There are plenty of Khajuraho hotels to suit all budgets from cheap to luxury, and many of them are located close to the Khajuraho temples. The hotels usually have vacancies, especially during the low season. It can be a good idea to have a look around Khajuraho when you arrive, select a hotel that you like, and negotiate a discount. However, do be aware that there are a lot people in Khajuraho who will try to take you to hotels that give them a commission, so do be careful. If you prefer to pre-book your accommodations to avoid the hassle, here are five of the best hotels to give you an idea of what's available.
If you have money to spend, The Lalit Temple View is the pick of the hotels in Khajuraho. The hotel's extensive gardens are beautifully landscaped, and the hotel is located only a short walk from the main temple complex. Some rooms even have a temple view, as the hotel's name suggests! And there's a small temple on the property too. Inside, the hotel is modern and luxurious, having been extensively renovated in 2007. Guests can relax and be serenaded by live music at night, beside the illuminated swimming pool. You'll appreciate the peace and tranquility! Expect to pay around 10,000 rupees per night including tax for a double room.
The Chandela Hotel, whilst a Taj property, is not as luxurious as the Taj resorts. Nevertheless, it's a decent hotel that's conveniently located within walking distance of the temples. The hotel has plenty of amenities, including swimming pool, and represents quality at an affordable price. You should be able to pick up a double room for around 5,000 rupees per night, including tax. Rates drop dramatically during the low season.
Hotel Isabel Palace is a relatively new hotel that's become a favorite with budget travelers. Built in 2011, it's located approximately 1.5 kilometers from the main group of temples. The hotel has a distinctive white marble look and its 14 rooms are clean and airy, with lovely balconies overlooking the garden. The water is hot, the wireless Internet is fast, the service is outstanding, and there's a fabulous rooftop terrace too. The only drawback is that it's away from the town center -- it will take you around 15 minutes to walk there. Room rates start from around 1,500 rupees per night.
Another hotel that's very popular with budget travelers, Hotel Harmony has a handy central location in town and a delightful garden setting with stone courtyard and lotus pond. The ambiance is distinctly Spanish. There are 45 rooms to choose from and all have private balconies overlooking the garden. Hotel staff are relaxed and friendly, and there's a helpful travel desk. The daily yoga and meditation classes are an added bonus. Room rates start from 1,000 rupees per night, depending on the size of the room and whether it's air conditioned.
The Zen Hotel is another top budget choice that lives up to its name. Its location, just a minute walk from the main group of temples, is enviable. However, the hotel's highlights are its Zen inspired garden and Buddha sculptures, which create a very serene environment. The hotel has an excellent garden restaurant too. Yoga, meditation, and massage are also on offer. Rates start from 600 rupees per night for a non-air conditioned room.