I have very mixed feelings about Pushpa. Raghu, the owner, is a friendly chap, but he tried to charge me Rs 1,000 per night on arrival, when in my confirmation email he quoted Rs 850. He was adamant that he hadn't quoted the lesser amount, something I could easily disprove when I showed him the email. He reluctantly backed down but asked for three nights' payment in advance, which isn't really the done thing.
The rooms are super basic but are cosy enough - there's no way you'd pay Rs 1,000, though. If you turn up without a booking, absolutely do not accept this rate - you'll regret it. I stayed in the downstairs room which had very little natural light and a single fluorescent tube light, so it was a little cell-like. The hot water never rose above lukewarm, but the WiFi is consistent. If you're having trouble connecting it's probably because Raghu has changed the password, which he does every other day, without telling the guests.
It's not all bad - Pushpa's location is great; right in the middle of Hampi village and a stone's throw from the some of the main monuments and the best restaurants. Security isn't an issue here, and the family who live on the ground floor are lovely.
One other word of warning: avoid Prince, who works in Raghu's travel agency around the corner from the guest house. He is introduced to every guest as a guide and will give you the hard sell - not great if you've just got off an overnight train or bus. Myself and another solo traveller agreed to go halves on a half-day sightseeing trip of the Royal Quarter after Prince bigged up his services massively. When he met us the next morning, he introduced us to a 19-year-old rickshaw driver who spoke very little English, who turned out to be our guide (Prince claimed he had to go to the bank). The 'facts' we were given during the tour were totally false - some were so laughable that it made the tour quite enjoyable.
In hindsight, I'd probably shop around before settling for Pushpa. There's better value to be had north of the river, from what I saw.
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