No2. China-Nepal road, Zham, China
Zhangmu Hotel Zham Reviews
Even a fakir's nail bed would be more comfortable!!!! Jul 20, 2010
Before posting my actual review I need to point out that the choice of accommodation in this border town on the Tibetan-Nepali border is very limited. This is probably one of the better hotels around, but in any other place I wouldn't give it the light of day!
The hotel is well located at the lower end of Zhangmu's main street, right next to the old border crossing post. Accross the street there are restaurants, little shops and there is even a supermarket nearby.
The hotel is built on a mountain slope and the reception building is actually the top floor. All other floors and the restaurant are built down the hill.
Our room was located on the top floor, only 3 doors down from the reception. The room in itself looked at first sight okay with 2 twin beds and all the necessary amenities but it had a serious lack of hygiene: mold everywhere, wet patches on walls and ceiling where the paint was coming off...
The electrical outlets/plugs in the room are barely functioning, downright dangerous with broken wiring and located at the weirdest places such as high up the ceiling.
The only thing going for the room is the stunning view from the bay window down the valley and towards the border!
The bathroom is very basic with a toilet, sink and shower head (but no actual shower). Warm water is only provided between 7 and 10 PM and it took ages to finally get a bit of luke warm water. Of course because everyone needs to shower at about the same time. Taking a shower really turns the bathroom into a swimming pool.
Our matresses were completely worn out and impossible to sleep on. After a few minutes of uncomfortable turning I stripped down the bed to find out that the iron springs were sticking out of the matress on both beds!!! We solved the problem by putting both the duvet and spare blankets on top of the matress and sleeping in my bag liner.
Even more annoying than the matress was the constant noise coming from the reception area and corridors all night long. The walls were like cardboard and every word spoken in the next room, reception and corridor is overheard.
As we staid only one night there was no use in changing rooms in the middle of the night but I would definitely recommend future guests to ask for a room from one of the lower floors.
The people in the room next to us had a party which lasted till the wee hours. There are also plenty of mony changers and prostitutes parading in front of the hotel who certainly cater for a lot of the noise heard as well :-)
Breakfast was served at the large restaurant on the lower floor and consisted of a basic selection of toast, jam and eggs served to the table.
Again a place only good to spend a night while on route but not recommended for longer stay!
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