There is nothing like it yet in north Kathmandu, or the whole Kathmandu Valley for that matter — the Chhaya Centre is a mega-complex housing a multiplex theatre with three halls, banquet centre, art gallery, food court (above) and high-end designer stores. And to top it all, the top 10 floors are home to Aloft, Thamel’s first five-star hotel, and one geared primarily for a younger clientele, with its breezy design and ‘the fastest wifi in town’.
“The main thing for us is location, location, location — this is a Thamel within Thamel,” says owner Prithvi Pande. “We are different by design and literally a notch above the rest.”
Aloft is a worldwide boutique hotel chain of the Marriott group and tries to focus mainly on style and comfort. The rooms are neat and offer great views across the Valley, the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu’s tourist hub right below, Nagarjun forest and the mountains beyond.
Aloft Kathmandu, Nepali Times