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The Habitat Shillong
Ranked #2 of 82 Shillong B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 16, 2014

I stayed here for 3 nights and kept shillong as my base even for visiting cherrapunji.
The first challenge was locating this hotel. You will have to rely on your GPS because this hotel isn't very famous and drivers won't know about it. Actually this is not a hotel but a guesthouse. Once we reached there, we felt great. The staff was amazing. And the room was a surprise. If cleanliness is your top priority, you won't be disappointed. The room was so well prepared for us, with a printed welcome note with my name and 2 chocolates. A small thing but I liked the gesture.
The property is really well maintained. There's also a small library there.

Negatives:
The location is a little boring.
The floor is wooden, so it makes that irritating sound with every step that you take. The lady at the reception told me that this is the case with almost every hotel in Shillong. Well, I didn't test that. Moreover, they've kept floor mats on that wooden floor which makes it very slippery. So take care.
The food was good if not great.

Overall, good value for money.

Room Tip: First floor corner room.
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 15, 2014

Its an old house that has been converted and decked up for a very comfortable stay. Courteous staff only add to the comfort of the stay. Chose this place because of its proximity to the main bazaar. A 200m walk will take you to the pickup point for using local taxi. All and all a good stay.

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 7, 2014

This is not a hotel but a guesthouse associated with an NGO. The staff is extremely courteous and helpful, especially, Mr. Pinku, the manager and Mr. Digantu of the kitchen staff. The house has been tastefully decorated and lighted. The rooms are comfortable and clean. The guesthouse is just over a year and a half old and so everything is new and works well. Since it is a converted residence, it does not have large ground but just a small compound and garden. So none of the rooms have any views to speak of. However, the management have put in a lot of effort to spruce up the garden and make it pleasant with their Tibetan style decor. Its location is right in the city so close by to the markets. There is a taxi stand outside so that you can catch a cab within 2 minutes walking distance. The buffet breakfast is satisfactory. Overall, a very good property with a couple of drawbacks which are an annoying issue:
1. No toiletteries, except shop. So the first thing we had to do was go shopping for some shampoo. Providing satchets of 'Clinic Plus' or 'Sunsilk' would go a long way in improves guest comfort.
2. The dining area is a small room which can seat about 6-8 people at most (even then it would seem crowded). So if more tourists are there, either there would a bit of jostling even if you share tables or you would have to wait till some people finish their breakfast and leave.
3. They don't have an inhouse restaurant or room service (remember, its a guesthouse and not a hotel). So plain milk only and no Bournvita or Complan (which may be a problem for finicky kids, and even some adults!). Also, if you want lunch or dinner, you have to place your order about 2 hours in advance. So families with kids may find it difficult to know how much the members are going to eat 2-3 hours beforehand, cause you get just what you ordered and nothing more. You cannot get increase your order later on. Also the food is a tad overpriced. Their veg and chicken thalis are Rs 300/- and 400/-, that too limited and with small portions. Similar thalis in upmarket restaurants in Shillong cost about 150/- and 200/- respectively.
Overall a great property, but the management seriously needs to consider incorporating reasonable and regular food catering services, if they are seriously considering accomodating tourists.

Room Tip: corner suites are large, roomy and with two attached baths.
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  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 1, 2014

I stayed at the Asian Confluence center for 4 days. It has a theme that represents the melting pot of the Indian north east, Bangaldeshi and the south east Asian countries. The staff was very friendly and always smiling and served requests very efficiently. I found the rooms and the place very clean. The wooden floor are waxed daily and does get a little slippery sometime. There is a gorgeous garden. Tours around Shillong arranged by the staff took me to amazingly beautiful places and gave me a view into local villages and cultures. They hold many events and have a medium sized conference room - great for small meetings and conferences. Although breakfast items laid out on the buffet table in the morning seems sparse but was delighted to find that the kitchen will prepare many things fresh if asked which was not obvious. Note also that international credit cards do not always work on their machines but there is an ATM nearby that works.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled solo
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1  Thank Alex D
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Reviewed March 31, 2014

The hotel has a Tibetan/Sikkim Buddhist theme and is very nicely made with old wooden floors and furniture. We were in a very tiny room to begin with - could not open two suitcases at the same time. Then we moved to a larger room that was more comfortable but had trouble getting hot water from the tap - drops only. After telling the staff we had better luck but regulation between hot and cold was touchy - better with the bucket option. Breakfast is ok but a bit on the greasy side and needs more fresh fruits. Beds were very comfortable, room was clean, decoration was very tasteful and the free wifi worked but slow - that is a given.

Room Tip: take a larger room if you can get it - some rooms are very small
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  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled on business
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Reviewed March 1, 2014

I was at Asian Confluence for 1 week. Very large rooms, confortable and with all facilities I may need during a trip. Good bed and large bathroom, desk for working and space for relax. Particularly valuable the wifi connection in all the hotel and the digital international tv with many news channels. I used to have dinner and I appreciated all the staff for the efforts and availability for any food I would have asked.
I faced some problems with hot water early in the morning just in the shower. Also I did not appreciated the use of mothballs in the room.

Room Tip: Second floor was perfect for silence and confort
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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled on business
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Reviewed February 16, 2014

Pros
1. Great service. Everyone was courteous and helpful, Especially Dhirtanth. They gave great advice on taxi arrangements and good places to see and eat at.
2. Rooms, Halls, Sit-outs, Passages all very tastefully done with a calming Buddhist theme. The entire stay was comfortable and enjoyable.
3. Food. They don't have a restaurant but they outsourced it from a good source.
4. Amazing Wifi. Probably the best Wifi at any hotel anywhere!
5. Good heaters provided free of cost. You may have to ask for them.
6. Mini Conference zones available too. They are great, please check them out!
7. We booked the place barely 3 hours before the check-in. They had no communication from ibibo but they accepted our receipt immediately.

Neutral
1. Maybe a few more varieties in the breakfast?
2. Parking may be an issue if you don't announce it in advance.
3. Credit cards availability should be checked.

Cons
1. While the hotel is centrally located at Laitumkhrah, the exact location is not so great and almost burrowed inside. It took us quite some time to find the hotel. They should put up some prominent signboards.
2. Wooden floors in the room were a bit slippery. Careful with the Wax, guys.
3. INR 3600 (All Inclusive) a night in the off-season in Shillong is a bit too much.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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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 82 B&Bs / Inns in Shillong
Price Range: $51 - $103 (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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