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the Sparkling Turtle Backpackers Hostel Reviews

Swoyambhu -15, Kimdole Kathmandu, Buddha Park, Kathmandu, Nepal

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193 Total Reviews
  • 80%Value For Money
  • 79%Security
  • 71%Location
  • 79%Staff
  • 84%Atmosphere
  • 76%Cleanliness
  • 73%Facilities

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The Hostel is locates in the north-west of Kathmandu right at the bottom of the Monkey temple. The staff is young and friendly, you can do laundry there and a really nice lady takes care of the cleaning. If you like an authentic area, that's the place to be. Very safe but usual out of power. Here you have time to turn off western lifestyle and turn on "Back to basic". That's why I came and I loved it!!! If you want a good night sleep, forget about it. The monkeys are nuts and killing the nights.


A very nice place with great service.

  • 4th Oct 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Denmark
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Really a Home away from home.


A little out the centre, but good for monkey temple. Friendly staff. Quite basic but secure.

  • 16th Sep 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


I spent almost two weeks at the turtle. When you're looking for a quiet and relaxed place the turtle is the place to be. Located in Swayambu it's not as busy and touristy as Thamel, but next to the beautiful monkey temple. The staff is really nice, the atmosphere is really chilled and Ganesh makes the best burgers in town!


Good place to stay, a little far from Thamel but very close to Monkey Temple.


Loved the Sparkling Turtle. Bit far away from Thamal, but that was a good thing. Great staff and does feel like home in Kathmandu

  • 4th Sep 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Netherlands
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


The staff was friendly, but very unhelpful. The staff had little to know information about basic tourist things around the city. The food at the hostel was great and the breakfast was pretty good. The rooms were not very clean and the bathrooms often didn't have enough water to even flush the toilets and were very unclean and unkept. the showers were hot after warming up, though. If you want to be out of the way, this is a good place (if you overlook the bad).

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