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Hotel Shanker

Abhishek Subedi June 11, 2020

Hotel Shanker is the 4 star hotel which was the royal palace during the 1894 to 1964 AD. It is a heritage hotel. The hotel is just a few footsteps away from the prestigious Durbar Marg. It is the perfect address for businessmen and distinguished travellers.  The hotel manages to offer a timely and timeless flavour of the elegant past. It is the magnificent boutique inn that provides you with the opportunity to experience the tradition of the Rana regime with all present day solaces and innovation.  The visitors will encounter the pith of the lodging in the best conditions. The hotel is characterized by exquisite and authentic objects d’art. For example, the carved windows displayed in the lobby bar are over 200 years old. 

Hotel Shanker

Location of Hotel Shanker

The Hotel Shanker is located in the Lazimpat city of Kathmandu valley. It is just a few minutes’ walk from the luxurious city Durbar Marg. The hotel is in an accessible location with services like airlines, banks, shopping centres, department stores, souvenir shops, clubs and police stations. There are many important landmarks here that are in the short distance from the hotel such as Monument Tower, City Clock, Nagpokhari, Nandikeshwari Heritage Courtyard, Narayanhiti Palace and Narayanhiti Golden Sprout surround the hotel. The hotel is within walking distance to popular places Thamel and Durbar Marg, Kathmandu’s tourist hubs.

History of Hotel Shanker

The actual palace of the Hotel was built by the General Jit Shumsher Rana by hiring the fine and talented architect Kumar Narsigh Rana. Items such as gilt mirrors, velvet, mirror and sunburst chandeliers were imported from Europe. The exteriors were constructed in the neoclassical style and the construction was completed in 1894 AD. After the end of the Rana rule in the country the palace was bought by the Late Mr Ram Shanker Shrestha in 1964 AD. It was converted into the hotel , commencing operations with 23 rooms.  His ingenious concept of maintaining the old age beauty and merging it with modern comforts is the existence of Hotel Shanker.

Design of Hotel Shanker

Situated near the previous Royal Palace, the magnificently restored historic boutique hotel stands in the hub of the commercial city. The hotel showcases the grandeur of the European colonial influenced architecture which was introduced in Nepal in the 18th century by the Rana rulers. It is nested in a manicured neoclassical garden. The heritage hotel is adorned with a Victorian gazebo, exquisite Rocco works and wrought iron verandas.  It embodies the ideal of a quintessential Victorian-era architecture furnished with antiques, arts and artefacts .  The hotel still has the items from the Rana regime such as gilt mirrors, velvet, marble and sunburst chandeliers which were imported from Europe.

Rooms of The Hotel

The Hotel Shanker has 23 rooms  with the city view to watch the evening glow of the heart of the city. The hotel interior designs are simple to make it look classy and subtle. The guests can be in the luxury comforts and homely environment. The rooms are well equipped and furnished with the present day amenities and facilities like air conditioning, high speed wireless internet,  complimentary bathroom supplies, toiletries, mini bar, free tea and coffee facilities, immaculate granite laid bathroom, fluffy bathrobes, hair dryer, slippers, LED flat screen television, separate living area and satellite channels. There are three categories of room , guests can book these rooms according to their preferences and needs.

Hotel Shanker
  • Deluxe Rooms

The hotel deluxe rooms are all equipped with the necessary equipment and modern day amenities. All the rooms have a city view to watch the evening glow of the heart of the city.

  • Suite Rooms

They are the classy rooms with the lavish comforts. Guests will be impressed with the classic furnishings that evoke an air of ”Old World Elegance”.  These rooms are spacious with the separate living room.

  • Premier Suite Rooms

They are exclusive suite rooms with each room facing towards the view of the heart of the city. The rooms showcase the night glow of the Durbar Marg. Few of the suites even have the view of the Royal Palace. The rooms are all equipped with the modern day amenities.

Services of Hotel Shanker

The hotel has a wide range of services which will make the guests comfortable in the luxurious and homely setting. It provides  the top notch facilities and services in the peaceful environment. The services provided by the hotel are as follows

1. Dining

The hotel has the finest dining experience in the heart of the city. It provides the delicious food to satisfy your taste bud and the hungry tummy. The restaurant has its own high class restaurant and bar inside its premises.

  • Kailash Restaurant

The restaurant is the multi eatery destination in which the guests can indulge themselves in the mouth watering dishes.It serves the wide range of Domestic as well as International Cuisines. The chefs put their whole effort to present the delicious and beautiful dish on the palate. Their multi food eatery highlights chosen top picks from everywhere throughout the world. The restaurant also serves buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner where guests and visitors can choose from the number of side dishes and salads.

Hotel Shanker
  • Pool Bar

The Bar is located with the view of the beautiful garden and the pool of the hotel. It offers a wide range of Domestic and imported alcoholic beverages. The guests as well as visitors can enjoy the light snacks with the varieties of drinks, imported wines, signature cocktails, mocktails and refreshments.  It is the perfect place to hang out with friends and families. It also serves freshly brewed coffee and guests can enjoy the varieties of freshly baked bakery items such as cheese cake, cakes, brownies, tiramisu, baked yoghurt and muffins. They can also refresh themselves with the eateries like flavours of ice cream, banana split and fresh fruit platter.

2.Transportation and Shuttle service

The hotel provides free airport pickup to the guests arriving from the International flights. The guests can also hire the private car to roam around the city and Kathmandu valley. It also provides free parking service to private cars and vehicles.

3.  Tranquillity Spa

The hotel provides the perfect spot to relax your tired body. The spa comes here with the full body massage and foot massage. The guests can rejuvenate their tired muscles and sore body through these relaxing body massages and traditional spa. The trained therapist  only chooses the best items for the multi tangible wellbeing and magnificence treatments. The guests can also enjoy the body scrub, body wraps in the private and peaceful setting. It provides the varieties of massages such as Ayurvedic Massage, Aromatherapy massage, Swedish massage, Spinal massage. The additional services on the spa are Sauna, Steam bath, Hot tub, reflexology, hot stone therapy and Jacuzzi.

4.Recreational centres

The hotel has a beautiful outside swimming pool in the beautiful garden. The  pool is opened anytime to the guests where they can take a dip to wear off the summer heat.  They are also furnished with the sitting area, the guests can take a rest after the quick swim over the refreshments of the resort. The resort also has the kids playground where guests can leave their child with the trusted staff who will take care of their child for them. 

Hotel Shanker

5. Safety and alarm system

  • Alarm system and smoke detector in each room.
  • Building certified by the Miyamoto International(global structural and earthquake engineering firm)
  • Hotel meets the fire safety codes of Nepal with all emergency fire exits
  • Emergency evacuation plan and map

Sites from the hotel

  • Durbar Marg
  • Hanuman Dhoka
  • Nagpokhari
  • Narayanhiti Palace
  • Sherpa Mall
  • Nandikeshwari Heritage Court
  • Garden of Dreams

The hotel is the perfect accommodation to enjoy the luxury comforts with the Victorian era architecture. The guests can indulge themselves in the tranquillity of the peaceful and harmonious surrounding in the heart of the city. 

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