We went to Hampi on the Republic Day long weekend and had a very enjoyable stay at Laxmi Heritage. My husband had made the booking over phone 3-4 days before our travel to Hampi and they called us a day prior to our arrival to reconfirm and to provide directions - this is indeed very commendable as most places don't even reserve a room despite confirming the same over phone.
This place is also quite well-known and we didn't have any issues finding it. One helpful gentleman took us all the way from the main temple street to the guesthouse! We were welcomed by the lady who owns this. She cannot speak very good English, however we had no problem conversing with her since we knew Kannada. She provided us fresh towels and a nice cold bottle of mineral water (much needed). The room itself is very clean and the sheets are spotlessly white. The comforter and other sheets smelt fresh and clean with no sign of stale odour - having said this, there was a sheet which had an evident cigarette burn hole in it.
The room also has a TV with a cable connection and an air-conditioner. There's sufficient electricity back-up as there are lots of power-cuts at night. They've also arranged for a fancy mosquito net (which we never got around to using as the room remained closed most evenings) over the bed along with mosquito repellants. This is extremely essential in Hampi as it has a lot of mosquitoes (I was left with red angry welts over my legs and back). The bathroom is big enough and was also very clean. One needs to arrange for soap and other items since the bathroom is bare except for a bucket and a mug.
One can't really expect a 5-star type arrangement, just to be clear - however, the family running this place is very responsive and friendly. The room rent is also quite reasonable (we paid Rs. 1500/- per night). Please note that the guesthouse doesn't serve food and hot beverages, although they provide water and cold drinks.
The main plus point of this guesthouse is its central location. All the important places for sightseeing are at walking distance. Also, there is a small local eating joint run by 2 women that serves fresh South Indian breakfast (idlis, bhajjis and gundpangla/phaddu) everyday. There are tons of other restaurants also in and around which make this place ideal for stay. We also found a small shop and a PCO right opposite the guesthouse, which sells sun block, soaps, toilet paper, toothpastes, water, cold drinks and other sundries. The PCO is indeed important as apart from BSNL, there's no network coverage in Hampi (in most locations).
The only drawback that we noticed in this place was hot water. Even though they promised hot water, we had major issues while showering/bathing in the morning. Mostly the water in the taps was cold. We came to know that the place uses solar water heaters and the problem with this is that there's no hot water in the morning as it takes a few hours of Sun to heat the water. That's why, there's plenty of hot water for use in the afternoon (as the water gets heated in the morning).
So, all in all, this is a very good option for staying in Hampi and we recommend it - especially to Indian travelers (families/couples/group).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The place is near virupaksha temple, The decor, equipment, and cleanliness of the apartments is second to none. The friendliness and efficiency of the staff is first class. This will always be our number one in Hampi for quality and the value it provides. LAKSHMI HERITAGE TOURIST HOME Hotel is located in Hampi, 300 m from local bus stand of Hampi. It offers a restaurant, free parking and rooms with free Wi-Fi access. Air-conditioned guest rooms have TV with cable channels and en suite bathroom with toiletries and hot shower facilities. Select rooms have a balcony. The staff at the tour desk can assist with travel arrangements and car rental services. Laundry services are offered. The on site restaurant serves a selection of local dishes. LAKSHMI HERITAGE TOURIST HOME 15 km from Hospet. Vidayanagara Airport is 38 km away.Hampi is a village in northern karnataka state, India. It is located within the ruins of Vijayanagara, the former capital of the Vijayanagara Empire. Predating the city of Vijayanagara, it continues to be an important religious centre, housing the Virupaksha Temple, as well as several other monuments belonging to the old city. The ruins are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, listed as the Group of Monuments at Hampi. ... more less
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