Kathmandu’s impressive Yak & Yeti Hotel is built on the grounds of a 100 year old Rana Palace. A brainchild of Boris Lisanevitch, a pioneer of the Nepalese tourism industry, the idea to build Yak & Yeti was conceived in the seventies, after Boris’ restaurant “The Chimney” was a huge success.
Hotel Yak & Yeti was completed in the year 1977. With 120-rooms and 5 star amenities it became one of the premiere hotels in Kathmandu. After a successful run of 12 years, the need was felt to enhance the hotel’s size and facilities. An extension of 150 deluxe rooms and suites have been built to supplement the existing accommodation, bringing the total number of rooms available in the hotel to 270 rooms.
The hotel has a shopping arcade, an atrium, swimming pool and two tennis courts, and restaurants. The hotel has an exclusive fitness center, Club Nirvana Fitness Center complete with state-of-the-art gymnasium and spa. Hotel Yak & Yeti has a comprehensive Business Centre and is the first hotel in Kathmandu offering a much sought after exclusive Executive floor and Club Shangri-La. Facilities on this floor include 24-hour butler service, a private lounge for breakfast and cocktails, a boardroom, and in-room outlets for fax machines and computers, which can be rented.
A centerpiece of the hotel, is the meticulously restored, Lal Durbar (or Red Palace) which now houses the hotel’s two historic restaurants, banquet rooms, a grand ballroom and casino. Although it is an ultra modern hotel, the traditional Nepali architectural features have been preserved. It captures the old world charm of Kathmandu, while providing the international quality standards of accommodation and dining facilities. With the historic character of the hotel and the new and upgraded facilities, Yak & Yeti continues to be one of the city’s leading luxury business and leisure hotels.
Some of the luminaries who have chosen the hospitality of Yak & Yeti are: the Imperial Highness Prince Akihito and Princess Kiko of Japan , HRH Princess Christina of Spain, Richard Gere (Actor), Keanu Reeves (Actor), Oliver Stone (Director) , Donna Karan (Fashion Designer), Alanis Morissette (singer), Pandit Ravishankar (Sitar Maestro), Goldie Hawn (Actress).
Hotel Vajra – Heritage of wooden carved architecture
Hotel Vajra, built in Nepalese architecture of pagoda style, is situated on the foothills of the Swayambhunath Stupa bordering with the Bijeswori Temple complex and its age old pilgrim road for two of the holy places of the Kathmandu Valley. It is ideally located for a quiet stay yet at the same time a short walk will bring you to Thamel and the old city center of the valley.
The hotel known as cultural heritage is surrounded by trees and flower trail gardens, creating a place of serenity and beauty, overlooking the entire Kathmandu Valley up to the snow peaks of the Himalayas. This is the junction of the pilgrims – Nepali, Tibetan, Bhutanese, in-fact, Buddhists from any part of the world on their ascent to the great 2000 years old Swayambhunath Stupa.
According to Hotel Vajra, Phil Hawes, its chief architect was associated with Frank Lloyd Wright and taught graduate architecture with Bruce Goff, the two great promoters of organic architecture. While building the Hotel Vajra, Hawes synergized the traditions of the pagoda style roofing of Nepalese greatest architect Arniko and the use of local materials with the most modern earthquake resistant techniques.
The mastery of Nepal’s highly skilled artisans’ community reflects in its doors and windows. The ceiling frescos of the Great Pagoda Room and pagoda bar are full of Tibetan paintings. Wall frescos in the restaurant are painted by Nepalese painter. A complete menu of Nepali, Indian, Tibetan and Continental dishes are served in pleasant environment.
Among the heritage hotels in Kathmandu Valley, Hotel Vajra is known to be one of the most reasonably priced, offering rooms for all budgets. It has 51 rooms – 3 suites, 18 deluxe rooms, 23 rooms with attached shower and 7 rooms with sink, and conference hall – located in three different buildings surrounded by the inner gardens. The rooftop gardens of the wooden carved hotel give a magnificent morning and sunset panorama looking the Kathmandu Valley including directly on the Pagodas of Durbar Square (center of the medieval Kathmandu) and the 2000 year old Swayambhunath Stupa. Panoramic snow capped peaks can be viewed from the hotel.
