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10 Best Hotels in Shillong: Must Check Before Your Shillong Trip

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  • Post last modified:January 4, 2021
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You are going to explore the 10 Best hotels in Shillong among hundreds.

For nomadic travelers and nature lovers, enchanting northeast India is one of the top choices where they can spend some quality time away from the pollution and hassle of city life. However, among many awesome destinations in the northeast, Shillong is the most popular due to being the gateway to Meghalaya tourism.

For your leisure trip, you always want to choose the best hotels for your stay, though adventure trips are something different. Although the southern and western part of Meghalaya is full of adventurous destinations, I personally feel Shillong is a great leisure destination, and for it’s worthy to spend at least 3 full days in Shillong during your Meghalaya trip. I have seen many people who visit Shillong to spend a relaxing week in the lap of the green hill, far away from the hassle of the polluted cities.

During my several Shillong trip, I did some extensive research on Shillong hotels (in fact, I do the same anywhere I visit); I visited hotels’ doorsteps, stayed there, and collected tourists’ opinion to figure out 10 best hotels in Shillong.

So, let’s explore the list of best hotels in Shillong.

Best Hotels in Shillong

If you include all the hotels, resorts, homestays, and rented houses together, you can count 200+ stay options within Shillong city. I have seen many tourists get puzzled in choosing the right one from so many options; I also faced a similar situation when I was searching hotels for my first Shillong trip.

I hope, you can definitely discover your likely one from the following list of stay options I displayed here.

1. Ri Kynjai Serenity by The Lake

Best hotels in Shillong - Ri Kynjai Serenity by The Lake
Room & view from room: Ri Kynjai Serenity by The Lake
Category: ResortPerfect for: Family, Couple
Our Rating9.5/10
4.5/5 (650 ratings)
9.0/10 (64 ratings)
4.5/5 (933 ratings)

If you prefer to stay near Umium Lake, Ri Kynjai Resort is the best option. The resort has been spread over a 45-acre area surrounded by lush green landscape all around, and situated just beside Umium Lake; you can experience breathtaking lake views right from your lake-facing room.

A fantastic walk through the village and lakeside would be the coolest activity that you can enjoy right from this resort.

A fantastic walk through the village and lakeside would be the coolest activity that you can enjoy right from this resort.

“Ri Kynjai – Serenity by The Lake” offers spacious cottages designed in typical North Eastern style with classical artistic touches with indigenous themes. All cottages are well-fitted with sofa sets, cable TV, and dressing table, attached bathrooms offering hot/cold shower facilities or a bathtub. You may also enjoy a relaxing spa treatment if you love to.

For business travelers, this may be a favorite pick as meeting and banquet facilities are also included herewith, although honeymoon couples and family travelers love this resort mostly due to its awesome location.

No matter what’s your food habit, the multi-cuisine restaurant (Sao Aiom) attached to Ri Kynjai serves all types of dishes that includes local Indian delights, Chinese, and Continental specialties. Indeed, all dishes get prepared excellently by a group of great cooks!

Great location.Rent is a bit higher side in comparison to other stay options in Shillong
Excellent property with nice interior decorations.(It’s normal because this is an aristocratic resort at a top location)
Specious cottages with all the required facilities.
Close to the Umium Lake: one of the prime tourist attractions in Shillong.
Very helpful and courteous staff.
Nice foods covering all types of tastes.
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2. Rock Cliff Home Stay (B & B)

Best hotels in Shillong -Rock-Cliff
Entrance of Rock Cliff Home Stay and the vintage car
Category: HomestayPerfect for: Family, Couple
Our Rating9.5/10
5/5 (20 ratings)
9.4/10 (18 ratings)
4.7/5 (48 ratings)

Do you love the vintage style decoration with modern facilities, and of course, at a great location?

If the answer is YES, then don’t look around, just pick this homestay for your upcoming Shillong trip. I assure you will have a very comfortable stay.

Once you look at the guest house, you may feel it’s a veritable museum as the overall area as well as all the rooms is decorated tastefully. The garden around the guest house is well maintained.

The owner of Rock Cliff Home Stay is a very nice and kind person; if you can make a nice bonding with him, he may offer you a local tour riding his own vintage cars, as did with us.

Other stuff is also very humble and helpful. The number of staff is a bit lower side but they prepare very delicious food for you. They will also help you to arrange your local tours and transport upon request.

