ELBRUS HOME IN KATHMANDU Britnee Johnston December 30 Lodging, Nepal, Reviews, Travel Private Room Amenities Pricing Location 4.2Overall Score Mark and I spent a total of 20 days at Elbrus Home in Kathmandu. It was our first point of arrival in Nepal where we left many of our belongings to go trekking. A month later we returned to pick up our things and wait for our flight out of Kathmandu to Phuket. Elbrus Home provided a place for us to rest and the staff were helpful during our stay. The highlights included the delicious large breakfast every morning, free drinking water, and close location to Thamel. The staff is also very helpful in setting up private car rides to trekking trailheads and to the airport. Private Room: We stayed in a private room with a shared bathroom. Private bathrooms are available, but we chose to go with the shared to save some extra money. The rooms come with either a queen or twin sized beds. We thought the twin sized mattresses were more comfortable so we chose those on our second stay at Elbrus Home. The room comes with towels, a small couch, and a desk and chair. The rooms come with large, spacious windows that overlook the courtyard. One of our rooms was next to the road so it was noisy during the day with all the honking from the traffic. Our other room further away was much quieter. The wifi and power came and went during the day. If power or wifi was needed, it was usually available in the lobby. Amenities: My favorite part of Elbrus Home was the breakfast. It was included with our reservation and offered eggs, toast, porridge with bananas, mango/orange juice, and coffee/tea. I also appreciated the water coolers found on each level of the hostel that contained free drinking water. After buying bottles of water or having to pay to use coolers at other places, it was nice to have drinking water available for free right outside our bedroom. The staff is very helpful and helped arrange our private van ride to the trailhead of our first trek. They also helped Mark by giving him some back pain medicine when he pulled his lower back while in the hostel. Elbrus Home also offers a laundry service that was quick and easy. The shared bathroom wasn’t the best bathroom we’ve seen, but it always had hot showers, which seemed to be a rarity in Nepal. Pricing: For $14/night we stayed in a private room at Elbrus Home. We think we could’ve found a cheaper place elsewhere in town, but we were comfortable with the Elbrus Home atmosphere and the free breakfast helped make up the cost. Location: Elbrus Home is just a five-minute walk to Thamel, which is the tourist shopping and restaurant region of Kathmandu. Elbrus Home is located next to a busy street, but has its own peaceful oasis with a large garden courtyard in front of the hostel. We really enjoyed our home away from home. Thanks to Khem and his staff for the lovely stay! We will return some day! Next hostel on our route: GRAND VIEW HOTEL IN PATONG BEACH, THAILAND.