Raniban Retreat

Raniban Retreat

Near World Peace Pagoda, Phewa Lake, Pokhara, Nepal, 44600
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    8.5
    Excellent
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    8.8
    Excellent service
    Recommended by 94% of guests

    Property highlights

    • Airport transfer

    • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

    • Currency exchange

    • Breakfast [free]

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    9.1
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    Exceptional location
    Value for money8.3
    Distance to city center7 km
    Location rating9.1
    Nearest airportPokhara Airport (PKR)
    Distance to airport3.6 km
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    8.3
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    • Room size: 21 m²/226 ft²
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            Agoda Reviews (179)Booking.com Reviews (31)
            8.5
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            Cleanliness8.4
            Facilities8.1
            Location9.1
            Room comfort and quality8.3
            Service8.8
            Value for money8.3
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            8.4
            Excellent
            Rachel from Singapore
            Group
            Mountain View Room
            Stayed 4 nights in December 2018
            AMAZING EXCEPT FOR THE ROADS ”
            The stay in Raniban was the best in Nepal. We took the mountain view room and never regretted. It was amazing. Except for the part that the roads up to Raniban was really bad, and that there was no heater, the stay was amazing. Food was amazing too.
            Reviewed January 25, 2019
            10.0
            Exceptional
            karinna from United Kingdom
            Solo traveler
            Sunrise View Room
            Stayed 2 nights in December 2018
            Exceptional”
            I LOVED it here!! The sunrise rooms are wonderful - v important to search online for the best price or go direct as I found big differences in prices and and got an excellent value for money price in the end.
            Reviewed December 21, 2018
            9.6
            Exceptional
            Nur from Singapore
            Couple
            Sunrise View Room
            Stayed 1 night in December 2018
            Recommended!”
            Had a good 1 night stay in Raniban. It was away from the Pokhara lakeside area but truly loved how high it was. Location was superb for sunrise/sunset. You can even catch a good view of the ultralight flights as well as the Annapurna range. However, the only down side for me was the 522 steps upwards, especially if you are not exacty fit like me. The staff will help you carry your luggage/backpack up. There is another alternative route of 100+ steps but it is only accessible to go down. I would highly recommend this place if you want to be away from the hustle & bustle. The staffs are awesome too, always so attentive! Special thanks to Prakesh & Pradip in helping us book our day activities at a really good bargain (way cheaper than what is offered by companies/hotels in the lakeside area). The activities arranged for us was reasonable priced and was carried out by reliable tour agency. The breakfast at the rooftop was also good! Thanks for the great stay Raniban!
            Reviewed December 16, 2018
            10.0
            Exceptional
            Kong from Malaysia
            Couple
            Mountain View Room
            Stayed 1 night in February 2019
            Amazing view”
            101% recommended
            Reviewed February 09, 2019
            9.6
            Exceptional
            Alison from United Kingdom
            Couple
            Sunrise View Room
            Stayed 1 night in December 2018
            An oasis overlooking Pokhara”
            My partner and I stayed at Raniban Retreat at the beginning of December and were so grateful for the warm welcome, peaceful surroundings, comfortable room, and delicious food. To get there, we crossed Fewa Lake and walked up through the Raniban forest. It is not an easy climb if you have your luggage with you, but it is rewarding to see the views across Pokhara as you go. The staff at Raniban Retreat are superb and cannot do enough for you. If I get to visit Pokhara again, I would absolutely stay at the Retreat for some wonderful peace and quiet. Thank you for looking after us so well!
            Reviewed December 08, 2018
            6.8
            Good
            Marc from United States
            Couple
            Deluxe Room
            Stayed 1 night in November 2018
            Great potential, splendid views, everything else lacking”
            Getting to Raniban is not for the faint of heart. It is located about 30 min outside of Pokhara. The last 5-10 min of the drive is on a very rocky, bumpy dirt road and the cliff edge always feels near. The hotel itself has breathtaking views and aside from friendly staff that’s really the only reason to stay here. Everything else disappoints: the clear lack of hot water, the cheaply furnished/appointment rooms that should not command the rates they are charging, the sub-par breakfast in a city with great hotel breakfasts! Don’t be fooled by the Agoda website indicating that the ride from Lakeside to Raniban is 200 rupees (2 USD) per person. It’s actually $13 USD for the ride, and the staff refused to honor the lower rate.
            Reviewed November 26, 2018
            10.0
            Exceptional
            Karthic from India
            Family with young children
            Sunrise View Room
            Stayed 3 nights in May 2018
            Fantastic location with excellent views”
            Raniban retereat is located on top of a hill overlooking the Phewa lake. I don’t believe there are other properties that offer better views. The staff here are sincere and take very good care of guests. Food is good as well. We especially liked walking up and down the stairs leading up to the property. Mr.Ashok is the proprietor of the retreat and he personally detailed and organized our itenirary while we are at Pokhara. We were a group of 4 adults and 4 children and we throughly enjoyed our time at Raniban
