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).