10 Best Guesthouses and Hotels in Mysore for All Budgets

Where to Stay in Mysore

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Balcony of Metropole Hotel in Mysore.
Balcony of Metropole Hotel in Mysore. Jeremy Horner/Corbis/VCG/Getty Images

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

The Windflower Resort and Spa, Mysore.
The Windflower Resort and Spa, Mysore.

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 25 different treatments, with a focus on Ayurveda. Accommodations consist of 39 studios, villas and suites. The hotel also has a pool and free Wi-Fi. Rates start from around 5,000 rupees per night for a double room, including tax and breakfast. Expect to pay around 24,000 rupees per night for a villa with an extra large double bed and a futon bed. Tax and breakfast are included.

Heritage: Royal Orchid Metropole Hotel

Metraopole Hotel, Mysore
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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. The hotel's Tiger Trail restaurant is famous in Mysore for its authentic Indian cuisine. Or, try the open-air courtyard barbecue restaurant, and vintage bar. Other facilities include 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 4,000 rupees per night with breakfast and tax included. Otherwise, expect to pay around 6,000 rupees per night upwards.

Iconic: The Green Hotel

The Green Hotel
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 and antique furniture. Rates start at around 2,200 rupees per night for a basic Traveler's Room and go up to 7,000 rupees per night for a Maharani Suite in the palace. You'll be given a complimentary upgrade to a palace room, if available, during the low season from March to June. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi. There is a restaurant on-site and breakfast is included.

Mid Range: Pai Vista

Pai Vista
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 including tax and breakfast.

Homestay: Mysore Bed and Breakfast

Mysore Bed and Breakfast
Mysore Bed and Breakfast

This cozy bed and breakfast is located in the home of Stephen, an English expat and his Indian wife Manjula. Unfortunately, Manjula passed away in 2019 but her spirit lives on. The property has hosted travelers from across the globe and 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 -- two per floor, with a shared bathroom between them on each floor (most people say the lack of private bathrooms isn't an issue though). Guests can use the rooftop garden, downstairs kitchen and the communal living room. Free breakfast and free Wi-Fi are provided, although air-conditioning isn't available. Bicycle tours are a specialty. Expect to pay 2,000 rupees for a double room per night, or 1,500 rupees for a single.

For Yoga Students: Anokhi Garden Guesthouse and Cafe

Anokhi

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, and guests have full access to the kitchen outside business hours. 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, laundry service, 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

MB International
MB International

Hotel MB International is one of Mysore's best budget hotels. It's modern and excellent value for money. Guests appreciate its central location on Bangalore-Nilgiri Road not far from the suburban bus stand, cleanliness, helpful and friendly staff, free wireless Internet, hot showers, and on-site restaurant. There are 25 rooms. Expect to pay 1,800 rupees upwards per night including tax. Breakfast is extra.

Budget: Aishwarya Residency

Aishwarya Residency
Aishwarya Residency

The Aishwarya Residency is another very popular budget option in the same area as MB International but in a quiet lane off the main road. The hotel opened in December 2010 and quickly impressed guests with its comfortableness and great customer service. 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 around 2,000 rupees a night, although discounts are often available.

Backpacker Hostel: Sonder

Sonder
Sonder

Sonder is Mysore's first backpacker hostel. It opened in mid 2015, in an upscale residential neighborhood on the outskirts of the city about 15 minutes walk from the yoga district. The hostel has a fun 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

The Mansion 1907
The Mansion 1907

This characterful backpacker hostel is housed in a newly renovated heritage mansion, built in 1907, 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 (some with shared bathroom). The private rooms are really spacious and a fabulous deal.

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