Someone once said that a hotel is not the building or the location but the people who staff it. He was so right!
Ri Kynjai is a wonderful building on the side of Lake Umniuh on the outskirts of Shillong. That's it. Good to drive by and see the view but don't make the mistake of staying there. We did last week and we want to make sure that other travellers do not commit the same mistake.
The hotel is incredibly expensive. We were paying as much for a cottage as we paid at a 5star hotel in Calcutta!
It is 20 kms from Shillong town so you have no options but to eat at the Hotel. The food is pathetic and expensive to boot, a bowl of soup costs 150 Rs. and it is so bad that you cannot finish it.
To give you a sense of local costs, three of us had a fantastic lunch at a restaurant in Sohra for 160 Rs.
With Ry Kynjai every meal is a gamble and the house always wins.
The staff are very sweet but very ineffective. My husband ordered a chicken salad sandwich. 45 minutes later he called to find what was holding up his sandwich and was told that there was no chicken salad!
Every interaction with the staff would freak us out because you never knew what excuse they would come up with. What's even more amazing is that the hotel had just one other guest for the first two days of our stay and no guests for the remaining two days!
Shillong was worth the trip but I can assure you Ri Kynjai was not. It is the last place you should stay at.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ri Kynjai translates into Khasi as land of serenity. This Spa-Resort presiding over the picturesque Umiam lake 16kms from Shillong is aptly named "Ri Kynjai - Serenity By The Lake". The architecture is inspired and derived from the original Khasi thatch huts. Supported on tall circular stilts on the terrace of the hotel blocks are the hybrid cottages derived from vernacular Khasi architecture. These cottages serve to portray the transition from tradition to modernity and have an interpretation of the traditional upturned boat roof done in metallic thatch fused to modern gables. Each cottage has a fireplace in the living/ bedroom area and the mezzanine floor has an additional bedroom arrangement. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ri Kynjai Shillong
- Ri Kynjai Hotel Shillong