I loved everything about the Royal Penguin. The location is right in the heart of things and that does mean there is some noise from the street but pick a room on the upper floors and it won't bother you.
The rooms are very comfortable, western style beds (that means thick mattresses!) All spotlessly clean. The staff go out of their way to help and the experience of being a guest is first class.
It's worth using their excellent pick up service from the airport as we found other taxi services to be unreliable and use very poor vehicles.
All in all a first class experience.
We had an excellent time here. The staff are great. There is air conditioning that works very well and isn't noisy, water is nice and hot and shower has plenty of pressure. It felt like a place of relaxation outside of the busy city. Also because of regular power outages, this hotel also has a back up generator so you still have light.
They kept or bags for us while we were away for two weeks on our trek.
Beds were comfortable. Our king bed were two doubles pushed together but it was done nicely.
Always bargain. Any price an hotel manager, a website or a travel agency gives you for an activity or a tour will cost you at least half if you book it yourself directly. For example if booked from the hotel, paragliding would have cost 120$. We booked directly from the company for 55$
I used two hotels in Kathmandu, the TIH and anther 5 star hotel, this hotel was almost exceeding the 5 star in everything. The location just few steps of Buddanth, away from the Thamel area.
It is a little bit off the beaten touristic area but the hotel is wonderful.. The only remark is there breakfast, very basic, few selection and very basic tough bakery, but you ate in Kathmandu after all.
Kathmandu as many travelers know is not the cleanest or quietest city. The dwarika though is an oasis in the midst of the grime.
Top notch service, comfortable beds and an aesthetic all it's own. It was just what I needed after 3 weeks of trekking. I would really suggest the upgrade to one of their suites.
Incredible Newari architecture and wood carvings. Room 104 was courtyard-facing and everything in fine working order. Mineral water always available in the brass jugs. Wifi connection excellent wherever you are on hotel grounds. Best part about hotel was the restaurant--super inspired to recreate their shikarni, as well as the fried potatoes and wild boar. Totally recommend. Staff was also quite wonderful and accommodating.
Tim from Jersey City, NJ
This hotel is three blocks from Thamel shopping and within 3.5 km (2.25 miles) of Swayambhunath and Pashupatinath temples.All …More
Close to garden of dreams. Best hot shower with good pressure that I have had in Thamel. Exceptionally clean. Good air con and tv. Free airport pick up late at night. Family run and shok lama on desk all night so very safe. Highly recommended.
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