Kathmandu Guest House, Chaksibari Marg
The Kathmandu Guest House, in the heart of the Thamel tourist district, is a landmark and a classic. This boutique hotel situated in an old Rana-era building was established in 1968, and was part of the first wave of tourist establishments that kick-started the industry in Nepal. The colorful and well-tended gardens are the communal centerpiece of the hotel, and the quirkily decorated rooms are comfortable. The Kathmandu Guest House group has seven properties throughout Nepal, so if you have a good experience at the original location in Thamel, you can book their sister properties elsewhere in the country.