I am really disappointed to have to give this place such a low review. I booked the Shanthi Guesthouse in advance based on the glowing recommendations of so many other Lonely Planet and TA reviewers. What you get is very, very basic - two single beds pushed together, a few blankets, and a bathroom. As a veteran hostel/backpacker, I have zero issue with basic. What I did have a problem with was the cleanliness and the service. You may or may not get hot water (we didn't). The paint is peeling off the walls, the bathroom has holes in the tiles in which frogs and cockroaches made a pretty nice home, and I seriously doubt anyone has given the accommodation a proper clean in quite some time.
The restaurant is "okay". The service....eh. There are 3-4 people working in the Shanthi Guesthouse, some were much more hospitable than others. Mostly, they watched the TV in the check-in area, but could be prompted to come over with a wave.
We had friends staying just down the road at the Nargila Guesthouse. The accommodation was almost identical, albeit I would say it was definitely cleaner. While the cottages don't have views of the rice paddies (which if you're out and about during the day, you get plenty of anyways) the staff here was incredibly friendly! Great service and a fun atmosphere in the evenings. Guitars, music, lively conversation, good snacks, and all this at a fraction of the price of the Shanthi Guesthouse. The Nargila Guesthouse was charging Rs. 200-600 a night, we paid Rs. 1,300 for the Shanthi. And therein lies the problem.
We have friends visiting Hampi next week and we are sending them to Nargila. Shanthi is going to need to step it up soon if they want to maintain their rankings. I was less than impressed.
- Also Known As:
- Shanthi Guesthouse Hotel Hampi