It's very good facility if your plan is to stay long in Rishikesh, as this is "home away home" but do not compare it with hotel services. Rooms are clean good and maintained properly, it is suitable for long visits, short or weekend visits may be not suitable as this does not satisfy the leisure criterias but for the relaxation purpose it is really calm and beautiful facility.
There is nothing much for kids here hence planing with family on weekends would not be a good idea but good for a change from busy city life for relaxation near foothills of Himalaya. This facility is very good for people outside India and if they are planing to stay for few days in Rishikesh. Yoga classes are also available here by the Proffetionals outside India.
Please note consumption of non-veg food, alcohol and smoking is strictly prohibited in this facility and surroundings.
This facility is running by monks and spiritual people outside India they are very good and humble to the guests and ready to help for everything.
Travelling as a solo female, I booked 4 nights in a single deluxe room for 2300 rupees a night (27/ 31) upon my arrival in India and was hoping for an uneventful stay and a chance to recuperate in a decent place after my 14 hour journey.
On the afternoon of my arrival I was asked to pay upfront for the 4 nights, in addition to a 1000 rupee deposit for the key. I was given a timetable and told that yoga was at 8am to 9am and on the timetable it said breakfast from 8am to 10am.
My first point: don't expect efficiency.
I turned up for yoga at 8am the following day & there was no class. I thought I could have breakfast instead (8am to 10am on the programme) reception was deserted & I had to wait until 9.45am for breakfast by which time I was famished. I was then told they needed to know day before if anyone wanted a yoga class. OK, but why not tell me when giving me program and save me turning up to yoga hall & waiting.
I ordered a dosa for lunch and it was fine when it arrived but it took 50 minutes.
My second point: no way will you get a refund if things are not up to scratch. On my second night I found 5 cockroaches in the bathroom which was pretty disconcerting.
In the morning at 8am, I asked to talk to manager, who was apparently unavailable. I explained the situation to the monks & there appeared to be an immediate flurry of activity: a conversation on the phone, a site inspection with photographs being taken, and promises to clean the room. I was told that it was normal for roaches to crawl up drains when it rained (first time for me a hotel had roaches when it rains) and was told if after the clean up, more roaches appeared, I could get a new room. I came back 2 hours later and when I went to my room, the whole room and bathroom smelt unbearably strongly of insect repellant & although the night time roaches had been cleaned up, two more roaches had been flushed out, and were lying on their backs, in a semiconscious state, legs wriggling, kafkaesque.
By this stage, I had had enough and wanted to leave. I asked the monks for a refund for the 2 nights I had remaining which was a reasonable request in my view. More needing to talk to the absentee manager & I was kept waiting another hour to hear that no refund would be possible, and all that was on offer was another room & breakfast. I then had to wait until near 1pm for the new room and although it was roach free, frankly I could have done without this hassle and it spoilt my enjoyment.
The monks did what they could to be kind afterwards eg giving me extras at breakfast but this really didn't take away from the inflexible view of the manager that no refund under any circumstances is ever to be forthcoming.
Other points to note: steep hill down (not good for less physically able & not well lit at night), food is expensive & wifi is very intermittent.
My tip is: if you choose to stay here, pay only 1 night at a time and then extend if you are happy.
we stayed in the C27 villa in one of their 'luxury' rooms. this is not your regular hotel, so you won't get the hotel-type service. the place is very clean by any standards and the decor is good. the staff are spanish monks and very polite. i think one of them can speak broken hindi, with the others you have to stick with spanish or english :) breakfast is usually toast, fruit and chai. their lunch/dinner menu is expensive, and if indian food is all you want take a short walk to the nearby market. location is good with the lakshman jhula a 5-10min walk away.
good experience overall.
This is a European style home stay cum guest house, managed by a group of foreign nationals (work in rotation around the world. In our case they were 3 Spanish women). Non veg and alcohol not allowed as the property is supported by a holy religious organization. A very peaceful well located property, meticulously cared by well educated caretakers from abroad. Self service is expected in this well stocked property. TV is not expected in this propertyfor real peaceful experience however wi-fi is free and fast. Breakfast is simple but healthy. I stayed here this month for 3 nights and thoroughly enjoyed my stay here with my family. Very clean and well cared. I would like t stay again to this property for sure. Please take care of the facilities here if you decide to opt for this property
This place is perhaps designed for foreigners visiting India and wishing to stay long. The prices are a steal and you can get an entire 2BR apartment if you are a big group. Only thing, one of the rooms is missing an AC. Not a problem since the weather is pleasant at night even in summers. The location can be a problem as we found out at night. Perhaps they can do we with directions or more advertising. If you like a hearty breakfast, book it elsewhere. Their breakfast is minimal : fruits, bread and tea. Helpful staff. Don't expect luxury. You can expect peace.