Contributor/ Woody Anderson
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This grand palace-like urban resort is one of the largest hotels in Nepal with 280 rooms. It was designed in the traditional Nepalese Newari architectural style and is situated just 4km from the airport. Since it was opened in 2000 by the late King Birendra Bir Bikram Shahdev it has won various awards including Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor.
The Good Stuff
During my stay the hotel always seemed to have something new and topical to explore. I had the pleasure of sampling the delightful new South Indian menu which was launching as part of its South Indian food festival. And in their cavernous bar, the Rox, I was able to watch the opening match of Euro 2016 on their huge screen, and enjoy the company of a diverse international crowd. Every game was being screened throughout the tournament.
The hotel attracts an eclectic clientele; from holidaying families who lounge around the 25m outdoor pool, to international businessmen who take advantage of the meeting rooms and boardroom. The hotel has hosted conferences for the UN, UNICEF, Oxfam to name but a few. But you’re as likely to bump into a Buddhist monk as a local food blogger.
Inside the Hotel – 7/10
The tastefully designed entrance is a grand affair and is equipped with stupas and water tanks that lead into the main reception area; here you’ll be serenaded by musicians playing traditional Nepalese songs and offered a refreshing welcome drink. It has excellent fitness facilities include a 1.6km running track, three tennis courts, two pools and a spa. The hotel room I stayed in was spacious, but a little worn around the edges. You can also take advantage of the casino for those that like a flutter, and a ballroom for the dancing types.
Outside the Hotel – 6/10
Close by are two significant religious places of interest. The Pashupatinath, Nepal’s most important Hindu temple situated on the banks of the holy Bagmati river. A place where you can spend a fascinating afternoon watching devotees give their last respects to loved ones. And the nearby Bodhnath Stupa, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the holiest Buddhist shrine outside of Tibet, is always teaming with pilgrims. There are even panoramic views of the spectacle from many of the Hyatt’s bedrooms.