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“Location, Simplicity, Hospitality” 5 of 5 stars
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Monu Family Paying Guest House
D 8/4 Kalika Gali | Near Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Varanasi 221001, India   |  
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“Location, Simplicity, Hospitality”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

Monu guest house can’t be beat for the price for a simple small budget homestay. With just five guest rooms, this simple home on a Varanasi alley offers the best location for the money. Location is just five minutes away from the most bustling Ghat with it’s nonstop action. Go the other direction and you end up at the Blue Lassie – the best Lassie’s in the world, and if you like Indian Sweets, one of the most famous sweet shops. (Ask Monu for directions.) It’s right around the corner from the Brown Bread restaurant where you can enjoy a lovely breakfast buffet on a roof top. The guest house is not located on the river but rather in a maze of action packed alleyways, filled with people, cows, dogs and motorcycles scooting by. So if you are up for a crazy ride, and are wanting to save money, Monus is the place to go. (But if you don’t want the adventure of small alleys, passing cows and crowds, then skip the homestays.) And as the other reviewers have mentioned, Monu is extremely diligent – he was a wonderful communicator prior to our trip and made sure that every need was taken care of while we were in Varanasi.

Traveler tip: We loved Shree Vegetarian Café – as you come up from the Ghat, after the steps, pass the chai vender on the right then take the alley that heads at a 30 degree angle and it will be on your right. All their Indian food was delicious and the kids also enjoyed their banana Nutella pancake.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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dinizuli, Owner at Monu Family Paying Guest House, responded to this review, July 14, 2013
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We appreciate your compliments and hope to see you again in future..
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

We stayed here for a few nights in December 2012. Being in old town Varanasi, the property is difficult to find and the surrounding streets are heavily "littered" with cow poo but once we arrived the staff were friendly and welcoming. Our room was basic but did have an ensuite, although the bed clothes /sheets smelled musty and were unpleasant. There was a good WiFi signal for Skype. The owner / father had a tendency to be seen either shirtless or with a dirty white vest, which was not the first site we wanted to greet us each morning! We also passed laundry which was returned more dirty than it had been in the first place. If you stay here and need to post anything from Varanasi General Post Office, do not have it wrapped in cloth by the fabric / scarves shop next to Monu - they will try and rip you off for Rupees 800 for two small boxes when it only costs R160 at the GPO.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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dinizuli, Owner at Monu Family Paying Guest House, responded to this review, July 14, 2013
Oops !! That's a major problem of some guest finding cows pooh in alleyways of Varanasi . But that's not new. If you are in Varanasi, you'll have to walk in these alleyways and step over the cow pooh, you can't ignore this.

We have got many sheets in our house so if it was musty, you could have asked for a another one.

I don't think that it is any good to comment on someone's costume or privacy, as you already knew that you're going to stay in a family house. We can wear what we like and what is comfortable for us inside our house. It is advisable not to peep in family privacy.

Laundry is cleaned in our Washing machine but we can not make an old cloth looks new.

If you had the problem with the next shopkeeper, you should have complained about him somewhere else, not in our property section.

We are not responsible for all shops , restaurant etc in Varanasi where you go by your desire and then complain in our property section.

Wish you all the best !!
Have a happy life ...
Monu
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

The staff is very very nice. We had a pleasant stay. The rooms are very colourful and original. It is a budget place so dont expect luxury. In this price range is no doubt the best place we have been to so far in our trip. Laundry service good and great recommendation for our next stop khajuraho.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Monu
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

Monu and his folks are super nice and accommodating! Our train was many hours late (classic) and his driver was right there waiting for us. His father would wake up early in the morning to turn on the hot water tank for us. We were three people and we stayed in the biggest room - it was nice there was a very roomy double bed plus another single bed. Nice walk down to the ghats from here. If you want to be right in the busy maze of Varanasi this is the place to stay!
If you want to stay in the more mellow part of town then Assi Ghats is for you.

Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank you for your feedback..
We appreciate your compliments and hope to see you again in future..
Warm regards
Monu
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

We arranged the station pick up from Mughal Sarai, as I heard how hard is find anything in Varanasi and no cars or tuktuk are allowed in those tiny street of course. Our train was late 5hours so we were worried but the driver was still waitng for us. Which was really nice and we were not expecting this. Monu himself is nice friendly young man. Did not push us into anything. His guest house is full of colours, clean and with wifi without extra charge. Laundry also available. Sometimes even monkeys jump on room windows:-) 5mins walk from ghats.
Would recommend this place to everybody!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Thank you for your feedback..
We appreciate your compliments and hope to see you again in future..
Warm regards
Monu
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

First, the location is really great and it gives you the best feeling of Varanasi and its spirit, You are within walking distance to all important locations and you are directly in the heart. Plus Monu and his family are really kind and funny. However, the downside is even with them you need to beware not to be a victim of extortion. One boat in the morning of one hour was costing Rs. 100/Person or Rs. 500 in total. You get a boat for your own for about Rs. 100 to Rs. 200 directly at the Ghats. Further beware of his neighbour who runs a little clothes shop. He is arranging the drop off at airport/station. We agreed on a price the evening before and pointed out we have been five people with some luggage but on the following day he still tried to charge full amount plus parking fee for a small car where luggage occupied the front seat and five need to sit in the back. We paid much less for a bigger car when arriving at Varanasi but the lad always claims he has no profit. That's the worst kind and though Monu gives the Impression not to support such activities he is a part of that.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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dinizuli, Owner at Monu Family Paying Guest House, responded to this review, July 14, 2013
Thank you for your feedback..
Yes, you always to pay for the services you are taking. If someone is working for you, there will always be a charge for it, so better don't take services and don't pay or pay for what you have taken.
Thank you for understanding living !!
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Monu
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

Nice friendly place to stay in Varanassi.

I recommend getting the airport/train station pick up because in the rabbit warren lanes of Varanassi it would be difficult to find on your own.

Clean by Indian standards.

Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: D 8/4 Kalika Gali | Near Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Varanasi 221001, India
Location: India > Uttar Pradesh > Varanasi
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 76 Specialty Lodging in Varanasi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Monu family is in tourism business since 1998. Our guest house is nearby the river Ganges and main Ghat. There are many famous restaurants and temples around. There is free wifi which works in room also plus other basic amenities. Staying with the family will give you an unique experience , different from staying at hotels. One of our guest said that “The family is funny, warm and incredibly helpful “. Station and airport pickup service can be arranged on chargeable price. Music , Hindi and Cookery courses are available. Laundry, Sight seeing, Tour guides are available on demand. ... more   less 
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