Hotel Shanker

Lazimpat Road, Lazimpat, Kathmandu, Nepal, 44600 - See map
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Hotel Shanker

"The staff is so wonderful, breakfast amazing and great location."

Prarthna - February 2, 2020

 Hotel Shanker
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Property highlights
Front desk [24-hour]
Hassle-free check in
Close to Garden of Dreams
Within 700 m of property
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Popular landmarks
Embassy of France 140 m
Folk Nepal 140 m
Third World Craft Nepal 140 m
Tibetan Thangka Gallery 150 m
Zeabrose Leather Boutique 190 m
CIWEC Hospital and Travel Medicine Center 260 m
Clark Hatch Fitness Center 280 m
British Council 320 m
Rishi Ayurvedic Medical Hall 380 m
Park Gallery 420 m
Nearby landmarks
Garden of Dreams 700 m
Thamel 800 m
Kumari Chowk 1.15 km
Kathmandu Durbar Square 1.97 km
Hanuman Dhoka 1.97 km
Swayambhunath Temple 2.91 km
Pashupatinath Temple 3.01 km
The Crematoria 3.02 km
Boudhanath Stupa 4.18 km
Kopan Monastery 5.16 km
8.2

Excellent

Location rating score

410 meters from city center
ParkingFREE
  • 750 meters to public transportation

  • Airport transfer

  • Currency exchange

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

  • Sauna

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Value for money8.1
Distance to city center0.5 km
Location rating8.2
Nearest airportTribhuvan International Airport (KTM)
Distance to airport4.5 km

Rooms available at Hotel Shanker

Very good
Room comfort & quality
8.0
Deluxe Suite
Deluxe Suite
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  • Room size: 59 m²/635 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 king bed
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Standard Double or Twin Room
Standard Double or Twin Room
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  • Room size: 25 m²/269 ft²
  • City view
  • 2 single beds or 1 king bed
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Standard Single Bed
Standard Single Bed
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  • Room size: 25 m²/269 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 king bed
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Double Room Relaxation Package - One Time Ayurvedic Massage, 20% Discount on Food and Beverages and Laundry, Welcome Drink and Hi Tea, Flexible Checkout Time and more addons
Double Room Relaxation Package - One Time Ayurvedic Massage, 20% Discount on Food and Beverages and Laundry, Welcome Drink and Hi Tea, Flexible Checkout Time and more addons
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  • Room size: 18 m²/194 ft²
  • Shower and bathtub
  • 1 king bed or 2 single beds
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Premier Suites
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  • Room size: 65 m²/700 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 king bed
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Premier Suite
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  • Room size: 60 m²/646 ft²
  • Shower and bathtub
  • 1 king bed
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Family Room
Family Room
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  • Room size: 25 m²/269 ft²
  • City view
  • 2 queen beds
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Deluxe Room
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  • Room size: 14 m²/151 ft²
  • 2 single beds or 1 king bed
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  • Room size: 14 m²/151 ft²
  • 1 queen bed
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    Frequently asked questions

    What time is check-in and check-out at Hotel Shanker?

    Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 01:00 PM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The hotel offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out. The front desk is always open, day or night.

    How do I get to Hotel Shanker?

    Hotel Shanker is easy to access from the airport. In fact, you can even book your airport transfer in advance for greater peace of mind with the additional charge of 30 USD. Just use the "Let us know what you need" section of the booking page to let the hotel know you want a ride, and they will contact you via the Agoda messaging service. For those who wish to drive their own cars, Hotel Shanker has a car park right on site for maximum convenience. Parking is free for guests. Self-parking is conveniently available at the hotel. If you're looking for an easy way to get around Kathmandu with private transportation, the hotel can arrange both taxis or car rental.

    What is the smoking policy at Hotel Shanker?

    Hotel Shanker does permit smoking in some areas and is not 100% smoke-free.

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    What people love about Hotel Shanker

    • 10.0
      Exceptional
      Cleanliness

      "The rooms are also very clean and comfortable!"

