Dwarika’s Hotel Kathmandu
The late owner of this property, Dwarika Das Shrestha, started the hotel as a labor of love: after seeing old buildings with ornate wood carvings being torn down, he began collecting the pieces and eventually used the salvaged material to decorate his hotel. The now-legendary property has become something of a living museum and a treasury of artisans’ work that would otherwise have likely been lost. Each of the 74 deluxe rooms and suites are decorated in a unique style, though each features 16th century windows and Nepalese artwork, and some feature a private outdoor courtyard. Dwarika’s hosts some of the best events in Kathmandu, including weekly outdoor barbecues by the pool, film screenings, and local music shows.