            Reviewed May 25, 2018
            10.0
            Exceptional
            Al from Malaysia
            Couple
            Mountain View Room
            Stayed 3 nights in November 2017
            Magnificent View”
            Hotel is undergoing some roadworks at time of visit, so we went thru the stairs and phew, it was some steps! Hope the roadworks are ready by time you're reading this. Rooms need abit refreshing done and perhaps menu shall be improved to have little more variety? Besides that the view is amazing and totally worth it and we will be back again! I'd say this is a must do in Pokhara!
            Reviewed September 04, 2018
            9.2
            Exceptional
            OLIVER from Philippines
            Solo traveler
            Sunrise View Room
            Stayed 1 night in December 2017
            A peaceful retreat”
            It was an amazing experience. I traveled solo and this personal retreat couldn't get any better. My taxi dropped me next to the 522 man made steps that would take me up to the hotel. If you wish to get assistance, there is a number by the steps that you can call and they will send someone down to help you. (Having a local number in Nepal is always very handy as roaming doesn't work efficiently). It was a climb, but the scenery as you ascend and when you reach the place is just breath taking. The staff are amazingly helpful. I engaged into conversation with their manager, who was very helpful and insightful. I booked a sunrise view room, that was another perk, you can watch the sunrise from the comfort of your room. Or, you can witness it from the restaurant's roof deck. If you book a room here, I guess you can skip the crowd at the observation deck in Sarangkot. The rooms were adequate and the internet connection was reliable in the common areas.
            Reviewed January 13, 2018
            8.8
            Excellent
            Deborah from United Kingdom
            Couple
            Sunrise View Room
            Stayed 3 nights in October 2017
            Incredible views”
            The Raniban has the best views of any where I have ever stayed. The staff where very nice and helpful and food was delicious. The only thing to note is that it is a good 20min drive down quiet sketchy roads to get to town so going out for dinner is tricky but this should not put you off staying
            Reviewed November 03, 2017
            9.6
            Exceptional
            Firhan from Malaysia
            Couple
            Mountain View Room
            Stayed 2 nights in October 2017
            Worth the climb! ”
            Great little boutique hotel on top of a mountain! We stayed at the room with a private garden and had amazing views of Phewa Lake, Pokhara town and the Annapurna range.. right from our room! The staff were extremely friendly and helpful. The manager (Roy) was very interactive with the guests and made sure we were comfortable throughout our stay. A must visit!
            Reviewed October 19, 2017
            8.3
            Excellent
            FADLI from Malaysia
            Group
            Mountain View Room
            Stayed 1 night in November 2014
            good improvement”
            location price facilities
            a lot of improvements are there i.e. rooms are better decorated and facilities being added, wifi are available for free and faster, customer services are warm as always. kudos. and definitely do not mind to visit again. and hopefully weather will be on your luck i.e. annapurna himalayan range poster-like view could be seen from Raniban. otherwise, it is still be a very nice 'retreat' ;)
            Reviewed November 25, 2014
            8.3
            Excellent
            FADLI from Malaysia
            Group
            Sunrise View Room
            Stayed 1 night in November 2014
            good improvement”
            location price facilities
            it was our second time in Raniban, since two years ago. yep, the price-range has increased (from only USD50nett to USD115nett, for a Deluxe Room aka Mountain View Room now). however, indeed a lot of improvements are there i.e. rooms are better decorated and facilities being added, wifi are available for free and faster, customer services are warm as always. kudos. and definitely do not mind to visit again :)
            Reviewed November 25, 2014
            9.7
            Exceptional
            APHRODITE from Indonesia
            Solo traveler
            Mountain View Room
            Stayed 1 night in November 2014
            A Heaven on Earth Hotel with the fairy tale view”
            View, view and view
            My stay in Raniban Retreat was so great. I knew about the 500 steps that must be taken to reach the hotel from the car stop and it's true, no alternative. I was actually stairs hater, but I can handle it. No regret at all because the view during stepping the 500 steps always nice and nicer. And when you are in the hotel, especially in the sunrise time, the view was super amazing (in early November). I can see Mt. Machhapuchhare ( Fish Tail) and the Annapurna Himalaya range, the clouds over the Phewa Lake and the World Peace Pagoda at the peak of a hill. You can call it Heaven on Earth or A Fairy-tale land. Do not expect more than the beauty of silence, no TV, no entertainment but 3G internet is provided free. And taking a long shower with hot water was so great. That's the reason I extended staying in this hotel. And Ganga, the manager and all the staffs, serve the guests with high standard of hospitality.
            Reviewed November 11, 2014
            9.7
            Exceptional
            Enstina from Indonesia
            Group
            Deluxe Room
            Stayed 1 night in March 2014
            the most enjoyable stay”
            majestic view, fast wifi, friendly staff
            i traveled with group of 4 persons in total, we all got upgraded to the room with the view. we were the only guest in-house, and OMG the 500 steps to Raniban Retreat is absolutely worth it! there's something about Raniban Retreat that gave us such an amazing feeling, we really enjoyed our stay. the Himalayas/ Phewa Lake/ World Peace Pagoda/ and the whole Pokhara can be seen from our room. i'd recommend to at least stay 2 nights (the more the better), you will enjoy your stay even more. the staffs are all very helpful and they cooked a good breakfast too! i hope can be come back in the near future :) happy!
