A blend of classical architecture with modern comfort
Traditional comfort is a boutique hotel in Kamalpokhari
-   2018-02-14 | nepaltraveller.com
Traditional Comfort is a chic boutique hotel with a traditional aesthetic. What makes this hotel stand out is its warm and cosy ambience, amiable staffs and innovative eco-friendly practices.
A boutique hotel is characterized by its intimate size and personalized design.Often the small size of a boutique hotel affords it a dead center location of the urban city. The hotel’s buzzy boutique ambience just feels right in its lively location. Traditional Comfort is such a hotel in Kathmandu which celebrates the melding of beautiful cultures as it infuses modern comforts with Newari design (Newars are the native people of Kathmandu) and architectural principles.
As you enter the red-brick facade of this lavish inn, you will notice a blend of modern comfort with traditional artistic features. The lobby is decorated with carved beams and wooden pillars that give it a compact yet sophisticated look only seen in a traditional Newari home. The wow factor of this building is the traditional Newari Ankhi-Jhyals (windows) that cast geometric shadows on the floor. Located in the second-floor lounge, these customary windows along with all the other wood carvings in the building have been exclusively made by the local craftspeople from Patan and Bungamati.
Adjacent to the lobby, you can find the in-house restaurant which serves local as well as continental dishes, carefully prepared using locally available materials. Special focus is given to the food menu according to the request of the guests. What’s best about this hotel’s locale is that you can find both high-end fine-dining restaurants to fast-food franchises within a walking distance towards Thamel and Durbarmarg.
There are 36 en-suite rooms, all of which are spacious and equipped with modern comforts of a comfortable bed, air-conditioner, satellite TV and free Wi-Fi. The warm hue of the red brick walls blends perfectly with the wooden furniture to give it a natural elegance. The woods are lined along the ceiling to add a Newari touch to the concrete structure of the room. This hotel stays true to its name as there is no compromise in terms of comfort; hand-made local sheets are used for the beds along with imported mattresses to give you utmost ease during your stay.
A boutique hotel can both surprise and delight guests with winsome touches. The paintings that can be seen in the walls of the corridor of the hotel are specially made by a local artist who has successfully portrayed the daily life of Nepalese people with every one of his strokes. The second-floor lounge is fitted with comfortable couches and equipped with bookshelf and computers to enjoy some light reading or surfing the net.
The rooftop terrace houses a lounge bar from where you can have a spectacular panoramic view of the Kathmandu valley. To the South, there is the ancient city of Patan; to the North, you can see the Shivapuri National park and great Himalayan ranges; perched on a hill to the West, the temple of Swayambhunath and nearby, the Narayanhiti palace and the lotus pond. If you are lucky, you might also be surprised by a flock of parrots perched in a nearby tree. The terrace is also used for simple gardening; to plant herbs like coriander and basil which are used in the kitchen.
Traditional Comfort believes in environmentally sustainable tourism. They encourage their guests to use the hotel’s own purified drinking water in order to reduce the usage of plastic materials unless it’s absolutely necessary. All of the LED lights in the hotel are solar-powered.
With the surge of boutique hotels across the city, Traditional Comfort has managed to stand out through the implementation of eco-friendly practices. The hotel tries to give the best experience, in order to cater to the demands of travelers who wish something new and something different in every visit. So if you want to experience the true culture and tradition of any city, then an enveloping atmosphere of a boutique hotel like Traditional Comfort is a way to go.