Following back-to-back flights with Turkish Airlines from Seattle, and a lengthy layover at the Turkish Airlines Business Lounge Istanbul, we landed in Kathmandu.
In anticipation of the exhaustion that’d undoubtedly follow two long-haul flights, we decided to seek a bit more comfort as we started our journey in Nepal, prompting us to book a room at the Kathmandu Marriott Hotel.
Kathmandu Marriott Hotel – Booking
Cash rates at the Kathmandu Marriott Hotel tend to hover between $175–250 (USD) for most of the year. From November–June, expect prices to be at the higher end of the range.
When it comes to redeeming Marriott Bonvoy points, the cost ranges between 25,000 and 35,000 points. It tends to fall at the lower end of this range for most of the year, spiking to the upper end during peak trekking seasons.
We value Marriott Bonvoy points at 0.6 cents per point (USD). You should be able to get above this value from a redemption for most of the year, and there’s a case to be made for using a Free Night Award during peak trekking season, as you’d net a good return.
Kathmandu Marriott Hotel – Location
The Kathmandu Marriott Hotel is located just outside the main tourist area, Thamel, but close enough to be in the heart of the city.
You can easily walk to Thamel from the hotel in around 15 minutes, or it’s an easy five-minute ride by car.
Pashupatinath Temple is less than 10 minutes by car, pending traffic, or around 40 minutes away by foot.
It’s a similar distance by car and foot to Durbar Square, one of the city’s main tourist attractions.
Within the area immediately surrounding the hotel, you’ll find plenty of options for shopping and dining; however, Thamel is where most tourists spend the majority of their time in Kathmandu.
The airport is around 10 minutes away from the hotel without traffic, or around half an hour if you get caught in a jam.
Kathmandu Marriott Hotel – Check-in
We touched down in the early…