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“"Hell Hole? NOT AT ALL” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Ganges View
Assi Ghat, Varanasi 221005, India   |  
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Ranked #22 of 151 Varanasi B&B and Inns
Rockford, Illinois
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Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
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“"Hell Hole? NOT AT ALL”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2011

Regarding "HELL HOLE"...We stayed at Ganges View at the same time as this couple. Upon checking out they gave us an earful about the room. That same day we had to switch rooms, so you can imagine my nervousness when we were told that our new room was to be the room they had checked out of. The thought of leaving this hotel, because of their opinion, was not an option (I had already fell in love with the place after our first three nights). PLEASE. It was a great room.- large, clean, and very nicely decorated. Did the tub and toilet need to be re-caulked? It could have used it . Was there mold around it? Maybe a tad bit. Were the towels stiff and off color? A bit. But , all in all, the bathroom was clean. Was it loud in the morning? A bit (however, the ceiling fan drowns out most of it) Is the shower a bit odd since it tends to get the whole bathroom wet? Yes- just move your stuff out before you turn on the water. It's India for God's sake. We are not at the Ritz and if that is what you want or expect then go to Nadesar Palace.
As for the bedbugs...The night before, this couple went to a ceremony along the Ganges. I went also. The mosquitoes were quite bad and that is what I suspect the "bites" were. I am completely OC about bedbugs so I checked the room completely several times for them. NO SIGNS of the pests. We stayed in this room for 3 nights and never got a bite. Clean as can be.
The Hotel is truly delightful. There are artistic touches all over and the staff was very friendly. Yes, they tend to shut the internet down at night but all you have to do is ask and they will turn the WIFI on or let you use their computer. Do you really need the internet in your room when you can sit in the lovely walk way or common area.
Unfortunately (or fortunately) we had to switch rooms three times (and move out once) because we had extended our stay. This was actually a bonus because each time the room got better!
At times, they have artists painting on the roof top and the owner has incredible art throughout the hotel.
We had breakfast there most mornings and dinner one night. It was perfectly fine. It wasn't four star but it was definitely good and ever so reasonable.
We had to stay at The Palace on the Ganges for one night and I am glad it was for only one night (although friendly, the hotel is more western and sterile and just not the same warm feeling). I could not wait to get back to the Ganges View. Our third room there was magnificent. Is the hotel expensive by Indian standards? A bit- but well worth it!!
Someone else mentioned that there was no mini bar or TV. You’ve got to be kidding me. I am not even going to address this one.
When you travel you must remember where you are and what they can offer you with what they have available. Pick your battles. Sheets and towels that are discolored BUT clean is not a battle worth picking. Noise, although disrupting, is part of the culture especially if you are staying along the Ganges. Take advantage of the early morning wake up and take a boat along the river. It is truly the most spectacular time as you watch the locals begin their day with a dip in the water, doing laundry, praying, or chanting. ( Another option, which I recommend anyway, is bring earplugs or take advantage of the “loud air-conditioning” to drown out the chanting)
Welcome the differences and enjoy the

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2011

We loved the location, the food and the view. The bed and room was quite large and comfortable (double on the second floor). I do agree that the staff was a little unhelpful at times - don't be late for dinner! - but the great atmosphere, food on request and view made up for any inadequacies in the staff.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2011

I wish I could rate this hotel with zero stars because it certainly deserves none.

I reserved the most expensive room with a view of the Ganges as this was a once in a lifetime experience. I came to the hotel with high expectations.

This has to be one of the worst hotels I’ve ever stayed in. There were bedbugs. The shower had mold growing everywhere. The room looked as if it hadn’t been cleaned prior to our arrival. The towels were yellow, very thin, fraying and rough. Sheets were ragged and stained. The toilet was full of you know what (crusted under the rim.) Clearly it hadn’t been cleaned. The wi-fi worked only in the lobby and only during certain hours. The food was awful.

The staff was unwilling to address our complaint about the bedbugs. In general they were unhelpful, sullen and didn’t seem to give a damn. They acted like it was our issue, our fault, our problem. I wish I’d paid more and stayed at a nicer hotel. I thought this would be a cute boutique kind of place. It turned out to be an overpriced flophouse with little charm.

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  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2011

Mediocre overpriced hotel, asked EUR 80 for a double room, not the price advertised on the Lonely Planet or Trip Advisor. You can get much much better hotels in India for the same price.
Sheets were ragged and too short, room floors are dirty, air conditioning too noisy, no hot water, towels were old and full of yellow stains, beds are too hard, the common areas are charming but kind of dusty, wifi connection is switched off after 9 PM and it is only in the shabby lobby, waited for half an hour to have two lime sodas, you have to tell them by 5 PM whether you are having dinner or not, to reach your room you have to pass through the dining room and a terrible corridor with a mountain of dirty linen and towels on the floor, very early in the morning be prepared to be waken up by the loudspeakers of the temple next door and don't expect to find a TV or a minibar in the room, we were not even able to use their old plugs to recharge our mobile phones, we had to ask for an adaptor (never happened anywhere else in India!). We were so much disappointed that we had to change for the Palace on the Ganges, same price, but felt like Paradise. Don't trust people who are enthusiasic with this terrible place, they don't know anything about others hotels in India! Avoid!

  • Stayed March 2011
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2011

Second stay at the Hotel and thoroughly enjoyed my stay. The staff and very friendly and positive..always available for the little extra service required. Food is excellent....very home cooked in style and taste. Each rooms is simple but tastefully done and comfortable. Terrace is a lovely place to spend the evening. The owner patronises artists who work during the day in the hotel. they even teach enthusiastic artists. Big collection of books available to read. Location is perfect to enjoy the Ghats.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2011

This is one of the best hotels I've ever stayed in - anywhere. If you like beautiful, old-world architecture this is the place for you. There are antiques throughout, even cigar cutters on the tables in the sitting areas. The room was comfortable. It had airconditioning, but the ceiling fan (speaking of old-world touches) sufficed. Our room also had a canopied bed. I was also extremely impressed with the food, maybe the best we had in a 21-day tour.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2011

We stayed here for two days the rooms are good spesious air conditioned and clean. The interier is great. The served good foods. The location is the best. They will arrange auto for your side scene without any sevice charge. If you use your bergain skills you could also be able to get a discount @ 20%. The management is very helpful and really take care of you. You also could find sum good co travelers here. By and large a memorable experence.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Address: Assi Ghat, Varanasi 221005, India
Location: India > Uttar Pradesh > Varanasi
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #22 of 151 B&Bs / Inns in Varanasi
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Number of rooms: 15
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