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Why you’ll love the Hyatt Regency Kathmandu
The streets of Kathmandu are colourful, captivating and at times, completely overwhelming. Standing tall and serene amidst all the chaos is the Hyatt Regency Kathmandu. This reliable hotel provides a calm retreat and is a safe choice for families looking for some home comforts.
Built in the traditional Newair style, this elegant 5 star hotel is set on 37 acres of landscaped grounds just a short walk from the city’s famed Boudhanath Stupa. There are 280 rooms and suites, two swimming pools, good power back up (essential in a city notorious for power cuts), four restaurants and a very good spa. Even better, the service is excellent, even when operating at full capacity (as it was when we visited).
The hotel is located just 5 km from the international airport making it an excellent choice for the start or end of your Nepalese journey.
Why the kids will love the Hyatt Regency Kathmandu
Family-friendly Hyatt Regency is a good choice for kids, largely because it has so much space. Few hotels in crowded Kathmandu can boast such spacious gardens and these manicured lawns are a gift for little legs after a day pounding the narrow city streets. There’s also a kid’s pool, tennis courts for big kids and teens and a running track if your children really need to let off steam!
With four restaurants to choose from there is plenty of kid-friendly fare including pizzas baked in a wood-fired oven. Even better, the generous breakfast buffet is free for children under 8 years. In fact, our only gripe is the extra bed policy that only allows one rollaway bed per room. Other than that, this is a very easy choice for families and the staff try hard to make your stay as easy as possible.
The Hyatt Regency has 280 rooms and suites divided into seven categories. All rooms enjoy views of either the Boudhanath Stupa or the gardens and snow-capped mountains in the distance. The rooms are well equipped and come with central heating and AC plus all the usual amenities such as a safe, mini bar, TV etc. The rooms lack the same Nepalese touch as the communal hotel areas but in a crowded city prone to frequent power cuts, this is a reliable and very comfortable option.
The rooms are divided into the following categories:
Standard Rooms The standard rooms are separated into King rooms and Twin rooms. These rooms enjoy pool or garden views, wooden flooring and a Tibetan hand-woven rug. Extras include a coffee maker, morning newspapers and cosy bathrobes.
Stupa View Rooms Also separated into King rooms and Twin rooms, these Stupa View Rooms enjoy, as the name suggests, views of the Boudhanath Stupa. Inspirational views aside, these rooms enjoy the same amenities as the Standard Rooms.
Regency Club Rooms Divided into Club King, Club Twin and Club Deluxe King, these rooms enjoy views of either the Boudhanath Stupa or the gardens. The Regency Club rooms also enjoy exclusive amenities such as access to the private Regency Club lounge with continental breakfast, evening hors d’oeuvres and all-day coffee and tea. The Club Deluxe King is the largest (44 sq. metre) of the three rooms.
Regency Suite King This 80 sq. metre suite enjoys a separate living room and is decorated with local furniture and artefacts. This suite also enjoys access to the private Regency Club lounge.
Regency Executive Suite Enjoying a private butler service (upon request) is this large suite that comes with a living and dining area (with a table for six). This suite enjoys the same amenities as the Regency Suite King.
Presidential Suite With 200 sq. metres to call your own, this luxurious suite could easily become your second home. The Presidential Suite enjoys panoramic views of the Kathmandu Valley and Boudhanath Stupa, a separate living and dining area (with a table for eight), a private study and a private terrace. The suite enjoys all the same amenities as the other two.
Best Rooms for Families: A maximum of three adults are permitted per room (an adult is classified as 12+ years) and the hotel will add one extra bed. So if you have a teenager and a 5 year old, both children are allowed to share the room but you are still only allowed one extra bed. If you have two teenagers, then you will need to take a second room.
There are three restaurants to choose from: The Café, The Rox Restaurant & Bar and The Terrace. There is also The Lounge located in the lobby that serves coffee and cakes.
The Café is the main restaurant and is light and airy. Service here is excellent. The Rox Restaurant features a wood-fired oven and serves continental cuisine including some very good pizzas. The Rox is open for lunch and dinner. The outdoor Terrace restaurant serves light meals, salads, juices and cocktails.
The large breakfast buffet is set up in The Café and is very good. Expect fresh fruit, Himalayan cheese, breads, cereals, eggs cooked to order and more. Kids under 8 years eat free.
All the restaurants are open for lunch and dinner so you can get almost anything you want. The Rox menu includes soups, risotto, plenty of pasta and some excellent wood-fired pizzas. At The Café you can order anything from momos (Nepalese style dumplings) and kebabs to Club sandwiches and spring rolls. Dinners in The Café are buffet with Nepalese, Indian and continental dishes on offer. The Terrace restaurant shares a similar menu to The Café.
For Kids: There is no dedicated kids’ menu but there are plenty of options for children. Highchairs are available. Room service is available 8am – 10pm and the Terrace is open from 10am – 8pm.
After a day sightseeing relax into the L-shaped swimming pool and then enjoy a coffee and cake on the terrace.
Enjoy a one-hour private yoga session, serve a game of tennis or go for a jog along the hotel’s very own 1,600-metre running track.
Head to Club Oasis, the hotel spa, for that perfect post-trek treatment.
Take a tuk-tuk to Thamel and practise your bargaining skills. This popular tourist spot is where you can buy clothes, jewellery, handicrafts, Tibetan knick-knacks and more.
Walk to the Boudhanath Stupa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the largest Buddhist stupas in the world.
Visit Bhaktapur, once the capital of Nepal, home to beautiful shikhara-style temples built from brick and wood.
Splash about in the kiddie pool and then run around the 37 acres of gardens – lawns this big are hard to find in central Kathmandu!
Spin the prayer wheels near the Boudhanath Stupa and join the Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns as they walk clockwise around its base.
Teens will enjoy shopping for souvenirs in the crowded but fun streets of Thamel, little kids will enjoy playing in the indoor playground located in the mall across the street from the hotel.
The hotel will happily arrange bungee jumping, mountain flights and white water rafting for high-octane kids.
A/C, babysitting, central heating, common rooms, cots, doctor-on-call, nearest hospital approx. 5 mins drive, extra beds (1 per room), kids’ swimming pool, laundry service, pushchair-friendly, shop, spa, swimming pool, travel desk, wheelchair access, WiFi.
When to go:
Kathmandu doesn’t have extreme weather seasons so it’s possible to visit at anytime of the year. That said, the summer months (May to September) can get hot with temperatures often reaching 30C and above. The winter months (December to February) see bright sunny days with average daytime temperatures of 20C. However, the nights can get very chilly, although it never snows in the Kathmandu valley. The monsoon rains fall from June to September and during this time the city streets can get clogged. August and September is festival time with plenty of celebrations to watch and enjoy.
Location & Travel:
The Hyatt Regency is located near the Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal.