Located along the southern slopes of the Himalayan mountain ranges, Nepal is home to the highest mountains in the world including Mt. Everest. Kathmandu is the capital and an excellent place to stay in Nepal. It’s the largest city in the Himalayas, also best-known as the city of ancient temples. I’ve stayed in Kathmandu many times and had some great stays and some bad stays so when you are considering where to stay in Kathmandu, let me help you.
WHICH REGION TO SAY IN KATHMANDU
Kathmandu is the base camp for tourists and there are plenty of things to see and do such as visiting temples, restaurants, shops, nightlife, and sightseeing. If it is your first time visiting Kathmandu, Chhetrapati is the ideal area for you to stay. If you are traveling on a budget, Naya Bazaar would be the right choice, and the area of Thamel (my favorite) if you opt to be central and experience a bit of nightlife.
For me, Thamel is the best place to stay and where I always base. Whether you are looking for a budget-friendly guest house, affordable hotels, or luxurious hotels, Kathmandu has got your back. In this article, I’ve handpicked 5 best luxury hotels, 5 best mid-range hotels, and 5 best budget hotels in Kathmandu.
KATHMANDU HOTELS COMPARISON TABLE
Here’s a handy table of my personal recommended accommodations in Kathmandu, Nepal.
WHERE TO STAY IN KATHMANDU
Like any other city in Asia, traveling in Nepal is relatively cheap and even some luxury hotels can have very affordable room rates. Kathmandu’s accommodation ranges from luxury hotels to budget guesthouses as many travelers are trekkers and backpackers.
6 BEST LUXURY HOTELS IN KATHMANDU
ALOFT KATHMANDU THAMEL
Aloft Kathmandu Thamel (Room with a view): This is where I always stay! It’s a great base in between treks and it’s always full of people relaxing before or after expeditions. The gym and buffet breakfast is worth it alone and the location is right in the heart of Thamel.
It’s a good mix of luxury with value compared to the more expensive 5-star hotels in Kathmandu. Welcoming guests with world-class facilities and services, Aloft Kathmandu Thamel has it all.
The hotel proudly stands in the heart of Thamel, it offers a wide range of facilities such as an indoor pool, enormous meeting rooms, a business center, a well-equipped gym that I use daily, a fancy restaurant, and a bar. There is free private parking on-site as well as a complimentary fast Wi-Fi connection (that works!).
I personally love the amazing city views from the room as it shows spectacular views of the mountains and the cityscape. This luxury Kathmandu hotel is also ideal for business travelers.
Hotel Mulberry (Luxury): Set in near the heart of Thamel, this 4.5-star boutique hotel is by far the best-value luxury hotel in Kathmandu. The location is amazing with walking distance to top restaurants, cafes, hiking gear stores, and the cultural sites of Kathmandu.
I stayed here twice and would go back again. My favorite things about this hotel are the incredible rooftop infinity pool and a 360-degree view of the entire Kathmandu region. You’ll be blown away at sunrise and sunset as this 8th-floor view is higher than most in Kathmandu and has unobstructed views. The breakfast is amazing with a huge variety of healthy options and machine coffee.
The WiFi worked great and throughout my stay I had such a great time that it’s easy for me to place this hotel at the top of the list of where to stay in Kathmandu.
THE DWARIKA’S HOTEL
The Dwarika’s Hotel (Luxury): Set near the airport, this 5-star boutique hotel is one of the most luxurious places to stay in Kathmandu because it features a broad range of exquisite rooms and suites such as deluxe rooms, junior suites, executive suites, and royal suites – all fitted with everything you need.
The hotel’s spa offers a variety of treatments and other facilities including a library, yoga and fitness center, an outdoor pool, meeting rooms, a business center, and a shop. The restaurants on-site serve delectable and sumptuous Nepali dishes and other well-known international cuisines. The hotel also provides free Wi-Fi throughout the property and tour assistance.
KATHMANDU MARRIOTT HOTEL
Kathmandu Marriott Hotel (Luxury): For Kathmandu Marriott Hotel, priorities lay with top-notch customer service, exquisite food, and first-rate facilities. It’s a new hotel with an infinity pool on the rooftop offering panoramic views of the Kathmandu cityscape.