The hotel has various offers for the guest who can enjoy an art gallery, a classical dance studio with weekly performances, an East-West library, an Ayurvedic massage room, several roof tops, the Pagoda Bar, the Pagoda Hall for meditation or yoga, the Naga Theater with yearly drama performances by Studio 7 and a cluster of flower trailed gardens and wireless internet connection.
Hotel Himalaya is located in Lalitpur. Conveniently situated, just 8 Kms from the airport and 2 Km from city center, it is only a 15 minutes walking distance from Patan Durbar Square. Patan Durbar Square is a unique blend of intricately carved stone, brick and wood Hindu temples, pagoda style architecture and Buddhist shrines. The Patan Museum houses exquisite Malla and Lichhavi period fine art pieces – rare Nepalese bronze collection, stone sculptures and exquisite metal Buddhas – the ancient heritage of the Newari artisans.
The Himalaya Hotel has 100 well-appointed balconies attached rooms and suites, restaurant serving excellent multinational cuisine, terrace and garden dining, lobby lounge, cozy cocktail bar, and all the amenities expected of a fine establishment.
Guests are offered a specialty restaurant with a panoramic view and expertly prepared fine Mughalai cuisine. Cultural entertainment is provided twice a week. There is also a coffee shop serving light snacks and international meals with lovely views of the hills and mountains.
Function rooms accommodate 200 persons for conference, 500 persons for banquets and 700 persons for theme garden parties. Smaller conference rooms are also available. A business center is fully equipped with modern computers, international communication and secretarial service.
Services & Facilities:
The services and facilities at the hotel include a business centre with secretarial services, internet access and international communications, outdoor swimming pool, tennis court, guest relations and 24 hours room service,a shopping arcade, money changing facilities and doctor on call 24 hours .
Le Méridien Kathmandu Gokarna Forest Golf Resort & Spa, the only golf resort of Nepal remains peacefully at the magnificent suburb of Kathmandu. Surrounded by splendid forests and the dazzling backdrop of the Himalayan views, Le Méridien Kathmandu Gokarna Forest Golf Resort and Spa is an arresting complement to its exciting surroundings. Traditionally the private Royal hunting grounds of the Kings of Nepal, the temperate forest has been under preservation since the medieval period for about 500 years. There are two historical buildings; one is since 19th century at the age of Jung Bahadur Rana who used to stay and hunt, and another is Royal Honey Moon cottage.
The hotel, operated since 2002, offers a wonderful venue for events of all kinds, with breathtaking panoramas of the forest and surrounding snow-capped mountains from the hotel’s two meeting rooms. The hotel also features its Harmony Spa, an 18-hole golf course, and an outdoor and indoor pools, which are temperature controlled. A multitude of local holy places await discovery within the enchanting Gokarna forest, and guests often board on secluded picnics, jungle walks, or bird watching excursions. Just outside the city centre, the hotel also provides easy access to explore the markets of the Kathmandu valley.
Location: Le Méridien Kathmandu Gokarna Forest Golf Resort & Spa, peaceful and comfortable sanctuary, is situated in the north-east of culturally enriched capital city of Nepal. The resort is located within 470 acres of the ancient Gokarna Forest, a shelter to birds, spotted deer and monkeys, with looks of the panoramic Himalayas. Set as tranquil haven stay alive in serene harmony with nature and is the wonderful setting for visitors and travelers. The resort’s location is only about 30 minutes from the international airport and the heart of the city where all major business and shopping centers are housed.
Activities (Meetings & Events): The three storied hotel divided in three separate blocks, with the magnificent backdrop of the mighty Himalayan snow-capped peaks and surrounded by forest, facilitated with 65 guest rooms, 2 meeting spaces features event facilities too. One of the conference halls is built inside the hotel building and the small meeting room is set near historical Hunter’s Lodge bar and restaurant, located in the surroundings of the Gokarna forest and beautiful gardens. The place can be ideal for the activities such as receptions, business meetings and conferences. With a capacity to cater for 30 to 200 people, the meeting rooms are well equipped and uniquely situated to provide amazing views of the forest and surrounding mountains vista. Every Friday and Saturday, musical performances both fusion and traditional delight the visitors in exciting echoes.
