Kantipur Temple House
Kantipur Temple House is located just south of the buzzing district of Thamel in the heart of Kathmandu. It is a small, traditional hotel utilising Nepalese architecture with ornate carvings and exposed brickwork, ideal for those wanting authenticity.
At a Glance
Delightful Newari architecture and one of Kathmandu's few 'heritage' hotels
Located a few minutes walk from Thamel with its many bars, restaurants and shops
Rooms can be a little dark, best to go for Deluxe Rooms on higher floors (although there is no lift)
Attentive staff always there with a smile
Try the carrot marmalade made from their organic farm located just outside of KathmanduDaniel Smith
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Kantipur Temple House is ideal for those not wanting to stay in one of the standard international style of hotels that doesn't reflect the architecture of Nepal - it has bags of character and charm. Although the hotel is fairly simple, and the bedrooms can be a little dark, the hotel does tick a lot of boxes for those who want a more boutique option. It is within walking distance of the restaurants and shops of Thamel, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Durbar Marg meaning the location is one of the best in Kathmandu.
With just 48 rooms, it retains a small, boutique feel. Don't expect A/C, TVs or most of what you get in a international standard of hotel, but this part of the charm and attraction of a place like this. The rooms all look inwards, towards the courtyard, and the windows do not allow a huge amount of light in, especially those rooms on the lower floors. Therefore, we always suggest a stay in a Deluxe Room on a higher floor. Do note that there is no lift, so you could be walking up five floors. All rooms are en-suite, although do note they do not provide toiletries, so it is worth bringing some with you. In the winter, they provide hot water bottles. There is a good wifi connection throughout the hotel.
The staff are attentive, and always there to help with a smile. There are some really nice gardens to sit and read a book, and they light it up with candles in the evenings. They even do morning Yoga sessions in the garden. There is also a lovely roof-terrace, which is ideal to watch the sunset.
They have a forward-thinking environmental policy, not using mineral water in plastic bottles and avoiding plastic bags which is such a problem in Kathmandu. As with all hotels in Nepal, electricity can cut out from time to time.
Food is Nepali, and most of the ingredients come from their organic farm outside of the city.
Overall, Kantipur Temple House is a classic 'heritage' style hotel with lots of charm and character. It is not for guests who want 1000 thread cotton sheets, TVs, AC, a swimming pool and room service! It is however wonderful in that it reflects the lovely Newari architecture and carvings which modern hotels simply can't incorporate. It is in some ways like a 'mini' Dwarikas but without all the bells and whistles. In short, perfect for those wanting a really good value traditional hotel in Kathmandu.
There are 48 rooms, divided into Standard and Deluxe Rooms. We suggest opting for a Deluxe Room on the higher floors to maximize the light coming in from the small windows overlooking the inner courtyard. Bedding is specially commissioned fair-trade dhaka (hand-woven) cloth bedspreads.
Kantipur Temple House has a restaurant, a delightful garden and a roof terrace.
Location & Directions
Located close to the Kantipur Temple to the south of the popular tourist district of Thamel with its numerous shops, restaurants and bars (7-minute walk). You are in walking distance from Kathmandu Durbar Square (about 15 minutes walk, depending on how many cows hold up the traffic), and easily across to Durbar Marg with its upscale boutiques.
When to go
Nepal has a Monsoonal climate with four main seasons. Fall and spring are the two most favourable seasons for visiting Nepal. Fall (September to early December) brings in clear weather with sunny days and warm nights. Spring (March to May) with occasional rain falls. From June to September, is the monsoon season. Uncomfortable time to visit as the climate of Nepal at this time of year brings about hot weather and rain falls almost every day.