Hotels in Nepal | Classification of Star Hotels

Hotels in Nepal | Classification of Star Hotels

  • 11/05/2021

When traveling to a new place, accommodations and food are the most important factors. Accommodation culture has existed for centuries, and it is a convenient way for everyone to get food and shelter while traveling. Hotel is a business that offers short-term accommodation for a fee. The hotels in Nepal started their service to general people for a long time.
The hotel culture in Nepal dates back to the 1950s; after 104 years of autocracy, the Rana regime ended in 1950, and only then, Nepal was officially open to tourism from 1951. Since then, Nepal has benefited from leisure tourism and now a total of 6% of national income comes from the hospitality and tourism sectors in Nepal.

Early hotels in Nepal

It's pretty obvious that Nepal is a modern-day tourist center but this wasn’t the case before the ’50s. So, here are a few monumental hotels in Nepal that set the early building block of the hospitality business in Nepal.

Mountain View Hotel

After the end of Rana rule, Nepal was finally open to the external world and given the beauty and aesthetic values of Nepal, it was obvious the country needed a lodging and fooding space, hence a loving Indian couple Thomas and Elizabeth Mendes took the first initiation to establish a two-storied hotel named Hotel Snow View.

The hotel received a huge number of tourists and though the premise is still standing to this day, the hotel is no longer functional. The duo rather than running a hotel opened an orphanage named the Mendes Haven which is still operational and is situated in Dhapakhel now. The building where the hotel stood is now an art gallery famous as Gallery Nine.

Boris Lissanevitch’s Royal Hotel (Yak And Yeti Restaurant)

Boris Lissanevitch and King Tribhuvan met at Kolkata India and as their friendship grew, he convinced King into opening a hotel fit for international delegates and tourists and that’s how Hotel Royal came into existence. Royal Hotel was the second hotel opened in Nepal in the ’50s the hotel lost its popularity in the ’60s but Lissanevitch’s love for hotels made him open Yak and Yeti Hotel in the ’60s renting a Rana Ruler’s palace in Lal Durbar.

Soaltee Hotel

After Boris showed the endless possibilities of tourism business in Nepal, the royalties of Nepal got interested in building hotels in Nepal, and in 1965, the very first five-star hotel in Tahachal named Soaltee Hotel was built and inaugurated by King Mahendra in 1966. This is the first luxury hotel in Nepal, covering 12 acres of land and bringing class to the industry. It began with 104 rooms and has now gone up to 282 luxury rooms with seven regal V-VIP suites.

Hotel Annapurna

Hotel Annapurna was built some 200 meters south of the Narayanhiti Palace in Durbar Marg by royalties just like the famous Soaltee hotel. It was built in 1965 and covers 5.5 acres as a three-star hotel which was later upgraded to a five-star hotel. This hotel was built by princess Helen Shah, she also owned the Pokhara resort "Fishtail Lodge.”

Hotel Shankar

Built as a Rana Palace in 1894, by Juddha Shumsher, his son, Agni Shumsher Jung Bahadur Rana, converted the palace into a luxury hotel in 1964 and named it Hotel Shankar. As per the records, the hotel imported its interiors from Europe and though the interiors have been updated to meet the needs of visitors time and again it's a great walk back to memory lane and to this day, Hotel Sankar remains one of Nepal's most opulent hotels in Nepal.

Classification Of Hotels As Per Nepal Government Standards

Keeping aside small lodges, homestays, and retreat centers Nepal government has broadly divided hotels in Nepal into five distinct categories as per the services they offer. Hotels are classified according to the hotel size, location, target markets, levels of service, facilities provided, number of rooms, ownership, and affiliation among many other factors that come into play. The grading system is based on the star ratings that Nepal Tourism Board in alliance with Hotel Association In Nepal (HAN) offers the hotels under its wing.

The Process is a collective effort from the Department of Tourism, under the Ministry of Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation, and it's a voluntary scheme for approving Hotel classified as 5 Star, 4 Star, 3 Star, 2 Star, 1 Star Tourist Standard-Resort, with the objective of offering and maintaining contemporary standards of facilities and services to the visitors. The rating is valid for 5 years and can be renewed after that time has passed.

5 Star

Since the establishment of the Soaltee hotel back in the 60s, Nepal has now established many five-star graded hotels. As per the country’s rule for hotel, lodge, restaurant, and bar policy formulated in 1981, any hotels with more or equal to 100 rooms are eligible to be enlisted as a five-star hotel in Kathmandu, however, the entry requirement to this category outside the valley is set to 80 rooms, as per the newly revised rule.

These five-star hotels in Nepal should have over 100 rooms, all amenities, fully functioning restaurants and bars, meeting and event halls along with outdoor space and activity area. Usually, these hotels offer an outdoor swimming pool as well but it's not an entry requirement.

Likewise, five-star hotels in Nepal maintain functioning state-of-the-art health clubs, luxurious spas, gourmet restaurants, butler services, and upgraded check-in services.
Further, it usually has upscale furnishings, luxury bedding, and other amenities, including hairdryers, high-end bath products, flat-screen televisions, state-of-the-art electronic devices, and high-quality towels.

