Accommodation in India

Our Favorite Quality Accommodation In India

We spent three incredible months traveling in many regions, cities, and villages around India. The visit was a cultural experience that was better than we ever anticipated.  At first, we questioned whether we would find places that suited our needs, yet we were pleasantly surprised by the plethora of quality accommodation in India. In fact, some of them were our favorite places to stay for the duration of any of our travels.

 

How we defined accommodation in India that suit our needs

We look at a balance between Quality and Price with our own specific criteria:

What we don’t want:

  • We do not pick the least expensive place or with the most stars in their review.
  • We aren’t hostel patrons; they don’t typically meet our needs.
  • Some level of privacy and personal space is important to us, so we will spend extra to get that.

What we do want- How we rate hotels

  1. Ambiance/first impression – Let’s face it, you would never choose a place if there isn’t some eye appeal?  It appears – clean, spacious, and pleasing to the eye.
  2. Cleanliness and comfort – after reviewing the comments from traveler reviews
  3. Room needs – We want at  least a double bed and private bathroom
  4. Friendly staff- Who doesn’t want to meet friendly people who like what they do, and enjoy meeting people from around the world?
  5. Security – A place we feel comfortable enough to lock up our valuables, shut the door and leave without any concerns.
  6. Space to do a short workout or yoga on our travel mat. Our preferred method is a morning run, but many places in India have limited running areas and are not conducive to it.
  7. The Internet is important – to at least send/receive emails, it’s difficult to gauge the quality of internet until we get there.
  8. Location: We like to walk, and prefer to be away from the action, ideally if it is withing a 2km walk from restaurants and cafes or a reasonable price for tuk-tuks (this is easy to find in India)
  9. Bonus: Breakfast included – A good hearty breakfast that allows us to save some cash to fork out another meal of the day

Kitchen access for longer stays is a huge plus. This is where homestays and co-living spaces are ideal. Although in the case of India, we didn’t include kitchens in our criteria, since we weren’t in any one city for extended periods of time.

Homestays are the top of our list.  These are the perfect way to meet locals, contribute to their business, and enjoy home-cooked food.

Here are our favorite accommodation in India and what makes it a special, worthwhile stay in both South and North India

 South India

 Mumbai, Maharastra 

Sea Palace Hotel

What made this place special:

Accommodation in India

  • Comfortable rooms – Clean, comfortable beds, air conditioning, fridge for cold drinks and a kettle to make tea and coffee in the morning.
  • Hearty healthy and filling India breakfast included in room price
  • Excellent location – This is right near the Gateway of India, overlooking the Mumbai Harbor.

Goa – Palolem Beach 

 Palolem Green Inn

 What made this place special: 

Accommodation in India

View from our room at Palolem Green Inn

  • Huge room, with outside private balconies with maximum privacy
  • Huge bathroom and hot shower– Ideal for cleaning and hanging laundry
  • Beautiful sunset views from bedroom and outdoor dining area
  • Free, hearty breakfast included in price
  • Very helpful staff – go out of their way to arrange tours, needs, and transportation

 

Hampi, Karnataka 

Hampi is a part ancient city, part hippie, with a laid back vibe that makes it one of the most unique places to stay in India.

 Shanti Guesthouse

What made this place special: 

Accommodation in India

  • Quiet, beautiful garden and grounds, each hut with patio and hammock
  • Great location in Virapuhar Gaddi among low key, funky vibe restaurants
  • We recommend you spend more to get a more premium cabin

Kerala:

In August 2018, Kerala was hit with the most devastating floods in over a hundred years. Almost a million people are displaced from their homes without adequate and clean drinking water.  We are so saddened to hear about the devastation of this beautiful place in the world and we hope one day, Kerala will become a beautiful and happy place again.  You can donate through Amazon and choose your NGO of choice mobilized on the ground to help bring supplies needed to the Keralan people. If you wish to donate you can click on the link provided here.

We hope to visit Kerala again and these beautiful places will one day be back to operating again.

