Gokarna Forest Resort used to be owned by Starwood, but became independent in 2004 and received an inclusion in Condé Nast Travelers Hot List the following year. Gokarna has a big focus on being eco friendly which I saw though the hotel from the moment I arrived.
With just under 100 rooms I had expectations for the service and I was impressed from the beginning with a nice welcome from the great receptionist before getting escorted to the room.
I stayed in a recently renovated junior suite on the topfloor in the main building and it was very nice. The bed could be more comfortable, but the design was great and the large balcony area had great views. The internet is complimentary in the bar, but extremly slow. Could’t even open my e-mail. Chargeable internet was much faster and this should of course be offered everywhere in the hotel without charge.
The service was overall better than expected and surely the best in Nepal. The spa was great with very nice facilities, but the gym needed an update.
The food was a good experience. The prices is very cheap compared to similar hotels around the world and food qualiy was quite good. They grow a lot on the property themselves as part of their eco friendly concept.
Overall a very pleasant stay. A unique resort within short distance of Kathmandu. Their upcoming plans looks very promising and this could be a future Relais&Chateaux property. There is definitely potential.
My opinion: Good experience.