View from the Terrace, Hotel Tibet International Kathmandu ©Solange Hando
In the Tibetan district of Kathmandu, Hotel Tibet International claims a convenient location, just a 10 minute drive from the airport and close to the fabulous heritage sites of Bodhnath and Pashupatinath.
Views from the rooftop terrace are superb, taking in much of the city, the iconic stupa of Bodhnath, the gilded roofs of Tibetan monasteries, the hills and by clear weather, usually in the early morning, the snowy tops of the Langtang range.
Authentic Tibetan Ambience ©Solange Hando
This luxury boutique hotel lives up to its name the minute you reach the entrance framed by guardian statues, prayer wheels, Buddhist flags, auspicious symbols and intricate wood carvings. Staff at reception greet you with warm Tibetan hospitality and service is efficient and discreet throughout.
Hotel Tibet International opened in autumn 2011, after a seven year restoration programme by skilled Tibetan craftsmen and artists. It has been a trip advisor award winner for the past three years.
A Touch of Luxury in Kathmandu, Hotel Tibet International, Bodhnath ©Solange Hando
The hotel has 68 luxury rooms and suites with all mod.con. including free WiFi and tea and coffee making facilities. Rooms are spacious, with beautiful Tibetan textiles contrasting with black and white photographs on the walls.
Suites have a relaxing living area and on the top executive floor, a private terrace with stupa views. Inside are carved wooden panels, delicate white coving, rugs on parquet floor, genuine antiques and traditional Tibetan thangkas.
Tea Garden at Hotel Tibet International ©Solange Hando
Beyond the courtyard and its majestic Himalayan pine, a quiet tea garden leads to the Shambala Spa where guests can book a Tibetan or trekkers' massage, wraps, scrubs and beauty treatments.
Other facilities include the Shangri-La Kitchen, offering Chinese and Tibetan dishes with a continental touch, based on seasonal produce. Breakfast is served on the top floor, in a dining room hung in Tibetan drapes or on the terrace overlooking the stupa.
Guests will also find a meditation room, a Tibetan boutique selling carpets, antiques and pashmina, a travel desk and currency exchange at reception.
Bodhnath Stupa, Kathmandu ©Solange Hando
This magnificent Buddhist stupa is just a two minute walk from the hotel and a convenient place to pick up a taxi to the city centre.