Chitwan Village Resort

Sauraha,Chitwan,Nepal

  • Experience World-class Service at Chitwan Village Resort

    The 2-star Chitwan Village Resort offers comfort and convenience whether you're on business or holiday in Chitwan. The hotel offers a high standard of service and amenities to suit the individual needs of all travelers. Facilities like 24-hour room service, free Wi-Fi in all rooms, 24-hour security, daily housekeeping, fireplace are readily available for you to enjoy. Designed for comfort, selected guestrooms offer television LCD/plasma screen, clothes rack, free welcome drink, mirror, slippers to ensure a restful night. The hotel's peaceful atmosphere extends to its recreational facilities which include canoe, massage, children's playground, garden. Friendly staff, great facilities and close proximity to all that Chitwan has to offer are three great reasons you should stay at Chitwan Village Resort.

    Amenities

    • Airport Shuttle
    • Fitness Facility
    • Internet
    • Parking
    • Restaurant
    • Laundry Services
    • Television
    • Non Smoking
    • Bar
    • Currency Exchange
    • Business Center
    • Breakfast
    • Childcare Service
  • reviews

    • Great place!

      5.0
      Reviewed 18 June 2019

      We were originally planning on staying here only one night because we came in the off season when it is usually hot, but we decided to stay an extra night because it is so beautiful! The staff is very accommodating and friendly, the food at the restaurant is excellent! (The chef surprise is well worth getting), and the gardens are beautifully filled with flowers.

      johnmZ4976QH
    • Great time in beautiful lodge

      5.0
      Reviewed 05 June 2019

      We were looking for a place near Chitwan that didn't do elephant riding and treated its elephant well. Since this place offers ethical elephant experiences we decided to stay there for three nights. But when we arrived we noticed that the activity program still includes elephant riding. We asked about this and were told that they don't promote riding and that their own elephants don't have to work and live chain free. But since most tourist still want to do elephant riding they do organise trips through other places. Later we found out that three of the five elephants still have to work once or twice a day but they now carry less people. We were told that they can't afford all the food for the elephants without sending them to work. The ethical elephant activities aren't enough yet. But they wish to change this in the future. As far as we could see the elephants were treated well (even thought they were chained during feeding time). It seems to us that this place does care about its elephants and is in the process of slowly changing things which we do value highly and we hope that more and more tourist will start to think about more ethical ways to interact with elephants to help this process move forward. Nevertheless, we would have appreciated more transparency instead of being told one thing and later having to find out another... But altogether we really enjoyed our time at the lodge. The staff was very helpful and made always sure that we had everything we needed. The rooms as well as the whole complex was beautiful and very well taken care of. We especially enjoyed the calm and relaxing atmosphere and the various sitting options with view of the river where we could watch the elephants grazing and spot many birds. We also signed up for several other activities besides elephant bathing and treats making: The tharu village visit was very interesting but not really what was promised on the homepage. The half day jeep safari through the national park was also great. Because of the season the elephant grass was very high so that our view was limited. But at the end we still had a great time and got very lucky spotting several rhinos. We can also recommend the 20000lakes tour; this place felt less crowded then the actual national park and also gives you great chances to spot lots of animals. It is also worth mentioning that some of the proceeds from tours go directly to the nearby village and the lodge supports several social projects (such as a school) in the area.

      TraveltheworldAmy
    • Lovely place to stay!

      5.0
      Reviewed 22 May 2019

      With our family (2 adults and 3 children) we stayed 3 nights. We all had a wonderful stay. The setting is beautiful with elephants as a main attraction near the river. It is very peaceful and has a beautiful garden. The staff is very friendly and willing to help. Restaurant is on site with a nice terrace outside. Rooms were clean with airco. We did a boatsafari, a jeepsafari and the children could help with washing the elephants. They liked it a lot! So we reccommend Sapana Lodge to other travelers!

