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“Stay here for the view!”
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Ri Kynjai
Ranked #1 of 20 Hotels in Shillong
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“Stay here for the view!”
Reviewed 14 May 2014

I stayed here with family for a 5 day trip. Chose this because of trip advisor. Contacted the hotel directly.

Location : Located outside Shillong (20 kms away- 45minutes car drive) atop the hill with a magnificent view of the Umiam Lake. This is a very large and quiet property with no other activity other than nature. The walk down to the lake is good and relaxing as is the morning view along with sunrise.

Rooms: As suggested by everyone , the cottage is the best option . I also believe they have rooms which face the lake. The cottage is quite large and well appointed with a bed in the attic for a third adult/or children. Housekeeping is prompt and the rooms are neat and clean.
Bathrooms are quite large and the water temperature is maintained well.

Resort: As mentioned earlier, the resort has nothing more to offer than the view, So if you have small children , be aware that they will have no activity in the resort. There is nothing else closeby to visit - no shops as well so keep emergency stuff including medicines handy.

Food : I was slightly disappointed with the food though my son liked it. Slightly on the oily side and quality is not consistent. On the last day of our stay, my husband ordered jeera rice which had such an overpowering taste of cardamom that it was totally inedible . Chilly cheese toast came cold and when I sent it back they reheated the same and it tasted like rubber! sent it back again and the fresh toast took an hour to come!

Sightseeing: They arrange for sightseeing to Cherrapunjee and other places. But transport has to come from shillong , so they have to be informed the previous night, If one decides in the morning, then the car takes a pretty long time to come.

On the whole, I enjoyed my stay but I feel that the resort is way too overpriced for the quality of stay offered. I would suggest staying for a day or two to relax here

Room Tip: Choose the cottages or rooms with a lake view
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed 13 May 2014 via mobile

Visited with my family in the month of May, the property is small but is beautiful in its own way. The cottages are beyond amazing and the balcony view from the cottage is worthy every cent that you're paying. The staff is professional yet polite. The restaurant serves pretty amazing food and everyone right from the waiter to the cashier are helpful and genuine. Krishna who handles the computer was more than happy to help pack a meal for us as we were checking out early. I don't usually write reviews but I think this place deserves one.

P.s. - Get the cottage

Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 May 2014 via mobile

I stayed here with my family in May awesome place with beautiful and scenic view of the hills and a lake. Food is excellent service is also really good. Friendly and helpful staff they had organized some excellent day trips for us with good drivers and good condition cars. Since we had to leave early the staff were kind enough to pack breakfast for us. I felt that it was a thoughtful gesture. Overall we enjoyed are stay here and looking forward to returning.

  • Stayed May 2014
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed 9 May 2014

The name Ri Kynjai- Serenity by the lake, could not have been more apt for this place.The place is very quiet with no airconditioning but cool. Sitting out with a couple of drinks in the balcony is an amazing experience to go through.

Food was good but the service is average and they do not have good choice of deserts. A walk down to the lake and a massage in the spa is a good way to spend the day.

The rooms are huge and amazing and the bathrooms give you a very luxurious bath options of a tub or a shower. One of the accomodation also has a loft where you could put in extra bed for the children.

If you want a moment of peace and quiet , it is a must visit place. If you are an party animal, you will get bored in 2 days.

Lots of places around Shillong that you can go to spend your day

Room Tip: 1. Choose one with the view of the lake. Some of the balconies have trees which blocks the view. 2...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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Reviewed 4 May 2014

Recently, I and my wife stayed for 2 nights at Ri Kynjai which is truly 'serenity by the lake'. Located on 45 acres of wood, the property has been created with lots of wood.
The rooms are well appointed with either view of the lake or that of the surrounding forest. Food is excellent and staff is courteous and cooperative.
The 'cottages' are on top of the rooms and offer a better view of the lake but are otherwise a disappointment, mainly since they are not independent structures on ground.
Instead of staying in Shillong, it is better to stay at Ri Kunjai and make day trips to Cherrapunjee and other locations.
All in all, a wonderful experience!

Room Tip: Lake view rooms offer great view of the lake. Avoid 'cottage'.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed 3 May 2014

We were there for a weekend in May with bunch of cousins. The resort is well maintained and beautiful. Food was not too bad. Staff were smiling and helpful. Spa was amazing. View from the lake view rooms was great. All in all a nice getaway and good experience.

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed 30 April 2014

We have stayed there for one night. It is beautiful property with a good view of lake. The cottages are well designed – with lots of teak wood. The property is located before shillong and good place to stay if you want to avoid the typical hassle of Indian Hill station. The food is excellent with a special mention of their sausages. Stay there for a tranquil holiday though I still feel it is little overpriced!

Room Tip: All the rooms are lake View, choose anyone!
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Ri Kynjai
Address: U.C.C Road Ri Bhoi | Uminiuh Khawn, Shillong 793103, India
Region: India > Meghalaya > East Khasi Hills District > Shillong
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 20 Hotels in Shillong
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Ri Kynjai 4*
Number of rooms: 17
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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