the charm of this delightful Kathmandu hotel.

dwarikas hotel kathmandu bathroom
Lovely bathroom at Dwarika’s, one of the best hotels in Kathmandu

Each room I stayed in at this hotel in Kathmandu had a huge king-sized bed which was super comfortable. The bathrooms were massive with both bath and separate shower. Complimentary snacks and fruits were in the rooms as well as good coffee and tea (plunger coffee).

The toiletries at Dwarika’s Kathamndu are decanted into ceramic containers (very environmentally friendly!) 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, turndown service and chocolates – really you name it they had it!

Check out my post on Places to Visit in Kathmandu

Dwarika’s Kathmandu – The Food

So wow the food at Dwarika’s Kathmandu! 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 dignitaries 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 into Krishna’s 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!

table at Krishna restaurant Dwarika's Kathmandu
Krishna restaurant low table at one of the best hotels in Nepal

The food at Krishna Kathmandu was AMAZING! From delicious bread to amazing momos to 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 at Krishna at Dwarika’s when in Nepal!

one course of a meal at Krishna's at the Dwarika hotel Kathmandu
This was just one course!

The Toran restaurant at Dwarika’s serves up a delicious breakfast. There are a fabulous buffet and excellent hot options. Toran restaurant Kathmandu 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.

french toast with bananas and maple syrup on a white plate
One of the many breakfast options

Much of the produce for Dwarika’s Hotel Kathmandu 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.

chef preparing bread at dwarikas kathmandu
Amazing bread at the bbq night

And finally, if you possibly can organise to stay at Dwarika’s Hotel Kathmandu 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. The Dwarika’s buffet 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 of the top hotels in Kathmandu Nepal. One is a lovely antique 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 popping in there to make a purchase!

The Facilities at Dwarika’s

the pool at dwarika's kathmandu seen from a room
Yes that’s the pool!

Dwarika’s has a gorgeous pool surrounded by comfy lounges. Just behind this is a garden area with beautiful day beds. The hotel has a spa that has a fantastic menu. I had an excellent massage at the spa. There is also a lovely library with the latest newspapers and books available.

The front desk will organise anything you would like. Dwarika’s is aligned with a local tourism agency who can literally take care of any desire you may have. Or the friendly concierge service will get a taxi for you to wherever you need. There is also a Dwarika hotel spa which is fantastic.

day bed by the pool at Dwarika's hotel kathmandu nepal
Pool day bed

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.

dwarika's hotel in kathmandu courtyard
View over one of the courtyards

Finally even after all the lovely things I’ve described above the one thing that really made my stay at Dwarika’s 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 at Dwarika’s, 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! I don’t think there are many 5-star hotels in Kathmandu Nepal but I can’t imagine any would be better than this!

dwarika's hotel, kathmandu courtyard area with day beds
one of several lovely areas for relaxing

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’m sure one of the top Kathmandu Nepal hotels –  and I do hope you have an opportunity to experience it.

How to get to Kathmandu:

Flights to Kathmandu

I flew to Kathmandu with Qatar Airways business class from London and it was a fantastic experience.

This is one trip where you MUST take out travel insurance! I certainly ended up using mine!

stalls and a building in Bhaktapur Nepal
Bhaktapur

Everest Base Camp Trek Guided Tour Options

If you’re planning on heading up to Everest Base Camp check out this really good comparison of tour options on Viator.

I did the Everest Base Camp Trek with Exodus. Exodus is the biggest tour operator for Everest Base Camp so there are quite a few benefits in going with them in terms of expertise, access to the best teahouses etc. They also know what they are doing and are very organised. As Exodus is a big deal in Nepal anyone working with them locally will be keen for this to continue and therefore service levels are pretty good.

Click here for Exodus Everest Base Camp Treks. 

In terms of UK based tour operators, we saw quite a few G Adventures groups during our trek. They tend to stay at the same kinds of tea houses and have a similar setup. I have also heard that Intrepid is a good operator for base camp.

the himalaya mountains with everest in the middle and a cloud on top
Everest is the one with the cloud on top

I have written several blog posts on my rather tumultuous Everest Base Camp Trek Experience which you may enjoy reading:

My day by day guide to the Everest Base Camp Trek

What it is really like on the trek to Everest Base Camp – the food, facilities, and tea houses

My complete guide to prepare and pack for the Everest Base Camp Trek

Nepal Travel Itinerary: 3 weeks what I did and what I would do differently

yellow tents at everest base camp nepal
Finally at Base Camp!

