Hotel Backyard was right in the heart of the Thamel neighbourhood in Kathmandu, which is known as the centre of the tourist industry and is lined with restaurants, stores, hotels, and tour offices. My sister and I had no issues finding this hotel even though it was on a small side street and the location was close to everything we could possibly need.
Our room was a budget, private room located on the third floor. The room was small but clean and cozy, and really all we needed. Linens and a duvet were included, and we had a shared bathroom which was located just across the hall. It actually worked in our favour, because when we were staying at this hotel, it didn’t seem like we were sharing the bathroom with anyone else.
Hotel Backyard also offers a mixed-dorm option for backpackers, and more luxurious rooms for those not traveling on a budget. I actually had the chance to take a look at the deluxe rooms too, and they are really nice! So really, this hotel has a room option no matter what type of traveler you are and even though there were dorm rooms it was still quiet.
Note: Rooms range from $8.00 USD a night to $85.00 USD a night.
The bathroom for our budget room was shared, as I mentioned above, and included one toilet, and one shower, with hot water. Since there was no one else staying on our floor, we never had an issue with it being occupied when we needed it. Overall it was clean, and did the job!
Backyard Hotel had a spacious lobby area with couches that you could kill time in, and also a rooftop restaurant with views of Kathmandu (see cover photo), and food options. Breakfast is included in all rooms except the dorm rooms, and consists of more than just the plain toast you’ll get in most hotels or hostels. Snacks and drinks are available throughout the rest of the day and free coffee, tea and water is offered whenever you want!
Hotel Staff & Information
The hotel staff at Backyard Hotel were really the cherry on top of my stay. The minute we walked in the door we were greeted by smiling faces, who were eager to learn about us, and help us with anything we needed. Attached to the main lobby there is a tour office that you can easily book excursions through (including treks). When we left, we were even presented with a khata, a traditional ceremonial scarf which are often presented during the arrival or departure of guests, we thought it was the nicest gesture!
My stay at the Backyard Hotel was great and I would definitely recommend this hotel to others, whether you’re traveling on a budget or looking for a more comfortable staff in Kathmandu.
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Disclaimer: I received a discount from this establishment to conduct a review. I only recommend places that I enjoyed, and would personally recommend to other travellers. All opinions in this piece are my own and 110% honest.