Unfortunately, Hampi is lacking in quality hotels, so if you want to stay in a place with more amenities, Hospet is a better choice. It lacks Hampi's eerie charm though. Ambient, simply furnished guesthouses are plentiful in Hampi. There are two main areas to stay in Hampi -- near the bus stand and Main Bazaar, and on the other side of the river in Virupapur Gadde. Virupapur Gadde, with it's chilled out environment on the edge of paddy fields, attracts plenty of hippie types.
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Hampi's Boulders is the best upmarket option for visiting Hampi. This remotely located resort is a wonderful private retreat, surrounded by nature. You'll find it nestled amidst boulders on the banks of Tungabhadra River, in the Yamini hills around 25 minutes drive from Hampi. The ferry will take you along the river to the heart of the action in Hampi, and the hotel car will pick you up and drop you off. After a hectic day of sightseeing, you'll be grateful to be able to escape to the serenity of this resort.
Rates range from 6,000 rupees ($130) per night for a non air conditioned double, up to 10,000 rupees ($220) per night for an air conditioned executive suite. Breakfast and dinner are included.
Shanti Guesthouse is understandably very popular. It's located across the river in Virupapur Gadde, in lush tranquil surroundings. The cheap, older rooms are a bit shabby. However, the newer cottages are recommended and offer stunning views of the rice paddies, rocks, and sunset. Guests are also welcome to cook their own food in the restaurant kitchen, which serves a range of cuisine from Israeli to Thai. One of the features that makes this place so restful are the swing beds, suspended out the front of each room.
Expect to pay 300-500 rupees ($6.50-11) per night for a room, and 1,000 rupees ($22) for a cottage.
4. Padma Guest House
Padma Guesthouse is a popular choice in a quiet street of chaotic Hampi Bazaar. Consisting of a range of rooms in a private home, the guesthouse is run by a welcoming family and friendly staff. It's very clean, and is suitable for both couples and families. The better quality rooms on the first floor, with a view of the ruins and Virupaksha Temple, are recommended. Expect to pay 600 to 1,000 rupees ($13-22) per night for a double, depending on the room.
- Directions: From the Hampi bus stand, cross the road and walk into the lane opposite the bus stand. The Padma Guesthouse will be on your left.
- Phone: +91 8394 241331.
5. Gopi Guesthouse
A good option for singles and backpackers, the Gopi Guesthouse is also located in a lane of the central Hampi Bazaar area. This guesthouse is another family-run establishment, with an assortment of family members undertaking various roles, including making travel arrangements for guests. The highlight of the guesthouse is its rooftop restaurant, which is renowned for its tasty food and view of the Virupaksha Temple tower. Rates start from 600 rupees ($13) per night, plus tax. All rooms have attached bathrooms.
- Directions: Hampi bus stand area, near Virupaksha Temple.
- Phone: +91 8394 241695.
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