Other Boutique Hotels in Kathmandu

It isn’t exactly boutique but as options at a higher boutique end are a bit low in Kathmandu I am going to list the Hyatt Regency Kathmandu.

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Kathmandu has some more basic boutique hotels that offer great value for money. Dalai-La and Kantipur Temple House offer traditional Nepalese style.

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Read reviews of Kantipur Temple House on TripAdvisor Book Now

Aria Boutique Hotel & Spa is somewhat more modern with its offer. Uniquely for Kathmandu, its interiors are heavy on white!

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After my trek, I went heavy on luxury and stayed at the stunning sister hotel to Dwarika’s Kathmandu – Read my review of Dwarika’s Dhulikhel

Latest Prices and availability for Dwarika’s Resort Dhulikhel

view over the himalayas from a room at Dwarika's Dhulikhel resort nepal
The amazing view from my room at Dwarika’s Dhulikhel Resort

Who Paid for What in this Post

I covered my costs associated with most of this trip but Dwarika’s were kind enough to give me a discount on my accommodation costs. But as always my opinion is my own.

This post contains affiliate links. That means if you click through on them and end up making a purchase I will receive a small commission. This won’t affect the price that you pay. I just wanted to make sure that you were aware of this.

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20 thoughts on “Dwarika Hotel Kathmandu Review

  1. Sandy N Vyjay says:

    Dwarika Hotel is indeed an epitome of the Nepalese culture and heritage. The hotel seems to bring alive the spirit of Nepal in its rooms and overall ambience. Will definitely think to stay in this hotel when we get to Nepal.

  2. Silvia says:

    I love sustainable hotels like this one, that make an effort to support local crafts! The rooms and the views aren’t bad either! Would definitely be a top of my list for whenever I make it to Nepal 🙂

  3. Chloe says:

    This hotel is super amazing. I like the decorations, the classic touch and the absolute delicious food. I will definitely check it out when I head to Nepal 🙂

  4. Brianna says:

    This sounds like a beautiful place! I’m so glad they took good care of you when you were sick. I stayed in the Thamel area when I was in Nepal. If I ever go back, I’d like to look into staying in other areas of Nepal. What were the rates like here?

  5. Vibeke says:

    Sounds like a really unique place to stay. So interesting that the bed linen is organic 😀 I love the way you describe everything here. I am sold. I really want to stay there if I travel to Nepal, which I am sure I will at some point. The pool area looks super nice and the food sounds delicious. Thank you for sharing your experience about this place 😀

  6. Richelle says:

    Wow this place looks amazing! The last time I was in Kathmandu I stayed in a cheap hostel that was cute… until night fell and we had a MAJOR cockroach problem. I’ll be sure to keep this place in mind next time!

  7. Brenda Tolentino says:

    My husband and I just tried Nepalese food for the first time this past weekend so the food at Hotel Dwarikas definitely has me dreaming of staying there. The Bed and the rest of the facility looks very comforting and cozy. Thanks for the recommendation.

  8. Emily says:

    Ooh that does look lovely. It looks like a very serene and comfortable place to return to after a busy day exploring Kathmandu. I’m glad they looked after you when you were feeling so sick. I’ll definitely keep Dwarika’s in mind when I go to Nepal.

  9. wendy says:

    I love places like this, authentic, clean and cozy. It looks really well decorated, and cared for with pride. It is not always easy to find places like this. Do you have a specific website or guidebook you use to find places like this?

  10. Vicki Louise says:

    What a lovely hotel! I love the bath area – it looks so regal and the pool looks great too! What a great place to relax and unwind in after a day of exploring Kathmandu.

  11. Carmen Edelson says:

    This place has my name written all over it! You’re the second person I know now who has stayed here and loved it. Beautiful photos, thanks for sharing 🙂

  12. Priya Vin says:

    Beautiful hotel, love the grounds and the room. Getting to Everest base camp and Kathmandu is on our travel wish list. Will bookmark this place, thanks for sharing.

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