My friend was looking for a spiritual place to unwind and do yoga during her pregnancy as a result she was starved and given low nutrition food most of the time which resulted in a miscarriage a week after she left the hotel.
Food: the biggest mistake was to take full meal plan but it was unavoidable due to the remote location of the "hotel' from all amenities (shops or restaurants) which was zero breakfast, lunch at 10.30-11am (usually overboiled soup, plain white rice and a small bowl of salad (cucumbers with vinegar), and dinner at 8-8.30pm (the most unhealthy time for food): another (smaller) bowl of overcooked soup, often puree of the morning soup). Don't believe the promises (pictures and signs on the walls) of a tasty European food - it doesnt exist there, they try to cook using Indian spices without making it spicy (no chillies etc) but the result is terrible: most of the time getting mashy tastless overcooked dead veggies. They sing mantras before each meal but after heating the food in the microwave it's like trying to resurrect a dead body. If you order Indian food you might get it (they may buy from a nearby restaurant) but you will have to wait for hours just like the other reviews here confirm).
Activities/yoga: When the nuns were informed they are hosting a single mom without income they made a "special price" for "individual" package (just forwarding usual program they have with everyone and by himself) telling to pay 600 ruppes for each of the 5 activities: 2 yoga sessions, 30 min meditation, 2h boring dhamma teachings (reading of Bhagavat Gita), and puja. all these activities they do anyway irrelevant of anyone's presence. Later we found, if you book a room with much cheaper rate online you can have yoga for free.. they don't offer TTC trainings for yoga because "one can't learn to be a yoga teacher in 3 weeks" but the truth is most of the nuns there are not qualified to teach yoga themselves.
Many reviews mention ripping off the guest and you get the feel once you enter the reception - there is a big sign telling you "to pay everything in advance", "dont ask for discounts", "no refund policy", and a charge if you need to store your luggage after check-out (most hotels offer this service for free). 150% confirmed: once they managed to make a tasty rice and my pregnant friend asked if she could take some with her in the room (remember 9h you have to starve between 11am and 8pm!), they said they have to feed their dogs with it and if you want some extra food there is an extra charge.
Wifi: doesnt exist there in half a month it wasnt anywhere: not in any room or the reception itself. They lie into your face "there is no wifi currently" while using their own wifi without giving you the password to it.
So, if you are looking to pay a lot of money for poor food and service - choose Ganga Vatika but I recommend to fast and read Bhagavat Gita for free by yourself - you will get more benefits.
This is not a boutique hotel, more like an ashram with a few guest rooms that is managed by the nuns living there. Not recommendable at all! They just try to get your money in any possible way. This doesn’t make you feel welcome or looked after as a guest, for them you are just a cash machine.
We came by without a booking to check out their rooms. We were shown a very clean and nicely furnished room but the price they told us in the first place was way over our budget and didn’t seem reasonable either. So they offered a 30% “discount”, which really was just the regular price on booking.com which we found out later. We wanted to check in early morning the next day but even though our room was free they wanted to charge an early check-in fee due to “hotel policy”. Also, we had to give a key deposit worth of 1000 rupees, which we haven’t experienced in any other accommodation here so far. When they asked us about our choice of breakfast we assumed this would be included in the price since it said so on booking.com and no price was mentioned. When checking out, the lady first went to check on our room which we found also pretty unusual. After this, she presented us with a ridiculously high bill for the 2 breakfast we had (small bowl of veg rice, tiny cup of instant coffee with milk powder for 1400 rp). It was a joke! Hari om
The room here was excellent, and Prakash Singh who was looking after us was the most amazing host, his breakfasts were superb, his attentiveness to our needs was impeccable, and his friendliness unlimited.
This hotel is also very well situated, far enough from the main road to be quiet, and near enough to get access to the ghats or bustle around Kailash Gate. This place comes highly recommended if staying in Rishikesh, whether it be a long or a short stay.
This is not a hotel and that needs to be kept in mind. We has booked two super deluxe rooms and on reaching found that these were actually located in an apartment building. There are a total of three rooms in each apartment - one super deluxe room and two deluxe rooms. They share a common living area and kitchen. While the super deluxe room has its own bathroom, the deluxe rooms share one bathroom. We were not comfortable with this set up as it infringes upon privacy. The rooms don't have proper room service as there is no intercom facility in the rooms and orders have to be placed at the reception which is located in a different building nearby or through whatsapp. One of the bathrooms had leaking taps, broken toilet paper holder, while the other room was partially lit because of fused bulbs. On bringing this to the notice of hotel management, the bulbs were replaced. Strangely, this place charges a security deposit for each room key upon arrival. Though this deposit is refunded on check out, the practice is a bit strange. We had paid the full room charge in advance through makemytrip. The monks who run this place are no doubt very courteous and polite but perhaps they lack the experience to run such a place. We had ordered dinner which was delivered on time but it was diificult to say whether it was prepared in-house or came from an outside restaurant. The food quality and taste were very average. This place is also quite difficult to locate and one might end up going around in circles before actually finding it. To conclude, given the room rate charged, it is possible to find much better places to stay in Rishikesh.
The view from the hotel was serene, the location was remarkable. The hotel was very peaceful and the staff was religious.
The facilities that were provided like water and food were not up-to the mark.
1. We ordered the food items from the menu, the food arrived in 50 min time. The hostess' were not Indian so they had trouble preparing Indian food, so we could not enjoy it.
2. There was no room service, we had to get drinking water, jugs etc on our own from the kitchen.
3. The breakfast would start at 8:30 am, so it might be an issue for people who have travel early in the morning.
4. They had quite a few pets like cats and dogs who could roam around freely in the hotel.