      Muhammad

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      July 28, 2019

    • 7.6
      Very good
      Staff 

      "Good locations and helpful staff."

      Subas

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      February 6, 2020

    • 9.6
      Exceptional
      Staff 

      "Beautiful hotel with great staff!"

      Bichandra

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      July 20, 2019

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    Room comfort score
    8.0/10
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    8.2/10
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    Overall rating:
    8.2
    Excellent
    2,422 reviews
    Cleanliness
    8.2
    Facilities
    7.9
    Location
    8.2
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    What travelers say they love:
    good family environment and might come back again.
    SURESH from Brunei Darussalam
    Family with young children
    More about Hotel Shanker

    More about Hotel Shanker

    This hotel is a welcome haven from the hustle and bustle of downtown Kathmandu and offers 94 elegant and comfortable guest rooms. The hotel was previously a Rana Palace and was converted in 1964 but still retains its most of its authentic Nepalese atmosphere. Each of the 94 guest rooms are tastefully decorated with wall hangings and classic furniture with large arched windows and modern amenities such as a satellite TV and mini bar. The Kailash is a huge ballroom type restaurant that serves local delicacies as well as International favorites set in a beautifully decorated dining room. There is also the Kunti Bar where guests can relax and unwind after a long day in an original Nepalese environment. Whatever the reason for your stay, Hotel Shanker will make your stay a good one.

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    Most talked about facilities

    Breakfast
    137 mentions
    Swimming Pool
    86 mentions
    Housekeeping
    63 mentions
    Food & Dining
    51 mentions

    What they offer

    10.0
    Exceptional

    "Good Price, Lovely Lawn, Nice Pool, Good B'Fast."

    Raja

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    August 23, 2019

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    Food and dining

    Breakfast options

    American
    Asian
    Continental
    Halal
    Italian
    Vegetarian
    Vegan
    Buffet

    Restaurants on site

    Kailash Restaurant
    Cuisine:American, Chinese, European
    Menu:Buffet, A-la-carte

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    Reviews of Hotel Shanker from real guests

    Overall rating
    8.2
    Excellent
    From 2422 reviews
    8.5Service
    8.4Location
    8.3Cleanliness
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    Cleanliness8.2
    Facilities7.9
    Location8.2
    Room comfort and quality8.0
    Service8.4
    Value for money8.1
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    9.7
    Exceptional
    AIK from Malaysia
    Business traveler
    Standard Double or Twin Room
    Stayed 2 nights in April 2013

    Nice hotel, great location”

    Comfortable room, great location & friendly staff

    We were travelled to Kathmandu for business, the location of Hotel is very convenience to us as our client's office is located at Lazimpat too. The room is very spacious,clean and comfortable. The hotel staff is helpful, and the breakfast taste good too. Overall, we enjoyed our stay at Shanker Hotel and will return to this hotel if travel to Kathmandu again.

    Reviewed April 23, 2013
    9.7
    Exceptional
    Stephen from Australia
    Solo traveler
    Standard Double or Twin Room
    Stayed 1 night in November 2013

    My favourite hotel in Kathmandu”

    Fabulous food, the grounds - wonderful gardens, & the old world ambiance

    The Shanker is one of my favourite hotels in the whole world. Can't rave enough about the food in the wonderful old world restaurant. The location is stunning with acres of fabulous gardens, a pool, & cafe. Hotel is a former palace & the architecture is stunning. Rooms are cosy & comfortable, the plate of home made chocolates, & fruit bowl was a nice touch. Staff are lovely, especially the wait staff, & the friendly & efficient travel agent in the lobby. The only downside is it's not right in Thamel, however it's only a 15 minute walk away, so not bad for Kathmandu. Also the bathroom is a little older & dark with dark tiling & has a shower bath combo which I hate, just a shower is fine, so be careful stepping out of the bath here. However despite it not being the most modern hotel in Kathmandu it has a lot of heart & soul & I would highly recommend staying here for anyone visiting Kathmandu.

