The Shalom Guest House is run by people formerly associated with United Mission to Nepal (UMN) and they cater to foreign volunteers for UMN and other NGOs.
first, whenever anybody tells me they were in Kathmandu I always ask them where they stayed. It tells me a lot. Such as how much it cost. An experienced person pays the least amount possible unless there is a darned good reason. when you pay a lot of money you are buying things you don’t use. such as a swimming pool or nice gardens or a restaurant on the premises or room service. I think Jimmy Carter stays at the Hyatt when he is in town to promote elections. It’s out of my personal price range. They don’t post the rates on the site. If you have to ask you can’t afford it.
Thamel vs Patan
second, where did they stay. There are two neighborhoods that host the bulk of foreign visitors to Nepal. Thamel is the first. Lots of bars, lots of crowds. Thamel is where the rock jocks go after they conquer a mountain, or where the people on a tour are likely to end up.
The second is Patan, more specifically Jawalekhel and or Lagankhel. This is where the NGO types go ( Fulbrighters, YWAMers, Christian NGOs, UN, etc). Its a quieter experience that is more family friendly and reflects the spirit of Nepal as opposed to commercialism. If you are a partyer or stay out late at night, Patan is not where you stay. I think Patan became this sort of area because of the number of foreign medical people working with Patan Hospital, one of the earliest Christian NGO efforts.
I am partial to the Shalom, and when they told me that internet problems prevented them from creating a presence on FaceBook, I offered to create a Business Page for them. and here it is. You can contact Shalom via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Coffee in the land of Chiya?
Higher Ground is also in Jawalekhel. Okay, there are lots of nice places to eat, but if you ask me, Higher Ground has the best coffee, to go along with WiFi and pastry. There’s always a few expats hanging out there. kind of like a modern day alcohol-free re-incarnation of Rick’s.