Great location.Foods are slightly expensive.
Very well decorated property with a beautiful garden.No fans in the rooms (It didn’t bother me much because Shillong always remains cold).
A peaceful and friendly environment offers you a great stay in Shillong.In some rooms, you may feel the capacities of hot water geezers are not adequate for 2 persons.
Very Caring and courteous ownerThe room heaters may need some upgrades.
The caretaking team is very humble and helpful.
Nice foods.
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3. Hotel Woodland Hill Stay

Best hotels in Shillong - Hotel Woodland
Nature view from Hotel Woodland
Category: Guest HousePerfect for: Couple, Family
Our Rating8.6/10
4.5/5 (38 ratings)
8.7/10 (252 ratings)
4.4/5 (191 ratings)

Woodland Hill stay is another very well maintained guest house in Shillong situated at a nice and quiet location.

The guest house is featured with a nice terrace and a shared lounge from where you may experience an excellent view of the entire city and hilly landscape far away. If you choose the Mountain View rooms, you may experience the same view right from your room.

The rooms are clean and well maintained, staff and management are superb.

The property has an in-house restaurant offering various dishes; for the breakfast, you may choose continental or a buffet based on your choice.

Great location.The price of some food items is unnecessarily high.
You’ll get a nice hill view from the terrace (and from the mountain view rooms).Lights inside some rooms are too dim (may not be an issue for everyone).
Helpful stuff.The water heater needs to be upgraded, takes too much time to prepare hot water.
Nice foods though a bit expensive.Distance from Police bazaar or Ward’s lake is a bit longer, this may not be an issue if you prefer a peaceful stay at off location.
24×7 service.A bit difficult to locate the place if you don’t hire a local taxi; suggested keeping connected to the management team when you are arriving there.
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4. The Heritage Club-Tripura Castle

 Best hotels in Shillong - The Heritage Club-Tripura Castle
The Heritage Club-Tripura Castle
Category: ResortPerfect for: Couples, Family
Our Rating9.2/10
4/5 (96 ratings)
8.1/10 (258 ratings)
4.4/5 (328 ratings)

This one is one of the oldest and most beautiful staying options in Shillong, featured with excellent tranquility, great decoration, amazing location, 2 restaurants, an on-site bar, and free private parking facility.

You’ll absolutely love feeling the place; the location, the environment, heritage colonial-style room, well-maintained garden, all are the prior reasons to fall in love with. The forest view wooden cottages, valley wing, and heritage wing are just amazing to stay in, and definitely among my top choices.

Common facilities like a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a private bathroom, kettle bathrobes, slippers, and free toiletries in each room, and free wifi facilities are included here.

The staff is very professional, extremely well behaved, and courteous; they serve you with a smiling face always.

The restaurants offer great quality foods. In case, you are traveling with your baby, don’t mind requesting them for special food, they will prepare completely safe and tasty food (Khichdi) for the little one.

You may enjoy the bar, bonfire, and live music in the evening time; the external seating areas attached with some units are more than perfect to relax in after a busy hiking day. A gift shop is also attached to the property.

Great location.It’s an expensive stay option in Shillong (it should be though).
Amazing tranquility.Away from the city heart and main market; the resort is situated at an off-track location into pure nature..
You’ll fell in love with the jungle view cottages or valley view wing.
You may find spiders/small insects in some room categories, especially in the forest view cottages (this is normal if you love to stay with the pure nature).
An in-house bar is available; you may enjoy the bonfire and live music.
In a busy season, sometimes they displace your pre-booked higher category room; it happens when flying customers demand the best rooms. In general, this doesn’t happen but somehow if you face such a situation, you may need to fight to get your desired room.
Big size and comfortable rooms.
All types of facilities that you expect are included.
Very well behaved and courteous staff.
Nice foods though expensive.
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5. Xanadu The Abode

 Xanadu the Adobe -  Xanadu the Adobe
Xanadu the Adobe: View from the terrace
Category: HomestayPerfect for: Couple, Small Family
Our Rating8.8/10
9.5/10 (33 ratings)
4.7/5 (3 ratings)

This peaceful homestay is situated at a picture-perfect destination on the Tripura castle road; it’s away from the noise and traffic but still well connected to the city center.

The room is spacious (second floor) and well equipped with a terrace, free wifi, dining, kitchen (includes a microwave, toaster, cutlery, and other equipment), parking area, and a flat-screen TV.

If you sit on the terrace in the early morning, you must be blown away by the magnificent view of the evergreen Shillong hills as well as the spectacular sunrise.

During full winter when Shillong is pretty cold, the room heating system of Xanadu The Abode offers you a comfortable stay inside the rooms.

The owner herself is very caring to the guest, and of course, very courteous and informative.

Heritage club is the best restaurant nearby; Dylan’s Café and Shillong café are the two nearest café where you can spend some quality time with your loved ones.

Great location.

