I specifically chose this hotel because I saw that it was run by nuns that are part of the Yogalaya Ashram. I did so because I wanted a quiet experience, and to be in the environment of people who were quiet, peaceful, and show a certain level of dedication - this is exactly what I found when I arrived at the hotel and a whole lot more!
All of the staff at the hotel are absolutely exceptional, so warm and welcoming. It certainly feels like you arrive into a small welcoming family as soon as you get there. Every single need of mine was more than catered for, and I was always checked on as I walked by reception, or saw any of the staff. The room was giant, and absolutely beautiful - decorated in such a tasteful and stunning manner. There was a vast amount of storage space, and there extra blankets available for the cold, every single thing had been thought of.
The hotel is up on a hill, so it is a walk down a paved pathway, across the main road of Ram Jhula to the river, however I had scrutinised this on the map, and had decided to stay here as I particularly like walking, and was glad for the extra aerobic exercise. However, in saying that, I timed that I could make it to Ram Jhula bridge with a brisk 10 minute walk, and the walk along the river broadwalk (or ghats) is absolutely sensational.
I took two friends of mine on the tour to the Vashista that was guided by the staff, the lady who came with us (I'm not very good at pronouncing her name) was extremely knowledgeable, and she led us to a quiet meditation for about 45 minutes inside a yogi cave of many lineages, and then performed a Ganga river cleansing after that in the clean waters of the Ganga.
Everything about this place was absolutely magical, I really hope I get to return sooner rather than later, its a pity I live so far away in Australia.
I particularly liked, or fell in love with, their two dogs. Thank you so much to the team there :)
This is a good SERVICE APARTMENT/GUEST HOUSE. Please note that this isn't a hotel. It's an apartment with good rooms, some of which have shared toilets (the deluxe ones). The staff here, all from Spain, are really welcoming and friendly. Bute yeah, it isn't a hotel.
NO doubt, at the very first glance you get the feel of a boutique home, thanks to the presence of European receptionist (who has mastered the art of saying NO to every request, very politely) and aesthetically pleasing interiors. She makes sure that you pay the money(accepts only cash in a remote location that does'nt have an ATM in a 3Km radius approx ) and then denies every complimentary service that any normal hotel(or Boutique Home) offers.
"Can we transfer money through paytm/Mobikwik"
"No, we dont accept paytm"
"Can we have tea served to our room?"
"No, you have to make it yourself at the kitchen"
"Can we have water in our room?"
"No,you can come and drink water, downstairs"
(I mean, Seriously?? Every time we have to drink water, should we have to come down and climb stairs?? Really??)
"Can you send someone to transfer the luggage to our room?"
"No, we don't have anyone to do that" (smiles)
The above is the actual conversation between the receptionist and me. She even went on to the extent to hold my ID proof with her till I cleared the balance amount...!
The food charges are ridiculously high and food preparation takes a lot of time, despite ordering in advance. And yes, before we left, she made sure to pursue us for a "kind" donation to her ashram which conducts Yoga classes.
(The place charges 400rs/hour for yoga..! and 600Rs/hr for meditation..!)
The rooms are clean and comfortable. The environment/decor is calm and soothing.
Private bathroom is attached. It is located at short distance from market so you need vehicle to commute. Breakfast is complimentary. It lacks amenities like TV, room service, hot kettle for tea/coffee in room like in a hotel. So if you are looking for short peaceful stay for a limited budget, this is the place.
Rooms are cozy and comfortable. Option of attached or common bathroom as per your budget.
What's not good
Expected hotel amenities like TV or free tea/coffee is not there. You have to pay for coffee or tea. Staff is little stiff in English but it does not hamper conversation.
What to do
Book online. Check in as soon as you reach and then take off for ghat or Ram Jhula which is walking distance. No shops or restaurant around the hotel.