Accommodation options are pretty dire in Kottayam - you're better off heading to Kumarakom for some great top-end hotels. Also try checking for homestays at the DTPC office (Tel: 0481 22560479), which range from basic to deluxe.
Luxury Hotels in Kottayam
This grandiose carbuncle has some of the better rooms in Kottayam - spacious and with bathtubs, and some with attractive river views, but overpriced. You may as well go for the deluxe dark wood-furnished cottages, strewn around the private backwaters. There's a pleasant restaurant overlooking landscaped waterways.
The town's top hotel, occupying its tallest building- a towering, white, angular monster block just south of the centre. Its room look much nicer from the inside, however, and are very good value (especially the "standard doubles"); there's also a fantastic rooftop pool on the 14th floor, as well as restaurant and bar.
The Lake Village Heritage Resort
near Kodimatha Jetty
Simple rooms in 17 cottages, waterside garden, good houseboat, restaurant.
Mid-range Hotels in Kottayam
Decent rooms with bath and a/c Good restaurants.
Easily the pick of the budget litter, this place has painstakingly maintained rooms in a blissfully quiet building off the street. The foyer sports '60s-style decor that's accidentally stumbled into vogue again, and Thali and Meenachil restaurants are right out the front. Book ahead.
Clean, pleasant rooms with bath, some with a/c. Front rooms can be noisy. Restaurant, bar, helpful staff.
S H Mount
Economy Hotels in Kottayam
This business-focused contender has roomy-but dull comfily inoffensive abodes. It is efficient, decent value, and a passable stay if you're stuck in Kottayam.
Friendly Indian-style hotel with good restaurant and bar. Very good value. A respectable budget sleeping option, the rooms here are spartan but fairly clean, spacious and quiet. It has a bakers bar, an adequate restaurant and a boat- shaped fish tank in the lobby.
off YMCA Rd
Good value, clean, decent-sized rooms.
Kurian Uthup Rd
Adequate rooms with bath. A/c rooms noisy, non a/c at back too hot. Restaurant.
PWD Rest House
on hill 2 km south of Kottayam
Remarkable late 19th-century building with superb furniture, overlooking vista of paddy fields.
Venad Tourist Complex
Modern building with clean rooms. Restaurant. Recommended.
Athreya Ayurvedic Resorts
Homestays and Speciality Lodging - Pala, Kanjirapally Area
Chamundi Hill Palace Ayurvedic Resort
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Evergreen Estate Bungalow
Meenachil Enclave Homestay
Homestays and Speciality Lodging - Kottayam Area
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Saaram Centre for Ayurveda and Arts
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