Xanadu The Abode is good for couples and small families, but if you are visiting Shillong in a group (e.g., 3 couples) then this homestay is not suitable for you.
Excellent property with specious room, kitchen, and dining facility.
The attached terrace offers a wonderful view of Shillong hill, Sunrise, and sunset.
Peaceful environment away from the city center.
Caring and courteous owner and very helpful staff.
Nice breakfast.
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6. Windermere Inn

Best hotels in Shillong - Windermere Inn
Windermere Inn in evening
Category: Hotel/InnPerfect for: Couple, Family, Group
Our Rating9/10
4/5 (6 ratings)
8.7/10 (92 ratings)
4.2/5 (243 ratings)

Windermere Inn is another great stay option in Shillong situated in an exotic location. Definitely, it’s a bit away from the center, but that doesn’t matter if you love to spend quality time with your family and loved ones; the beautiful views and serene surroundings will definitely blow your mind.

Sparkling clean maintenance, tasteful Dutch-style decoration, widespread lone are some of the significant features of this property. Rooms are spacious enough. The room heating system is pretty good.

Common facilities like, restaurant, garden, free WiFi are available; each room facilitated with a desk, a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom, wardrobe, and a kettle.

When we travel and stay away from home, we generally expect sweet behavior from the management and staff. Team Windermere is more than perfect for this job. The staff is really helpful and courteous that you may discover your own home right in Shillong!

Although the number of options in food menu is limited, but they serve delicious foods readily prepared.

If you need to go police bazar of city center, especially in evening, the hotel stuff arrange your cab upon your request.

Great location, away from the city hassle.
The place is a bit away from the city center, around 20-25 min by car (this should not be a big deal for the nature lovers).
Serine environment and nice view from the balcony.

It may be a bit difficult to find out this property (you should inform the management before you are arriving, they will guide you).
Spacious rooms that included all the common facilities.Food prices are a bit higher side.
Neat, clean, and well maintained everywhere.
To arrange private parking an extra charge may be required (you should inform the management team when you book).
Humble and well-behaved staff.
Food quality is good though a bit expensive.
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7. Mid Pine Home Stay

Best hotels in Shillong - Midpine
Room view: Mid Pine Homestay
Category: HomestayPerfect for: Family
Our Rating8.5/10
3.5/5 (3 ratings)
8.6/10 (89 ratings)
4.2/5 (87 ratings)

If you prefer to stay near the city center in a calm environment, Mid Pine Home Stay is the best pick for you. Unlike the hotels situated into the bang market, this homestay is a far better option to spend time peacefully while you can access the city center easily; it’s a matter of a short walk off.

I’d say it’s a cute little place just away from the crowd, very well maintained and hygienic. Everybody from the staff to the owners is very polite and obliged that you must feel this place a home away from home.

The rooms and bathroom are large and spacious. Every morning when you take breakfast in their dining, you’ll experience a refreshing view from their dining window.

Getting good food at a reasonable price is a difficulty at an off-track resort/homestay. Here in Mid Pine Home Stay, you can easily complete your lunch and dinner in a nearby restaurant at Laitumkhrah Market if you wish. However, the homestay has its own restaurant (closed on Sunday), they also serve quality fresh foods at a reasonable cost; the choice is yours.

Good location, located near the marketplace, still away from city hassle! Variety in breakfast should be improved.
The market is accessible easily from this homestay.Food quality might be a bit better.
Spacious rooms that included all the common facilities.

There are restrictions about returning to your own rooms on time; if you are traveling in a group and staying options are separated by two floors, you can’t gossip together up to midnight; they lock each floor doors on time.
View from the dining is nice that you may experience every morning during breakfast.
Neat, clean, and well maintained everywhere.
Very well behaved and courteous staff.
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8. Cleveland Homestay

Best hotels in Shillong - Cleaveland homestay
Cleaveland homestay (taken from a corner)
Category: HomestayPerfect for: Family, Couple
Our Rating9/10
5/5 (8 ratings)
9.1/10 (39 ratings)
4.7/5 (42 ratings)

The moment we’ll drive inside the property you’ll feel WOW. It’s not located in the heart of the city, so you can avoid the rush. Rather you can enjoy a sensitive morning walk through the Tripura Castle road or to the Cathedral.

Excellent location, beautiful atmosphere, very helpful staff, and gentleman owner, these 4 pillars of Cleveland Homestay let you feel like your own home.

Besides, the rooms in Cleaveland Homestay are big and spacious enough to feel comfortable inside; if the King room is allotted for you, you are a lucky fellow, this is the largest room in the property with a balcony, extra bed, large bathroom. The exterior is well decorated. Free WiFi and free private parking are also available here.

