I was in Mysore taking a course and stayed at mahalakshmi (5 minute walk from my school!) for 8 days - the staff was very friendly, offering advice for dinner, giving out mosquito coils, offering frequent room cleaning, and just generally being good people. The room was basic with TV, cable, hot water (well, 6 out of 8 days). Wifi is only available in the lobby. The only drawback is that it's next to a bar and so there are drunk people hanging around nearby at night sometimes but I didn't encounter any issues. Overall good experience!