    Reviewed November 09, 2014
    9.6
    Exceptional
    Akshay from India
    Family with young children
    Standard Double or Twin Room
    Stayed 3 nights in January 2018

    Memorable Stay at Hotel Shanker”

    Got a great deal through Agoda and hence we were little apprehensive about the quality of the rooms. All our doubts were laid to rest after we checked in. The rooms allotted to us were spacious, neat and clean. In fact the entire hotel is spick and span and beautifully maintained. The staff is well mannered and courteous. The breakfast is grand and sumptuous. Only problem is that at times wi-fi is a bit erratic. I am sure the management will take care of this issue in the future. On the whole it was a memorable and pleasant stay at Hotel Shanker. If you are planning to stay in Kathmandu, this amazing property is not to be missed.

    Reviewed January 08, 2018
    9.0
    Exceptional
    Liao from China
    Solo traveler
    Standard Double or Twin Room
    Stayed 1 night in November 2014

    Very nice stay ”

    Staff is helpful and sweet,room is cleanness and comfort,location is good and quite

    I really had a very good 2 nights stay in hotel shanker, and it is the best hotel when I was in Kathmandu,staff is nice and helpful,room is beautiful, hotel building is in ancient look and with more Nepalese elements which are what I like,I will stay again if I visit Kathmandu in the coming day and will recommend shanker to my friends who are going to kathmandu

    Reviewed November 23, 2014
    8.7
    Excellent
    Jason from United States
    Couple
    Standard Double or Twin Room
    Stayed 3 nights in August 2011

    Great Hotel All Around”

    Staff performance, free wifi, spacious rooms

    my friend and i stayed at shanker twice: once at the beginning of our trip and then we returned to the shanker after a weekend in pokhara. both times we had a great experience. although we booked a standard room, they automatically upgraded us to a suite, which was very nice. the room was nice and spacious, the bathroom was good size, and the included breakfast was good. the shanker is a respite from the chaos of kathmandu, and it allowed us to recharge each time we went back. the staff was very attentive, the room service was decent, and there were even a couple shops at the hotel selling nice items. all around a great stay.

    Reviewed August 10, 2011
    9.3
    Exceptional
    Heather from United States
    Solo traveler
    Standard Double or Twin Room
    Stayed 2 nights in April 2012

    Unique hotel in Kathmandu”

    Wonderful location, great amenities, kind staff

    the shanker is one-of-a-kind in kathmandu. the city has numerous inexpensive hotels in busy thamel and quite a few generic global chains, often located outside the main city, but few that combine luxury while still feeling like you are in nepal. the shanker has all the amenities of western chains but also charm and a reasonable price. highly recommended.

    Reviewed April 22, 2012
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Kei from United Kingdom
    Group
    Standard Double or Twin Room
    Stayed 2 nights in April 2014

    Beautiful Hotel in Kathmandu”

    Friendly staff, good food, decor

    Delightful 2 night stay at Hotel Shanker. This beautiful former palace is almost like a paradise of its own, highly contrasted against the city of Kathmandu. The staff is very nice, food in restaurant is good and there is a very nice swimming pool. The travel desk is very helpful, we booked day tours through them with guide and van provided. The hotel is located very close to Thamel - area where all the bars / restaurants / shops are. Highly recommend to anyone staying in Kathmandu.

    Reviewed April 24, 2014
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Shannon from United States
    Couple
    Standard Double or Twin Room
    Stayed 5 nights in February 2019

    Amazing Hotel”

    We had a perfect stay at Hotel Shanker! My husband and I are comfort travelers and we were surprised by this hotel. It's so well maintained. It's historic, but with all the modern amenities. The entire hotel is just so gorgeous, elegant, and high quality. The staff was amazing as well! It was the nicest of all the hotels we stayed around Nepal and India, and for about the same rate. Also, this hotel is well known by taxi drivers, and sits just outside of the famous Thamel area. You can easily access Thamel by foot, but don't have to put up with the noise and traffic. It's a beautiful sanctuary away from the chaos of Kathmandu.