They don’t have their own restaurant (when I visited) and thus you have to depend on external home delivery options. People from certain regions, especially those who always prefer a bit spicy and tasty foods, may not be satisfied with their catering service as it all depends on specific food habits; but people who don’t mind much about food-taste during a tour, the catering service will be more than satisfactory to them. I personally give a 7.5/10 rating to the catering service.

The property is nice and clean.Food taste is not the best (I never mind about it).
Situated in a peaceful location, away from the rush of the city-heart.All rooms are not equally big (King size room is the best).
Homely atmosphere.Bathrooms of all rooms are not big and cleanest.
Owner and manager are polite and Interactive
The staff of the homestay is humble, helpful, and friendly.
King size room is very spacious.
The exterior is well decorated.
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9. The Loft Executive Inn

Best hotels in Shillong - Loft executive inn
Loft executive inn – Room view
Category: Hotel/InnPerfect for: Family, Couple, Group
Our Rating8.2/10
4/5 (10)
8.3/10 (239 ratings)
4.1/5 (249 ratings)

Although this place is a bit away from the city center, the market is well accessible from this place. You have to walk a little then take a taxi to reach the market. However, when you are traveling explore a place market may not need regularly but you definitely comfort matters. From this view, I believe Loft Executive Inn is a great peak.

In one sentence I’d say the inn is one of the best in Shillong to spend relaxed times with your loved ones.

The staff was well behaved and very welcoming. Food quality is also good, but not the best.

You should take the rooms with a balcony, other rooms don’t have proper windows.

Good location; Although it’s a bit away from the market you’ll like this place. A bit away from Shillong center (not an issue for me).
Spacious rooms that included all the modern amenities.Food quality might be improved for the cost.
Neat, clean, and well maintained.
Very well behaved and helpful staff.
Nice lawn cum restaurant to spend quality time with loved ones.
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10. Da Blanche

Best hotels in Shillong - Da Blanche.
Amazing hill view right from the room (at Da Blanche)
Category: HomestayPerfect for: Couples, Groups
Our Rating8.5/10
8.4/10 (14 ratings)
5/5 (8 ratings)

Far away from the city center, Da Blanche situated at the edge of the green valley offering an enchanting view all around! These few words can provide you the best idea about the tranquility and serenity of this location. If you book the valley view rooms, you may enjoy a fresh morning watching the widespread green valley right from your room.

Like the excellent landscapes, the owner and other staff are equally well behaved and helpful.

Among other facilities, free WiFi, a restaurant, free private parking are available here. Each guest room is featured with a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom providing free toiletries.

The restaurant serves Chinese cuisine; this guest house may not be suitable for the people who don’t prefer Chinese dishes.

Excellent location; get a chance to stay right into nature.Away from the city (into nature), so you may experience connectivity issues (book a rented car before you reach Shillong and hold it for the entire trip).
Mind-blowing environment and widespread valley view.The rent is a bit higher side.
Well behaved staff.Only Chinese dishes are available here.
You have an option to hike through the nearby hills.Bathrooms of all rooms are not big and cleanest.
Free car parking and common facilities are available.Wi-Fi is a bit disturbing; also the mobile network is a bit weak here.
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Best hotels in Shillong: Conclusive Remarks

Meghalaya is full of magnificent travel destinations; Shillong itself and its surroundings offer some mind-blowing places that you can’t ignore, but the countryside of Meghalaya is definitely more attractive that includes places like,

The list doesn’t end here but these are the top listed destinations in Meghalaya.

No matter what’s your destination but your Meghalaya trip needs to be started right from Shillong because this is the gateway of Meghalaya; there is a domestic airport in Shillong and the other nearest airport is located at Guwahati.

Among tons of staying options in Shillong, definitely, it was not an easy job to figure out the top 10; however, to the best of my survey, these are the best hotels in Shillong that offer you the best staying experience.

All the listed hotels, resorts, guesthouses, and homestays are about 67 km (+/- 5 km) away from Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport (Guwahati).

If you have any further queries, don’t hesitate; just post your question in the comment box below. I’ll be more than happy to help you further.

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Wish you all the very best for your Shillong trip!

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Dr. Suvankar Das is a scientific advisor by profession, associated with a CRO organization. He pursued his doctoral degree in Chemistry in 2015. Later, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher & scientist in a couple of institutes/companies.

Besides his scientific journey, Dr. Das is also a passionate traveler and travel blogger. He loves to share all his travel experiences with other travelers so that everyone can enjoy hassle-free holidays with their own tour plans.

He believes, the most beautiful thing in this world is the WORLD itself. so there is no way to live like a clock; rather live it like a compass!

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