We stayed two nights in this lodge. The room was clean, large and comfortable with air conditioning, warm water and mosquito protection frames in the window and at the door. The lodge is located behind houses of the main street. This makes it a quiet place, surrounded with a beautiful garden full of flowers and tropical trees. The staff is friendly and helpful but only the owner speaks good English. The food they offered was tasteful.
We tried to give every chance to them. We came here from a package deal we booked from Hotel Sakura in Pokhara. Everything including meals was supposed to be included. When We were looking for a package we asked that the main priority was a nice place to stay as we had just been trekking earlier in the week and wanted a relaxing time. Unfortunately this hotel was very dirty. It took them time to get power to their A.C. units which they did have, but the nasty state of the rooms made us consider leaving. The water pressure was also low and although they said 24 hot water they didn't. The lunch they had when we arrived smelled strange to. The first room they gave us also had a missing window, we pointed this out and they moved us. The next room was full of bugs and had rotting toilet paper in the bathroom window. All bathrooms we saw had lots of water stains. We were so uncomfortable we decided to leave but they offered to take us on a tour first and clean the rooms while we did that. After a walk around a local village we returned and and still felt uncomfortable. We went to another hotel we looked up on trip advisor. Tiger Wildelife Camp refused to offer any refund for the room but we agreed since everything was prepaid for we would still let them take us on tours and not fight over getting the money back. That night their car was unavailable to take us to the cultural dance they planned for us so we walked. The next day they got their car out of the mud and were able to take us to the elephant ride. After elephant ride they took us to an elephant bath where they said we would have to pay extra to participate. We said we thought everything was pre-booked and pre-paid for. They said that wasn't possible for this event. They dropped us and left us. We wanted to participate and it didnt cost much so we paid. We noticed however other groups had a tour guide with them who were paying for them. Later went canoeing with them but were stopped by Nepali Army ranger who asked our hotel tour guide if he had a license to take tourist canoeing and he did not. At this point I wanted to let them keep our money and just walk away to get out of what I came to realize was a dangerous situation for me. After a lot of talking the army let is us go canoeing but we weren't sure why a license but feared it could be dangerous. The car already drove away so we went to get it over with after being pressured. The canoe ride turned out to be okay but after they took us to elephant stables where nothing was explained and I don't think we went in at the right spot but maybe our guide snuck in? Then to a museum where again we had to pay even though our whole time was supposed to be pre-booked. These things were in the way back but I already decided I was done with their services or lack of. We went to find another place for dinner. We called them to see if we could come get our bus ticket back. They refused to give us as they wanted to control everything. We also let them know we intended ti cancel dinner with them they assured us we will be able to get on the bus no problem and would even pick us up from the different hotel with the car. The car was on time the next morning but didn't take us to the bus stop. Instead it took us to their hotel where they asked for more money. I asked for what and they said the water the one meal we did have with them wasn't included. It was a small amount but why didn't they tell me during the meal. I asked to speak to the owner. Since I was mad they just took us to the bus stop. I took the cash they asked for out of my wallet to give to the driver but since everyone in our group and from the hotel was mad they didn't take it. Luckily am now on a bus back to Katmandu. The bus is owned by their friend. Hopefully I get back safe. Be careful!
After arriving the camp, the hotel director showed us our room. At first it looked good, but the bathroom was dirty, the shower not even working and while flushing the toilet, water came out. The mirrow in the bathroom has NEVER seen a cleaning sheet.
When we told the stuff, that our shower is not working because of the dirt on the showerhead, he wanted to give us a needle to "clean" it, otherwise he would do it THE NEXT day.
He did not do it the next day when we came back from jungle.
Even the stay felt like a school trip, because all the time someone is coming to your room to tell you whats going on, but not really in a nice way. The stuff there is pushing you all the time and unfriendly! But the boys who work there are really friendly.
The food was ok and the jungle trip as well, even if we did not se a lot animals, but it is not the hotels fault.
But sorry, I would not recomment it at all, there are a few hotels, which are only a few dollars more, where you get what you expect!
booked 3d2n package from one of the travel agent in Pokhara. everything is good, room is clean, bathroom is clean and they have hot shower but little bit shabby plus 'weird manager'. we have a lucky day, we saw Rhino in the morning, afternoon n evening.
My plan for Chitwan went haywire when I couldnt book in Kathmandu, so I had to book it at a hotel in Pokhara. The ridiculous thing about Chitwan is there is not standard pricing or correct information about it. One place can charge as high at $130 whilst another can charge $65 for the same thing. Confusing!
After arriving at the hotel and being shown into a decent room which atleast had a bathroom with hot water, I went for lunch which was funny because the manager spoke more like a tout than a hotel manager! He was quick quick about everything and was super rude to my french mate who actually told him off. Everything he tried to push us into doing was always quick quick which made the trip more stressful than fun. The manager was super interested in my personal life, and it became diffciult to avoid him without being rude. I didnt wanna be rude, I was holiday!
If I totally remove the manager from the picture, the trip was fun. The rhino watching, biking around and walking around the village which we did on our own was worth it. The elephant bath, safari and a very short jungle speed walk was part of the package,out of which the elephant bath was most enjoyable. I think the best time we had was to go about on our own and do our own thing at a leisurely pace rather than being pushed around from one thing to another.
The manager totally creeped me out by saying weird things which I dont know whether to construe as flirting or not. Either way it was eugh!
I wanted to go to mankamana temple on the way back from Chitwan to Kathmandu. Thing is the sly hotel people ( managers wife and his other guy) charged me twice for the trip to Kathmandu! I realised this only when I checked the ticket prices at Mankamana.My package included costs from pokhara to chitwan, all activities in chitwan and chitwan to kathmandu. I was ready to pay for bus from chitwan to mankamana and the ticket price for the temple ( which I did) but return trip to Kathmandu was already paid for.
When I did speak to the guy at the hotel from Mankamana he tried playing around with words in his funny english, but I just wanted my money back. I was furious that they had duped me. In the end and after 15 phone calls , I did get my money back, but still had to pay twice for my trip back to KTM since I paid for my own bus ticket ( twice!) The only good thing about this hotel experience is the hotel water in the bathroom, and the super nice guy serving food in the restaurant. Also the food served was nice and filling.
My advise to anyone travelling to chitwan is, carefully review wat you have paid for and what is included, and confirm all this before any onward journey. Chitwan proved to be more stressful than Kathmandu as most people there were all about money, and as a first timer there I wasnt sure if what I am paying for is what I am getting.
Also moving about the village on foot, or hiring a bike ( 50NRS for an hour) is a much better option. This hotel guy never even showed me how much the permit would cost, so I think most locals here take advantage of tourists with regards to park officials formalities just to get more money.
An interesting experience, minus the creepy hotel guy.