A Comfortable Home Gets a New Lease on Life; Swotha Traditional Homes, Patan
After hiking the Himalayas for a week it was time for a little rest and relaxation!
We wandered through the bustling streets of Kathmandu on our way to Patan. Our taxi driver had never heard of the street that Swotha Traditional Homes was on, and we took this to be a very very good thing! It meant that Swotha Traditional Homes was hidden just enough to escape the dust and noise of Nepal’s largest city.
Sure enough, after stopping to ask a few locals, we stumbled upon a side street paved with red bricks and a sign that said ‘Cafe Swotha’. The restored Pradhan family residence, and first Traditional Homes bed & breakfast (and cafe), is located off a quiet street near Patan Durbar Square.
The Traditional Homes concept strives to preserve the cultural heritage of Kathmandu, and it’s surrounding cities, by partnering with homeowners to convert their old residential buildings into modern guest houses. Swotha Traditional Homes, a 70 year old Newari home, was restored and opened in 2010 and was one of the few buildings to stay fairly intact during the 2015 earthquake.
It’s elegance is felt prior to even entering the building. The entryway is always open during daytime and exposes the cozy lobby, while the original wood staircase leads to airy suites.
The suites are minimally decorated with shades of ivory from the bed to the curtains. Most suites have multiple windows with floor to ceiling doors meant to be left open for the hot air to drift through the rooms.
Our suite had a spacious balcony with white lounge chairs and a wooden table. The only thing missing was a yoga mat for sunrise or sunset yoga on the deck.
Our nights were comfortable, and our days were relaxing, thanks not only to the space but to the staff that manages the inn. With a ring of the bell a young gentleman will bring you fresh coffee and banana pancakes in the morning if you so choose.
The staff was incredibly sweet and helpful, making the Swotha Traditional Homes that much more luxurious.
Cafe Swotha is actually one of the highest rated restaurants in Patan. It's an expat favorite, and you're likely to see a lot of Westerners dining at the Cafe. For good reason though! The food is delicious, and they have local dishes like Momo (dumplings).