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The Habitat Shillong
Ranked #2 of 81 Shillong B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed December 12, 2013

A small boutique hotel - with 12 nice rooms. The staff go the extra mile to provide any extra furniture you want in the room. Nice space in which lounge and have coffee or a chat. Nice library with some rare books as well - and you can use the library for your business meetings. The terrace on the first floor is a nice place to sit in during winter days. WIFI is free and functional (unlike some of the other hotels in Shillong)Food is very good, with lunch and dinner cooked after consulting the guest. Breakfast is decent, not a lavish spread. The staff always available for anything you might want. When I was there there were two nice events where a book reading and photo narrative of Himalayan region were there - and the guests are invited. The family that own the property are always there looking after guest comfort and the smiling staff always willing to help. In a long long time I have not seen such service in a hotel. An the room rental was less than 50$!

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed December 8, 2013

I stayed at the Asian Confluence for five nights in early December 2013. A few things stand out. The staff are friendly and exceptionally attentive, always going to the extra mile to make guests feel comfortable. Unlike the majority of hotels in India, the food has a genuine home cooked feel, and is served at a large dinner table so that guests can interact. The quality of the food is exceptional, and the "set menu" varies every day. A cosy library, decorated with beautiful drawings and carpets, provides space for relaxation with friends. The rooms are clean and tastefully decorated. All in all, a real hidden gem. Will definately be back.

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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed December 7, 2013

Asian Confluence is as much a concept as it is a boutique hotel. The rooms, the decor, the service, the cleanliness are exceptional. So are the cultural evenings that it frequently organizes, making it quite the socio-cultural hub of Shillong. The place boasts an inviting, though small library-cum-reading room, and a hall with a seating capacity of over sixty.Tucked away in a quiet corner of a pulsating market, Asian Confluence is just a few minutes walk from some lovely cafes and coffee shops. So if one is looking for an experience, for an oasis of quality and culture in the middle of a burgeoning Indian hill town, this is the place.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled solo
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2  Thank KishoreThukral
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Reviewed December 1, 2013

It was an incredible experience...compact and comfortable. The decor inside and outside is amazing, combining old world beauty with modern day comfort. The team that runs the guesthouse is warm and welcoming. The programmes are top quality, combining cultural, intellectual and political. Highly recommend.

Stayed: November 2013, traveled with family
1  Thank Enakshi G
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Reviewed November 8, 2013

Nice and cosy guesthouse. Clean rooms with amenities inside that are close to a 4-star hotel. Not sure how competitive is price as I haven't compared with other guesthouses. Very nice and friendly lady manager that makes you feel like home. The small outside area is nicely filled with flowers. Wi-fi worked, but with few glitches.

Given that it's a guesthouse and not a full-fledged hotel, the breakfast, lunch and dinner are served at specific time, which can be quite late if you are an early bird (for example, dinner is served at 21.00 at the earliest). However, the fact that they still can offer lunch and dinner on pre-order basis despite being in B&B (guesthouse) category is commendable.

Definitely will be my choice if I come again to Shillong.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled on business
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1  Thank UBek
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Reviewed October 30, 2013

Asian Confluence is a comfortable boutique hotel with a tremendously helpful staff. We used this hotel as a base for our trip to Meghalaya, so we kept coming back to it for a week. The staff was tremendously helpful in arranging for various things like car hires, emergency dinners and first aid. We were stuck in the hotel for a couple of days due to a strike. Room service was a strict no-no, but the skeleton staff was happy to supply us with tea and snacks in the library where we spent the day playing Scrabble.

The location is interesting: on a quiet street in the middle of lively Laitumkhrah with its cafes and restaurants which stay open late (by Shillong's standards). It is also a short, twenty minute, walk from Police Bazar. Don Bosco is next door; the Governor's residence and Ward lake are about 10 minutes away on foot.

Negatives? The plumbing could be improved, but this is a problem almost everywhere in India. The first room they gave us was a little troublesome, but they changed the room immediately when we complained. The other odd thing was that the hotel was decidedly colder than the outside.

Overall, if we had wanted a resort we would have chosen differently. But having decided to try out a nice cosy hotel, we thought we had a good deal.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 29, 2013

The points that are to be considered while deciding to stay at Asian Confluence, Shillong:

i) The internal decor of the guest house is good, cleanliness is well maintained being a new guest house. However, in spite of all these the guest house specially at instruction of the manager Ms. Sabari will not cooperate regarding providing room service. eg. We had a 11 month daughter who was running fever and informed the guest house that we need room service as it was difficult to go downstairs in dining hall at this cold ( less than 10 Degree celcius) - specially with one door at the dining hall which cannot be closed and remained open always and which made our daughter's health worse.
ii)No heater facility considering the cold weather at Shillong making the stay quite uncomfortable. The guest house is also not aided with the basic first aid facility like keeping a thermometer at frontdesk.
iii)Food quality is good but less options. It just had one type of Veg and one type of Non-veg thali.
iv)Value for Money - I consider the factor that the hotel charges quite more than facilities provided.To give a comparison, a hotel Yalana in the same location provides bigger room with similar amenities with half cost than charged by Asian Confluence.
v)The other difficulty is to reach the hotel from the city centre(Polica Bajar) in the place Shilong as rarely cabs agree to drive to the locality(Laimukha) as the road from city centre to the place Laimukha contains lot of traffic jam, so cabs charge more as they would need to travel through other roads on upper hills than shortcuts. Though this is not a fault of the hotel but pointing out about the location as the place where the guest house is situated is quite far from the city centre( Main market - police bazaaar ) and the communication is not that great through cabs.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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Additional Information about The Habitat Shillong

Address: Lady Veronica Lane | Laitumkhrah, Shillong 793003, India (Formerly Asian Confluence)
Location: India > Meghalaya > East Khasi Hills District > Shillong
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 81 B&Bs / Inns in Shillong
Price Range: $53 - $104 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Habitat Shillong 3*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Habitat Shillong is a Boutique Guest House in Shillong,the cultural capital of the North East region of India. It is part of a larger tourism driven initiative aimed at building people to people bridges between India and the South Asian Countries at a cultural and educational level and therefore aims to give visitors an unique perspective of the region, its people, its history, its geography and the promise it holds for the future : Located in the heart of the city near the Cathedral and the Don Bosco Center, It offers cozy accomodation and homestyle food, state of the art hospitality, and caters to the needs to the discerning traveller. In interest of upkeep of the unique boutique furnishing and antique furniture in the rooms, we do not offer room service but there are many lobbies and lounges where you can enjoy the warmth of our hospitality. A real hidden gem. Cafes and public transport are a few minutes walk. ... more   less 

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