Best Pokhara Hotels - With Prices and Pictures
I've recently checked many Pokhara hotels and in this hub I provide a list of best hotel choices in Pokhara Lakeside at the moment.
I've found around half of the hotels to be up to par, whilst the other half offered poor value for money as the rooms were stuffy, had very old furniture, or the staff was unhelpful or inexperienced. This state of affairs especially applied to luxury hotels, for some strange reason!
So here is my list, together with current prices and pictures (of October 2016) starting from budget hotels. Also, if you have no time to read through this list, you can check my shorter hub on Pokhara best accommodation choices.
Best Budget Pokhara Hotels
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 the map location of this guest house 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 for money 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!
Best Mid-Range Pokhara Hotel Choices
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 the 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 if 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) online, 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 of Pokhara and you are likely to get an excellent room view. You might get a room with a semi-private balcony with Phewa lake views, as seen in 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.
Best Luxury Pokhara Hotels
Hotel Glacier & Spa
Hotel Glacier is the most luxurious hotel in Pokhara. It has a well-established reputation, both room and restaurant staff are polite and attentive, and the hotel grounds truly have the aura of luxury and sophistication.
I've seen their rooms a few years ago and also recently. They have retained the same level of quality, and you can probably see from the photos above this description that the rooms are truly luxurious.
There's also an excellent restaurant downstairs. I love its atmosphere and stunning views. It's perfect for those who wish to have European-style dishes during their stay, as well as those who wish to have European cakes such as a lemon meringue pie.
I didn't find their hot drinks to be great, though. For example, their latte isn't up to par - it's better to get this hot drink in places such as Himalayan Java Coffee or Olive Cafe.
You can see its map location here.
Hotel Raniban Arcade
A new semi-luxury place to stay is my recently visited Hotel Raniban Arcade.
Since they have just opened, they offer their luxury rooms for a discounted price of 3,500 rupees ($33). If you ask really nicely, they may let you stay for only 3,000 rupees ($28)!
Their price is currently low because they have opened only recently, and some decoration and building work is still taking place.
The room quality is excellent, and balcony views – terrific. Other Pokhara luxury hotels offer the same or worse quality rooms for around $80, so I consider this place to be an excellent value for money.
The staff of this hotel are kind and polite. Hotel Raniban Arcade has a restaurant downstairs that offers typical Pokhara restaurant menu, though in quality a little on the luxury side. I found the food and service to be quite average, though.
You can see its restaurant map location here – the hotel isn’t yet listed by itself. Also, there are two Raniban hotels in Pokhara – the other one is a forest retreat located on the other side of the Fewa lake.
Lake City Hotel
This hotel is, in my opinion, the best value-for money offering hotel at the moment.
It's unbelievable that for 2,500 rupees ($23.42) you get a room three-times the size of a usual Pokhara room in that price range, plus the room is much better than anything that I've seen in Pokhara for this price!
As soon as I've stepped in to check out their Phewa lake view room, the thing that caught my attention instantly was the floor. It's stone floor, very well done, giving the room a feel of total luxury.
It's the room that has impressed me most out of all the hotel rooms that I've seen in Pokhara (with probably the exception of Hotel Glacier, but that one is in a totally different price range).
The room is spacious and has a high ceiling. All the furniture are tastefully arranged and perfectly match the room decor.
The bathroom looks as luxurious as the room - stone-tiled and furnished with high-quality bathroom facilities.
This hotel also has cheaper rooms rooms. As you browse through the pictures of this hotel included above this description, you'll see a cheaper-looking room too. So that one is priced 1,500 rupees ($14), but the receptionist told me that she could give that one for 1,000 rupees too ($9.45).
I'm not sure if the budget room is worth it, though - I've seen many rooms as such offered for less. But the luxury room is definitely worth the price, plus it offers an unobstructed Fewa Lake view, as you can see from the pictures above.
The only downside is the possibly inexperienced staff. When I was there, there were only two young staff members present. The lady seemed nice, but I'm not sure if she would be able to deal with a large group of tourists, for example.
You can see its map location here.
This hotel is well-rated on TripAdvisor. As soon as I've stepped into their reception, I could feel an aura of quality and professionalism.
When I asked for the price, they straight away quoted me 4,000 rupees for a room ($37.47) without beating around the bush, as some of them do - quite a lot of them, in fact! (They pause and look at you to assess by your appearance how much money they can get away with charging you!)
This hotel is situated right in front of the lake. I think it's the closest-to-the-lake hotel there is. So maybe that's why the price is higher than usual for that standard of rooms. It might be very quiet at night there as a result of such location.
I've found the quality of the hotel to be high, but not as high as the just-reviewed one. Yet staff-wise this hotel is better - I've seen quite a few of them, and they seemed to know what they were doing.
This hotel also has quite a large restaurant that's situated just in front of the lake. You can see the map location of this hotel here.
I hope that this page has given you a good overview of best Pokhara accommodation choices that are available at the moment.
The hotels that you've just read about in this list were personally visited by me and I can attest that at least now they provide good value for money.