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Hotel Rivatas by Ideal
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   The Mall Road | Cantonment Varanas, Varanasi 221002 , India   |  
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Agra, India
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Good!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

Stayed for a just night..has an overall good experience...the hotel was all spic n span...the staff was generally courteous and helpful...nice and open location...decent spread of breakfast..rooms n bathrooms were big n spacious..I would def recommed...

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

A distance from the Gatts and crowds. Excellent service. A new hotel where the thickness of the carpet under your feet was very evident. Spic and span. Lovely room dressing. Just ideal to chill out from much travelling.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Australia
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74 reviews 74 reviews
23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

Rivitas was the only hotel we stayed at in India choosing boutique havalis instead,. Of the 6 places we stayed at in India this was the least favourite. Looking on trip-advisor we knew it was going to be difficult to get good accommodation in Varanasi. There is only a couple of 5 star hotels that are over $300 a night and the rest. This was really the only mid to high range option we could find. The sheets were scratchy and the towels grey. My friend wondered why they couldn't get them white until we saw all the hotel linen being washed. On the banks in the Ganges. Our boat man on the Ganges though it hilarious that all the westerners were ' sleeping on the Ganges' in their posh hotels. Clean, good restaurant, good quiet location but impersonable. The travel desk guy doesn't speak English so go to the government tourist bureau down the road. Adequate option.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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108 reviews 108 reviews
79 hotel reviews
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100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

As a luxury travel writer, I look for the best hotels in each city. For Varanasi I selected this hotel based on the ratings and reviews. For the full review with pictures, check my website.

Stay here if you are looking to get out of the chaos and ... "unpleasantness" of the riverside. Its in a quiet part of town, but offers easy access by taxi or rickshaw to the center.

The rooms of the hotel are the main attraction. This new hotel offers clean, modern, and spacious rooms and suites. The bathrooms look great too with their sleek marble tiles.

Service is friendly and aims to be at the 4-5 star quality level, though not all staff are proficient in English.

Don't hesitate to stay here if visiting Varanasi.

Room Tip: If you want to splurge a bit, the Executive suites are really nice and spacious.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

i am still in this hotel and think would be here on my next visit to varanasi too due to its excellent spa,food and room.the spa gives excellent services at really awe inspiring price,just like the hotel. its a full value for money and even more.the ayurvedic center was very clean,cozy and the staff very polite.a must have

Room Tip: must go for spa service
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

My wife and I stayed 2 nights here on a visit to the Ghats and Sarnath. Most of our trip we had stayed in higher end properties (Leela Palace, Delhi, and various Taj properties). Rivatas is trying to be in that class, and in some respects they succeed. The rooms are clean and well appointed (even an iron and board). The breakfast buffet was very good - a great selection of western and Indian dishes.

There is no health club as in "exercise facility". What they call a "health club" is a spa connected to the hotel and operated independently. My wife said it was not clean.

The staff tries. They are polite, but communication skills are lacking. If you do have a question (not even a problem), you could find yourself struggling to find someone who can comprehend English (not just speak common phrases and say "Thank You").

The most interesting part of the visit was the unexpected New Year's Eve party for what seemed like many of the guests (we were not part of a group). The food at that event was not good - and I actually found a small steel bolt in one of the meat dishes. I'd stick with vegetarian in the future :).

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

There are two primary reactions from the casual visitor to Varanasi. Some understand the all encompassing significance of the place to Hindu worshippers and appreciate their deep, abiding reverence to their faith while others can't wait to escape the frightful squalor and poor infrastructure of the town. For the latter Rivatas offers a good respite but carries the penalty of being an uncomfortable ride away from the main attraction offering a very comfortable yet sterile experience. The options for Westeners are limited it seems and many places on the riverbanks of the Ganges are not suitable for the unenlightened like me. If you want to see this powerful centre of Hindu culture and religion and visit nearby Sanath (a very important place for Bhuddists), yet not have to mix it too much with the ugly bits then Rivitas is a reasonable option with all the attributes mentioned by other commentators on this website. If the main attraction is what you came for and nothing much else matters, then choose to stay on or nearby the Ghats for an authentic experience, but be warned and brace yourself for shockingly filthy!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: The Mall Road | Cantonment Varanas, Varanasi 221002 , India
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Location: India > Uttar Pradesh > Varanasi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 56 Hotels in Varanasi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Rivatas by Ideal 4*
Number of rooms: 68
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