The best place to stay while on your visit to the ruins of Hampi is either Hampi itself or its nearby villages like Kamalapura. The ambience of the ruins, the desolation, the eerie silence at night or in the early hours of the dawn, all add to your experience of what Hampi was during its heyday. There are better hotels and facilities at Hospet, roughly 13 kms away but staying that far away and commuting every day to Hampi is not the same experience. Fortunately, at Kamalapura, on the outskirts of Hampi, barely a kilometer from the Royal Enclosure, there is the state-owned Karnataka Hotel Bhuvaneshwari, run by the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC).
Set in lush green surroundings with plenty of parking space and a huge lawn, Karnataka Hotel Bhuvaneshwari is an ideal retreat. It has 2 Presidential Suites, 8 A/C Deluxe Rooms and 14 Ordinary Rooms. The rooms are all well spread out with plenty of light and breeze coming in, placed strategically along long corridors. There is a central dining hall, a large lobby and a curio shop. By the side of the sprawling building an equally large lawn presents itself.
Be forewarned, however, that this is a Government-run hotel and not a private enterprise and, as such, the service, the maintenance, the general décor - all reflect a certain laid-back attitude. As the salary of the staff is protected and their jobs well-secured, they may not quite jump to your requests as is the norm in a private enterprise, unless you are fairly senior in any Government hierarchy. If you are willing to stomach that, plus a few other pitfalls, you should be comfortable enough. It’s greatest plus point is its fairly low tariff rates.
The present Manager, Shri. S.B. Deshmukh, is a helpful and resourceful person. His warm smile is genuine as is his concern for your comfortable stay. It is prudent to make your booking direct with the Head Office in Bangalore and re-confirm it with the Management of Karnataka Hotel Bhuvaneshwari, Hampi. Many a times the Head Office issues a reservation without consulting with the management of the Karnataka Hotel Bhuvaneshwari. This may, sometimes, result in a reservation not being honoured at the hotel.
Address: Kamalapura, Hampi, Bellary District, Karnataka, PIN-583221
Telephone: +91-8394-241574/241574, +91-08970650025
Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC), Opp. Bruhat Bengaluru, Mahanagara Palike Office, NR Square, Bangaluru, Karnataka, PIN-560002
Telephone: +91-80-43344334, +91-8970650070
First Written: Mar. 6, 2013
Unique Quality: Huge area, plenty of open air, greenery, adequate parking facilities
We chose Hotel Bhuvaneshwari simply because of its proximity to the Hampi ruins. It turned out to be a decent choice. Our expectations were low because this facility is run by the government (Karnataka Tourism Development Corporation, to be precise) but we were pleasantly surprised. The room (and more importantly, the bathroom) was very clean. We'd opted for one of their newer, more expensive rooms (room 305) which set us back Rs. 2000 for one night (for a 3-bed room). Pricey when you compare it with Hampi's infamous guesthouses that the Lonely-Planet-toting tourists stay at but definitely a decent value for what you get. The uneven service at the restaurant keeps me from giving it 5 stars.
Hotel Bhuvaneshwari is in Kamalpur, some 9 kms from Hospet (the nearest rail head). One catch easily catch a bus from Hospet for Rs. 7. Better yet, try one of the tuk-tuk's (8-seater autorickshaws) which regularly ply between Hospet and Kamalpur. For Rs. 7 per person, it's a lot cheaper than taking a taxi (Rs. 175). From the Kamalpur bus stand, the hotel is no more than a comfortable 1km walk. If walking is an issue, you can even catch an auto rickshaw that'll charge you another Rs 10 to get you to the hotel. For your sightseeing you can catch an auto at the hotel. One-way to Hampi should run you Rs. 50. Biggest plus is the location. Hampi bazar is just 4 kms away. Some of the main sites (Queen's bath, Underground temple, etc.) are less than a kilometre away.
Unique Quality: No pool or any other fancy amenities; just simple, basic 3-star accommodation is what you'll get here. There is a restaurant which was reasonably priced but the service was poor (but it was a busy long weekend so I'm willing to cut them some slack). No room service. Our room (305) came with a newer AC, newer TV, and a handy mini refrigerator. Hot water was a cinch; no geysers to fuss with. Sheets and towels were clean.
Directions: From Hospet go to Kamalpur. Hotel is 1km from bus stand.
This hotel is away from the hustle and bustle of the main town. It is a nice quiet place to come back to after a day's travelling and sight-seeing. Good food and courteous staff are an added bonus. All in all, comfort at an affordable price.
Unique Quality: Clean and comfortable room and bathroom, with tastefully appointed interiors. Each room is detached providing good privacy. Covered pathways connect the rooms and restaurant. The exteriors have a pleasant ambience with plants and trees. Food served in the restaurant is of high quality. There is a facility for the popular Kerala Ayurvedic massage.
Directions: On the highway from the nearest railhead, Hospet to Hampi.
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