    Reviewed February 27, 2019
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Wtraveller from United States
    Couple
    Stayed 1 night in May 2013

    Wonderful Stay, good location & highly recommended”

    Food, room & location

    We had a wonderful stay in Shanker Hotel, highly recommended, located in center of Kathmandu. All of our hotel arrangements, tours and adventure activities are booked by Breakfree Adventures, a leading adventure company in Kathmandu. They did a great job on choosing hotels, selection of guides etc. If you are plan to visit Nepal, get a free information from Breakfree Adventures or book a trip on your own style.

    Reviewed June 06, 2013
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Luke from United States
    Family with young children
    Deluxe Suite
    Stayed 3 nights in March 2016

    Wonderful Kathmandu Hotel”

    We live in Kathmandu and have enjoyed getting away to Hotel Shanker a few times. The pool is great, the gardens have plenty of space for our family to play, and the food is alway delicious! The poolside restaurant has the best burger in Kathmandu. The location is also wonderful to access other nearby attractions. I also have to say the staff is very attentive and customers service minded. Highly recommended!

    Reviewed April 03, 2016
    9.2
    Exceptional
    Ian from United Kingdom
    Solo traveler
    Stayed 1 night in April 2016

    Great staff - suites of varying quality”

    Even though the Shanker was being renovated I had a good experience at the hotel. Staff were very efficient arranging pick-up from the airport, the airport transfer itself, storing baggage when I went on a trek and doing some laundry for me. The pool and gardens at the Shanker are its best feature. The food provided in the restaurant and through the poolside menu are excellent although the included breakfast is of a lower quality though still not too bad. One thing I would mention is that I booked suites before and after my trek and I can say that the suites at the Shanker are of variable quality. The suite I booked on this occasion was of fairly standard quality while the suite I was given on return from my trek was of a much higher standard and quite excellent.

    Reviewed April 22, 2016
    9.3
    Exceptional
    Wtraveller from United States
    Couple
    Standard Double or Twin Room
    Stayed 1 night in July 2013

    Best place to stay in Kathmandu”

    Food, Room & location

    Our agency arrange our stay in Shankar Hotel in Kathmandu which was very wonderful stay, highly recommended!! The Shankar hotel is located in Lazimpat which is about 15 minute walk from center of downtown. All of our hotel reservation, city excursions, flight tickets and adventure activities are booked by Breakfree Adventures, an excellent tour company owned by group of local guides. This guys are highly recommended for your adventure travel to Nepal himalaya.

    Reviewed July 08, 2013
    9.3
    Exceptional
    Priscilla from United States
    Couple
    Stayed 1 night in October 2008

    Shanker Hotel is nice, clean and good food”

    The Suite is awesome. All corner rooms are suites so you have to get that. Otherwise it is just a regular hotel room. Nice pool area. Staff is very nice and helpful. Food is good. Quiet area so you do not smell pollution or hear traffic.
    A little dated but thats ok for Kathmandu.

    Excellent value for money. We stayed at the Yak and Yeti and this place blows that out of the water. The service at the other hotel was terrible. The Shanker knows how to treat guests right. I would stay here anytime. Nice pool area for Kathmandu too! It is a little old and dated but from what I have seen in Kathmandu this is great! I recommend this place for before and after trekking. Great location near Thamel.

    Reviewed October 10, 2008
    8.7
    Excellent
    Ian from United Kingdom
    Solo traveler
    Standard Double or Twin Room
    Stayed 3 nights in June 2013

    Old World style”

    Great pool, stylish decor, very comfortable room

    My stay at the Shankar was very comfortable. The best thing about the Shanker is the old world style with it being a converted Rana house. Carved wood, stone, marble, stained glass are everywhere. The room was very comfortable with a bath, shower and hot water. The flat-screen TV had a great range of channels. Breakfast wasn't the best I've had in a top-range hotel but good for Kathmandu. Another great feature of the Shanker is the pool. One of the main reasons I booked here.

