Luckily only had one night in this place. Spent as little time as I could in the room and slept in my clothes. The window didn’t shut and the air con heat was pitiful so it was a long chilly night. The bathroom was disgusting with mould and rust. Exposed drain and dirty taps.
The room was shabby and didn’t feel clean. The sort of place where you don’t want to touch anything or put bare feet on floor with its grubby rugs.
I knew about the noise from the street from dogs and bells and that was ok.
A small hotel located across Taumadhi Square from the big Nyatapola Temple, and just a couple of blocks walk to Durbar Square. It is up to date but also shows local design touches, with lots of dark wood evident. It has a coffee shop on the ground floor which doubles as breakfast room, and an open-air restaurant in the central courtyard. Rooms are all upstairs. They are clean and well equipped, with good a/c, hot water, and wifi. The staff were very helpful, and they arranged our airport taxi when we left. The rooftop bar, Garuda, has a great view of the square and the Himalayas.
This was my second visit at Bhadgaon Guest House. We stayed for three nights in the end of May 2019 and were given the best room in the hotel on the top floor with a private terrace with a view over the square. However, there were a few issues which need to be addressed by the management:
1. There is no electric kettle in the room so tea/coffee in the morning is not possible. The hotel starts functioning after 7 am so we used to go down to the temple opposite the hotel and have early morning tea at a tea shop which was also nice with the locals. An electric kettle in each room will sort out this problem.
2. The hot water flow was an issue in 505 - the hotel staff offered to change our room but as this was the best room in the hotel we continued to stay there. This should also be checked up.
3. It would be nice to have a mirror in the room.
Bhadgaon is has a great location with friendly staff - once these small issues are sorted out it should be fine.
Hope to be back next time
Bhaktapur is a very old city, so I’m not sure if it’s possible to find a better hotel. Instead that the carpet and the linens were very used, the heater could heat enough the room and the pillow were hard, the room was clean. It’s sure that it is very well located but be prepared to be wake up around 4am by the devots bells, but that’s part of the city. At the breakfast, the bowl of fruits, muesli and yogourt was very good but it will be a good thing to offer another choice than the plate of eggs and sausage.
If you're looking for a good night's sleep, steer well clear of the Bhadgaon Guest House, located in Taudmadhi Square, Bhaktapur.
Taudmadhi Square is home to numerous stray dogs who fight each other from midnight until dawn. As if that isn't noisy enough, people start ringing a loud bell near the hotel as day breaks. Even with top quality ear plugs, there's no way to block out the noise.
The situation was not helped by the shocking condition of the room I was in. The door was not properly sealed. The windows were cracked and unsealed, including no window at all in the bathroom, just torn fly mesh.
Then there was the generally filthy state of the room. Dirty carpets, dirty taps, exposed drains, exposed wiring, mould and dead insects on the ceiling, torn bed sheets and a lumpy mattress.
And noisy dogs and bells weren't the only disturbances. Lying in bed, the charming sound of someone urinating in the adjoining bathroom came through loud and clear, and it appeared the bathrooms also shared a common ventilation shaft, as I could hear clearly whoever was taking a shower. Not very private.
Throw in people smoking where breakfast was being eaten, and staff bringing out food while forgetting the cutlery, and you can understand why I was glad to get out of there.
Enter at your own risk.