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International Guest House
Ranked #63 of 209 Hotels in Kathmandu
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 22 December 2012

Stayed there with friends who had looked the address up over the internet.
What I really liked about this hotel:
The location, super close to Thamel (the noisy, overcrowded touristic district) but far enough to be a little quieter.
The decoration is magnificient: Huge black stone buddha statue at the entrance, typical nepali paintings (called tankas apparently), masks and wood carvings everywhere. Very beautiful.
The breakfast, good, and served in the garden wich is as well decorated as the rest of the hotel.
The free airport pick-up.
The roof-top view.
What I didn't like about the place: The room
An incredible contrast with the rest of the hotel: Very poorly lit, sad looking colors and furnitures and freezing cold. At the moment, temperatures are pretty cold, specially at night, in Kathmandu (as low as 2,2 °C at night minimum recorded, according to the local newspaper). Well the bathroom has no window, just a few small holes in the wall,(the size of the cup part of a tablespoon,) to let some light...and noise....and cold air in. And nothing to cover them up. And the water was barely warm most of the time.
The internet was working most of the time...but very slowly.
The only friendly staff around were the maids. The other staff, in direct contact with the customers were unsmiling at all time.
The manager was ok, but very pushy, trying to get you buy whatever trip he had to sell.

It actually felt like the opposite of the guest-houses we stayed in, were people were super nice and friendly but the decoration was less rich and a little clumsier.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank Mickael R
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Reviewed 15 November 2012

The hotel is very nice, also the view is superbe but the staff is very unfriendly. The staff was not realy interessted to make the stay of their guest nice. Even the reaction when i left an complained about the unfriendlyness was not satisified - there was no reaction... just a little jerk with the shoulder

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled solo
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Thank mountain_goat15123
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Reviewed 12 November 2012

Free airport pick-up, friendly staff, AMAZING views of Kathmandu from the rooftop (the Rooftop is a MUST to visit if you're staying here). Delicious cooked breakfast included- always too much food. Free wi-fi for all you socialites out there. Excellent, clean bathroom with HOT water mmmmm. Was one of my favourite places to stay in Thamel!!

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled solo
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2  Thank Bronjoman
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Reviewed 6 November 2012

Stayed second time in this establishment, 2 years back in basic 20 dollar room and now a bit higher, deluxe double i think. Free airport pick up, good breakfast and super location. Both times had great help from the travel desk who arranged good economical tours. It's in Thamel 3-4 minutes from the center. Rooms clean, hot water, had balcony and nice view from the rooftop. Have to climb stairs since no elevator for rooms higher up, but that's no issue. We had left my son's water flask, when we were back in Kathmandu, stayed in another hotel, came back and got it from the reception. The manager came out and asked how the trip was that he had arranged for me in Chitwan, about hotel, food, transport. This was a very good gesture and genuine. Nepali hospitality at its best :)

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with family
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3  Thank SajidRMatin
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Reviewed 6 November 2012

The International Guest House is located just outside Thamel - by a block at most, so the location is good. Rooms were clean and the shower had good pressure and was hot. For me the beds were too hard - a prefer a softer bed. The housekeeping staff was very pleasant as was the front desk staff, but the front desk would not change money for me, even small bills. The service at breakfast in the courtyard was poor - just not pleasant people. I thought the price was very fair for what you got.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled solo
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Thank TravelsWithStephen
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Additional Information about International Guest House

Address: Ward No 29 Block 16-57, Kaldhara, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Region: Nepal > Central Region > Bagmati Zone > Kathmandu Valley > Kathmandu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#18 Business Hotel in Kathmandu
Price Range: $33 - $66 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — International Guest House 2*
Number of rooms: 45
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
FREE breakfast,wifi,airportpick up,parking,locker services,,, ... more   less 
Also Known As:
International Guest House Hotel Kathmandu
International Hotel Kathmandu

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