For some alternatives, look at the Dwarika's Resort and the Dwarika's Hotel. They are 11 kilometres and 25 kilometres respectively from the main center. Wotif also recommends the Hyatt Regency Kathmandu and the Crowne Plaza Hotel Kathmandu-Soaltee. The first is 25 kilometres away from the center, while the other is 30 kilometres away.
The nearby cities of Lamatar and Bageshwori are certainly worth going to. Lamatar is 17 kilometres to the northwest of Balthali, while Bageshwori is 18 kilometres to the north. Hotels in Lamatar include the Hotel Heritage and Heart of Bhaktapur. The Club Himalaya, by ACE Hotels and Peaceful Cottage & Cafe du Mont are some of the better ones in Bageshwori.
Just because you are travelling in Kathmandu Valley, doesn't mean you can't enjoy your obsession for sport. Dasarath Rangasala Stadium can be found to the northwest of Balthali. Like to stay near the action? The Radisson Hotel Kathmandu and the Hotel Yak & Yeti could both be perfect.
Hotels in Balthali start at AU$82 per night. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.