      Pienopwereldreis
    • Sapana Lodge - Not sure about this one

      3.0
      Reviewed 05 May 2019

      The website and pictures sell it as this idealic, peaceful, eco, sustainable lodge and some of those things are my experience but certainly not all. The positives: The gardens are beautiful, peaceful and have lots of relaxing spots. The waitresses are lovely, the restaurant is quite good but not the best food i've ever had. They do offer a full range of activities and sort them out for you including transport without any problem. The showers are hot and good, the cleanliness in the rooms/bathrooms is good. They were happy to switch me from full package to pay as you go when I became ill and wasn't participating in the activities, which was really good of them and saved me $350. Full Day Jeep Safari: Our guide was excellent, incredibly knowledgeable, able to spot things for us and we went 70km into the National Parks heart in the hope of seeing Tigers. Even though we didn't it was an amazing experience but tough. it's 12 hours and you need loads of water, its bumpy so be prepared to be exhausted upon return and not want to do alot the next day.The food was good which the Lodge provided but take your own snacks too. I became ill and the guide handled it professionally and kindly. Elephant ride: An hour elephant ride in the buffer zone early in the morning was a wonderful experience, the mahoot was so gentle with his elephant and kind to her, she was adorable and he was such a lovely man. Ill never forget it. Elephant bath time: Fantastic for the children to do, they loved it, worth every penny as such a unique experience. The negatives: Full package 3 day deal: Honestly, I found the sales patter of the sales team for activities and 'full package' irritating, pushy and a wrip off. We had booked a 3 day full package deal, which should automatically include a full days safari in the national park (not the buffer zone). However, when I said this is what I wanted they told me I would have to pay an additional $80 for it, as it wasn't included in 'full package'. WTF. They then try to push you into all these other activities to ensure you get a 'full package' experience but frankly it's too much and exhausting. It's 38 degrees and you just don't want to be on the go for 8 hours in the sun. The package needs to be either far more flexible or just don't bother with it. Expensive: Once I had switched to pay as you go, I was shocked at the expense of some of the activities. The Jeep safari was expensive but worth it. Feeding the elephants cost me $40 and literally consisted of 5 minutes feeding their elephants scraps from their kitchens!!! WTF That should be free!! Elephant welfare: I wasn't happy to see their own elephants chained and not corralled. Infact it upset my kids alot as my daughter chose the Lodge based on their animal welfare, eco, sustainability claims. Rooms: The rooms are tiny, if you are staying a few nights there's nowhere for your stuff. The electricity sockets in both our rooms didn;t work, the air con in our room wasn't working properly. At $110/night /room this isn't good enough. Hotel Florid in Thamel is same stars as these guys and charges $30/room and everything works!!! Yes they have beautiful decor but the essentials need to work. The problem with Chitwan is to get into the National Park itself is hard as there are limited numbers of jeeps each day. So you are sort of forced to go through a lodge or hotel and of course they can then wack the price up.The lodges and hotels are making the big profits, the money isn't really going into the park other than through the permit.

      Juliaandfamilyx3
    • Wonderful stay

      5.0
      Reviewed 02 May 2019

      We had a simply wonderful two days/three nights here at Sapana Village Lodge. The main reasons to come here are: Its very beautiful, the gardens, and setting right next to the river, are very beautiful and peaceful, a haven. Sapana is contributing to the local community and so you know that by staying here you are also helping the school, womens development project etc, and I sensed also that the staff are treated well and take a real pride in working here. The elephants are just amazing. You can be sitting by the river and they just wander by. Being able to get so close to these amazing creatures for us was the highlight of the stay. You can pay for activities like going for a walk on the elephants, bathing or feeding the elephants etc, none of which is too expensive 6-10 per person per activity in English money) - but the opportunities for informal interaction are just incredible too. As others have said its hot here in May, although the rooms are beautifully cool, so bring mosquito repellent, and expect to relax indoors or in the restaurant area in the hottest part of the day. We had the most wonderful stay. Thank you to Sapana and to all the very kind staff here, Janak especially, and also to Amir (aged 10) who made our stay here so special.

      LizzieQM

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