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8.7
Excellent
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(96 reviews)See what guests said
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7.8
Very good
Location rating score
Very good location - 1.76 kilometers from city center
Parking
FREE
  • Swayambhunath Temple550 m
  • Durbar Square2.54 km
  • Thamel2.56 km
  • Hanuman Dhoka2.57 km
  • Basantapur Tower2.58 km
  • Garden of Dreams2.97 km
  • The Crematoria6.32 km
  • Pashupatinath Temple6.49 km
  • Boudhanath Stupa7.63 km
  • Kopan Monastery8.43 km
  • Free Wi-Fi

    The Sparkling Turtle Backpackers Hostel

    Swoyambhu-15,Manang Gumba. Buddha Park, Swayambhu, Kathmandu, Nepal, 44600 - See map
    "This place has a great vibe."
    Michelle - November 22, 2018
    Exceptional service
    9.1 rating for service
    Excellent cleanliness
    8.3 rating for cleanliness
    Excellent facilities on premise
    8.3 facilities on premise
    Very good comfort
    7.0 room quality and comfort
    • Airport transfer

    • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

    • Currency exchange

    • Daily housekeeping

    • Bar

    Cheaper than 99% of all properties in Kathmandu in the last 24 hoursCompared to 2,115 Kathmandu properties at Agoda for various dates
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    Value for money score
    9.0/10
    Cheapest price score
    Review score - United States
    10.0/10
    Service score
    9.1/10
    Better than
    99
    %
    of Kathmandu properties
    Better than
    99
    %
    of Kathmandu properties
    Better than
    99
    %
    of Kathmandu properties
    Better than
    98
    %
    of Kathmandu properties
    Value for money9.0
    Location rating7.8
    Nearest airportTribhuvan International Airport (KTM)
    Distance to airport7.4 km

    Rooms available at The Sparkling Turtle Backpackers Hostel

    Bed in 6-Bed Dormitory Room
    Bed in 6-Bed Dormitory Room
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    • Room size: 1 m²/11 ft²
    • Balcony/terrace
    • 1 single bed
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    Mixed Dormitory
    Mixed Dormitory
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    • Room size: 15 m²/161 ft²
    • City view
    • 1 bunk bed
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    Dormitory -- Female Only
    Dormitory -- Female Only
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    • Room size: 15 m²/161 ft²
    • City view
    • 1 bunk bed
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    Male Dormitory
    Male Dormitory
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    • Room size: 15 m²/161 ft²
    • City view
    • 1 bunk bed
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    4 Bed Share Mixed
    4 Bed Share Mixed
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    • Shower
    • 1 double bed or 2 single be...
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    Bed in 6-Bed Dormitory Room
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          4 Bed (Female)
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          • 3 super king beds and 6 sof...
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          Basic 6 Bed Mixed Room
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          What people love about The Sparkling Turtle Backpackers Hostel

          • 8.0
            Very good

            "Great view from the roof!"

            Korey

            |

            November 17, 2018

          • 10.0
            Exceptional

            "Really great hostel."

            Marius

            |

            January 12, 2019

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          10.0
          Exceptional

          "Nice facilities and a cozy public room."

          Wang

          |

          December 8, 2017

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          8.0
          Very good

          "Really enjoyed my stay here."

          Korey

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          November 17, 2018

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          What guests think of this property

          Overall rating
          8.7
          Excellent
          From 96 reviews
          Provided by verified guests of
          Agoda Reviews (23)Booking.com Reviews (73)
          Rating via Agoda8.4
          /
          10
          Cleanliness8.3
          Facilities8.3
          Location7.8
          Room comfort and quality7.0
          Service9.1
          Value for money9.0
          High score for Kathmandu

