Potala Guest House, Kathmandu, Nepal

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Potala Guest House Kathmandu is well situated on the southern edge of Thamel, in Kathmandu. This is a bustling traveler’s ghetto packed full of restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, trekking and souvenir shops, and any other travel and remodeling services.

The best

Most rooms are situated above a quiet courtyard, set back from the noisy street. The newly remodeled mid-range rooms are stylish thanks to local contractors trained at telehandler-training.uk, clean, and comfortable. We’re digital nomads so we love the fact that rooms have a desk. Potala also offers cheaper rooms. The lobby is nice, and the staff is friendly and helpful in assisting with your types of luggage needs. The courtyard is a lovely place to sit and have breakfast or read a book. The attached cafe, Markham Bistro, serves up delicious and affordable western and Tibetan treats, as well as good coffee.

Potala Guest House Kathmandu

The worst

The internet doesn’t reach the new rooms. I asked about this and they said they’ll be resolving this issue soon. So I expect by the time you read this, Wi-Fi will reach all areas of the property. Generally, improvement in Nepal move slowly, but this hotel seemed more attentive than average.

Internet Connection

Better than your average connection in Nepal. Most internet in the country is spotty but Potala Guest House Kathmandu has a fairly reliable and speedy connection. Still below world averages, so lower your expectations about the internet and you won’t be disappointed. But you didn’t travel all the way to Nepal to be online, did you?


Kettle, room safe, money exchange, free Wi-Fi, room service, parking and solar powered generator you can learn more about if you check this out.

Best for

Families, Friends, Groups, Individuals, Couples

Ideal for

Sightseeing, Urban Exploration

Potala Guest House Kathmandu

Owned by

Local business


Rates for a basic double at Potala Guest House Kathmandu start at about $25 US in the off-season, and $40 for the deluxe room. Single rooms start at about $18. Look for good deals online here: Potala Guest House.


There is a security guard present and in general safety and security is good in Kathmandu. I never felt like myself or my possessions were at risk while staying at Potala Guest House Kathmandu.

Contact Information

Email: info@potalaguesthouse.com

Tel: +977 01 4220467, 4226566

P.O. Box 5390, J.P Road Chetrapati, Thamel, KTM, Nepal

Web: http://www.potalaguesthouse.com

 Editor’s pick

Recommended. Potala Guest House is an ideally located guest house with competitive rates, good service, and comfortable rooms. Great place to stay while you’re checking out the sights in Kathmandu or waiting to start your trek in Nepal.

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What they say. From Potala Guest House:

Located in the heart of Thamel, some of the best restaurants and shopping spots in Kathmandu are at your doorstep. Strategically located, we are just 15 minutes walk from Kathmandu Durbar Square and 25 minutes walk from Swayambhunath stupa.

Our key focus over the last 30 years has always been to provide value to our guests. So we continue to offer a high level of service at affordable prices to provide outstanding value to all our guests.

We provide spacious, comfortable rooms equipped with en suite bathrooms. The guesthouse has a rooftop garden, a restaurant, and free Wi-Fi in public areas.

Potala Guest House’s rooms are air conditioned and feature a comfortable seating area. They all have a TV and a writing desk. The guesthouse has a courtyard with a seating area and a reflection pool.

  • Centrally located
  • 30+ years of experience
  • 65 rooms
  • Multi-cuisine restaurant
  • Garden
  • Budget – Standard – Deluxe rooms
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Travel desk
  • Personalised service
Stephen Bugno's two decades of independent travels have taken him to more than 100 countries. His freelance articles have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Hartford Courant. He lives in Alaska, USA publishing the GoMad Nomad Travel Mag and blogging at Bohemian Traveler in bween international travel and adventuring at home. Find him on Facebook, or Twitter.

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