Where to stay in Kathmandu - The best authentic boutique hotels

Out of the many lodging options in Kathmandu we have handpicked half a dozen authentic hotels we love. These hotels range from affordable to luxurious, and they all have a unique character.

We've assembled a list of Kathmandu hotels that our local Nepal experts recommend. Most of these hotels are locally owned and have an authentic quality to them.

Tip: If you are looking to escape the city for an overnight stay, check out our overview of great hotels around Kathmandu Valley

#1 The Inn Patan

The inn in Patan is a boutique heritage hotel transformed from a traditional brick and timber Nepalese home, a 1-minute walk from Patan Durbar Square. If you are looking to make your stay in Kathmandu truly unique we highly recommend the Inn. The hotel only has 10 rooms, and sells out often. 

Price: around $150 USD per night (hotel prices vary by season and depending on demand)

Courtyard at the Patan Inn
Courtyard at the Patan Inn 

 Key features:

  • A nice patio with a tranquil vibe. Great to enjoy meals or a coffee 
  • Beautifully appointed rooms, in tradional Newari style, but upgraded to meet today's comfort standards.
  • Located just a 1-minute walk from historic Patan Durbar square

#2 Shambaling Boutique Hotel

Shambaling Boutique Hotel is a quiet hotel with a spiritual vibe. It is operated by a Sherpa family who originate from the Himalayan foothills near Everest. It is located in the Boudha neighborhood of Kathmandu, and a pleasant 7-minute walk along back alleys and local markets from the famous Boudhanath Stupa.

Price: around $70 USD per night (hotel prices vary by season and depending on demand). Check rates or book now on Booking.com

Shambaling Hotel
Shambaling red-themed room
Shambaling rooftop
Shambaling rooftop
Shambaling interior
Shambaling interior
Shambaling Hotel
Shambaling Hotel

Key features:

  • Very nicely appointed rooms that show that the owners really care about their hotel. Each floor has its own color theme. 
  • Spacious garden and rooftop that is being used for yoga events.
  • A short, pleasant walk from the Boudhanath Stupa, which allows you to experience Budhist rutuals during the early mornings 

#3 Dwarika's Hotel

While beyond most travelers' budget, no list of Kathmandu hotels is complete without Dwarika's, Kathmandu's undisputed top luxury hotel. Dwarika's features beautiful architecture, friendly, attentive staff and fine dining. The hotel is still operated by its founders, the Shresta family. 

Price: around $400 USD per night (hotel prices vary by season and depending on demand). Check rates or book now on Booking.com

Room at Dwarika's
Room at Dwarika's

Key features:

  • Beautiful heritage architecture. Large, well appointed rooms. 
  • Three top of the line restaurants
  • A beautiful inner courtyard 

#4 Hotel Manaslu

Hotel Manasluc appeals to travelers with a taste for classic heritage design. Founded in 1972, the hotel has an authentic character. The interior is decorated with plenty of carved dark wood, similar to the style you find in temples on Durbar Square. 

Price: around $70 USD per night (hotel prices vary by season and depending on demand). Check rates or book now on Booking.com

The lobby at the Manaslu Hotel
The lobby at the Manaslu Hotel

Key features:

  • Lobby, covered patio and garden with a relaxed vibe. The garden features a nicely sized swimming pool.
  • Located in quiet neighborhood, but only a 20 minute walk or 10 minute cab ride from bustling Thamel
  • Classic heritage design, similar in style to Dwarika's

#5 Kathmandu Guest House

Kathmandu Guest House is a classic Kathmandu hotel in the heart of Thamel. It's key feature is its large, relaxing garden, which forms an oasis in the otherwise bustling tourist neighborhood Thamel.

Price: around $80 USD per night (hotel prices vary by season and depending on demand). Check rates or book now on Booking.com

Garden at the Kathmandu Guesthouse
Garden at the Kathmandu Guesthouse

Key features:

  • Large, relaxed garden with lounge chairs
  • Location in the heart of Thamel
  • A great place to meet other travelers

#6 "Stay with a Sherpa Family" and other AirBnbs

The rise of AirBnb has widened lodging options for travelers. Airbnb lists hundreds of rooms, apartments and homes, starting at about $10 USD, and on average around $25 USD. Our favorite is "Stay with a Sherpa Family" by our very own local expert Ngima, but of course there are many other options to choose from on AirBnb.

Price: around $10 - $100 USD per night (prices vary by season and depending on demand)

Key features:

  • Homestay with a friendly Sherpa family
  • Learn about Ngima's familiy and their history
  • Taste home made Dahl Bhat made by Ngima's wife Kami Doma, and drink some Tongba or beer

#7 Radisson Hotel Kathmandu

The Radisson is a bit of an outlier in this list since it isn't a locally owned boutiqe hotel. The reason we've included it is it's unique rooftop treadmills and pool. Also, it's a good hotel for travelers looking for a comfortbable option while getting ready for their trek or climbs.  

Price: around $110 USD per night (hotel prices vary by season and depending on demand). Check rates or book now on Booking.com 

Rooftop pool at the Radisson
Rooftop pool at the Radisson

Key features:

  • Rooftop outdoor swimming pool with great views on the city and mountains.
  • Rooftop treadmills looking out over the swimming pool and the city
  • Solid rooms, and a large lobby