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the Sparkling Turtle Backpackers Hostel Reviews

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

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190 Total Reviews
  • 82%Value For Money
  • 83%Security
  • 78%Location
  • 85%Staff
  • 88%Atmosphere
  • 75%Cleanliness
  • 75%Facilities

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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).


The Staff is more than Excellent. They offer very good service with a very human, familiar and friendly treatment. Many thanks to Ganesh, Narayan and the Lady. I have spent more time with Ganesh and I can say that he is an excellent worker and an excellent person. I have spent less time with Narayan and the Lady but I think the same also. They are a very good team, they work very well together.

  • 11th Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Spain
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)


The Sparkling Turtle is a great place to stay if you want to be slightly out of the city center. It sits in the hills next to the Monkey Temple and a monastery. It is a peaceful environment with great staff and is kept pretty clean. Enjoyable stay would stay at the Sparkling Turtle again.

  • 26th Jun 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)

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