This 5-star hotel offers sleek and spacious rooms with complete amenities as well as floor-to-ceiling glass windows. There is a large gym, restaurant, and bar with an excellent choice of food and drinks, and free Wi-Fi throughout the property. Kathmandu Marriott Hotel is a matchless accommodation for those who are looking for a luxury place to stay in Kathmandu.
BABER MAHAL VILAS
Baber Mahal Vilas (Luxury): Those searching for a Kathmandu accommodation with luxury, sophistication, and location to die for will absolutely adore Baber Mahal Vilas. This family-run boutique hotel is a newly-renovated hotel blending contemporary and traditional vibes. The rustic and chic rooms are meticulously well-appointed for ultimate serenity and relaxation.
Room amenities include cable TV, air conditioning, microfiber pillows, a stocked mini-bar, hot shower, and more. They also have a gym, outdoor pool, restaurant, and free parking. I highly recommend Baber Mahal Vilas as one of the top boutique hotels in Kathmandu if you’re looking to be in an accommodation that exudes a luxurious Nepalese charm.
HYATT REGENCY KATHMANDU
Hyatt Regency Kathmandu (Luxury): If you want a luxury place to stay whilst taking a splurge or traveling in business in Kathmandu, Hyatt Regency Kathmandu might be your best pick! This 5-star hotel offers a whole epic view of the popular ancient religious complex called Stupa from one of their luxurious rooms. Each room is extensive with all the things you could possibly need.
Facilities include outdoor swimming pools, a fitness center, spa, meeting rooms, and many more. From the stunning architecture of the hotel to its excellent location, Hyatt Regency goes above and beyond to ensure your stay is a memorable at one of the top places to stay in Kathmandu.
5 BEST VALUE HOTELS IN KATHMANDU
KUMARI BOUTIQUE HOTEL
Kumari Boutique Hotel (Value for money): Located just moments away from the hustle and bustle, Kumari Boutique Hotel offers it all: excellent service, a handy location, and a good ambiance. The hotel provides spacious rooms fitted with air conditioning, flat-screen TV, floor-to-ceiling glass windows, mini-fridge, safe, hairdryer, desk, etc.
The property has fast Wi-Fi, room service, and the attention to detail is extraordinary. Not to mention the staff are well-trained and very accommodating. They can help organize tours and car rental services for their guests. Kumari Boutique Hotel lives up to its reputation as the best mid-range hotel in Kathmandu.
Hotel Jampa (Family-pick): Set comfortably in Thamel, this charming hotel offers a wide range of rooms from double rooms, suites to family rooms and some have a balcony. Hotel Jampa is one of the most popular mid-range hotels in Kathmandu.
Each room is well-lit and equipped with air conditioning, flat-screen TV, a private bathroom, and more. The food is also reasonably priced and it’s within walking distance to everything – shops, restaurants, and attractions. Overall, it’s an excellent place to stay in Kathmandu with a lovely ambiance.
ARUSHI BOUTIQUE HOTEL
Arushi Boutique Hotel (Insta-worthy): Tucked away from the noise yet close enough to the center of the action, Arushi Boutique Hotel takes pride in its meticulously well-appointed rooms with white-washed rough walls and state-of-the-art facilities.
The hotel has a rooftop terrace and plunge pool with awe-inspiring views of the UNESCO heritage site Swoyambhunath and the Himalayan mountains so it’s perfect for some photo op. The attention to detail is impeccable. This is, without a doubt, one of the best mid-range hotels in Kathmandu for me!
NORBULINKA BOUTIQUE HOTEL
Norbulinka Boutique Hotel (Family-pick): If you are looking for a reasonable and family-friendly hotel in Kathmandu, look no further. Norbulinka Boutique Hotel features family suites, double rooms, and single rooms.
Not quite a fancy hotel but you can’t beat the price that starts for $40 a night. Each room is equipped with everything including furniture, flat-screen TV, good Wi-Fi, and coffee/tea making facilities. The hotel is in a quiet area but not far away from the attractions in Kathmandu.
