Best Hotels in Leh Ladakh (For All Budgets!)

Tristan Balme best hotels in leh ladakh

I visited Leh last year and immediately fell in love with the high-altitude city. Painted white and broken up by the hundreds of babbling creeks that run between the houses, this city is full of charm and character.

Leh is a tourist city and as such there’s no shortage of accommodation. Cheap backpackers offer dorm rooms for around 400 INR per night, while a 5-star hotel experience will set you back over 10,000. Fortunately a good, comfortable hotel will only cost you 1000 – 2000 per night.

I’ve put together a list of the best hotels in Leh Ladakh, for all budgets, based on my personal experience and research. Most of these hotels I either stayed at, or stuck my nose in the door to look around. The ones i didn’t stay at are inlcuded based on the recommendations of friends and other travellers.

My Experience

Disclaimer: Look. I’m no hotel expert. But I take it upon myself to peruse the offerings in most places I go to, (mainly due to me not booking anything in advance).

When I visited Leh I was dropped off by a shared taxi in the middle of town. I had googled a few places before leaving Llamayuru so I immediately set off to check them out.

2 hours (and 12 delicious momos) later I had been turned away from 3 places that were full and turned my nose up at another 3.

One was disgusting, one only had dorm rooms available and the dude who checked in before me was not the kinda fella I wanted to spend a night with, and the 3rd didn’t have anyone anywhere.. so I left.

So this article is based on my personal experience after spending almost 2 weeks in Ladakh, motorbiking around the state, and talking and meeting many other travelers doing the same.

How Much Should You Pay for a Hotel in Leh Ladakh?

The price of accommodation in Leh Ladakh can vary greatly depending on the season and the type of accommodation you’re looking for. During peak season (June to September), prices tend to be higher. To get the best deals, it’s recommended to book in advance.

Backpackers offer dorm rooms for around 400 INR per night, while a 5-star hotel experience will set you back over 10,000. Fortunately, a good, comfortable hotel will only cost you 1000 – 2000 per night.

Hostel vs. Hotel

If you’re traveling on a budget, a hostel is a great option. There are several hostels in Leh Ladakh that offer comfortable and clean accommodation at affordable prices. However, if you’re looking for more privacy and comfort, a hotel is the way to go.

In fact, through India I was astonished to find a hotel room actually cheaper than a hostel room, and comparative to a dorm bed!

The Best Hotels in Leh Ladakh (Overall)

The Grand Dragon Ladakh is the best hotel overall in Leh Ladakh. It’s a 5-star hotel that offers stunning views of the Himalayas, luxurious rooms, and excellent facilities. The hotel is located in the heart of Leh, making it easy to explore the city. Prices start at INR 11,000 per night. Book here.

CategoryNamePrice (per night)Rating (out of 10)
Overall BestThe Grand Dragon LadakhINR 11,000+9.5
Budget HostelZostel LehINR 700+8.0
Budget HotelHotel LingziINR 1,500+7.5
Budget HotelHotel OmasilaINR 1,800+7.0
Mid-Range HotelHotel Caravan CentreINR 3,500+8.5
Mid-Range HotelThe Zen LadakhINR 6,000+9.0
High-End HotelThe Stok Palace Heritage HotelINR 15,000+9.5
High-End HotelThe Grand Dragon LadakhINR 11,000+9.5

What I Look for in a Hotel

When I’m choosing a hotel, there are a few key factors that I consider:

  • Location: I prefer hotels that are located in convenient and safe areas, with easy access to public transportation and local attractions.
  • Cleanliness: Cleanliness is very important to me. I look for hotels that are well-maintained and have clean rooms and public spaces.
  • Comfort: The comfort of the room is also important. I look for hotels that offer comfortable beds, good air conditioning or heating, and quality amenities.
  • Price: Price is always a consideration when choosing a hotel. I look for hotels that offer good value for money and are within my budget.
  • Reviews: I always read reviews from other travelers before booking a hotel. I look for hotels with positive reviews and a good reputation.

