The food was very repetitive, but the hot water (in the bucket) were more than enough for 2 showers. The rooms are big, but don't feel quite clean enough. The location is good though, being close to the Sumos (relatively)
In a miserable place like Mon, in rain its really miserable, I expected worse. Rooms were simple , but clean enough, for India really clean, electricity most of the time off. candle time. food was ok. shower cold, but bucket available.
We stayed over their on December 2015 after our Hornbill Festival finish in Kohima. The road to Mon is horrible. Means it should be an adventure sports track like Dart road driving championship. Finally we reached at 7:30 pm and there was no electricity. We stayed there for 2 nights and one second day went to Longwa. The best part its that you can sleep there in such a remote area of India and you will get food. Or else there is no option. The wash rooms are not that ok due to poor maintenance, flush were broken and have to use bucket to pour water , though we booked 4 month ahead I don't know why they were so careless, whereas we informed them that there will be 3 American guest. Anyway, we have got a good local guide through the owner and who described the Konyak customs to our guest and also arranged lunch for us at Longwa village. The food was one of the tastiest meal I had in my trip.…
Lucky the Helsa Cottage is a decent place to stay as there is limited choice in Mon, the rooms are large and comfortable enough and they serve tasty food. They can also arrange guides to visit the villages around Mon. Hot water comes by the bucket, there are frequent power cuts, but hey this is a remote part of India!
Helsa cottage guesthouse is the only decent place for tourist accommodation in Mon town and is run by a Konyak family. The rooms are clean and spacious but with basic amenities. An affordable dormitory also exists. Food is homely and is charged per person, but expensive. Local guides are arranged by the family for village tours. Since there is no other good option for lodging, recommended to book in advance.
You know when you travel to Nagaland that you are going have to rough it, and not only on the roads. Helsa Cottage is a convenient place to stay when visiting Nagaland. They provide you with hot water if you want to take a shower. Matrasses are tin and therefor it is a hard bed to sleep on. When asked they provided us with extra blankets so we could put them on the table. When we visited they were constructing a new restaurant so we had to eat on the porch.
The guesthouse is ok, the rooms are big, sometines with furniture of the naga tribes (wooden bench with carved sculls), the rooms and the whole guesthouse is much more clean then in other areas of India, but they are not Indians, they are Nagas. The food is good on order, veg/non veg possible and this is a must habe in Mon, restaurants are very rare in Mon. Aunty speaks good english, the staff, young girls from Nagavillages must time not much, but they are very nice and friendly.
This is the best place to stay in the area. Try not to stay in room one as its close to the kitchen and noisy. The room was clean, sheets and one towel clean. The bathroom is tiny compared to large bedroom in room one. There is no hot water and most times no water. There are buckets of water available on bathroom floor. The toilet flushes. Electricity is out most of time so take flashlight . They do provide candles. Dinner and breakfast was alright.
After one very unpleasant experience in Mon and one very average but smelly experience, Helsa's was a welcome relief. Not cheap by mainland standards, but OK in Nagaland. Bathroom was very basic, but bedroom was large clean with good beds and clean sheets. Above average dinner and breakfast fine. Staff are very friendly, but do book in advance as its often full as it is the best available and widely known as such.
Mon is a small town in the middle of nowhere in Nagaland so don't expect too much from the accommodation. Helsa Cottage was perfectly adequate, however. My room was large and airy with a comfortable bed and lots of blankets. It was chilly when I was there so I was glad my hot water bottle had made the journey with me. The bathroom had a western-style loo and cold running water; hot water for washing is brought in buckets. The food is plentiful if a little dull. Power cuts were frequent but candles were provided and added a certain romance. The staff go out of their way to be helpful.