The Hotel is blessed -location-wise. It is close enough to a lot of the principal attractions and also the main Hampi bazaar and yet away from the hustle of a thriving tourist area. The grounds of the Hotel are vast and the rooms -as a result- are extremely well ventilated. Though I had an A/c room, keeping the windows open and the A/c off worked very well as there was a stiff breeze with clean air flowing through the room.
The only advantage to booking an A/c room is the increased carpet area that comes with it.
The staff is friendly enough but they seem a little indifferent and laid-back. 'Striving to provide prompt and efficient service' is not a concept that seems to have caught on.
The food- The thali meals for lunch are quite ok. Not spectacular or memorable but fresh enough and cant crib much about the same.
The a la carte breakfast and dinner that we had left a lot to be desired. Definite scope for improvement here.
There seems to be some problem with bicycle rentals here though. If you enquire at the hotel they tell you that all bicycles are punctured. ( I cant understand how this can be a steady state problem given that there are cycle repair shops less than a km away in Kamalapur village). And if you enquire at the village cycle shops they tell you that since the Hotel bought its own cycles they have stopped the rental business!
You will find some eager touts offering motorbike rentals at the hotel itself. Possibilities of some silly and annoying cartelization here.
If you're looking to rent bicycles, you will have to do it at the hampi bazaar area as a result.
Also the cell phone signal here is quite weak. You need to climb to the roof-top to be able to use the mobile.
All in all, an ok place to spend a couple of nights. Can easily step up a couple of levels to make travelers more comfortable
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Karnataka Hotels, Hampi is the only hotel located within the World Heritage Site area. The newly-renovated hotel offers 30 well-appointed, air-conditioned rooms with the option of a suite, deluxe and semi-deluxe accommodation. Guests have the convenience of a restaurant that offers Continental and Indian cuisine as well as a beer bar. The hotel also arranges Hampi sight-seeing trips and can arrange for tourist guides who speak fluent English. ... more less
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