THE BEST APARTMENTS IN AND AROUND THAMEL
For foreigners living in Kathmandu, Thamel is the most happening place to be. Live music bars, tourist attractions and some of the best restaurants, it’s a location simply not to miss! Hence we’ve taken the time to find some of the best apartments in central Thamel itself, or within easy walking distance.
New Orleans Home Stay
Hosting 11 apartments with different interior designs ranging from Newari to modern, as well as Tibetan and recycled, you’ll be able to find a room which really suits you. Anything from weeklong stays to a year-long residence is possible, with a small kitchenette in each apartment making self-catering an option. The accommodation entrance is tucked away inside the New Orleans Restaurant courtyard, and can be accessed by either the main street or Mandala walking street, a place of peace amidst the noise of Thamel.
For tourists wanting something special and unique, New Orleans offers a private base from which to explore one of the world’s most bustling cities. It also functions stunningly for business workers, as the living room of each apartment can double-up as a meeting room as well. A huge attraction of this accommodation is also the presence of New Orleans Café just below, which hosts live fusion music on a Wednesday and Saturday night – making it the perfect place to open your balcony and enjoy the ambience.
Cosy and intimate with just 4 twin rooms, 2 king rooms and 2 studios, Thamel Villa is certainly a quiet spot to stay in. All the rooms are themed around the heritage building itself, which dates back to the bygone era, as evident by paintings of that time around the staircase.
The two studio apartments are spacious, with a beautiful layout and they come with everything you could need, including kitchenettes which make longer stays a breeze. Both apartments are slightly different, with one featuring a unique multi-storey bathroom, and the other a terrace with potted plants and blue chairs, perfect for getting some fresh air at the end of a busy day. Alongside the hotel rooms, the studios also comes with breakfast included - just head over the road to Rickshaw café.
Effortlessly styled, Thamel House has 21 rooms all based around a traditional Newari home. With breakfast included every morning at the hotel’s restaurant, you can also get a taste of traditional Nepali food, making it the perfect choice for those wanting to experience a private heritage stay. Their suites offer the space of a typical apartment and feature a flat screen TV, but they also have rooms of a hotel size, which makes Thamel House suitable for all lengths and types of stay. Some rooms include natural lighting and others have beautiful balconies too.
The reception downstairs are on hand at all times to help you with anything you may need and even the corridors are beautifully decorated with Newari details such as Bagh-chal, a traditional 2-player game popular in rural places across Nepal and some still play in Kathmandu.
Light and airy, 1905 suites are large and provide the space you need to sit back and relax. There are four suites, each very unique. One comes with a pantry, perfect for self-catering and longer stays. Two come with balconies that are airy and surrounded by potted plants and flowers. The rooms are simple and elegant, with one featuring a beautiful bathroom that will leave you feeling as though you are ata spa.
All guests have breakfast included at the 1905 restaurant on site, which features indoor, outdoor and airy greenhouse style seating for a meal set in a garden paradise. The close proximity of these apartments to Thamel make them great for tourists who want to get away from the noise a little bit, but still be within easy walking distance of some of its best attractions like the Garden of Dreams.
Spacious, with stunning interior designs, Ananya Apartments is the perfect ‘home away from home’ located close to Narsing Chowk. Spread across 3 floors, each apartment has an entire level to itself, offering multiple rooms of privacy, including a bedroom, kitchen, bathroom and living area at least around 1,000 sq ft! Construction on another building will expand the number of apartments from 3 to 9 come January 2020.
As his ex-family home for multiple generations, owner Subu Shrestha decided to keep original wood from the traditional beams which he re-worked into coffee tables and other furnishings for the apartments when he rebuilt the block from scratch. This feature, alongside quirky signs and finishing touches like throws is what makes the stay feel like ‘home’.
The apartments are perfect for tourists willing to pay that extra bit, business people and those returning to Nepal to visit family, as they come with absolutely everything you could want during your stay.If self-catering isn’t your thing, you can even order food straight to the room from the restaurant Café Mitra which is just next door. Other quirks include sound proof windows in some apartments, allowing you to truly relax in an oasis amidst bustling Thamel.