Additional Features: It is an ideal and vibrant place for relaxation and pampering. The resort’s Harmony Spa capturing essence of the many flavors of Nepal, which combines therapeutic care in a natural environment and overlooks the abundant valley below, is made for guests to visit. Golfers will have amazing opportunity in the resort’s outstanding 18-hole golf course with the 6,715 yard par 72 golf course. Fixed against the backdrop of the snowy mountain peaks; the golf course was designed by Gleneagles Golf Developments and it boasts the only Bent Grass Greens in South Asia making it one of the highlights of the professional circuits in the region. Additional leisure options and hotel services include an indoor swimming pool, massage, sauna, steam, Jacuzzi, medical services, tour service, shopping arcade, business centre, spa facilities and services, whirlpool, all-time room service, currency exchange and the well-equipped fitness facility in Nepal.
Guest Rooms: All 65 rooms and 2 meeting halls are fully furnished with a fusion of modern and ethnic Nepali ambience and overlook lush green Gokarna forest and panoramic views. Tea/coffee making facilities, safe locker, satellite TV channels, mini bar, International telephone dialing system, travel desk, data port, connecting rooms, in room safety and hair dryer facilities are provided in all rooms from where we can see the beautiful yards in front of each room.
Dining: Dining site is set at the courtyard, multi-cuisine restaurant as an international all day dining spot which specializes in an array of, traditional Nepalese, Indian and continental cuisines and offers the views of beautiful gardens and historical Gokarna forest in the relaxed tropical surroundings overlooking the golf course. If fine dining is what you are hungry for, then Hunter’s Lodge Restaurant is where to go. Amidst Nepalese artifacts of tradition and culture, the restaurant serves Nepalese and Indian cuisine and is located in the historic Hunter’s Lodge of the Royal King of Nepal. The Library Lounge and the Bar are both perfect places to enjoy a drink and to spend an evening.
Exclusive Offers for visitors are also available on the certain occasions and ceremonies.
The Dwarika’s – A Heritage Hotel
Kathmandu houses some rare cultural treasures. One amongst them is the Dwarika’s Kathmandu Village hotel. Located just a few minutes drive from Tribhuvan International Airport, the Dwarika’s can be said to be a labour of love of Late Dwarika Das Shrestha. Borne out of his love to preserve old wooden artifacts, the hotel is more or less like an old palace or museum with some artifacts dating back to the 13th century. Dwarika’s has a magnificent building of intricate carved wood and terracotta work created by the best craftsmen in Nepal. Every brick is handmade and every piece of wood work a centuries old original. For its relentless efforts towards conservation of priceless art works, Dwarika’s hotel received the PATA Award for Heritage conservation in 1980.
The hotel has come a long way since it was registered in 1977 with ten rooms, a cluster of brick cottages and courtyard. At present, Dwarika’s boast of 74 guest suites, each with an individual décor. The special ambience of the hotel is ethnic Nepali. As you step inside a intricately carved wooden door, you will feel as though you have stepped upon an oasis. A walk around the courtyard will lead you to discover interesting terracotta figures and a little shrine dedicated to the elephant headed god Ganesh. The soothing sound of water gushing out of traditional dragon headed stone spouts that feeds the aquamarine swimming pool is another cool spot of the hotel.
The hotel has a specialty Nepalese restaurant Krishnarpaan, where you get to dine on dining tables designed with centuries old lattice work. The chef at Krishnarpaan,creates an exotic meal from 6 to 22 courses. Toranrestaurant offers international dining including Continental, Chinese and Indian specialties. There is also a Fusion Bar where one can listen to live jazz music every evening.Lohn Hiti hall with a seating capacity of 100 is ideal for business conferences and seminars.
Some of the suites have private courtyards and all the rooms are furnished with hand printed fabrics and Newari traditional furniture which has been crafted without the use of nails and metal screws. Dwarika’s also runs a carpentry workshop where artisans and their apprentices get to restore and work on wooden carved pieces. For more information contact: Dwarika’s Kathmandu Village Hotel, PO Box:459 Battisputali, Kathmandu : Tel; 977-1- 4473725/ 4472328, Fax: 977-1-4471379:
The service of the staff was excellent. The lodges in Bardia and Pokhara were excellent, and their staffs also, especially in Bardia. Hotel Dwarika in Kathmandu is a very good hotel. Sure we are going to recommend this trip to our friends!