The top 2023 accommodation guide for finding luxury hotels in Kathmandu. Includes the best hotel picks & neighborhoods to help you plan where to stay.
Kathmandu is a vibrant city with a rich cultural heritage and a captivating blend of modern and historical attractions. It’s a city abundant in ancient temples and bustling bazaars alongside contemporary shopping centers and high-end dining establishments.
And, as the capital city of Nepal, it is the primary starting point for Himalayan treks and high altitude expeditions. So, whether you seek luxury accommodation in Kathmandu to explore the city’s cultural and historic wonders or as a much-needed treat after a Himalayan adventure, this guide has got you covered.
I’ve visited Kathmandu several times over the past few years and stayed in over ten different hotels throughout the city. This accommodation guide is based on personal experiences of staying in various areas within Kathmandu, as well as the latest reviews and the most recent travel deals for luxury resorts and 5-star hotels.
- In a Hurry? The Best Places to Stay in Kathmandu
- Where to Book Luxury Accommodation in Kathmandu
- The Best Luxury Hotels in Thamel Neighborhood
- Luxury Accommodation in Bhaktapur, the Historic City of Kathmandu
- Top Luxury Hotels in Lazimpat Neighborhood
- Bonus 5-star Luxury Hotel in Kathmandu
- More Travel, Accommodation, & Adventure Guides to Nepal
By Olly Gaspar, traveler, travel blogger & photographer for 5+ years with 600+ published travel guides. I visit every place I write about & share real tips from what I learn.
In a Hurry? The Best Places to Stay in Kathmandu
The trekking and tourist hub in Kathmandu is called Thamel. This is where you will find all of the best trekking shops, hostels, restaurants, bars, and hotels in Kathmandu. Below are my top three picks for accommodation in Thamel. However, only the first is a luxury pick.
- Aloft Kathmandu - overlooking the city from the heart of Thamel, this is "the place" where climbers stay before big expeditions. It's a luxury pick with epic amenities including a gym, rooftop pool, and an EPIC buffet breakfast. This is where I stay every time I'm in Kathmandu before heading to the mountains.
- Flock Hostel - the best backpacker hostel in Thamel. This place has very clean dorms with curtains and private rooms with excellent views. There's also an amazing on-site cafe and restaurant serving delicious coffees and international meals and is rated #1 on Trip Advisor for breakfast and dinner in all of Kathmandu!
- Vastu Boutique Hotel - if you'd prefer a peaceful boutique hotel to escape the hustle & bustle, then Vastu is going to be the best mid-range pick. This place has a 9.7/10 rating on Booking.com with over 300 reviews!
Where to Book Luxury Accommodation in Kathmandu
As the main tourist hub, Thamel is the most-recommended place to stay in Kathmandu, especially for luxurious hotels. However, there are other neighborhoods worth considering, including:
- Bhaktapur - Nepal's "City of Devotees," is famous for its rich cultural heritage, stunning architecture, exquisite handicrafts, and well-preserved historical monuments like the Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Although there aren't any 5-star hotels this area showcases some authentic and unique hotel choices.
- Lazimpat - an affluent, cosmopolitan neighborhood located in the northern part of Kathmandu and known for its upscale residences, high-end hotels, and fine dining restaurants.
Below I'll break down the top luxury hotels in each Kathmandu neighborhood.
The Best Luxury Hotels in Thamel Neighborhood
1. Aloft - The Top Luxury Stay in Kathmandu
Conveniently located in the heart of the city, Aloft is the best 5-star hotel in Kathmandu. I've finally found the place I'll always come back to when visiting the city before Himalayan treks and expeditions.
As a matter of fact, the majority of leading expedition groups opt to stay at this hotel too. This means that while relishing the buffet breakfast, you might find yourself mingling with legendary Himalayan greats.
The property features an epic rooftop indoor pool, a good fitness center, a large shared lounge with a bar, an amazing restaurant, free private parking, and a 24-hour front desk.
Guest rooms come equipped with free WiFi, air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, a minibar, a coffee machine, room service, and a private bathroom. It's one of the most comfortable hotels I've ever stayed at.
A buffet, à la carte, or continental breakfast can be enjoyed daily.
Additionally, Aloft is situated in the center of Thamel, which is the perfect location for exploring. Popular points of interest near Aloft include Hanuman Dhoka, Kathmandu Durbar Square, and Thamel Chowk. Tribhuvan International is the nearest airport, and the hotel offers an airport shuttle service.
If you want to stay in a beautifully-decorated accommodation, Kathmandu Guest House is another good option.
Located in the popular district of Thamel, this accommodation features free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and free private parking. The hotel also offers free airport transfers.
The guest rooms are surrounded by lush greenery and are fitted with large windows. Each room features a private bathroom.
Guests can treat themselves to a beauty treatment at the salon or purchase unique jewelry at the hotel's gift shop. The hotel's tour desk can also help with travel arrangements.
It is a perfect option for those wanting to stock up on their Everest region packing list before heading to the mountains.
There are many fantastic dining options within a short walk from the hotel. The nearest airport is Tribhuvan Airport, which is 7 km away.
If you love boutique hotels, why not treat yourself to a stay at Arushi Boutique Hotel?
This beautifully designed and decorated 4-star hotel features a concierge service, a 24-hour front desk, free wi-fi, and room service. It also has a restaurant and bar to dine at where you and your friends can meet up before a night exploring Thamel).
All of the available rooms in the hotel have a private bathroom, and some boast a city view, which I think is pretty amazing– especially during sunset!
Also, each morning, guests can enjoy an American, buffet, or continental breakfast before starting their day by checking out the city highlights. And, since the area is popular for cycling, bike hire is available at the hotel to help you get around.
If you love boutique hotels, why not treat yourself to a stay at Arushi Boutique Hotel?
