Hotel Shanker, Kathmandu is a heritage hotel, housed in a 19th-century palace within walking distance to Thamel and Durbar Marg, Kathmandu's tourist hubs. It was the royal residence of the rulers of Nepal from 1894 until 1964, when it was converted into a luxury hotel. The facade was kept intact but the interiors were redesigned to give travellers the kind of comfort they'd expect of a world class hotel. The hotel is characterised by exquisite and authentic objects d'art. For example, the carved windows displayed in the lobby bar are over 200 years old.
At the turn of the 19th century, Gen. Jit Shumsher Rana, brother of HH Sri Tin Maharaja Bhir Shumsher Jung Bahadur Rana, hired architect Kumar Narsingh Rana to build the most elegant palace in Kathmandu. Items such as gilt mirrors, velvet, marble and sunburst chandeliers were imported from Europe. The exteriors were fashioned in neo-classical style. The construction was completed in 1894 A.D.
Gen. Jit Shumsher died in 1913, and this palace eventually came into the possession of Gen. Maharajkumar Agni Shumsher Jung Bahadur Rana - the son of HH Sri Tin Maharaja Juddha Shumsher Jung Bahadur Rana, one of the most distinguished of the powerful Rana Maharajas. Agni Shumsher's grand-daughters - HM Queen Aishwarya, HM Queen Komal and HH Princess Prekshya, were born in the palace.
In 1964 A.D., Late Mr. Ram Shanker Shrestha bought this palace and converted it into the hotel, commencing operations with 23 rooms. His ingenious concept of maintaining the old age beauty and merging it with modern comforts is the existence of Hotel Shanker, Kathmandu.
Today, the hotel maintains and cherishes its position as a grand beauty of unmistakable class. He posthumously received the Order of the Gorkha Dakshina Bahu, an order of knighthood of Nepal. It is one of the highest honours given for the distinguished contribution to the country traditionally by the King and now the President.
Open the doors to any of our rooms at Hotel Shanker Kathmandu and you will be impressed with our comfortable and cozy yet classic furnishings that evoke an air of 'Old World Elegance' only found in a few 'great' hotels around the world.
Seize the opportunity to relive a bygone era of Nepal's history at a price you cannot beat! Get the royal treatment that you have long deserved in an authentic heritage hotel in Kathmandu.
- Individual controlled air conditioning
- LCD TV/ Local & Cable TV (60 Channels)
- Wi-Fi Internet Access (free)
- Personal electronic safe
- Full bath amenities: hair dryer, shaving mirror
- Refrigerator, Tea/Coffee making facilities
- Non Smoking room available
- IDD Telephone with ext in bathroom
- Iron/Ironing Board (On Request)
- Weighing Scale
We have the friendliest environment among major hotels here, notwithstanding our regal nature and four star rating. Traditional woodcraft is an integral part of the Cosy Kailash where besides the welcoming environment, you can expect delectable cuisine.
"Stayed here three times during our visit to Nepal"
My wife already made a review, I add a few words.
The hotel itself has a splendid architecture and the location is ideal. The rooms are most comfortable luxury. But what I liked best is the fact that people who work in the hotel were so friendly and efficient. We are looking forward to go back sometime.
Dr J-L Lassez -- Magdalena, New Mexico
“loads of character and wonderful service”
Really nice hotel with totally unique architecture that adds to a very hospitable atmosphere and very comfortable rooms, situated just outside the most touristy part of the city. Nice outdoor pool and relaxation area as well. Can't recommend the Shanker highly enough, and I hope to return again soon.
Cedarjet707, London, England
I really enjoyed being at the hotel, everything was great! The service is great, the staff is polite and friendly, the room is cosy and clean, the location is comfortable! I also enjoyed the garden area! The only think i didn`t like is food service - the choice was not so huge as I expected. But still all the rest was great, hope to return here next time when i will arrear in Nepal again.
Olga F, Moscow, Russia
"Shanker Hotel staff amazing"
Hello Shanker Hotel, I am hoping this is the right place to send a message. I wanted to comment of my stay at The Shanker Hotel during May 2014. The staff at your hotel made my stay very special and memorable. Every staff member I encountered went out of there way to help me. First I want to mention "udhan Prasad khaitwada" the door man, he made my day pleasant every time I encountered him. He was so friendly, I miss his smile now. Also, Bishneu Paudel, was a constant help to me. Every time I saw him he wanted to insure everything was fine with my stay. I enjoyed talking with him daily and now miss him very much. He is a hugh credit to your staff. Also the man in charge of the bar at night, I don't know his name but I want to recommend him as being one of the reasons I will return to your hotel. He talked and joked with me and everyday I looked forward to seeing him in the evening. Everything about your staff from the kitchen to the room staff were professional and pleasant ... I plan to return to your hotel October 2015 and I hope the staff I have mentioned will still be there. I hope this message reaches the right people and the hotel appreciates the memories I have because of your staff. Thank you very much,
Randy Jones, Victoria, Canada
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