The hotel owner here was very helpful and friendly. They can arrange trips for you but no hard sell, if you're not interested.
The room was clean, with a small desk, shower was hot and water plentiful. The mattresses were the hard kind, even doubling mine up it was pretty solid. There was only one tiny window, up in the top of the room, however it let in a surprising amount of light on the day, so lights weren't always needed. The sounds from another bathroom do echo down, and if you're not one who enjoys listening to the late night hawking of lungs then perhaps ask for a room at one end of the hotel, away from the first floor.
The location is good, just set back from Assi Ghat, which is a five minute walk away, plus you get to go past Open Hand coffee shop, which does the best plunge coffee in Varanasi, as well as being a great fair trade shop.
The first night at the hotel was noisy due to a wedding in the vicinity, after that it was eerily quiet, after being used to dogs barking, horns honking well into the night.
I didn't eat at the hotel, so can't comment on the food, although I found the reception / eating area / tv viewing a bit strange. All the staff huddled round the tele in the lobby, whether it was cricket or childrens' tv.
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