          Most recent reviews for The Sparkling Turtle Backpackers Hostel

          Solo traveler
          Stayed 1 night in June 2019
          Basic 6 Bed Mixed Room
          Exceptional10.0
          A total gem of a hostel! This is one of my favorite hostels 6ve ever stayed at! Rad artwork, great location by swayambu with a view of the monkey temple from the rooftop, great chills areas, bar and restaurant, really hospitable staff. An amazing find!
          Emilyfrom ThailandReviewed June 24, 2019
          Couple
          Stayed 7 nights in February 2019
          Mixed Dormitory
          Good6.4
          Really cold!Excellent staff. Decent breakfast. But the room was freezing. We stayed one week and we had to pay for a heater for every single night. Otherwise it would have been impossible to stay. The restaurant it’s ok but overpriced comparing the options outside.
          Rodrigofrom ArgentinaReviewed February 15, 2019
          Couple
          Stayed 4 nights in January 2019
          Mixed Dormitory
          Exceptional10.0
          ExceptionalReally great hostel. We went during the off season with very few guests, but the personel mad us feel at home and became our friends. Very cold during winter due to no central heating in Kathmandu, and there are no heaters in the room cus of safety reasons
          Mariusfrom NepalReviewed January 12, 2019
          Solo traveler
          Stayed 2 nights in September 2018
          Dormitory -- Female Only
          Exceptional10.0
          Favorite hostelI ended up unexpectedly spending a few extra days at the Turtle because I enjoyed the environment, other guests, and staff so much. This place has a great vibe. Though I haven't stayed in the Thamel area, I know just from visiting and shopping there that I greatly prefer the quieter location of Swayambhu. The manager Pawan is incredibly helpful, and all of the staff are also friendly and great. After my initial visit, I know the ST is the only place I will stay in Kathmandu.
          Michellefrom United StatesReviewed November 22, 2018
          Solo traveler
          Stayed 2 nights in October 2018
          Mixed Dormitory
          Excellent8.0
          Great peopleReally enjoyed my stay here. Glad I stumbled upon this place. Super friendly and helpful staff, and owners that are there everyday and can set you up with trekking rental gear, keep track of your trek if you want them to. Give you advice while on the trail or before. Solid common spaces allowing for guests to hang by themselves or socially. Great view from the roof! Wishing you sparkling turtles the best!!
          Koreyfrom CanadaReviewed November 17, 2018

          Reviews of The Sparkling Turtle Backpackers Hostel from real guests

          Overall rating
          8.7
          Excellent
          From 96 reviews
          Provided by verified guests of
          Agoda Reviews (23)Booking.com Reviews (73)
          Rating via Agoda8.4
          /
          10
          Excellent
          Cleanliness8.3
          Facilities8.3
          Location7.8
          Room comfort and quality7.0
          Service9.1
          Value for money9.0
          High score for Kathmandu
          Rating
          9+ Exceptional (7)
          8-9 Excellent (2)
          7-8 Very Good (2)
          6-7 Good (1)
          <6 Below Expectation (2)
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          Sep - Nov (6)
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          10.0
          Exceptional
          Emily from Thailand
          Solo traveler
          Basic 6 Bed Mixed Room
          Stayed 1 night in June 2019

          A total gem of a hostel! ”

          This is one of my favorite hostels 6ve ever stayed at! Rad artwork, great location by swayambu with a view of the monkey temple from the rooftop, great chills areas, bar and restaurant, really hospitable staff. An amazing find!

          Reviewed June 24, 2019
          6.4
          Good
          Rodrigo from Argentina
          Couple
          Mixed Dormitory
          Stayed 7 nights in February 2019

          Really cold!”

          Excellent staff. Decent breakfast. But the room was freezing. We stayed one week and we had to pay for a heater for every single night. Otherwise it would have been impossible to stay. The restaurant it’s ok but overpriced comparing the options outside.

