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There are two main areas to stay in Hampi -- near the bus stand and Main Bazaar (do note that meat and alcohol aren't served in this area), and on the other side of the river in Virupapur Gadde. Virupapur Gadde, with its chilled-out environment on the edge of paddy fields, attracts plenty of hippie types (so much so that it's commonly referred to as Hippie Island). However, these areas only offer budget accommodations. There are a number of more upmarket hotels in the vicinity of Hampi. From there, you can take day trips to Hampi. The only drawback is that the journey by road can be long from some of them, if they're situated north of the river, as there are no bridges.
Here are eight of the best Hampi hotels and guesthouses for all budgets. Attractive discounts are usually available during the low season, from April to October. Click on the property links below to check the prices for your travel dates.
Best for Luxury: Evolve Back Kamalapura Palace
An Orange County property, this opulent new luxury hotel has been built to resemble a 14th-century Vijayanagara-era palace. It's situated in the countryside about 20 minutes drive south of Hampi. The hotel has 37 spacious suites, spread across three categories, and nine Jal Mahal pool villas. All have a private Jacuzzi. Its two restaurants serve gourmet continental and Indian cuisine, also inspired by the Vijayanagara Empire. In addition, there are two exclusive poolside dining areas for added romance. Other facilities include a reading lounge, two swimming pools, lounge bar, and Ayurvedic spa. The hotel also offers a number of experiences for guests to explore Hampi.
- Rates: From 21,900 rupees per night for a double including tax.
Best for Nature: Hampi's Boulders
This remotely located eco-friendly resort is a wonderful private retreat that's surrounded by wilderness. You'll find it nestled amidst boulders on the banks of Tungabhadra River in the Yamini Hills. By road, it's more than an hour from Hampi. However, this can be reduced substantially by taking a ferry across the river to the heart of the action. The hotel car will pick you up and drop you off at the ferry point. After a hectic day of sightseeing, you'll be grateful to be able to escape to the serenity of Hampi's Boulders. The accommodations consist of a variety of secluded cottages, ranging in size from one to three guest rooms. Nature walks and bird watching activities are conducted.
- Rates: From around 12,200 rupees per night for a double, including breakfast and tax.
Best for Families: Heritage Resort Hampi
The newly constructed Heritage Resort opened in 2015 and filled the gap in the market for quality hotels with plentiful amenities. Highlights include a swimming pool, spa and wellness center, games room, library, bar, and multi-cuisine restaurant. The property is situated on 9 acres of mango and coconut plantations just off the highway, about 15 minutes south of Hampi. It has 40 contemporary cottages, with the Pool Villa being the most indulgent.
- Rates: From around 5,500 rupees per night for a double, including breakfast and tax.
Best on a Budget: Clarks Inn
If you're traveling on a budget but want to stay in a decent hotel (not a guest house), the new Clarks Inn is it! The hotel is located opposite the Archeological Survey of India museum in Kamalapur, about 10 minutes from Hampi town. It has 38 rooms spread over three floors. They're equipped with air-conditioning, TVs, safes, and mini bar. The hotel also has a restaurant, coffee shop, book shop, exhibition space, and a small swimming pool.
- Rates: Deals for under 2,000 rupees per night are often available in the low season. Otherwise expect to pay around $3,500 rupees upwards per night for a double, including tax.
Best Chill Out: Shanthi Guesthouse
Shanti means "peace" and you'll find it in the lush tranquil surroundings of this guesthouse, located across the river in Virupapur Gadde. 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 diverse 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. The only drawback is that it's further away from the ferry jetty than many guesthouses in the area. This doesn't matter if you just want to chill out though!
- Rates: From around 1,500 rupees per night for a cottage, including tax.
Best Central Location: Gopi Guesthouse
Gopi Guesthouse is located in a lane of the central Hampi Bazaar area close to the bus stand, Virupaksha Temple, and ferry. 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. The restaurant is located in a new building, with rooms that are more upmarket and air-conditioned, although they're on the smaller side.
- Rates: Expect to pay around 2,000 rupees per night upwards, including breakfast and tax. Cheaper rooms are available in the separate older building.
Best for Solo Budget Travelers: Rocky Guesthouse
Rocky Guesthouse, run by the very welcoming Rocky (Rakesh) and his father, is situated in the same area as Gopi Guesthouse and surrounded by many good rooftop restaurants. It's a homely and very safe place, with seven clean and comfortable rooms above the owner's house. If you don't mind the limited menu, you can even eat wholesome food made by the family. If you're looking for assistance with your travel plans, including train bookings, Rocky will help with that too.
- Rates: From 900 rupees per night. Breakfast is included.
Best for Backpackers and Climbers: The Goan Corner
Unfortunately, Hampi doesn't have a backpacker hostel yet. However, The Goan Corner is the next best thing (or, perhaps the best, according to some people) -- instead of beds in dorm rooms, they have placed mattresses on their rooftop. Yes, you can sleep out under the stars! You'll be covered by a mosquito net, so you don't have to worry about getting bitten. This guesthouse attracts a lot of rock climbers, as Hampi’s main bouldering plateau is situated at the back of the property. In case you're wondering about the guest house's name, the owner comes from Goa and her son is a chef at its restaurant. The home-style food is delicious and consists of a mix of Indian, Continental, and Asian cuisine. There's even a wood-fired pizza oven! And, beer is available. Another bonus is that the guesthouse is near the jetty, so you'll easily be able to cross the river to get to town.
- Rates: 200 rupees for a mattress on the Million Star Rooftop. Basic cottage rooms start from 700 rupees per night. The cheaper ones have shared bathrooms. The best ones have hot water and your own hammock.