Best Cheap Hotels in Pokhara
Pokhara Lakeside, especially the Kahare side, has plenty of cheap hotel options.
You can get a hotel that's as cheap at 350 rupees ($3.28) or less. The average cheap hotel, however, would cost you here around 400 to 500 rupees.
Hotels that are below 400 rupees may not have power back-up, may only offer cold water and you will get no towels or other conveniences such as soap. Such cheap places will probably not offer internet either.
You're likely to get a small basic room with no good view, though you might be lucky to get a room with a window facing a garden.
Below I'm listing some of the cheap hotels which I've personally seen and think them to provide great value for money. You may also want to check my list of Bet Pokhara Hotels available at the moment.
New Tourist Guest House
Currently you can get a beautiful room located at the start of the Pokhara Lakeside (when travelling from the Pokhara airport and bus station direction) in New Tourist Guest House. It’s located in a more expensive area of Pokhara, yet offers incredibly cheap rooms with internet and hot water.
The cheapest room you can get there is for 400 rupees (≈$4). Internet is likely to work in a room (depends on which room you take – the rooms facing the entry gate will have internet, the rooms located at the back will have a very weak signal).
You’ll get a towel, which is great for such a price, and the window will probably face the garden.
Since the price of this guest house is so competitive, sometimes it gets fully booked. So I cannot guarantee that you'll get a room if you just turn up there. However, as they have quite a few rooms, there might be one or two available even during the peak season.
The only downside to staying in this place is the fact that there’s a newly opened restaurant that faces its entry gate. Young local guys play drums and guitar almost all day there. So you are likely to hear it even in your room.
Also, note that you may get an Indian toilet facility and not a western one in this guest house, if you stay in a cheap room there. The bathroom, however, will be ensuite.
You can see its map location here.
Hotel Cocoon Fewa View Lodge & Cafe
Hotel Cocoon Fewa View Lodge & Cafe is another budget-friendly option offering hot water, internet as well as towels. If you stay long-term, you might even get their budget double room for less than 400 rupees ($3.75)!
They also offer super-budget rooms that are really tiny - with only little space to walk around one side of the bed. Bathrooms are next door. These rooms might be the cheapest in Pokhara – you would pay around 200 rupees ($1.87) for staying in them!
I've found the staff of Hotel Cocoon to be very helpful - especially the guy who wears a Nepali cap and is always behind his laptop (which has a white "Apple" sticker under the "Asus" logo:)).
The staff are attentive to their visitors' needs and always keep the place clean. There's also a restaurant downstairs, though I don't see tourists eating there - just locals and the hotel owners themselves.
You can see its map location here.
I've found this hotel to offer incredible value considering its quite central location. The rooms are clean and airy, and the family running the place - welcoming and helpful.
The best thing about this hotel is the price - it's only 500 rupees if you stay long-term, whilst they will charge you 600 rupees if you stay short time.
I cannot promise that you'll get this price if you book online - but you should get it if you just turn up at their place (considering they have a place available - when I was there, they had only one free room).
They also have a restaurant downstairs, which is always convenient in case you want to get some food fast!
Pokhara Palace Hotel
This hotel is located in a part of Pokhara Lakeside where there are many mid-range and luxury hotels. It's hard in that area to get low-priced hotel rooms priced, but the rooms of this hotel can be rented for 800 rupees ($7.49). The rooms are standard, and when I was visiting they had no internet but told that they would the next day.
You can see it on the map here. (There is also Hotel Angel offering rooms at the same price range in that area, yet the reviews of it aren't that good so I'm not going to include it here.)
Hotel Plaza Annapurna
A good mid-range accommodation option in a busy area of Pokhara lakeside is Hotel Plaza Annapurna. The rooms there are simple, yet sunny and well-ventilated because of large windows and good air circulation.
For first-floor non-air-conditioned rooms you will pay around 850 rupees (≈$8) to 1250 rupees (≈$12) – depending on the season. These rooms, in my opinion, are better than the ones upstairs. They are naturally air-conditioned since they are located on the lower floor.
The upper rooms are air-conditioned but the air there seemed a little damp and stuffy. They are offered for $20 including breakfast, yet during off-season you might be able to book them for $15 together with breakfast.
These air-conditioned rooms would be a better option to book during cold times due to the present heating facility, but might not be the best choice during summer season.
I loved the feel of this hotel, and I think it offers good value for money. They also have a restaurant downstairs that offers low-priced meals.
You can see the map location of this hotel here.
Hotel Mandap & Restaurant
In a similar price range, Hotel Mandap & Restaurant is also located in a tourist part of Pokhara Lakeside and offers sunny and airy rooms. Prices range from less than $8 (800 rupees) to $15 (around 1500 rupees).
You can get a single room for 800 rupees here if you stay for a long time and it’s not the tourist season. Otherwise, you are likely to pay for the same room around 1,000 rupees. The double room will cost you around $15.
This hotel is a little bit more luxurious when compared to the just-reviewed Annapurna Plaza hotel. I liked the fact that it has its own restaurant that’s located in between the floors leading to rooms, and faces a quiet garden – away from the noisy street. The restaurant menu options are truly budget-friendly.
You can see the hotel map location here.
Although this hotel (it’s actually a guest house – the name is misleading) advertises its rooms for $10 (≈1,000 rupees), if you just turn up at their place, you can get a room for around $6 (≈600 rupees).
When I stayed there a few years ago, I paid even less. At that time they offered hot water and internet, so I assume it will be the same today.
When I took photos of this hotel a few days ago, I saw toilet paper as well as towels in rooms, so these extras are included in the price.
I like this guest house because it’s located in a quiet area and you are likely to get an excellent room view. You might get a room with a semi-private balcony with excellent Phewa lake views, as seen in two of my taken photos above this description.
Hotel Harmony is located in the Kahare part of Pokhara Lakeside, just behind Hotel Venus and Sun Wel-Come Restaurant.
You can see its map location here.
Elite's Guest House
Elite's Guest House provides great value for money for their more luxury rooms located upstairs. They face Fewa lake, and you get a narrow private balcony. I forgot the exact price (as I didn't write it down), but I think they charge around 1,000 rupees for their private rooms, which is around $9.
It's quite a big guest house, and they also have cheaper rooms for which they charge around 600 rupees, but I wasn't impressed with the quality of those. Though you may get a private balcony facing Fewa Lake, but it will be tiny.
As you can see, there are plenty of cheap hotel options in Pokhara. The cheapest hotels will have only basic facilities available. Some will offer only a basic room and clean sheets! But as the room price increases, you should expect to get more conveniences such as hot water, internet, towels and soap.
I personally find that cheap and mi-range Pokhara hotels provide the best value for money, whilst in many luxury hotels it doesn't feel that the price justifies what you've received for it. So it's a good choice to just stick with the cheaper accommodation options when visiting Pokhara.