Overall, I think it’s important to choose a hotel that meets your specific needs and preferences. Whether you’re looking for budget accommodation or a luxurious stay, there are plenty of options available in Leh Ladakh.

Best Hostels in Leh Ladakh

If you’re looking for budget accommodation, there are several great hostels in Leh Ladakh. Here are some of the best:

Option 1: Zostel Leh

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Zostel Leh is a popular hostel that offers comfortable and affordable accommodation. The hostel is located in the heart of Leh, making it easy to explore the city. Prices start at INR 700 per night.

Note: I stayed in the Zostel Srinagar so naturally I went to Zostel Leh, but unfortunatly it was fully booked and I couldn’t get a room. This is a good thing! The Zostel brand has become really popular in India and many backpackers move from Zostel to Zostel.

Runner Up: Raybo Hostel Leh

Raybo Leh is a cozy and affordable hostel located in the heart of Leh only 10min walk from the main market . The hostel offers a unique and comfortable stay experience with spacious rooms and a beautiful rooftop. There’s also a garden to chill at.

As both Zostel and Raybo were full on my visit, I opted to go for a private room at one of the more affordably priced hostels instead.

Prices start at INR 800 per night.

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Best Budget Hotels in Leh Ladakh

If you’re looking for budget hotels in Leh Ladakh, here are some of the best:

Option 1: Hotel Lingzi

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Hotel Lingzi is a budget hotel that offers clean and comfortable accommodation at affordable prices. The hotel is located in the heart of Leh, making it easy to explore the city. Prices start at INR 1,500 per night.

Option 2: Hotel Omasila

Hotel Omasila is another great budget hotel in Leh Ladakh. The hotel offers clean and comfortable accommodation at affordable prices. The hotel is located in the heart of Leh, making it easy to explore the city. Prices start at INR 1,800 per night. Book here.

Option 3: Mentokling Guest House

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If you’re looking for an affordable and comfortable guest house in Leh Ladakh, the Mentokling Guest House is a great option. The rooms are clean and comfortable, and the staff is friendly and welcoming. The guest house is located in a peaceful area, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, but still within walking distance of the main market. Prices start at INR 1,000 per night.

Best Mid-Range Hotels in Leh Ladakh

If you’re looking for something a bit more luxurious, but don’t want to break the bank, here are some of the best mid-range hotels in Leh Ladakh:

Option 1: Hotel Caravan Centre

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Hotel Caravan Centre is a mid-range hotel that offers comfortable accommodation at reasonable prices. The hotel is located in the heart of Leh, making it easy to explore the city. Prices start at INR 3,500 per night.

Option 2: The Zen Ladakh

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The Zen Ladakh is another great mid-range hotel in Leh Ladakh. The hotel offers comfortable and luxurious accommodation at reasonable prices. The hotel is located in a peaceful area, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Prices start at INR 6,000 per night.

Best High-End Hotels in Leh Ladakh

If you’re looking for a luxurious stay, here are some of the best high-end hotels in Leh Ladakh:

Option 1: The Stok Palace Heritage Hotel

The Stok Palace Heritage Hotel is a luxurious hotel that offers stunning views of the Himalayas, luxurious rooms, and excellent facilities. The hotel is located in a peaceful area, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Prices start at INR 15,000 per night. Book here.

Option 2: The Grand Dragon Ladakh

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The Grand Dragon Ladakh is not only the best overall hotel in Leh Ladakh, it’s also a great high-end option. The hotel offers stunning views of the Himalayas, luxurious rooms, and excellent facilities. The hotel is located in the heart of Leh, making it easy to explore the city. Prices start at INR 11,000 per night. Book here.

Final Thoughts

Leh Ladakh is a beautiful destination that offers a unique and unforgettable experience. Whether you’re traveling on a budget or looking for a luxurious stay, there’s something for everyone in Leh Ladakh. I hope this list of the best hotels in Leh Ladakh for all budgets helps you plan your trip. Happy travels!

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