The hotels used in Nepal are of 3-star (or higher) standard. All are modern, clean and comfortable and offer friendly service. All rooms have basic facilities and are booked on a twin share basis; most are air-conditioned. Most of the hotels have swimming pools but you should also be aware that swimming pools at the hotels are often unheated and so can be cold in the winter months or even closed. While on a trek the accommodations are usually Tea House lodges along the trekking route. The rooms and services in these areas are minimal, catering to the basic needs of the guests. This provides a good feel of the local life. Because of the electric shortage, some places provide solar powered hot shower.