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“Varanasi winner” 5 of 5 stars
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Ganpati Guest House
D 3/24 Meer Ghat, Varanasi 221001, India   |  
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Ranked #1 of 56 Hotels in Varanasi
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“Varanasi winner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

The second day of our first visit to India was to Varanasi and we had pure booked room with a view at the Ganpati Guest house. Like anywhere in the Ghats it is a bit of a mission to find your way through the maze of alleys but asking directions got us there. We checked in and were delighted that the hitherto unavailable second room for my daughter and partner had been not only made available but was adjacent to ours. Our room had a spacious bedroom the walls of which were alternately the colour of turmeric and paprika. At statue of Ganesha perched on a plinth in the corner of the bedroom and the bed was covered in an throw of indian cotton intricately patterned in dark blue and emerald green inset with sequins. The adjoining bathroom was surprisingly modern with marble tiled floor shower and loo. The jewel was the balcony. Set off the bedroom it had a couple of tables and in the centre a swing chair suspended from the roof and a splendid view over the ghats and the Ganges

At the roof top restaurant we were attended to by an enthusiastic young man would spoke very careful English in a soft deliberate manner with an engagingly cheeky sense of humour. The masala omelettes that became more spicy every morning were usually accompanied by potato parathas and sweet hot chai masala. Quite addictive

Perfectly situated to explore the ghats and the lanes of Varanasi with a very friendly owner and staff this remains an enduring highlight of our month in India. We were very pleased that we booked ahead from New Zealand (prompt response to emailed questions and if fact we phoned to clarify a couple of things) as they were turning people away - and only some have those great balconies.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

Our first trip to Varanasi and we couldnt have chosen a more welcoming and friendly guest house.
The whole experience of our 4 day stay at the Ganpati was made even more special by the people who work there. Nothing was to much trouble and the friendly smiles and helpful advise was much appreciated. Varanasi can be overwhelming on the first visit, its a city brimming with life and movement but the serenity and calm that is the Ganpati guest house is the perfect place to slow down and just take in the beautiful sights and sounds surrounding it. The rooms are tastefully decorated and with the beautiful colours and wall hangings not only in the guest rooms but also around the building add to the sense of being in a spiritual place. The roof top restaurant with its friendly smiling staff is an excellent place to unwind and eat. The food is good, varied and very reasonably priced with views that are breathtaking.
Value for money and perfect hosts sums up the Ganpati and without a doubt we will be returning in the future.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

Second time in Varanasi - stayed in Puja before, but this time wanted something a bit nicer. Ganpati was great, spacious room, lots of hot water, comfortable beds and pillows, wifi, roof top restaurant, great location. Was a restful place to retreat to after walking on the ghats all day! Would definitely recommend!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

THe Ganpati hotel was a marvellous place to stay! I loved the place incredible view on the ghâts, the rooms are all colorfull and so typically indian, and very clean! people are so nice and helpfull! THE PLACE TO GO in Varanasi, nowhere else!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

The first time in Varanasi. I stayed in Ganpati 2 nights. I liked there - really nice staff, colourful room, quite at night, rooftop restaurant with the view to Ganga, very good location. If I ever come back to Varanasi, I will defenetly stay in Ganpati.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

The second time we were in Varanasi. And the second time we stayed in Ganpati guesthouse.
Great location. A roof top restaurant with really good food. A special word of thanks to the nice and friendly staff.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

From the moment we arrived at Ganpati we felt at home and very well cared for. Correspondence previous to our arrival was prompt, accurate and most helpful. We were met as promised and shown to the room promised; the room was as we expected and the location on the Ganga is spectacular! Even though the air is not clear, there is a magic experienced sitting on the balcony overlooking the ghats and all the activity below that cannot be explained. It needs to be experienced. We loved the rooftop restaurant even though the service was not always 100 percent, it was always with a smile. Our room was very clean and the bathroom was especially well appointed and appreciated. I did notice the smell of dust in the room which is something that could be improved upon. Having use of a computer with internet was extremely helpful for us. Small favours were generously offered; we felt that the hotel staff truly wanted to make our stay the best possible. The personal attention we received was exceptional.

Room Tip: We really enjoyed being on the shared balcony on the first level. In winter A/C is definitely not n...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Additional Information about Ganpati Guest House

Address: D 3/24 Meer Ghat, Varanasi 221001, India
Location: India > Uttar Pradesh > Varanasi
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 56 Hotels in Varanasi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are Ganpati Guest House - if you stay here, we are sure that you will have a good time in Varanasi. Of course the view of the beautiful river Ganges is amazing and exotic. Many people who come to Varanasi stay with us in the Ganpati Guest House. The staff are very kind and have a good spirit. We look forward to meeting you and hope beautiful time in Varanasi. The history of Ganpati Guest House: The Ganpati is located at the east end of the Mother Ganges in Varanasi, makes its presence known throughout the riverbanks not only by shining the world's oldest culture as well as oldest city. A city of light...but also by offering cutting-edge restaurants, renowned facilities, amazing view and comfortable accommodations. This 3-story Redstone pyramid was built in 1905 on the river Ganges, contains so many amenities on such an enormous scale that it's becomes practically amazing vacation. Spacious rooms surrounded by the plants, which boasts your staying, dining and entertainment. The Garden, at more than 1000 square feet, is one of Varanasi's oldest existing buildings and rarely available, offering a tranquil sitting, an array of nice music, a rack of books nearby. We want to deliver inside of the property a best atmosphere. We're trying to become a little more contemporary and appeal to all age crowds with holy feelings. We want to offer the best entertainment, dining, staying and relax without insulting the worth of your damage. That's not to say that "The city of Light" will be memorable entire the life. It is, after all, still a part of what makes the property unique, and explained that the hotel is prepared to keep the better executed elements of the riverbank-culture theme. Kind regards. ... more   less 
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