Kathmandu retains its architectural reminders of the Rana period scattered throughout the city. One of them is the Red Palace or Lal Durbar, situated in the heart of the city, minutes walk from Durbar Marg. It should come as no surprise that in the legendary valley of Kathmandu, there should exist a Restaurant with legends as tall as Mt. Everest. This Restaurant, The Yak & Yeti, was founded by Boris Lissanevitch, who came to Kathmandu from Russia via the Russian Army, Dlaghllev's Ballets Russes, the Opera Monte Carlo, a cabaret stint in Shanghai, and the Club called The 300, that brightened Calcutta before and during the years of World War II - a club where Maharajas outnumbered ordinary members and where the impossible always happened. Kathmandu had then just opened its gates to outsiders when Boris arrived to set up the country's first Western-type hotel in a very opulent, very Nepalese-type palace and welcomed the first batch of foreign tourists to visit the "Forbidden Kingdom".
Since the Restaurant built by Borris - The Chimney was a big success, the idea of building a Hotel was conceived in the early seventies. A 120-room hotel with 5 star amenities was completed in the year 1977. After a successful run of 12 years, the need was felt to enhance the hotel's size and facilities.
Now an extension of 150 deluxe rooms and suites have been built (designed to harmonize with the special features of the Lal Durbar) to supplement the existing accommodation, bringing the total number of rooms available in the hotel to 270 rooms.
With the historic character of the hotel and the new and upgraded facilities, the Yak & Yeti will continue to be the city's leading luxury business and leisure hotel. Although it is an ultra modern hotel, the traditional Nepali architectural features have been preserved. Some of the display carved windows are more than 200 years old. It captures the old charm and style of Kathmandu, while providing the international quality standards of accommodation and dining facilities. Clearly there is no hotel in Kathmandu that blends International service style to the grand Nepalese tradition better than the Yak & Yeti
Services & Facilities
Yak & Yeti's 270 rooms and suites have been carefully appointed to the highest degree of comfort and convenience. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms, International Direct Dial telephones, color television and a fully stocked mini bar.
Just across the lobby, is the Sunrise Café, a casual, light and accommodating restaurant overlooking expansive and beautifully landscaped gardens and pools.
I'll start off by saying this trip was AWESOME! I went on this trek with my dad who is 70 years old. He has always been fit but…Read More