    Reviewed June 11, 2013
    9.0
    Exceptional
    Massimo from Italy
    Couple
    Standard Double or Twin Room
    Stayed 4 nights in September 2012

    Very typical hotel in Kathamandu city center.”

    Friendly staff, good restaurant. noce park with swimming pool.

    The Shanker Hotel is well located in Kathmandu city center, and in spite of this it is a very relaxing and pleasant place where to relax far from the traffic of hte city. Breakfast is done with a buffet well organized. There is also a nice restaurant with international cousine, with great dishes. A hotel that I suggest to spend some days in Kathmandu.

    Reviewed October 08, 2012
    9.0
    Exceptional
    Cameron from Australia
    Couple
    Deluxe Suite
    Stayed 3 nights in July 2013

    Welcoming, Comfortable with a Regal feel!”

    Historical, Buffet breakfast, Staff

    Love the Shanker! If I were to recommend any hotel to stay at in Kathmandu this would be the one! An old palace it is regal, the staff are beautiful, the buffet amazing (try the mangoes and curd...too die for!)A quick walk into Thamel for shopping, a plate full of momos and an everest beer, or pick up a taxi nearly always available straight off the road or just a day of relaxing by the pool after a trek...it is the perfect location and has a touch of class about it!

    Reviewed November 26, 2013
    9.7
    Exceptional
    swati from India
    Couple
    Standard Double or Twin Room
    Stayed 1 night in February 2013

    excellent hotel with very helpful staff”

    safe,gud interior,gud breakfast, excellent room service,friendly n helpful staff.

    we had 7 days tour and in these 7 days we went 3 different places like kathmandu,pokara,chitwan. and the best service,food,hotel was 'shanker' hotel with excellent room,food,friendly staff , location,safety,close by shopping area,5 mins walk to greenline bus stop. excellent location to live in.

    Reviewed February 28, 2013
    8.3
    Excellent
    Benjamin from Philippines
    Couple
    Standard Double or Twin Room
    Stayed 1 night in November 2013

    Palace Hotel on a budget”

    Unbeatable price at a great charming location

    There are many more affordable places to stay in Kathmandu but Shanker Hotel is probably one of the best value for money choices in Kathmandu. The building itself is just bursting with stories of a time that feels far removed from the dynamic and sometimes volatile present that Nepal has. The staff was very helpful - they even helped me send out my postcards! :) The internet is also quite fast inside the rooms. Location-wise, it's still relatively central. We took a 4km walk to Swayambhunath and it allowed us to see the city through a different way. Once you're in the room, it feels like you're sheltered from the rest of the noise and chaos of the city - it's perfect. It was easy to get a shuttle to the airport as well (just 700-800 NPR).

    Reviewed November 13, 2013
    9.3
    Exceptional
    Ian from United Kingdom
    Solo traveler
    Standard Double or Twin Room
    Stayed 2 nights in May 2013

    Old world luxury”

    Great pool, great staff, lovely beds

    The Shanker is a top-end hotel and, while probably not the most luxurious in Kathmandu it does really have style and character being an old Rana Palace (the old ruling house of Nepal). The communal areas have real character and nice art and carvings. Also a fantastic pool and sun-lounge area. Staff very friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed June 04, 2013
    10.0
    Exceptional
    uwe from Germany
    Business traveler
    Stayed 1 night in March 2017

    Exceptional”

    we visited Hotel Shanker for the 4 th time. and always we were totally satisfied. it is good located, so we can reach everything in Thamel and other places by foot easily. the people at reception , in the restaurant and everywhere else are very kind and always helpful. the rooms, the restaurant, the garden and pool are well cleaned at all the time. we will be happy to visit Shanker again and enjoy they kind service. thanks a lot

    Reviewed March 06, 2017
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