Pros: amazing location, comfy beds, views from upstairs room, cheap rates (300Rs per person), available breakfast and a strangely charming atmosphere as if it’s from an old Wes Anderson movie
Cons: unkept shared bathrooms, no water refills
The hotel is part of the adjacent monastery, although you wouldn't guess it from staying there. We had a room towards the front of the building, affording a good view of the valley (and also the ceaseless comings and goings of travels, by van and Royal Enfield). The bathrooms are down the loud, echoing hallway, and aren't anything special. My wife turned on a light switch and the patched-together wiring blew out, leaving a scorch mark on the wall. The management didn't address the problem. The food, in the large dining room, was quite good and varied. Suggested short hikes: head up the barren valley behind the hotel, past the monks' school. Fantastically varied colors of rock and sand. And, cross the main road and find your way to the river. Follow it to the left, and look for crumbling stupas across the little valley. This is the beginning of the trail to Wandala, a remote village. We only hike a couple of hours of this valley, past families bringing in the barley harvest, and soon we had the landscape to ourselves. Memorable.
Stayed 1 night at hotel Niranjana. The hotel is run by retired Army person. He is very good person. He take care his guests very well. The view from the rooms is awsome. The hotel building is a part of monastery. You can watch sunrise and sunset from your room itself.
Food is very good. Only thing is they dont serve food in the room.
It's the best place to stay if you want to enjoy the monastery "off peak" (night or early morning).
Example: wake up between 5am and 7am to join the lamas' morning pray.
Restaurant is good.
Location is perfect.
It would take 4 stars if it wasn't for the shabby look of the rooms with bath in common.
If I come back to Lamayur I would provably sleep at hotel Moonland. Much nicer ambient and view on the monastery (It was fully booked).
I must say price wise very competitive (800 INR) but considering that one can get a homestay in town for 400 INR we should expect better room quality for a hotel.
Hotel Niranjana provides a good option for a decent stay in Lamayuru. It is just besides the monastery and thus provides an advantage if you want to visit monastery early morning for prayers. It also provides a good view of moonland. This hotel was suggested by our taxi driver.
We stayed there when the season was about to start and hence the hotel was empty. There were no rooms with attached washroom. For these two reasons, my wife and daughter were a bit skeptical about staying there. However, further chats with the manager and our driver made us change our mind. The rooms were clean and good. So were the bed and comforters. There are two common washrooms per floor that has western toilets and geyser (that can be used whenever there is electricity :)).
The only disadvantage that can be of concern to few travelers is that there are no rooms on the ground floor and the stairs are taller than usual so if you have to do up-and-down multiple times then it can be a problem. Of course, this holds valid only to those who have problems climbing staircases. In any case, they provide room service.
The restaurant is OK (I can even say good for the price we paid for the stay). We were in Lamayuru just two days after Leh-Srinagar road was opened and hence the staff arrived late evening. Post-arrival, they were quick enough to prepare food for us which was good enough. Garlic soup was great. Tried pancake for breakfast and it was very good. Like other places in Ladakh, food is relatively costly matter even here.
The hotel also has a small souvenir shop (in case you are at the end of your trip and missed getting them). I don't remember if they provide wi-fi.
1. Location (near the monstery) and view
2. Clean rooms
Cons (for those whom it matters):
1. Common bathrooms
2. Slightly taller stairs