I stayed in this studio for the last 8 days of my trip just this past April 2016. I loved the area where the apartment is located, very authentic, full of stores, shopping and close to attractions. The neighbors were friendly, everyone in the shops were great at answering questions, like helping to fill your cell phone, or finding food items. Rabi and his family were excellent. I felt very safe and cared about, they offered to show me around, and even made me breakfast! If you want the experience of living on your own, but having a safe gated community full of family members, and live slightly off the beaten path but within walking distance of Thamel, then I would stay here. I liked it so much I will stay here again in the future.
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My stay in this apartment was a result of incredible hospitality and generosity by Rabi and Kopila- who run the homestay. After I had returned from the 'Mardi Himal' trek with Rabi and Rabi's travel company iTourNepal, this apartment had become vacant and Rabi insisted that I stayed here until I left Nepal. Before this, I had made their spare yoga room in the level upstairs my temporary home, which was next to the apartment where my friend was living, who I was visiting (and how I met Rabi & Kopila in the first place). The studio apartment I stayed in after the trek is very spacious , clean and has all the basic functioning facilities/amenities (a comfortable queen bed with warm blankets for the winter, open living area, large kitchen/dining area and an ensuite) and WIFI. The apartment is well located, in a relatively more quiet area compared to busy Thamel (which is only a 10 minute walk away), and any 'general things' you needed (e.g. fresh fruits & vegies, local supermarkets) is only metres/minutes away from the homestay.
I have to note that the apartment itself is only one part of the homestay experience. Anything additional I needed was only a run downstairs away (e.g. things for the apartment, or genral questions about Kathmandu & how things worked), where Rabi & his family lived. Rabi & Kopila insisted I came down for breakfasts (and at times, other meals!) to the point where I would go downstairs just to have a chat with them/spend time with them. Rabi & his family are such an easy family to get along with and there was never one moment where I did not feel welcome. Rabi & his family also encourage their tenants/guests to save water & gas where possible given the shortages. Whilst I only stayed in Nepal for about a week after the trek, I really felt like it was home.
In fact, I am now back in Kathmandu for a second time, staying with Rabi & Kopila once again, writing this review- and I can guarantee that the homely feeling I felt back in December 2015 has not changed!
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