Our Everest Base Camp trek booked through Mosaic Adventures included a couple nights on either side at a local hotel in Thamel, but our flights were scheduled to arrive a day soon, and we went ahead and booked a couple of nights on the other end in case unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather delayed our trek. It was easier to schedule a few days as a buffer versus dealing with having flights changed, and gave us the chance to see more in and around Kathmandu than we otherwise would have been able to. We were able to book the Hyatt Regency Kathmandu with World of Hyatt points for an excellent redemption value.
Hyatt Regency Kathmandu | From $125/night
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The Hyatt Regency Kathmandu is listed as a Category 1 property in the World of Hyatt program, meaning a night here costs just 5,000 Hyatt points per night. With a rate that’s frequently more than $200 a night, that represents quite a value!
The rates for our dates averaged about $225, and in total we booked 4 nights across two reservations, so we saved more than $800 and were only out 20,000 World of Hyatt points.
If you have status with Hyatt, you are also likely to score an upgrade. When we made our booking, I applied a Club Access certificate to our reservation, and when we arrived were greeted as Explorist members and offered an upgrade to a Club-level room, which was a junior suite that was almost absurdly large.
The property is quite large, probably the largest hotel in Kathmandu. There are lots of rooms, but it never felt crowded, even though there was a gathering of cross-country car racers coinciding with our stay. The hotel mostly draws international business travelers, so if you’re staying there as a leisure traveler, there’s a good chance you won’t find spaces like the pool to be too crowded.
Our junior suite was two level, with the bedroom and full bathroom upstairs, and a living space and half bathroom on the bottom floor.
The decor in the room seemed a bit dated, but overall it’s hard to complain when you get such a spacious room and it only sets you back 5,000 World of Hyatt points per night.
As mentioned before, this is quite a large property. It is somewhat secluded from the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu with large, well-kept grounds spread over 37 acres. First arriving at the entrance gate, you drive up through the grounds to the entrance of the hotel which is set back from the street by a good distance.
The lobby area is large and inviting, and is an easy meetup spot if in you’re in a larger group. From here you can easily get to the terrance bar. There is also a casino attached if you’re feeling lucky.
An on-site gym is available to all guests and is located within the spa which offers wellness packages at a charge. The pool is a great area to relax and offers a poolside bar if you get hungry or want a drink. A running/walking track circles the property.
Also on the same grounds is the Tarragon Museum, built in the 70s as a hostel but more recently converted to a museum of architecture that also frequently hosts exhibits highlight various Nepalese artists. The architecture of the museum itself is quite good. It would have been a pretty cool place to stay in its day.
Breakfast was included in our stay at the onsite restaurant. It was served as a buffet and offered quite a large spread, with traditional Nepali/Indian cuisine as well as Western and Middle-eastern offerings. I appreciated the diversity, and while everything was fairly good, it fell short of being excellent. Since it was included it’s hard to complain, but if your stay doesn’t include breakfast, I might recommend looking elsewhere instead of paying the inflated premium for a hotel buffet.
There’s also another restaurant called the Rox we ate at one evening. We ordered a simple meal of curry and split it and it was pretty good, but you can definitely find good curries out in Kathmandu for much less.
As mentioned before, we used a Club Access certificate which granted us access to the club level. It was available all the time and had a limited selection of refreshments such as tea and coffee, but between 5pm and 7pm it hosted a happy hour of sorts with a spread of finger foods and alcoholic beverages available. In the evening we would stop here and have a few drinks before heading out for dinner. One night we even made a dinner out of the snacks available. Everything offered here was quite good, although in very small portions.
If you’re using this as a base to explore Kathmandu, be advised you’ll need to take a taxi or arrange a tour to visit most of the main attractions. The lone exception is the Boudanath Stupa, which is within walking distance. Taking the back exit past the pool, you can cut across a neighborhood and reach the stupa in about 10 to 15 minutes of walking. We enjoyed being close to the Bouda Stupa, and enjoyed getting there as the sun was setting to find a place to have dinner and watch pilgrims praying and circumambulating the stupa.
We preferred spending evenings here for dinner versus the Thamel area where the hotel provided by our trekking company was located, so in that regard the Hyatt Regency Kathmandu is ideally located, but if you intend to visit other sites it’s best to negotiate a rate with a taxi driver to take you around on a full day or half day trip. A regular taxi ride from the hotel to the Thamel area will cost around $6-7 and take 20-25 minutes each way. The airport, while close, also takes a good 20+ minutes to reach due to road conditions and traffic, so plan accordingly. It will also cost $6-7 each way.
Convenient to one of the better spots in Kathmandu, the Hyatt Regency is an excellent option for award stays. If your trip to Nepal requires you to book some nights in Kathmandu pre- or post-trek, consider using World of Hyatt points to get great value at the Hyatt Regency Kathmandu.