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    Re: World hotel room views

    I've just discovered this thread. It makes you want to travel! (I always try to take a picture of my hotel room when I travel)
    That's funny, when I was publishing my photos of Svalbard, I wanted to share my hotel bedroom but I said to myself "no, I'm not going to bother with it" (as it was really part of my journey - the whole hotel smelt wood, it was by far my best (unusual) hotel experience).
    Basecamp in Spitsbergen: (it was in October, I wish I could go to this hotel again next time - but outside the winter season it is so expensive, I can't )



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      Great unusual addition to the thread Panji – I feel I can smell the wood just looking at your photos.

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        Here is the view from my room on the 24th floor at Treasure Island in Las Vegas.


        Looking northwest he view is superficially dominated by the gold monstrosity. Who says Donald Trump has a big ego? Well, it started as a high end condominium but financial troubles followed and many units went unsold. 300 units ended up being sold as time shares which has infuriated the residents that paid millions for their condos. Now they have to share their pool and parking lot with the common obnoxious tourist.

        Looking further west there's a nice view of the mountains in the distance and enough urban sprawl to make you sick.


        And in case you think the pirate ship show at the front of the casino was bad, well it's backdrop is a bar apparently run by a Mexican frog.


        This photo looking north shows some of Las Vegas's current economic problems. You can see the abandoned Echelon project. Started just before the economy crashed and it's been sitting idle for about 4 years. The vacant lot in front of Echelon is where the Frontier casino used to be. It was imploded but the project was halted before construction on a new resort began.

        Behind it all you can see Circus Circus and Stratosphere in the background with their large tower. The roller coaster at the top of the tower is gone and replaced by tethered jumping off the tower. You jump wearing a harness and cable and they slow you before going splat and hopefully land you safely on the sidewalk. I no longer have the stomach for stuff like that.

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          With the stark contrasts between Svalbard and Las Vegas, I'll add some views of our hotel(s) in Kathmandu.
          We stayed at the Park Village Resort, which is situated at Budhanilkantha, near the top of North Valley:


          It is quite far from the touristy center of Thamel, but we used the more famous Kathmandu Guest House as a base and meeting place:


          Both hotels belong to the same company, with a Shuttle Bus service between them: http://ktmgh.com/about-kgh-group.html
          Last edited by ombugge; February 15th, 2013, 09:49.

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            Park Village has a number of small and some larger buildings, spread around in a large garden setting. Here is the names:


            We stayed in one of the larger buildings:


            The view towards the hill was quite rural:




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              View of the nearest part of the garden:


              With the smaller cottages dotted around:


              Nepal being a religious place, shrines are also dotted around.
              Here a Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Ganish:


              A Buddhist shrine along the pathway:


              And another Hindu statue situated in a pond:
              Last edited by ombugge; February 15th, 2013, 10:47. Reason: Correcting picture

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                The room was fairly standard, but comfortable:


                Being an end unit, with an extra window as well:


                The delivery of hand towels was kind of special though:

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                  A comfortable Bar with high ceiling:


                  But the food was not much to write home about, so we mostly took our meals elsewhere.

                  The one time we had dinner it was Al Fresco, with a bonfire to keep the few guests and many waiters warm:

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                    Although in the middle of winter, with night time temperature just 2-4C there were still flowers on the trees:




                    And some nice decorations at the entrance:




                    A bit special potted plant at the entrance steps:

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                      The Kathmandu Guest House is situated right in the middle of the tourist district of Thamel. (Or maybe the tourist district has grown up around the KGH, since that claim to be the first real tourist hotel in town???)

                      The hotel consists of an older part and a newer addition. The older part was originally a Palace from the Rana era:




                      The "high rise" part is of much newer date:


                      The inside court yard is a nice place to be when the sun has managed to warm the air to the daytime high of 15 - 20C (A lot warmer in the sun):




                      Last edited by ombugge; February 15th, 2013, 11:02.

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                        In front of the old wing is the main restaurant. It is open air, but well away from the dusty and noisy streets around:




                        With a choice of seating arrangements:

                        And gas burners to keep diners warm in the evenings.

                        The decorations on the old building is quite elaborate:


                        Inside the lobby are comfortable sofas and chairs:


                        I can warmly recommend both hotels, although the food is not the best.

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                          Between Las Vegas and Khatmandu I have no difficulty in deciding preference! I used to have a penfriend in the latter, she had originally lived in Bhutan although an Indian and it is lovely to see something of this city. Beautiful images, Ombugge, every one. I'm very much enjoying these photos of yours from this trip.
                          Ivy

                          "To thine own self be true.......
                          Thou canst not then be false to any man."

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                            A very interesting pair of hotels Ombugge. I liked the history and architecture of the older part of the Kathmandu Guest House, (these sort of places always interest me), and I enjoyed the views from your rural retreat as well as the details around the grounds there.

                            AND…of course…the towel “origami”!!!!! On my Greenland trip aboard Fram they had a competition …perhaps with a little training in Kathmandu I might have been able to make a folded towel look sufficiently like a polar bear!!!!

                            (Oh and you mentioned meals elsewhere…any forthcoming photo treats for us in the food thread I wonder?)

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                              Some pictures from Holiday Inn, Pattaya last week.

                              Fairly standard room at 26th Floor:


                              And bath room:


                              Night view of the famous Pattaya Beach:

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                                Same view in daylight:


                                Low tide makes life difficult for the many boats picking up passengers at the beach:




                                Lots of activity in the bay:

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