Oneseed picked me up on 2/15 from my hotel in Thamel (the bustling backpackers paradise in the middle of Kathmandu) and took me to the much less crowded suburb of Patan, where we would stay for 2 nights prior to our trek, at a quaint, traditional hotel called Newa Chen. After 2 days of the rat race that is Thamel it was a much needed escape. I couldn't help but spend the rest of the afternoon lounging in my room, reading my book and staring out into the lovely garden patio. This hotel is on the pricier end of the scale, but for the location right off of Patan's Dubar Square, and the amenities, including fresh fruit and bottled water in the room, hot showers and ensuite bathrooms, beautiful patio and garden with a small library and area for reading, and included large breakfasts, it is well worth the $40/night price tag in my opinion. Newa Chen has been recently renovated so everything is like new, but they have worked hard to maintain the old traditional charm so that you feel as though you are transported back in time. And to top it off, the employees are pleasant and always very helpful. If you plan on visiting Nepal and have the budget I would highly recommend Newa Chen.