This beautifully designed and decorated 4-star hotel features a concierge service, a 24-hour front desk, free wi-fi, and room service. It also has a restaurant and bar to dine at.
All of the available rooms in the hotel have a private bathroom, and some boast a city view.
Each morning, guests can enjoy an American, buffet, or continental breakfast. Since the area is popular for cycling, bike hire is available at the hotel.
Tourist attractions to visit near the hotel include Kathmandu Durbar Square and the Monkey Temple.
4. Timber House
Looking for where to stay in Kathmandu for luxury, in a great location, and with fantastic room prices? Timber House is a must-stay!
This 3-star hotel features rooms with city views and guests can enjoy access to a shared lounge and terrace. Guests can take advantage of the free shuttle service, 24-hour front desk, and currency exchange.
All of the air-conditioned rooms come with free WiFi, room service, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a safety deposit box, and a private bathroom. Depending on what room you book, you will either have city or mountain views.
Guests can start each day with a delicious buffet, continental, or American breakfast. The on-site restaurant also serves Indian, Mexican, and Moroccan cuisine.
The nearest airport is Tribhuvan International Airport, which is 6 km from the property.
For a modern stay in the center of Kathmandu, book your visit at Hotel Mulberry.
This 4-star hotel features an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center, a garden, a restaurant, and a bar.
All of the spacious and modern guest rooms come with air conditioning, free wifi, room service, a safety deposit box, and a private bathroom. Select rooms also have a balcony boasting city views.
Every morning, guests can fuel up for the day with a buffet, continental, or English breakfast.
Points of interest near this beautiful hotel include Hanuman Dhoka, Kathmandu Durbar Square, and the Garden of Dreams.
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Luxury Accommodation in Bhaktapur, the Historic City of Kathmandu
One of the best hotels to stay in Kathmandu that is close to a range of attractions is Hotel Layaku Durbar.
This 3-star hotel features a 24-hour front desk and free wifi.
All of the comfortable rooms at this hotel feature a patio, a seating area, a private bathroom, and some kitchen facilities.
An American or Asian breakfast can be enjoyed each morning at the property.
If you want to stay at one of the best boutique hotels in Kathmandu, look no further than Tulaja Boutique Hotel.
Located only 150 m from Bhaktapur Durbar Square, this hotel features free wi-fi access, a garden, a tour desk, an airport shuttle, and a 24-hour front desk.
The cozy rooms come with a private bathroom and free toiletries.
Looking for where to stay in Kathmandu that is traditional, comfortable, and affordable? Peacock Guesthouse is your best option!
Located 100 m from the city center, this hotel features free wifi in the public areas of the property and has an on-site restaurant that serves Indian and local cuisine.
Featuring ancient architecture, each room is uniquely designed and comes equipped with comfortable bedding, a desk, and a private bathroom.
Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Dattatreya Temple, and Bhimsen Temple.
Top Luxury Hotels in Lazimpat Neighborhood
Experience world-class service at Radisson Hotel Kathmandu, one of the best luxury hotels in the city.
This stunning property features a rooftop pool, a business center, a health club, a tour desk, and a 24-hour front desk.
This a great choice for those who are seeking relaxation before completing The Three Passes Trek or other Everest region treks.
The Terrace Garden serves snacks, light meals, and drinks of Continental or Indian variety. The Lobby Bar also serves drinks and cocktails. Room service options are also available.
The luxurious, modern rooms feature air conditioning, a seating area, a flat-screen TV, and a private bathroom with complimentary toiletries.
10. Hotel Ambassador
As one of the most sought-after hotels, this accommodation features an on-site bar, free Wi-Fi, and private parking.
Each room at this property is soundproofed, air-conditioned, and has a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. The rooms also feature a private bathroom with slippers and free toiletries.
There is a great view of the sunset from the rooftop!
Kathmandu International Airport is 5 km from the hotel.
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11. Nomad Hotel
For modern and clean accommodation, Nomad Hotel is a great place to stay in Kathmandu. Featuring a bar, a restaurant, and a terrace, this 3-star hotel has everything you need for a great stay.
All of the rooms at this hotel come with air conditioning, a private bathroom, a flat-screen TV, and a desk.
Each morning, guests can enjoy a buffet, à la carte, or continental breakfast. The restaurant at the hotel also serves Italian, Nepalese, and international cuisine.
If you are looking for recommendations on what to do in the area, the staff at the front desk are more than happy to help.
Bonus 5-star Luxury Hotel in Kathmandu
Finally, one of the best 5-star hotels in Kathmandu worth adding to your bucket list is The Dwarika's Hotel.
Winner of the Pacific Asia Travel Association Heritage Award, this heritage hotel is inspired by Katmandu Valley's rich cultural heritage.
Featuring an extensive collection of artifacts from the 13th century, this grand hotel is modeled after the palaces of Newar Kings. The hotel features an outdoor pool and four food and beverage options.
All of the air-conditioned rooms come with a satellite TV, a seating area, and a private bathroom with a bathtub.
Popular points of interest near the hotel include Pashupatinath Temple, the Buddhist site of Boudhanath, and Durbar Marg Street. Kathmandu International Airport is 2 km from the property.
Frequently Asked Questions About Staying in Kathmandu
How long should I stay in Kathmandu?
Three days is a great amount of time to explore and discover the best of what Kathmandu has to offer.
When is the best time to visit Kathmandu?
The best time of year to visit Kathmandu is between September and November. During these months, you'll experience dry weather and clear skies.
Is Kathmandu an expensive city to visit?
Although Kathmandu may be a popular city to visit for tourists, it's one of the least expensive cities in the world!
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I hope that this short guide to finding luxury hotels in Kathmandu has inspired you to book a memorable stay in the heart of Nepal!
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