The best part first: This is an extremely peaceful place. Everything adds up to it: the thatched cottages, the serene paddy fields, the bird calls you wake up to in the morning, the restaurant with relaxed on-the-floor sitting, the quick service and helpful manager Mr. Thakur. And the best place to enjoy all this serenity is from the swing bed in front of the cottage - as another commentator has mentioned - its all quite divine.
The rooms are basic; though I must say my room was pretty clean; the beds were two single cots drawn up together and the mattress was on the harder side.
I did have hot water in my cottage, the fan was working well and the mosquito net was effective.
There are a lot of guesthouses in the 300 meters or so stretch from the river to Shanthi, and most of them were more economically priced; though Shanthi itself does not cost a whole lot.
The restaurant was a kind of hit and miss on the food front: thin crust pizza was good, but definitely avoid the momos and pakodas. An Israeli tourist staying there told me that the Shakshouka was decent, but definitely unlike anything he had back home. The Indian Tandoor items were better; most of all the restaurant is a good place to just relax some more, have a long chat session with friends or just catch up with some reading. Alcohol is available (Its not available in guesthouses on the Hampi side)
If you are staying here, you should be aware that the last ferry crossing over to the Hampi side of the river is at 6 pm; so if you are going to catch a late night train or bus from Hospet, keep this in mind.
You can rent motorbikes from the guesthouses itself, if it is bicycles that you want then there's a shop just in front of the guest house. If you want better food, walk back towards the river - you'll find The Laughing Buddha, I found all of what I ordered very well done, and in addition you have a great view of the river and the Virupaksha temple to accompany your meal.
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- Shanthi Guesthouse Hotel Hampi