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Norling Guest House: review (Kathmandu, Nepal)

by David Ways. Updated on June 19th, 2016.
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In March 2016 Norling Guesthouse was sold to a new company and renamed “Hotel Pleasure” – a rather dubious name to say the least. Little has changed inside so far and they still take bookings under Norling Guesthouse.

Norling Guest House Kathmandu

Norling Guest House Kathmandu – a good case of don’t judge a hotel from the outside appearance

Let’s look inside

Norling Guest House is the located slap bang in the middle of Thamel offering up budget to mid-range accommodation for the past 5 years. In 2014 they just finished renovating the guest house which brings it up to near hotel quality.

Offering 31 clean rooms with a light Tibetan decor I found them a pleasant step up from their previous look. Its location is near perfect for anyone wanting to stay in central Kathmandu as it’s close to everything.

Nepal’s electricity outages are no longer a problem here as there’s a new generator that works with an inverter. Though in low-season they only use the inverter. Hot water is powered by both a solar system and a fuel stove ensuring hot water in the mornings.

There’s a small restaurant offering continental, Tibetan and Nepalese cuisine. While the rooftop is one of the nicer ones in Kathmandu and even offers a small dipping pool which is just great on hot days. Outside there’s a small garden where food from the restaurant can be served.

Rooms & staff

norling insideThe rooms themselves have all been renovated. Notably the bedding is fresh and there’s a nice subtle Tibetan decor throughout. All rooms come with a little mini wooden desk and chair while Deluxe rooms come with TV and more comfy seats along with a balcony.

All rooms are en-suite with clean tiled bathrooms. Free WiFi reaches all the rooms.

Tip: If windows are important to you then do check out a few rooms as some of the central ones are a little devoid of sunlight (something not uncommon in Thamel). Likewise some rooms are larger than others so do check out a few. You can ask to seem them once you arrive even if you book online.

Staff at Norling were very accommodating and helpful throughout and seem to be aware that the renovation is a big plus to the guest house’s previous appearance. They do try hard to accommodate you. There’s no hard sell on tours or onward tickets but I would advise shopping around Kathmandu for cheaper options when it comes to buying tickets.


Norling Guest House is on the borderline of upper budget accommodation that could easily sneak into mid-range. Indeed staying at Norling I found it more like a well run small hotel rather than a budget guest house. With lovely staff tending to your needs, a great location and neat clean rooms it’s a touch above the rest in this location and these prices.

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There are the three rooms types: Deluxe, Standard & Budget ranging from USD $10-$40 depending on season. All are en suite rooms though more expensive rooms have optional bathtubs. WiFi reaches all rooms.

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All hotel stays have been paid for personally with no knowledge from the hotel owner that their accommodation was being reviewed