            Reviewed April 07, 2014
            8.0
            Excellent
            Sook from Singapore
            Solo traveler
            Mountain View Room
            Stayed 1 night in March 2014
            Gorgeous but expensive”
            The view, the staff and comfort!
            Raniban Retreat is a must-go if you have enough in your budget to allow for it. It's located on the top of a hill so you will be getting some truly unparalleled views of Pokhara. Many reviewers have recommended that one check out Raniban Retreat for the sunrise and sunset, but the night view, for me, was equally beautiful. The entire city of Pokhara lit up like a christmas tree and you get to enjoy all that view in the comfort of your hotel room. the room itself was luxury in Pokhara. After weeks of backpacking, i was happy to be sitting on pretty comfortable beds. there was always electricity in Raniban while i was there. as for the hot water, like the rest of Nepal, you just got to let it run for about 15 minutes before it starts to work. once it works, however, the hot water was consistent and absolutely terrific. you would have heard about the 500 steps up to Raniban - yes there are 500 steps but they are not life threatening at all. you can always take a break midway if you are panting. but more than the steps, the fact that Raniban was located atop a hill made it rather inconvenient to leave, do any sightseeing and come back. so get ready to spend all your time in the hotel once you arrive. that said, it's nice to unwind, relax and read my book while basking in the view of the Annapurnas at Raniban.
            Reviewed March 17, 2014
            8.7
            Excellent
            Elaine from Singapore
            Group
            Sunrise View Room
            Stayed 3 nights in February 2013
            Hotel with awesome view”
            Nicely renovated rooms, clean sheets, great mountain view
            We were rendered speechless when we arrived at the foot of the hotel. We didn't realise what a climb it would be to get to the hotel - not for the faint hearted. However, the climb is worth it because the view is just fabulous. It's a good place to be with nature and just relax. The staff at the hotel are also very obliging. They boiled water for us to take a shower and provided us with hot water bags.
            Reviewed March 03, 2013
            9.3
            Exceptional
            KWANGWEN from Taiwan
            Couple
            Deluxe Room
            Stayed 2 nights in February 2013
            Great view with good service”
            New lodge, great view, carpet comfortable, good service
            We came over here by taking a boat from the other side of the lake and climbing up to the hotel with all of our luggage on our back. Yes, it felt like torture as the way up was about 1.5hrs and we were both panting and sweating when we finally got to the hotel. In the beginning the hotel gave us an old lodge, and we were very upset as we had paid for a new lodge price. Then the hotel moved us to room 108, which was a LOT nicer and we were happy to finally rest. We did not find hot water the first night thus went to bed dirty, however, the other guests told us that we had to keep the water running for a long time in order to get water. So we tried that the next day in the afternoon and had a good shower. The room was clean and new with many comfortable carpets. The best thing about the room is that we were able to watch the mountains from our bed. It was awesome during sunset, very very pretty. And the terrace was great for sunrise. There was a staff especially helpful, he was smiling all the time and gave us details about our hikes the next day. The hotel provided hot drinking water for the rooms. And the sandwich and hot lemon with honey were great in the restaurant.
            Reviewed February 21, 2013
            9.7
            Exceptional
            Sharani from Singapore
            Couple
            Deluxe Room
            Stayed 3 nights in December 2012
            Himalayan mountain view rooms are the best”
            Great food, friendly staff, fantastic views
            So our first stay at Raniban was just one night before we head out for a 5 days trek to Poonhill. We came back to stay at Raniban again after the trek and it was a true retreat. We just relaxed to the mountain views. They definitely have the best view in Pokhara. The first time we stayed there, we got a room with the valley views. However, on request, the second time we stayed there we got the front rooms - room numbers 108, 109, 110 offers the best views of the mountains and its a majestic one to wake up to. That with delicious food and friendly staff made a great closure to our time in Pokhara!
            Reviewed January 19, 2013
            9.0
            Exceptional
            Sharani from Singapore
            Couple
            Deluxe Room
            Stayed 1 night in December 2012
            Lovely retreat with amazing mountain views”
            excellent service, delicious food, best view in pokhara
            We absolutely loved our stay at Raniban Retreat! Despite the 525 steps from the taxt drop off to the reception desk. Still all that was worth it with the views of the Himalayan mountains. Oh... and the food here is amazing too! You must try the chilly chips & fish curry with butter paratha! The friendly staff at Raniban Retreat were helpful and never failed to smile and greet us. There's still great potential to this place, like having the hot showers to work 24 hours and have phones in each room so each guest do not have to walk up to the reception each time we need something. They offer hot bags during winter since they do not have heater. But all that is acceptable when you wake up to sunrise and the mountains are right in front of you! We'll definitely stay there again if and when we ever go back to Pokhara. I miss the chilly chips so badly!
            Reviewed January 19, 2013
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