In a Nutshell

The Inn at Patan is traditional former Newari town-house located close to Patan Durbar Square in Kathmandu, Nepal and is now a delightful boutique hotel.

At a Glance

  • Superb heritage boutique hotel located in the south of Kathmandu in Patan
  • Close to Patan Durbar Square, and superb arts and crafts scene
  • Just 10 rooms, all designed with a blend of old and new
  • Lovely central courtyard / restaurant
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The Detail

The Inn at Patan is one of a new wave of luxury boutique Nepali hotels who have restored old traditional Newari mansions and offer a welcome change from the soulless international chains. It is over a hundred years old, and is located in Patan in the south of Kathmandu and one of its most interesting corners. The owner, Rohit Ranjikar, is luckily also an architect and set about restoring the building keeping all of the charm and character yet installing modern bathrooms and bedrooms that are expected by international travellers. It is set around a central courtyard, and the traditional brick and timber building features many of the traditional wooden carvings and window frames that Kathmandu is known for. On your doorstep is Kathmandu’s less visited side, the local markets and alleyways that are just waiting to be explored on foot.

There are 10 rooms in total all wonderfully designed blending local design with modern touches. It is an old building, so some of the ceilings and especially the doorways are a little low. The restaurant is located down in the courtyard, but the hotel does not have any other facilities other than this. There are just six Deluxe Rooms and four Suites (which we suggest opting for). Some have balconies overlooking the inner courtyard. Expect to find exposed wooden beams and either wooden or tiled flooring. Snug little seating areas are woven into the design, and the fixtures and fittings all reflect local traditions. Don’t expect many of the amenities you find in standard hotels such as minibars, TVs or her dyers! The bathrooms feature black-slate flooring and brass-beaten wash basins which have been produced from nearby artisans. The rooms aren’t air-conditioned (but have fans) or have heating (they provide individual heaters and hot water bottles in the winter). For those who are tall, we suggest Room 10 which is at the top of the hotel and has a nice private terrace. We also love Rooms 1 and 7, both of which with balconies or outdoor space.

The Inn at Patan works because of its simplicity, and there is just one restaurant surrounding the inner courtyard. The food though is absolutely yummy, and do try the chicken thali in the evening or the Masala omelette in the morning.

Millis Potter Insight

We love the Inn at Patan, a traditional and characterful boutique hotel without the high price tag you will find at Dwarikas for instance. If you like lots of facilities such as wide-screen TVs, room service, a swimming pool or restaurants serving international cuisine then the Inn at Patan might not be for you. Also if you are over 6ft tall, you might well have to be ducking quite a bit due to the low ceilings (although our answer is Room 10)! It only has ten rooms, and the location is superb in our opinion. Patan is the far more more artistic and vibrant corner of Kathmandu and is amazing just to explore on foot, seeing colourful markets as you wander past. As the sights of Kathmandu are so spread out (Kathmandu Durbar Square to the north-west, Patan to the south and Pashupatinath and Boudhanath to the east there is no real central hotel that works for those who want to see Kathmandu), so staying in Patan is absolutely fine as you access most the places by car. The food is amazing; superb Nepali cuisine at its best. The real alternative to the Inn at Patan is Traditional Homes Swotha which is located nearby. The other alternative that some people might come across is Kantipur Temple House which is located close to Kathmandu Durbar Square, but we feel these two hotels in Patan are far better at a similar price point.

The Inn at Patan Itineraries

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Druk Path Trek and Bumdra High Camp

Kathmandu - Druk Path Trek - Thimphu - Bumdra High Camp - Paro  

The Druk Path Trek is the old historic trail linking Thimphu and Paro in Bhutan giving you the chance to escape the main road and into what the Himalayas is all about: the amazing mountains!

11 days from £4220 p. p.

Walking in Bhutan

Kathmandu - Paro - Thimphu - Punakha - Gangtey - Bumthang - Paro - Dhulikhel  

Dust off your trekking boots and travel to one the most untouched and beautiful corners of the Himalayas in Bhutan, trekking through remote villages, off-the-beaten-track.

18 days from £5320 p. p.

Land of the Thunder Dragon: Complete Bhutan

Kathmandu - Thimphu- Punakha - Gangtey - Bumthang - Paro - Dhulikhel  

For many guests who travel to Bhutan, they leave the country wanting a little bit more, and it’s not a place you will likely have the opportunity to return to anytime soon. Guests always ask what further gems lie down the road before they have to turn back to Paro. Bumthang is worth the drive out …

15 days from £4195 p. p.

Hidden Bhutan

Kathmandu - Thimphu - Gangtey - Punakha - Haa - Bumdra High Camp - Paro - Dhulikhel  

Get off-the-beaten track in Bhutan and delve into its hidden interior on a private tour, perfect for a second-time trip or those with an adventurous spirit.

14 days from £3780 p. p.

Mountains & Monasteries: Classic Bhutan

Kathmandu - Thimphu - Gangtey - Punakha - Paro - Dhulikhel  

This two-week suggested itinerary gives you the perfect blend of everything that makes Bhutan such a magical destination; amazing views, local culture and walks.

12 days from £3475 p. p.

Tiger’s Nest and the Highlights of Bhutan

Kathmandu - Thimphu - Punakha - Paro  

Explore the main highlights of Bhutan, experiencing the dramatic scenery, incredible culture and amazing architecture in Thimphu, Punakha and Paro.

11 days from £2945 p. p.

Luxury Tour of Nepal and Bhutan

Kathmandu - Annapurna Trek - Punakha - Paro - Dhulikhel  

Snow-capped mountains, Buddhist Monasteries, trekking and historic cities await you on a luxury private tour of Nepal and Bhutan, a perfect combination that makes the most of your time in the mountains.

14 days from £3750 p. p.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek in Style

Kathmandu - Annapurna Base Camp Trek - Pokhara - Kathmandu  

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of the best treks you can do in the Nepal. We use private porters, guides and superb lodges to ensure you have the best experience possible.

14 days from £2395 p. p.

Classic Nepal

Kathmandu - Annapurna Trek - Pokhara - Bandipur - Seti River Rafting - Chitwan - Dhulikhel  

This itinerary to Nepal has it all; exploring Kathmandu, a trek in the mountains, rafting down the Seti River, wildlife in Chitwan and relaxation at the end of the trip.

14 days from £2320 p. p.


Travel is all about those unique and special moments which make you smile. Our aim is simple: to offer exceptionally unique and innovative itineraries that are totally personalised around you.