Dwarika's Hotel is a luxury hotel in Kathmandu, Nepal. It is located in Battisputali. The hotel is a collection of various traditional heritage Nepali houses that congregate around courtyards and considered one of Nepal's finest hotels. The hotel is a 87-room 5-star luxury hotel that welcomes over 3000 visitors a day, took over 30 years to construct, and has won the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Award for Culture Heritage Conservation.
The Hotel is known for its efforts in cultural preservation. It started when founder Dwarika Das Shrestha, on impulse, decided to save old wood carvings from traditional Kathmandu buildings that were about to be thrown away. Later put into a room that housed a single masters student from abroad, the carvings garnered such interest that Shrestha found the idea of constructing rooms with traditional wood carvings, and thus began a venture that is now one of Nepal's finest hotels. Shrestha also revived the technique of "Dacchiapa," the Newari traditional method of making carved bricks.
The hotel is still managed by the Shrestha family, and now possesses one of the biggest private woodwork collections in the world. The restoration workshop that the late Dwarika Shrestha established in order to revive wood carvings as early as 1962 is still in operation, although only used for significantly damaged pieces.
Pashupatinath Temple is 500 metres away while Tribhuvan International Airport and the Buddhist site of Boudhanath are both 2 km from the hotel. Durbar Marg Street is 5 km away.
The Royal Suite takes its architectural inspiration from the private abodes of the Malla kings and is set magnificently over three floors and an area of 250 sq metres. With an open-air breakfast terrace attached to the spacious bedroom, the suite also has a separate living area and an entrance foyer. A wooden-floored deck overlooks a sumptuous lounge. On the private terrace you can indulge in a splendid view of the hotel's courtyard as well as the towering white peaks of the Himalayas. One of the most enchanting aspects of the suite is its 50 sq metre bathroom, intricately designed with traditional architectural features.
Heritage Executive Suite
Spread over an expansive area with a luxurious open plan bathroom, the exquisite Executive Suites at Dwarika's combine traditional style with modern convenience. With special amenities including a personal computer, the Executive Suites also offer spectacular views of the courtyard. A stay here will make you feel like you have your own private palace in ancient Kathmandu.
Heritage Junior Suite
Each of the 40 luxurious Junior Suites is individually designed with local materials including pottery, slate and brass, as well as genuine antiques and artefacts. In the spirit of a Nepali home, each suite has a divan (day bed) for lounging and true relaxation. Every Junior Suite has its own personality, ensuring that each stay is a unique experience.
Heritage Deluxe Room
Remaining true to the earthy quality of traditional life in the valley, the rooms capture the essence of such a lifestyle without compromising on comfort. The linen is organically produced and hand woven. The furniture is custom designed and handmade at our own workshop. Many of the rooms face the charming courtyard.
The hotel offers a range of culinary experience, and with their three restaurants and a bar to choose from, there is something for everyone
All rice lentils and different types of flour including buckwheat, millet and wheat flours are produced in the ‘lowland’ farm, which is set in the agricultural belt of southern Nepal. Many of their salads, herbs, vegetables, fruits are grown in the sloping terraces of the ‘hill’ farm near Dhulikhel. Food is central to Dwarika’s lifestyle. They place a strong focus on food that is fresh, organic and local. Many of the ingredients they use at the restaurant are grown at their two organic farms.
To spend an evening at Krishnarpan, the Nepali speciality restaurant at Dwarika's, is to take a culinary journey through the fascinating terrains and cuisines of Nepal. Serving the finest of Nepali flavours, Krishnarpan is a slow dining experience reminiscent of the ritual feasts enjoyed by the Kathmandu Valley's Newari community.
Meals range from six to twenty two courses and are prepared using the freshest vegetables from the Dwarika's own farms. The courses are offered on traditional brass and earthenware, and served by hostesses representing Nepal's diverse ethnic communities.
The Japanese restaurant at Dwarika's takes its name from its host, Mako-san. A keen interest in Buddhism first brought her to Nepal over three decades ago and since then, her heart has remained firmly here.
An intimate Japanese fine dining experience, Mako's offers traditional Japanese food served in a warm and stylish setting. The minimalistic and Zen-like décor is inspired by Mako-san's spirituality. Combined with 14th century Nepali architecture, the restaurant offers a unique setting that highlights the similitude between two civilisations.
Dwarika's multi-cuisine all day restaurant offers a combination of Nepali flavours along with popular world cuisines. Toran's menu can be enjoyed in the restaurant or in the hotel's spacious courtyards – an ideal location for all day lounging and informal dining.
The Fusion Bar overlooks a swimming pool that replicates 12th century royal baths, complete with intricately carved stone spouts. Open throughout the day and late into the night, the bar offers an elegant environment in which to sip exotic fruit cocktails and aperitifs, or for enjoying an after-dinner cigar or nightcap. It is the spot to meet, drink and converse. The Fusion celebrates Friday evenings with a live band and a special Nepali barbeque.
For a memorable dining experience in the heart of Kathmandu, visit the city restaurant, Kaiser Cafe Restaurant and Bar. Open 9am to 10pm, this atmospheric dining venue is set within the historic Garden of Dreams.
The gardens offer a respite from the busy city, and a place to enjoy history, style and a delicious bite to eat. A Continental menu is on offer. Transfers to the restaurant can be arranged through our Guest Services team.
An entrance fee is applicable for all entries to the Garden of Dreams, which is collected by the Government of Nepal for maintenance of the garden.
The Spa is a sanctuary for healing and purification. It offers an experience modeled upon the ancient traditions of care and respect that have developed in the Himalayan region over several millennia. The name of the spa is derived from the wisdom of the Vedas that claims that our Atman or self is made up of five layers of being – the physical, the intellectual, emotional and the essence of the absolute. Combined, they offer an authentic experience of life. Thus, any treatment at the Pancha Kosha Spa is a journey into the self.
Sit back and relax at the end of the day with a book from the library. Delve into Nepali culture and history or plan your next exotic escape – the choice is yours. There is an opportunity to watch a documentary on the Himalayan region each evening, upon request.
Yoga & Fitness Centre
The hotel offers a complimentary yoga class at 7am each day. Named after their founder, who was a keen fitness enthusiast, Das Gym is open daily from 6am until 10pm.