To begin with, guest houses are invariably homes of people which have parts/ rooms rented out. But what really stuck me about a few homes I have rented is the selling point of these places. Mostly, its just the tourist location playing cards. But when I take a closer look, which guest house would I chose over another?
Hampi is an all time favorite destination. The first time I traveled to Hampi with no reservations, I knew the name of one guest house where my friend had stayed earlier. When I was checking out the rooms, the USP of Hampi just stuck me. I had a view of Hampi that I came for, the rocks. Remember Haalu Hampi ? Thats the destroyed city whose ruin lie amidst rocks, the main attraction in the place.
|view from the balcony of Padma Guest house|
Guest houses are places to bargain. Family run places are easier to haggle because invariably the family pities you when you start bargaining :-)
But there are tough cookies too. Some families are into the business and wont leave a single buck. Like the owner in Haad Yao, Thailand wouldn't leave a single buck and wouldn't stretch the checkout time by 5 minutes. So if I like the place, I don't force my ego to like the owner.
|guest house in Haad Yao|