OASIS KATHMANDU HOTEL
Oasis Kathmandu Hotel (Value for money): This 3-star hotel is a sanctuary nestled in a tranquil area in Thamel in the heart of Kathmandu. Oasis Kathmandu Hotel features spacious rooms for single travelers, couples, and families.
The hotel is not very luxurious but it has everything you need for a very affordable price. It has a restaurant, bar, sun terrace, and a coffee shop on-site. All rooms have access to the common balcony which is a bonus.
The highlight is the staff as they are very attentive, respectful, and are always eager to help you. At Oasis Kathmandu Hotel, you’ll get so much for your money.
5 BEST BUDGET PLACES TO STAY IN KATHMANDU
FAMOUS HOUSE KATHMANDU
Famous House Kathmandu (Great atmosphere): Undoubtedly the best budget accommodation in Kathmandu, Famous House Kathmandu is an affordable option if you want to base yourself in the area for a week of unlimited adventures.
The property offers separate dormitory rooms for males and females but they also have single beds in rooms if you are not comfortable sleeping in a bunk bed. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, parking, a shared lounge. The highlight of this house is a lovely restaurant on the rooftop with panoramic views of the city and mountains.
MOUNT ANNAPURNA GUEST HOUSE
Mount Annapurna Guest House (Backpacker-pick): This tiny guest house is set in Thamel that offers more bang for your buck. The room choices are single, twin, and double. All rooms are fitted with a private bathroom, a good hot shower, and free Wi-Fi.
The very strong point of the property is the staff – they are extremely helpful and hospitable. It is close to everything including shops, restaurants, etc. Look past the basic photos on the listing! It is one of the best budget hotels in Kathmandu so I can’t recommend this guest house enough!
THAMEL SEASONS HOTEL
Thamel Seasons Hotel (Family-pick): This budget-friendly hotel is perfect for families. The location is great as it is in the heart of Thamel which means the shops and restaurants are just a stone’s throw away. There are a variety of room options including a deluxe family room for just $24 and a single room for $11 per night.
Each room has a private bathroom, air conditioning, flat-screen TV, and some got a balcony with beautiful mountain views. There is a round-the-clock front desk, room service, and even currency rate exchange. Definitely one of the best cheap hotels in Kathmandu!
KATHMANDU MADHUBAN GUEST HOUSE
Kathmandu Madhuban Guest House (Best views): This hotel is ideal for you if you are visiting Kathmandu for the first time. The property has a rooftop terrace with flowers around and epic views of the city and the mountains.
The rooms are cozy and clean equipped with comfy beds and a sitting area. They also offer free fast Wi-Fi, car rental services, and free parking. Location-wise and price-wise, this has got to be the best budget accommodation in Kathmandu! Not to mention breakfast is included in the price.
Hotel Triratna (Budget-friendly): Situated in Thamel, Hotel Triratna makes a comfortable accommodation for those traveling on a low budget. For only $9 a night, you can grab a modest and clean room. Room options range from budget double rooms, deluxe rooms to single rooms, and some have a balcony.
Each room has a sitting area and a wardrobe. The hotel has a shared lounge with comfortable couches for guests making it a perfect place to meet other trekkers and climbers. There is free wifi and private parking.
I hope this guide helped you figure out where to stay in Kathmandu. Amongst this list of the best hotels in Kathmandu, there are some real value picks and some amazing locations so you should find great accommodation for your vacation!
HAVE YOU READ MY OTHER NEPAL BLOGS?
I’ve been lucky enough to have many awesome adventures in Nepal, which you can check out below where I’ve listed some of my favorite blog poss from Nepal.
- The Most Iconic route: Everest Base Camp Trek
- The Most Scenic Route: Annapurna Circuit Trek
- My Favorite Trek in Nepal: Manaslu Circuit Trek
- An Easy Nepal Trek: Langtang Valley Trek
- A great beginner peak: Island Peak Climb (6,165m)
- My Favorite Climb in Nepal: Climbing Ama Dablam (6,812m)
- My first 8000er: Climbing Manaslu (8,163m)
- My toughest climb in Nepal: Climbing Makalu (8,463m)
- Where to stay: 16 Best Places to Stay in Kathmandu