The Royal Penguin Boutique and Spa Hotel was my home in Kathmandu. This hotel is in the tourist district of Thamel.
I booked a room with a king bed. The room came with internet, American breakfast and access to the fitness center.
The hotel has power in the rooms only for 12 or so hours per day. A few hours in the morning. Some in the afternoon and then in the evening until around midnight. There is no regular or published schedule. The fitness center was located in the other Royal Penguin Hotel that was about 100 yards from this hotel.
The room was very nice and cost $50 per night. The king-size bed provided a good night’s sleep. The pillows, including the stuffed tiger could be arranged to provide good support for sleeping or working in bed.
The tigers were a nice touch. The big one reminded me of the real tiger I got into a cage with in Phuket, Thailand.
There were plenty of electrical outlets near the bed. The room had great lighting for working or ambiance.
There was a small desk for work or perusing the room service menus or hotel information brochures.
The wifi worked even when the power was out. The trick was to keep my phone and computer charged while the power was on.
The room had a flat-screen TV mounted on the wall in front of the bed.
The private bath had a tub and shower and a large vanity and sink.
The room could have been designated as a junior suite since there was a seating area with a small sofa.
Like most foreign hotels, the room also had an electronic safe.
Breakfast was included in the room rate. There were three choices as far as the type of breakfast.
I usually ordered the American breakfast. It was a substantial meal with all the trimmings of a large American breakfast. I also had other meals in the restaurant and tried the room service. All of the food was very good.
While the menus were fairly basic, the quality, taste, presentation and timeliness were on par with meals I’ve had in much more expensive four+ star hotels.
Consistent with the name Royal Penguin, the restaurant had a polar theme.
The hotel also had a spa (hence the name Hotel and Spa) and a bar. The one drawback to this hotel was the lack of 24-hour power. That’s not the hotel’s fault. The power outages were citywide and even countrywide I believe. Some expensive hotels probably have generator power at all times. The Royal Penguin did supply generator power to one light in the bathroom and one light in the bedroom at all times.
In sum, for $50/night I was very pleased with this hotel.
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