Fort Kochi:  

Kochi is the capital of high-quality homestays in old colonial mansions, retrofitted for a B& B for guests

 Greenwoods Bethlehem Homestay

What made this place special:

Accommodation in India

  • Owners/ married couple – Ashley and Sheeba are two of the most friendly, helpful and organized people. They take such care and attention with each guest, to ensure they can help plan their travel in any way possible.
  • Clean, comfortable, ornate, colonial rooms
  • Hearty breakfast relaxing from a rooftop balcony area
  • Great location- in the heart of Fort Kochi brimming with Dutch and English colonial buildings, and mansions

Alleppey 

Home of the Backwaters of India, we found the perfect place to enjoy the views.

 Keralan Homestay – Sreevalsam Inn

What made this place special:

Accommodation in India

Young entrepreneurs/married couple Baiju and Arsha

  • The couple that runs this homestay is incredible. Young entrepreneurs/married couple Baiju and Arsha, open their home to guests and very quickly you will discover wonderful conversations about India, Kerala, and life.
  • Comfortable, clean rooms
  • Delicious, fresh Keralan breakfasts (included) and dinner (priced accordingly)
  • The location is directly in front of the Backwaters. Enjoy the sunset and watching the boats go by!

 Kollam 

We stopped in Kollam as we slowly made our way down south through Kerala and to take a canoe trip around the backwaters of Munroe Island.

Ashtamudi Villas

What made this place special:

Accommodation in India

  • Stunning, newly renovated high-quality cottages
  • Clean, comfortable rooms and modern, Indian style bathrooms
  • Incredible location, well-kept grounds right on Ashtamudi Lake
  • Friendly, accommodating staff

Varkala

 Mango Villa

What made this place special:

Accommodation in India

Outside view of Mango Villa

  • Gorgeous villa with tastefully decorated rooms
  • Large bathrooms with hot shower, room for washing and hanging clothes
  • Great location- close to the main cliff-top restaurants
  • Lovely friendly and accommodating owner-operator

Bangalore/Bengaluru  

Terrace Gardens

What made this place special:

Accommodation in India

Terrace of upstairs rooms at Terrace Gardens

  • Beautiful villa retrofitted with unique, tastefully decorated rooms
  • In the heart of Bangalore, well located near MG road, yet quiet and comfortable
  • Hearty breakfast included
  • Friendly, accommodating staff

Chennai

Treebo Hive

  • This is the one chain hotel we stayed at in India. These guys know their stuff with heavy focus on customer service

What made this place special:

Accommodation in India

  • Modern, clean rooms, fully equipped with AC and hot water
  • Hearty breakfast included
  • Highly responsive staff, with a clear focus on pleasing their customers first and foremost.

Pondicherry

  • Our visit was a  much-needed break for us. We planned to work and relax and not partake in much traveling, so we were looking for a hotel that catered more to business than travelers

Hotel Tamzih Park

What made this place special:

Accommodation in India

  • Excellent well-priced restaurant food
  • Hearty buffet breakfast included in room rate
  • Clean, comfortable and modern rooms
  • Note: this is far from the historical area of Pondicherry, which is what we were looking for. The location is about 5km by tuk tuk ride from the historic boardwalk along the water.

 North India:

Mcleod Ganj, Dharamsala

 Ram Yoga House

What made this place special:

Accommodation in India

View from our terrace at Ram Yoga House

  • The deluxe room is spacious and comfortable
  • Room and outside deck overlook the city of Dharamsala with views of the lower Himalayas.
  • Location is 200 meters from the Dalai Lama’s temple
  • Not just for Yogis, although the Yoga is fantastic and the roof top Yoga space has outstanding views
  • At night the staff starts a fire in the partially open eating area. Perfect for great conversations and decent food

Delhi

 Hotel Perfect

What made this place special:

Accommodation in India

  • A welcome reprieve in the popular shopping area of Karol Bagh
  • The staff that goes out of their way to help. For instance, during the demonetizing of currency in India, the reception called us to let us know the ATM next door to the hotel was filled with money, and we would be able to get cash!
  • Clean, very comfortable rooms
  • Outstanding, eclectic roof top restaurant that doesn’t make you feel you are in one of the most populated cities in the world. Perfect sunset moments and excellent food.

Rajasthan

Jaisalmer

The living fort city is one of the most fantastic places that we stayed in India. 

