The number of five-star hotels in the country has risen to 15 after Aloft Kathmandu Thamel got approval from the Department of Tourism on Monday, according to Annapurna Post daily.
Aloft Kathmandu Hotel will be managed by Aloft Hotels — a US-based hotel chain owned by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide.
Aloft Kathmandu is the newest five-star property in Kathmandu. Aloft has 177 rooms. It has already signed a contract with Macau-based gaming company to run a casino on its premises. Aloft is one of the attractions in Chhaya Center Kathmandu which is being marketed as a Thamel inside Thamel. Aloft Hotel has been opened with an investment of Rs 5.5 million, according to the promoters.
Investment in hotels in Nepal has seen a surge after the 2015 earthquakes. Many international hotel chains entered Nepal expecting healthy growth in tourists arrivals post-earthquake.
Couple of months ago, Marriott Kathmandu Hotel started operations in Kathmandu. Marriott also manages a four-star property, Fairfield by Marriott, in Kathmandu.
Similarly, two more five-star hotels — Kathmandu Sheraton Hotel and Double Tree by Hilton — are under construction. Outside Kathmandu Valley, Hotel Garima of Itahari and Hotel Mechi Crown, which are under construction, also plan to apply for five-star certification.
Applications of Hotel Pawan Palace of Lumbini and Hotel Grande Prince of Jhapa for five-star rating are under study at the Department of Tourism, according to officials.
Likewise, Hotel Crown Plaza of Kohalpur and Soaltee Westend Premier of Nepalgunj have also received five-star certification from the Department of Tourism.