I stayed here for 1-month during my YTTC. Room was clean and spacious, with a nice balcony. Beautiful view from the rooftop. Food was excellent and the staff were always friendly and helpful. Great location and very quiet. Short walk to the Laxman Jula bridge.
I stayed at the Hermitage for a whole month in March, during my course at The Buddha Hall. The rooms and spacious and the hotel is well located. It's on a quiet road, which believe me, makes a big difference! No donkey traffic at 5am ;-)
The food was great and we had easy access to cold, filtered water which meant no more need to carry big water bottles up the hill from the main road. ;-)
Wi-Fi wasn't great and the connection wasn't available in all the rooms but it was ok in the common areas...saying that I am yet to find a very good wifi spot in India ;-) For me it wasn't a big problem.
Overall a good stay!
It was good for sleeping only. Staff is'nt very friendly. We anyways had to stay for 2 nights so it was ok for the price. We were out all day and used to come back late in the night. Cant say much about food either as we dint order anything in the rooms.
I stayed in this hotel while participating in the program at Anand Prakash. I'm not sure what the regular rate is, but the ashram considers The Hermitage one of their more luxurious options. It doesn't always live up to that claim.
My first room was like the room for forgotten children. It was at the back of the ground floor, full of dust and the bathroom, complete with a wonky water heater, smelled like heavily sanitized sewage. This was only my second hotel in India so I didn't know any better and tried it out for a week. Eventually, the bathroom smell morphed into something resembling vomit and burnt hair, so they moved me out into a room down the hall.
My new room was a revelation: clean, fresh and sunny. If they started me here, I'd probably be giving the Hermitage a 4/5.
The staff are consistent with the reviews I read earlier on the page: You'll need to ask for anything they don't provide (towels, blankets, garbage collection) and, if the internet goes down, they won't tell you when it's coming back up. They also make a fair bit of noise on the ground floor, whether it's talking on their phones or watching TV. Still, they're incredibly sweet. Even after I moved hotels to accommodate the ashram they all kept saying hello to me and I felt like I had my first local friends in Tapovan.
Having travelled more around India, I can say if you're in the right room, The Hermitage offers a good experience. You have all the space you need, the bathrooms are nice and the beds are warm during the cold nights. The internet is wonky, the walls are thin and the staff leave something to be desired, but I would take it if it means staying in lovely little Tapovan.
I stayed here for a month for a course at Buddha Hall, and was very happy! It's in a great location on a quiet, centrally located street. Rooms were spacious with a great balcony. Meals were delicious, and staff were friendly and helpful. Room was clean when I arrived, though it was not cleaned for the duration of my stay. The wifi signal didn't reach my room, but was fine in the common areas. Overall would recommend the hotel for the location and rooms!