The Everest Hotel in New Baneshwor Kathmandu, The Fulbari Resort & Spa in Pokhara, Tiger Palace Resort in Lumbini, Hotel Pokhara Grande Pokhara, Soaltee Crowne Plaza Kathmandu, The Malla Hotel Lekhnath Marga, Shangri-La Hotel Lazimpat, Hotel Yak & Yeti Durbar Marg Kathmandu, Radisson Hotel Kathmandu, KATHMANDU Hyatt Regency, and Hotel De L' Annapurna Kathmandu are a few examples of the lavish five-star hotels available in Nepal.

4 Star

A four-star hotel in Nepal is essentially a five-star graded hotel with fewer rooms to accommodate the visitors. It also has all the amenities and traits of a luxury five-star hotel but as per the government, these hotels require to have below hundred rooms. These four-star hotels in Nepal offer more than or equal to 80 rooms, all amenities, fully functioning restaurants and bars, meeting and event halls along with party venues, and outdoor space and activity area.

Usually, these hotels offer common swimming pools and some even have an infinity swimming pool and a jacuzzi spa. Unlike five-star graded hotels in Nepal, these four-star hotels don’t have a huge fitness club, and despite having a fully functioning bar, it doesn't necessarily provide butler service.

However, all four-star hotels in Nepal offer upscale furnishings, luxury bedding, and other amenities just like any five-star hotel offers. Some of the best-known Four-Star Hotels in Nepal are Akama Hotel Dhumbarahi, Hotel Crowne Imperial Ravi Bhawan, Hotel Himalaya Sukraraj Marga, Hotel Himalaya Kupondole, and Hotel Shankar Lazimpat.

3 Star

Nepal has a large range of hotels to choose from; however, three-star hotels are meant for a bit longer stays. Though the hotel services are top-notch and the furnishing, as well as interior offered in these hotels, is supremely good, these hotels have average amenities as they are basically designed for longer stays.

The three-star hotels in Nepal offer a small gym, and spas alongside dining halls and over 50 rooms and should have over 15 percent of king-size rooms integrated into it. These hotels don’t come with butler service. They offer Pickup and drop-off services and even organize short visits to your workspace, they don’t offer a customized service to their clients.

Some of the best three-star hotels available in Nepal can be enlisted Airport Hotel Sinamangal, Dreamland Gold Resort Rupandehi, Everest Panorama Resort Daman, Grand Hotel Kathmandu, Hotel Barahi Pokhara, LUMBINI Hotel Sitasharan Pvt.Ltd Janakpur, Hotel Tibet Lazimpat to name a few.

2 Star

Two Star hotels in Nepal are still a viable option for your cozy stays and they are somewhat similar to Three Star hotels, designed for cozy and longer stays. These hotels have around 40 to fifty rooms. Likewise, they also have adequate parking spots, pick up and drop off services, good room service, an activity area, along with conference and party halls but they also have compromisable amenities in their rooms. These hotels also don’t have personal table managers and butler services.

Some of the well-known two-star hotels in Nepal are Hotel Seema in Hetauda, Hotel Vajra in Swayambhunath-Kathmandu, Hotel Kido House Thapathali, Hotel Sunset View New Baneshwor, Hotel Blue Diamond Thamel, Hotel Greenwich Village Kupandol.

These Two Star Hotels often are built beside big-starred hotels and are usually functional in case the starred hotels fail to fulfill their lodging commitments.

1 Star

One-star hotels are primarily a stop and rest-spot for people traveling to a newer destination. Though one-star hotels in Nepal are better compared to the hotels available elsewhere. These hotels have less than or equal to thirty rooms and they may or may not have other features such as swimming pools, gym, activity area, and deluxe rooms. These hotels are usually situated in the highway area and accommodate travelers.

Accommodation in these one-star hotels is usually inexpensive compared to the rest of the star hotels and though these hotels are clean and healthy they don’t provide customized room service or chauffeur service from the airport. They don’t provide personalized butlers and the amenities are generally of average quality.

Non-Star Hotels in Nepal

There are three categories of non-starred hotels in Nepal, essentially enlisted as deluxe resorts, normal resorts, and tourist grade hotels.

A deluxe resort is somewhere near a three-star graded hotel that has all the modern amenities, chauffeured services, butlers, clean rooms, 24-7 reception services, and more. These resorts also have party venues, conference halls, and activity areas as well.

A good example of a Deluxe resort is Gokarna Forest Resort, situated in Thali Kathmandu.

Forest Resorts in Chitwan, Nagarkot, and several other tourist destinations which showcase the natural beauty of the place along with operating several touring services alongside pickups and dropoffs are usually classified under the normal resorts category.

These hotels have a large fleet of single to shared rooms and are usually located in the tourist destinations like Lumbini, Pokhara, Kathmandu, and Chitwan. These hotels are very good for short stays but longer stays add up to the cost.
Dhulikhel Mt. Resort, Everest Sherpa Resorts, Araniko Village Resort, Baghmara Wildlife Resort are a few examples of resorts available in Nepal.

Tourist grande hotels are essentially located in heavy tourist areas in Nepal. These hotels don’t have many rooms and are somewhat famous for certain special features like eateries and restaurants, parties and lounges, music and bands, or sometimes just for their location. These hotels are cheaper compared to various other hotels and are usually located in the downtown area.

Nepal receives a huge number of tourists from February to April and from October to December, the people traveling here often don’t get the deals they made with their hotels, which can be a bummer for people expecting to spend quality time here.

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