          Reviewed February 15, 2019
          10.0
          Exceptional
          Marius from Nepal
          Couple
          Mixed Dormitory
          Stayed 4 nights in January 2019

          Exceptional”

          Really great hostel. We went during the off season with very few guests, but the personel mad us feel at home and became our friends. Very cold during winter due to no central heating in Kathmandu, and there are no heaters in the room cus of safety reasons

          Reviewed January 12, 2019
          10.0
          Exceptional
          Michelle from United States
          Solo traveler
          Dormitory -- Female Only
          Stayed 2 nights in September 2018

          Favorite hostel”

          I ended up unexpectedly spending a few extra days at the Turtle because I enjoyed the environment, other guests, and staff so much. This place has a great vibe. Though I haven't stayed in the Thamel area, I know just from visiting and shopping there that I greatly prefer the quieter location of Swayambhu. The manager Pawan is incredibly helpful, and all of the staff are also friendly and great. After my initial visit, I know the ST is the only place I will stay in Kathmandu.

          Reviewed November 22, 2018
          8.0
          Excellent
          Korey from Canada
          Solo traveler
          Mixed Dormitory
          Stayed 2 nights in October 2018

          Great people”

          Really enjoyed my stay here. Glad I stumbled upon this place. Super friendly and helpful staff, and owners that are there everyday and can set you up with trekking rental gear, keep track of your trek if you want them to. Give you advice while on the trail or before. Solid common spaces allowing for guests to hang by themselves or socially. Great view from the roof! Wishing you sparkling turtles the best!!

          Reviewed November 17, 2018
          10.0
          Exceptional
          Matthew from Australia
          Solo traveler
          Stayed 2 nights in March 2018

          hostel no. 1”

          what else can you say about this place? best hostel in Kathmandu. awesome staff, friendly and warm environment. balconies galore. i will be back.

          Reviewed April 07, 2018
          10.0
          Exceptional
          KIN from Malaysia
          Solo traveler
          Basic 6 Bed Mixed Room
          Stayed 1 night in January 2018

          Strongly recommended”

          First choice for backpacker

          Reviewed January 07, 2018
          10.0
          Exceptional
          Wang from China
          Solo traveler
          Stayed 1 night in November 2017

          Great value”

          Neat and clean. Nice facilities and a cozy public room. Less than 15 min walking to the monkey temple. Enjoyed my stay!!!

          Reviewed December 08, 2017
          5.2
          ma from China
          Solo traveler
          Mixed Dormitory
          Stayed 1 night in January 2017

          Not allowed to wash clothes by yourself”

          It's the first time to be told that not allowed guests to wash clothes by themselves in hostel and have to use hostel's laundry service with charge. If washing by yourself, have to pay fine for that. The hot shower sometimes is good, can be 40 degree, but sometimes 30 only. I planed to stay for one month or more, but it's too difficult to accept the rules.

          Reviewed January 19, 2017
          6.0
          nicolas from Argentina
          Solo traveler
          Mixed Dormitory
          Stayed 2 nights in January 2016

          Good”

          gentle staff, take care, good food

          Bad located, good staff

          Reviewed February 16, 2016
          9.0
          Exceptional
          Michaela from Slovakia
          Solo traveler
          Stayed 2 nights in October 2015

          Best staff and location”

          Staff,location,rooms

          Location is great as you have straight feelmfor Nepal. Staff is very friendly will help you with anything you need.Rooms are clean,nice mattrases,great bathroom.

          Reviewed October 30, 2015
          7.6
          Very good
          Emanuel from Argentina
          Solo traveler
          Stayed 1 night in May 2019

          Precio calidad bien”

          Si bien es muy economico el desayuno que incluye es realmente malo. Omelet y tostadas mal hechas y el cafe mal colado, en fin un desayuno hecho sin ganas . cuidado con los monos

          Reviewed June 01, 2019
          10.0
          Exceptional
          carsten from Italy
          Solo traveler
          Mixed Dormitory
          Stayed 2 nights in November 2017

          Top ”

          Super nette und immer hilfsbereit ein tolles Hostel

          Reviewed November 11, 2017
          8.8
          Excellent
          Hua from China
          Solo traveler
          Basic 6 Bed Mixed Room
          Stayed 1 night in November 2019

          猴庙附近”

          很安静的地方,如果不是去泰米尔区路上灰尘大,,是个很好的住处,不太支持agoda

          Reviewed December 15, 2019
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