After the budget hotels in India, I wasn’t sure what Nepal had in store for me. But what a surprise!
It stood like a fortress overlooking Thamel. Tucked away, soothing and sophisticated, Hotel Vajra has a charm, which removes itself from the rest of Kathmandu and backpacker’s Thamel. It’s like the secret that travelers whisper to each other so that everyone doesn’t go running.
You can get lost in its old world design and the artisan skills of the Nepalese community. It’s windows, doors and furniture are all finely crafted, making you feel as though you’re in a different time; while the garden of chiseled sculptures and white lawn chairs tempt to you to stay and relax over sightsee. It’s got a gallery, a theatre where you can see a Nepalese traditional dance, a rooftop bar and restaurant.
My double bedroom was clean, charming, lovely and spacious. They provide candles and match sticks for the regular blackout periods, which Nepal’s electrical mood swings are known for. The staff was great and their restaurant was excellent and reasonably priced.
See some of my photos below.
Hotel Vajra (website here)
The hotel is located on the road to Swayambhu (‘Monkey’) Temple. The Hotel is about a 10 minutes walk from Thamel and a 20 minute walk from Durbar Square. The hotel offers free airport pickup and has taxi drivers to take you to and from the city!