South of Thapae and down one of the Old City's narrow lanes, laid-back Top North is comfortable and affordable. Its small central pool is unique in this category and is a popular hangout for backpackers going upscale. There are many room categories. All have high ceilings, and the top rooms (500B/US$14/£7.70) are large and clean with tile floors and large bathrooms with bathtubs. Time is not kind to budget hotels, though, and some of the room furnishings here look like they've seen better days -- ask to check rooms out before signing on. Rooms on the lower echelon vary in price and amenities (with or without air-conditioning or TV), but all have hot-water showers. Top North has a good tour operation, an Internet cafe on the premises, and shows DVDs in the bar in the evenings. Their sister property, Top North Hotel (tel. 05327-9623), is an old standby just south of the Thapae Gate within the Old City and offers a slightly higher class of rooms. It seems to attract a rougher lot, though; stay there only if Top North Guest House is booked up.
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Daily sightseeing and trekking tours can be arranged.
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