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the Sparkling Turtle Backpackers Hostel

Book more than 7 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Wonderful Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Excellent Cleanliness
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Property Description

We are an independent Backpackers Hostel located in the heart of the sacred and mystical town of Swoyambhu (MONKEY TEMPLE) Kathmandu.

The Sparkling Turtle Backpackers Hostel offers a unique opportunity to live among Holy Monkeys and to experience the vibrant chanting of the Monks prayers from the many monasteries that surround Swoyambhu.

We offer clean, affordable and safe accommodations for all those who have come to explore the endless beauty that Nepal has to offer. You will find a friendly and comfortable atmosphere to connect with and share stories among other travelers. After a long day of sightseeing and traveling come and relax in our Chill out Turtle Cafe . We have an Nepali infused style European BBQ and a salad bar designed by our Chef, as we know that it can be challenging to consistently eat local foods. A definite refresher for those who are traveling long term through Nepal and India! Our Cafe includes locally grown Boutique Coffee, international and local selection of a wide variety of premium Teas, Wines and Beers.

We can arrange for in-expensive airport pick up, please let us know 24 hours in advance with full name , flight number, airline name, time and date.

The Sparkling Turtle Backpackers hostel features include:
-Free City Map
-Free Linens
-Free Breakfast
-Free Luggage storage
-Travel desk
-Wi-Fi
-24 hour hot shower
-European style washing machine
-Parking
-Sun Terrace
Please note that we have a cancellation policy of 48 hours View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 9.1

  • Security 9.5

  • Location 8.5

  • Staff 9.8

  • Atmosphere 9.3

  • Cleanliness 8.9

  • Facilities 8.9


Latest Reviews

  • 10.0

    Superb

    15 Jun 2019
    An amazing place with truely lovely people who are great to chat to and more than happy to help with whatever you need and answer any questions you may have. If you want to explore the Kathmandu area but have a nice base to call home then the sparkling turtle has you covered. Really enjoyed my time there and can’t wait to be back.
    Australia, Male, 18-24
  • 10.0

    Superb

    15 Jun 2019
    Genuinely one of the nicest hostels I've stayed in. We were at a hostel in thamel before which was very noisy, cramped, next to a nights club, more expensive and worse food. This hostel is right next to the monkey temple, food is alright (not mind blowing, however pretty cheap). There are turtles here, hammocks, decent internet in the dinning room, and some pretty paintings. Would recommend (though you're far from lots to do in katmandu, you'd have to get a short taxi in to explore the city).
    England, All Male Group, 18-24
  • 10.0

    Superb

    17 Apr 2019
    The Sparkling Turtle was great! It is outside the noise of Thamel but not too far and bicycles can be rented at the hostel. This is a great place to stay to organize trips. Everyone was super helpful and they have someone come in every morning to help guests make plans. The trekking, park visits, etc. Organized through the hostel seemed to be good value. Som always had a smile on and was ready to help. From airport pickup to last minute laundry I was looked after and made to feel at home.
    Canada, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0

    Superb

    13 Mar 2019
    I stayed about 10 days at the sparkling turtle and I loved it! The staff is very friendly, they cook for you breakfast and lunch/dinner, it was always delicious to me. They do their best to satisfy you, the hostel is clean. The location was good to me, I like the monkey temple area and I didn't bother to walk to the center 30/40mn. Thank you guys :)
    France, Female, 31-40
  • 10.0

    Superb

    13 Mar 2019
    Perfect stay at the hostel, located outside of the city center, but a nice place to stay combined with visiting the monkey temple.
    Germany, Female, 18-24
  • 9.4

    Superb

    02 Jul 2019
    very short walk to Buddha park and the monkey temple (you gotta see the monkey swimming pool)...friendly staff...my compliments to the 16 year old cook. tasty free breakfast...hot water lacking in my single room, but was abundant in the shared bathrooms...no A/C but fan is available if you ask and quite adequate...pretty quiet neighborhood compared to Thamel....not a party hostel
    USA, Male, 41+
  • 9.1

    Superb

    05 Apr 2019
    If you prefer a calm atmosphere you can stay here..
    India, Male, 31-40
  • 8.6

    Fabulous

    24 Apr 2019
    Staff was very nice. Overall, I thought it served my purpose quite well. You can see the swayambunath stupa from their balcony. It is within a short walk also. The facilities were clean, environment was good. Service was good, and breakfast was reasonable. Hot water was available in the common bath. I stayed in a private room, which I thought was a good value also.
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    05 May 2019
    It's a good hostel, the staff are great, but the place was quite dirty which was off-putting. They put some pressure on you to eat only at the hostel and don't allow you to bring in food from outside (though this wasn't really strictly enforced) but this seems to be a common practice in Nepali hostels. That said, the food was nice, not outrageously priced and there was a fair variety. Breakfast was included and was small but good. Would stay again if the place was cleaner.
    South Africa, Female, 31-40
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    16 Mar 2019
    Great place. Came here to sleep & see the monkey temple after 2 sleepless nights in the thermal. Breakfast isn’t great except the pancake but hey it’s free. Evening food was great & so cheap. Like most of Nepal shower was on the cool side. Also like most of Nepal had to ask staff a few times to book my bus but once they got round to it they did a good job, booked 1 at the end of the street & walked me there which was really appreciated. i enjoyed what I heard of the monks singing.
    Scotland, Female, 31-40
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Facilities

Free
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free Parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Towels Included
General
  • Adaptors
  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Cable TV
  • Common Room
  • Hot Showers
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Parking
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Security Lockers
  • Washing Machine
Services
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Airport Transfers
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Currency Exchange
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Postal Service
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
Food & Drink
  • Bar
  • Cafe
  • Meals Available
  • Restaurant
  • Vending Machines


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