1. The interior of the hotel
The hotel is sure to impress you as soon as you step into the lobby, with its meticulously carved beams and bronze fixtures. This gives a taste of what is to come in the rest of the hotel, from the rooms to the common areas and hallways. Along the hallways, colourful and traditionally inspired art has been painted directly onto the walls. Young local artist Pradeep Rana Magar was trained in India but draws upon local Nepali inspiration for his decorative panels depicting traditional and modern scenes of Nepali life. Small, well-lit alcoves recessed into the hallway display small statues and sculptures, such as Buddhas and other deities
The understated elegance of the 36 rooms is created by the natural tones of the brick and wood. The warm hue of the red-coloured local bricks runs throughout the hotel, creating aesthetic unity. Rooms range from standard, with one queen bed, to deluxe, with a king bed, for those who would like some extra space. A few rooms have enough floor space to fit a third bed, should this be required, such as if traveling with a child. The bathrooms are lined with natural stone that sparkles in the light. Decorative tile-work livens up the space. All bathrooms contain spacious shower cubicles with large overhead showerheads, but in an effort to reduce water consumption, there are no bathtubs in the hotel. All bed linen is hand-made and hand-printed using traditional block-printing and fabric-painting techniques. (In fact, the beautiful textiles can be purchased from fair-trade stores around Kathmandu). The wooden bedroom furniture is all hand-made locally. In keeping with the eco-friendly spirit of Hotel Traditional Comfort, the beds are made from small pieces of scrap wood, sanded down and polished to create the beautiful pieces of furniture that are the centrepiece of the room. The carved windows in the bedrooms are an artwork in themselves. At the right time of day, the sun streaming through the intricately carved lattices creates dancing patterns on the wall opposite. All rooms contain several windows and an abundance of natural light, from which you can see views of the Lotus Pond that gives the area—Kamal Pokhari—its name.
3. Meeting room
Our small meeting room can accommodate 15-20 people.
Continental breakfasts are available in the dining area adjacent to the lobby. A snack and light meal menu, as well as drinks and cocktails, will be available throughout the day, in the dining area, rooftop and as room service. Hotel Traditional Comfort is situated a short walk from some of Kathmandu’s finest restaurants and bars, in the Durbar Marg and Thamel areas of the city. We encourage guests to ask the staff for recommendations that will suit your tastes.
5. Common areas
The second-floor lounge is fitted with comfortable couches on which to relax with a book from the well-stocked bookshelf, or a coffee or glass of wine. At the end of each floor is an enclosed seating area with decorative windows and long wooden benches. These are an ideal spot to sit and watch the view with a cocktail, or read a book in the afternoon sun. The rooftop terrace is a delightful place to sit on a warm (or cool) evening. Snacks and drinks can be purchased up here while taking in the spectacular panoramic view of Kathmandu. To the north you can see the Shivapuri National Park and Himalayas; to the south, Lalitpur and the peaks of Phulchoki and Champadevi; on a hill to the west, the Swayambhunath Stupa, otherwise known as the Monkey Temple; and nearby, the Narayanhiti Palace.
All of the LED lights in the hotel are solar-powered. Every room is fitted with sufficient lights, including a bedside lamp for reading, but not an excessive number, in order to reduce wastage. The water heating system is powered by solar and electricity. In an attempt to preserve water, all bathrooms are fitted with large, attractively decorated bathrooms, but no bath tubs. Towels and sheets will not automatically be changed every day, in an effort to preserve water and prevent unnecessary detergent use. We believe that these steps are an important part of environmentally sustainable tourism.