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“Terrific Property - Great Springboard for Hampi” 5 of 5 stars
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Narayanpet,2km from Basapur Village, Hampi 583227, India   |  
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Hampi
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“Terrific Property - Great Springboard for Hampi”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2012

By Indian standards this eco-resort is far from rustic. Its non-airconditioned units are fine in the short months of cool weather (December - end February). Thereafter an air-conditioned one would be advisable. The scenery in the hotel's vast grounds, with varied vegetation much wild-life and the river flowing through a landscape notable above all for its beautiful boulders set against water and lush greenery, is fantastic. The seven kilometre drive (for which the hotel provides a shuttle service) to the river-bank opposite Hampi is also lovely. From the riverbank, a set of local ferries, annoyingly available only until 6 PM, carries one across for a modest fee. Hampi itself is extraordinary, on the scale of Petra and of other major world archeological sites. The hotel is distinguished above all, beyond the beauty of its surroundings for friendly, excellent service overseen by the highly effective and helpful majordomo Kumar. While I was there, the family that owns the property were in residence from Hyderabad, and the owner kindly invited me to join him for a glorious sun-rise best viewed from a spot he knew. The food is adequate and reassuring, but no reason to visit. All in all, an exceptional experience in a truly lovely eco-resort. As well, truly excellent value for money.

Room Tip: On balance, an airconditioned room might be best.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2012

Set amidst rocks and bushes on the bank of the Tungabhadra river, the Hampi Boulders Resort offers an amazing experience of union with nature. Take the river bed Executive Cottages for the best views from the rooms and the sit outs. Don't miss the nature walk to the nearby hill top, bird watching and water fall on the property even if you have to skip a few monuments in Hampi.
There are deer and other charming variety of flora & fauna on the property and you can easily spend 2 days here with the activities & relaxation options available without venturing out of the property. The staff is friendly and try to go out of their way to help you even if some of the staff / attendants may find it difficult to converse in languages other than Kannada & Telegu.
Food is basic but the setting is quite nice overlooking rocks and lawn and the pool.
The pool is cute - shaped like a crater in a rocky bed.
The prohibitively high pricing on this property is the only major negative. In Dec 2011, it was Rs 10,000 per room per night for the Executive Sun Cottage with breakfast and dinner which is 15 times higher than the basic but cozy cottages available in the nearby Virupur Gadde ferry point area.
On nearby Hampi,
if you are taking the ferry from this side of Tungabhadra river (i.e. Anegundi/Virupur Gadde side) to the Hampi side, please be warned the ferry points, esp on the Hampi side is extremely dirty and of uneven terrain and is esp. difficult for small children and elderly people.
Apart from this, the dust and the day time heat can be very trying, so spend your energy wisely on what is really of interest to you than to try to cover all the ruins of similar look & feel.
The ruins of Hampi are definitely not as charming or imposing as those in Rajasthan, Egypt or Rome, nor is its history as interesting as these.
Try to spend evenings with the setting sun in the backdrop among the ruins than doing energy-sapping peak day tours.

Vittala on the banks of the river is probably the peak of the sightseeing spots in Hampi, and perhaps you can cover the Virupaksha Temple, being the main and the only active temple here.
A Congi ride in the river - available from Vittala Temple complex or from the Anegundi side - is a must-do if you have n't done earlier.
Sunset on the river and the rocks is a must-view photo oppurtunity.
Tungabhadra dam with its endless expanse of water offers an amazing view - try to cover it in your trip to Hampi - even if you have to skip some of the ruins.

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2012

Simple cottages, quite basic but in a wonderful setting among the rock boulders surrounding Hampi. You might spot a leopard in the evening and pet the emeu in the morning.
Rooms are well apointed but basic, like 3 stars. A nice pation in front for evening peace.
Restaurant has a buffet for all three meals, mainly vegetarian but nice simple fare.
Lack of power and use of generator makes it difficult to get ice for your drink.
Very graceful staff.

Room Tip: Try the suite overlooking the river
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  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bangalore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2011

The resort is nice, very peaceful and located away in the wilderness. Got to see deer, emu, monkeys walking around the resort. It is probably not the best place to stay if you want do some serious sight-seeing in Hampi, By road it takes more than an hour to reach the resort from Hampi/Hospet. Of course by ferry it takes about 30minutes.

The nature walk in the morning was good and got to see some amazing boulders in the landscape. The kids enjoyed walking up to the stream in the resort.

The rooms were just average. Also the rooms were spread out and it takes a while to the main reception area if you are staying in the Guyan rooms, which is at one end of the end of the resort.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2011

We thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful place. Mr. Raj and the rest of the staff were very attentive and went out of their way to insure we had a very pleasant stay. A true gem outside of chaotic Hospit that has a very peaceful and tranquil ambiance. The ruins of Hampi and the Boulders Resort were one of the highlights of our trip to South India. We would highly recommend Hampi's Boulders Resort for a unique and restful experience.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2011 via mobile

After a long ride on narrow roads, we reached Humpi boulders. While the location is outstanding (forest, stones and lots of animal-life) it took us nearly 40 minutes to check-in. Main reason was, that the room (which was confirmed to us the day before on the phone) was suddenly not available and the only available room was much more expensive. The room itself had a terrace, which overlooks the river. While the view was very nice, the room itself is maximum average equipped (old and loud A/C, squeaking fan, blankets with stains).
Food is okay (normal Indian food with limited number of dishes). This assessement was also shared by some local Indian families. The drivers are very friendly and the young staff is trying to make you feel comfortable.

Overall the feeling remains, that this resort is trying to maximize their profit and is not spending enough money on the rooms, etc. to justify the high rates. But for everyone, who emjoys natures, the surrounding will probably
partially compensate for the above mentioned points.

  • Stayed December 2011
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Hyderabad, India
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2011

Perfect resort. Heaven for Photographers. The weather in November was extremely good & enjoyable. We travelled from Hyderabad via Raichur & Manvi & reached the site in 7 hours. On return, we wanted to take the 4 lane road from Gooty to Hyderabad. The travel between Hospet & Gooty was a horrible experience with bad roads via Bellary. It took us 2 hours to cross 35 kilometres. If travelling from Hyderabad, please take the Raichur, Manvi route only, though it is not equal to the 4 lane road travel

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Narayanpet,2km from Basapur Village, Hampi 583227, India
Location: India > Karnataka > Hampi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Hampi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 13
Also Known As:
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Hampis Boulders Hampi
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