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. 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.
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This remotely located eco-friendly resort is a wonderful private retreat that's 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 Hampi's Boulders. The accommodations consist of a variety of secluded cottages, ranging in size from one to three guest rooms. Rates start from 7,000 rupees per night for a double cottage, including breakfast and dinner, and tax.
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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, multi-cuisine restaurant, and free wireless Internet. The property is situated on 9 acres of mango and coconut plantations halfway between Hospet and Hampi. It has 40 contemporary cottages, with the Pool Villa being the most indulgent. Rates range from 7,000 rupees to 11,000 rupees per night, including breakfast and tax.
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Kishkinda Heritage Resort has a quiet location a few kilometers from Hampi by ferry (although it's quite far by road). The property could do with better maintenance and a makeover but it's budget-friendly and popular with Indian families. Children will love it as it has its own water park with water slides, boats, and entertainment. However, foreigners are likely to find the hotel lacking in amenities, including hot water (which is only available at a set time in the morning). Guest are accommodated in 28 ethnic garden cottages. Rates start from around 2,200 rupees per night for a double non-air conditioned cottage, including breakfast and free use of the water park.
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Across the Tungabhadra River in Sanapur, Gowri Resort is a small family-run guesthouse that attracts both Indian and foreigner travelers. It's situated only a few minutes walk from Sanapur Lake and has a lovely outlook. However, the location is isolated and you'll need to have your own transport or hire an auto rickshaw to get to the ferry (which is about 5 kilometers away) for sightseeing in Hampi. Accommodations, with basic facilities, range from bamboo huts to rooms with porches and swings. Expect to pay 600 rupees per night upwards for a bamboo hut and 900 rupees per night upwards for a room.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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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. Expect to pay around 1,200 rupees per night for a garden view cottage, and 1,650 rupees for a field view cottage. Rooms in the main building cost 900 rupees per night.
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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 new building, with rooms that are more upmarket and air-conditioned, although they're on the smaller side. Expect to pay 2,000-2,500 rupees per night for these rooms. Cheaper rooms are available in the separate older building.
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Rocky Guesthouse, run by the very welcoming Rocky (Rakesh), is situated in the same area as Gopi Guesthouse and conveniently 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. Rates start from around 1,000 rupees per night. Breakfast is extra.
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If you don't want to spend much on accommodations in Hampi, look no further than Siri Homestay also in the Hampi Bazaar area. It has only three rooms tucked away inside an ally, next to a travel agent (Issta Travels) and bookshop. The accommodations are very basic but you can't go wrong for the price -- which can be as low as 300 rupees per night during the low season -- with wireless Internet and very kind hosts.