Cherrapunjee Holiday Resort

India

  • This was the very first hotel to open in this area (in the hills outside of Cherrapunjee town) and it was the owners, Denis and Carmela, who brought the story of the living root bridges to the world.
  • It is the best hotel in the best location for getting to the living root bridges.
  • The owners are committed to bringing benefits of any tourism to the local communities.
  • The friendly staff are almost exclusively Khasi (which is rare in this area).
  • The views to the forested hills are beautiful.
  • The rooms are very comfortable, and they offer a very good vegetarian buffet breakfast and dinner.

Open: All year.  

Location: At LaitkynsewCherrapunjee900 m altitude. This is a great location for proximity to the living root bridges. It’s about a 45-minute drive to the town of Cherrapunjee. It is about a 2½ hour drive from Shillong 

Rooms: As at March 2019, the hotel has 12 rooms (standard, deluxe, executive and premium). We recommend the premium rooms (or executive if not available) as they are in a quieter area; the standard and deluxe rooms are off the main area so could be noisy. They are in the process of building another addition to the hotel which will bring 16 more rooms and public areas. This is being done very slowly, and is not likely to be finished until April 2020, so please note that there is a partially-built structure in front on the main entrance, and some work noise will be heard during the day (most guests are out trekking during the daytime).  
The rooms have en-suite bathrooms with shower, a fairly reliable electricity supply (with backup generator) and ceiling fans.  

Activities: No activites are included in your stay, but there is lots to do in this area. The main highlight is trekking to the living root bridges and local waterfalls. Swimming in natural pools can also be organised.  

Facilities: Evening campfire, games room, live music on a few evenings.   

Dining: The hotel includes a buffet breakfast and dinner. It’s vegetarian and very good. Other meals are available at extra cost, including meat dishes.  Khasi cooking tends to be very tasty rather than extremely hot when it comes to spice. They tend to offer the heat of chillies as a side addition so the main dishes are fine for most palates. They do not offer alcohol.  

Children: All children are welcome.   

Health: This is classed as a malarial area, though there have been no cases for 20 years 

Communication: There is some wifi in the main area (not very reliable). Mobile signals are OK from here.   

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Client Rating for India 5/5 from 130 reviews

The things I loved about this hotel (‘resort’ really doesn’t have the right connotations for us in the UK) is the location close to the living root bridges and the people that run it. Denis and Carmela started the place in 1998 when no-one outside the local area knew about the unique bridges that are the key attraction here. Denis coined the term ‘living root bridge’, and he and Mary are committed to bringing positive benefits to their local community. Their local Khasi staff (mainly women) are some of the friendliest and most respectful people I’ve come across. This is not about luxury (though our premium room was very good), but the hospitality can not be faulted and the food ... well, I stayed for 3 days and everything I ate was excellent - tasty without being overly hot, and very varied.  I would have no hesitation in coming back here if I wanted to enjoy the nearby living root bridges once more. Yes, you could stay in the two more upmarket hotels in Cherrapunjee, but I wouldn’t!

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