I would've given Seema a 4 or 5 star rating, honestly I would have. I was already thinking about how my review would go after my first few days there. The rooms were spacious, clean (only the 2nd place in India I've found where I didn't feel the need to use my own sheets), and location was great (tucked away from the touristy bit so you can hear yourself think and feel yourself breath). It's int eh High Bank area and it's easy to just end up getting stuck on this hill. Seema only provides lunch but there are plenty of other tasty restaurants around. They are all similar in price and the menus are nearly identical. Seema even has wi-fi though, it's a bit dodgy sometimes (but better than most places I've been to in India) and you need to pay 20 rupees per day for it (new password everyday). For all of this, I stayed in a small 150 rupee room with a detached bath but moved to a much bigger room with a private bath for just 200 rupees. This is a huge bargain for the High Bank area. Just next door, one of the hotels charged 200 rupees per day for wi-fi alone!
I felt secure and safe here and Seema was really helpful when I was trying to get to her location (there's not signs from the main road). Contact her by phone is best..the contact info is hard to find, but the official website is here: http://seemahouse.webs.com/
The reason why I cannot reccomend this place is because I had a very unfortunately experience with Seema and her husband. I don't want to sound like a bitter person, so I will just say that if you do choose to stay here, to make sure you pick up all of your belongings before you go to check out, because you will have a hell of a time trying to get it back from them. I had a perfectly pleasant stay up until this point, I left the next day because I felt so cheated out of principle. To be fair, Seema seemed quite genuine and honest, but their argument for keeping my belongings didn't even make sense, and it was so ridiculous I just gave up.
I hope if you choose to stay here you have a better experience than me! It is worth checking out.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Staywell Cottage have 10 well furnished rooms, we have designed everything so carefully that makes your stay here homely. The location is so perfect and adds to your convenience and pleasure. You can reach any point of city easly. Ganga & Mountain view from the rooms and rooftop will fulfill every minute of your stay in Rishikesh. Rooms & Rates. We offer a choice of rooms to suit your tastes and budgets. Feel at home with our clean, comfortable private rooms.rooms are 300 to 800/day. ... more less