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Mysore, in Karnataka, is a favorite south Indian tourist destination, not only for yoga but also for its other attractions. These include the famous 10-day Mysore Dasara festival, magnificent Mysore Palace and Mysore Zoo (it's impressive, and undoubtedly the best zoo in India). There's a wide range of reasonably priced accommodations to suit all budgets and styles of travel. Choose from these top ten guesthouses and hotels in Mysore.
Luxury: The Windflower Resort and Spa
Part of the luxurious Windflower Resorts chain, the sprawling and picturesque Mysore flagship property is situated in a peaceful spot at the base of Chamundi Hills not far from Mysore Zoo. Perfect for pampering, facilities include a world-class spa that offers more than 30 different treatments, with a focus on Ayurveda. Accommodations consist of 39 studios, villas and suites. Hotel also has a pool and free Wi-Fi. Rates start from around 5,000 rupees per night, plus tax. Breakfast is included.
Heritage: Royal Orchid Metropole Hotel
The regal Royal Orchid Metropole Hotel is a former Maharaja's residence, built in 1920 to accommodate distinguished British guests. This well-maintained heritage property has imperial arches, imposing pillars and ornate corridors that all add to its Colonial old-world charm. Authentic Indian cuisine is served in the hotel's restaurant. The hotel has a gym/workout room and free Wi-Fi. There are four suites, 12 heritage rooms and 14 royal rooms. During the low season, it's possible to get a cheap deal for around 3,500 rupees per night with breakfast included, plus tax. Otherwise, expect to pay around 5,000 rupees per night upwards.
Iconic: The Green Hotel
Mysore's iconic Green Hotel is housed in Chittaranjan Palace, which was constructed for the city's princesses. The building is surrounded by extensive landscaped gardens with formal lawns and shady trees. Its restful and creative atmosphere understandably makes it a favorite with returning and long-term guests. The hotel's dedication to sustainable tourism is admirable. Many energy saving initiatives have been incorporated and all profits are distributed to charitable and environmental projects in India. Indian handicrafts made by award winning craftsmen also feature prominently in the hotel's decorations. There are 31 themed rooms, each with its own individual character. Rates start from around 2,000 rupees per night, plus tax, in the low season and double during the peak tourist season. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi. There is a restaurant on-site and breakfast is included.
Mid Range: Pai Vista
If you're looking for a conveniently located and contemporary mid-range hotel in Mysore, Pai Vista is the place. It's right near the city's bus terminus and Mysore Palace. The hotel's restaurants are intriguing to say the least -- one is jungle-themed and the other cave-themed. The decorations and food are both outstanding. There's also a pub that's dedicated to rock music, a small outdoor swimming pool, a spa and a gym/workout room. Wireless Internet is free. Rates start from around 3,000 rupees per night, plus tax, with breakfast included.
Homestay: Mysore Bed and Breakfast
This cozy bed and breakfast is located in the home of Stephen, an English expat and his Indian wife Manjula. She's a wonderful cook and assists him in running it. And yes, she does give cooking lessons. Together, the welcoming duo have hosted travelers from across the world. The property is situated in a quiet residential area around ten minutes from Mysore Palace. It's decorated with paintings and handicrafts from all over India, which are a talking point. There are four guest rooms on the second floor with two bathrooms shared between them (most people say that the lack of private bathrooms isn't an issue though). Guests can use the rooftop garden, downstairs kitchen and the communal living room. They also offer free breakfast and free Wi-Fi. Expect to pay around 2,000 rupees for a double room per night.
For Yoga Students: Anokhi Garden Guesthouse and Cafe
Situated in the renowned neighborhood of Gokulam, close to some of the best yoga schools in Mysore, French-owned Anokhi offers something very different to the usual accommodations. It is more of a sanctuary for travelers than a hotel. There's a cafe that serves delicious European food. The guesthouse has three basic rooms and a studio. Rates range from around 2,000 rupees to 3,500 rupees per night. Wireless Internet, 24-hour hot water, use of kitchen facilities, washing machine and filtered water are all included. Plenty of books to read, garden and groovy artwork add to the appeal. Some people have complained of the hard beds though and it isn't close to popular attractions.
Budget: MB International
Hotel MB International is possibly Mysore's best budget hotel. It's modern, excellent value for money and very popular. Guests appreciate its central location, cleanliness, helpful and friendly staff, free wireless Internet, hot showers, on-site restaurant and free breakfast. There are 25 rooms. As of April 2019, rates start from around 1,850 rupees plus tax per night.
Budget: Aishwarya Residency
The Aishwarya Residency opened in December 2010 and quickly impressed guests with its comfortableness and great customer service. The hotel has free Wi-Fi and a quiet location, in a lane near the main bus terminal. It's attractively decorated in warm tones with a bit of bling. The biggest drawback is that the hotel doesn't have a restaurant (although coffee is provided). However, it's possible to order food in from an extensive menu and either eat it in your room or in the rooftop garden. It's also worth noting that the cheapest rooms tend to be quite small. Rates start from 2,000 rupees a night, plus tax.
Backpacker Hostel: Sonder
Sonder is Mysore's first backpacker hostel. It opened in mid 2015, in an upscale residential neighborhood on the outskirts of the city. The hostel has a social vibe plus all the facilities you'd expect to find at such a place. These include kitchen, common room, board games, library, washing machine and free wireless Internet. Numerous activities are planned including city bicycle tours (bikes are available for rent), cooking classes and hiking. There are both four-bed and six-bed dorms, including one female-only dorm. Some have air conditioning. Rates range from 500-625 rupees and breakfast is included. A private double room is also available from 1,650 rupees per night.
Backpacker Hostel: The Mansion 1907
This characterful backpacker hostel is housed in a newly renovated heritage mansion that's central to all the city's attractions (walking distance to both the zoo and the palace). The hostel offers free Wi-Fi. Guests particularly love the many hangout areas, including rooftop terrace where there's free morning yoga classes. The neighborhood has decent coffee and south Indian food, or guests can use the communal kitchen to make their own meals. The mixed dorms have four or six beds and there's a female-only dorm as well. Expect to pay 500-600 rupees per night for a bed in a dorm and 1,400-1,800 rupees for a private double room with bathroom. The private rooms are really spacious and a fabulous deal.