Deepak Rest House

What made this place special:

Accommodation in India

  • The outside and lobby don’t look like much, but the rooms are some of the most attractive and tastefully designed rooms. In keeping with the historical fort- you feel like you are staying in a classic Rajasthani room with a touch of Arabian nights.
  • The rooms are all unique, comfortable with delightful sitting areas with colored stained glass décor
  • The rooftop restaurant gives anyone an incredible view of the city over the wall and views of the Thar desert, looking over to the Pakistani border. The food is also excellent and well-priced.

Jodhpur 

Jagat Villas

What made this place special:

Accommodation in India

View from top floor rooms overlooking courtyard

  • This place is truly a quiet oasis away from the big city of Jodhpur
  • An ornate heritage homestay with relaxing courtyard in the middle
  • The most peaceful place we have ever stayed in India, with only the sounds of birds
  • Comfortable, well decorated, private rooms, home cooked food on request

 

Udaipur

Often described as the Venice of India, when you stop here you will know why. It’s a scenic lakeside city not to miss.

Hotel Minerwa

What made this place special:

Accommodation in India

  • Outstanding roof top restaurant patio overlooking the mountains and Pichola Lake
  • Delicious well priced Indian restaurant
  • Spacious, immaculate rooms, decorated with stained glass windows, and intricately painted applique on the ceiling and walls of every room
  • Enormous, newly renovated bathrooms 

Pushkar  

Hotel New Park

What made this place special:

Accommodation in India

  • Giant outdoor grounds and courtyard to relax in the afternoon
  • Perfect distance from Pushkar town – a short walk, a perfect, quiet reprieve from noise and traffic
  • Outstanding Indian restaurant and well-priced lunch and dinner

 

Jaipur 

Hotel Utsav Niwas

What made this place special:

Accommodation in India

  • Highly attentive staff to make your visit memorable
  • Classic Rajasthani style design and tastefully decorated rooms
  • Great location to tour Jaipur but not too far from the action

 

Bharatpur 

Our visit here was a rest stop for the evening. It is the half-way point from Jaipur to Agra. We were so pleasantly surprised how impressive this guesthouse and gardens were. We used the afternoon and evening to completely relax and unwind here

Birders Inn

What made this place special:

Accommodation in India

View of grounds at Birders Inn

  • The most comfortable stay of our entire trip to India
  • Large comfortable rooms, comfortable beds fully equipped with high-quality pillows, comforter and foam coverings
  • Modern bathroom and hot showers
  • Gorgeous courtyard in the center of the property, with seating areas looking over the grounds
  • Very quiet location, despite the hectic town of Bharatpur

How to find great accommodation in India

Judging from our post, it’s clear there are a lot of great options for stays in India. The perfect options are based on your own criteria and level of comfort. As for price our principles led us to pay from $15-23USD per night. We recommend you look for accommodations that are a good blend of Indian culture with a touch of western facilities for a touch of home, perfect for a reprieve from the sometimes exhausting Indian. Try to find locations farther way from the main tourist attractions and city core, in India, you will get more for your money, and travel by tuktuk or Uber are very inexpensive if you need transport.

 

 How best to rate good accommodation in India:     

We like Hotels combined, as the first stop to review and evaluate a location on pure visual aesthetics, our rating criteria, and price. Then we can choose the best pricing options which usually ends up with bookings on Agoda.com or Booking.com.

Then, when we narrow down our list of possible locations, we use Trip Advisor comments (not necessarily ratings) to make our final selection.

Also, we read blog posts from fellow travelers often, and bookmark recommended accommodations on a list, for future planning purposes.

We don’t take a lot of time researching our travel because we hate travel planning.  For some tried and true tips to plan easier (even if you hate it), you can find some ideas here.

What is your experience with booking accommodation in India or other countries? What places did we miss? We’d love to hear about it.

Check out Hotels Combined for yourself, maybe this is a search engine that will work for your accommodation in India, or anywhere else in the world.

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About the Author Dorene

Dorene is a marketing consultant and freelance writer. She quit her 20-year career in marketing to redesign her career and lifestyle on her own terms by living location independent. Now with her husband Troy, she helps people who want to redefine their midlife and make conscious changes at TravelLifeX. She also trains & coaches travel and hospitality clients to improve their marketing at TravelLifeMedia.com

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