Never have I found a place as cosy as this. The beds are nice, and the staff is very helpful. Mangla is AMAZING and provides excellent and speedy service even offering to cook for the guys and I when we arrived late for lunch ( we declined for her sake) Arnath booked a last minute taxi for us to the airport (tip: book it a day in advance so the staff isn't running around for you)
The rooftop is great although the cafe/restaurant needs to be advertised and developed more. But the breakfast and lunch provided is so substantial and so good that u don't even need dinner except for maybe some snacks.
The airport pick up was flawless, and recommended. Some of the staff speak no English but always try to understand with sign language.
As for the cultural exchange, yes we all spoke to each other about our own cultures but I would've liked some cultural offerings from the society and the local workers, but you'll get plenty of that outside anyway.
If you stay here, please respect the staff and please be considerate with your requests so that their friendly demeanor doesn't wane. I've seen good guesthouses go bad because of great reviews, large flocks of backpackers that act like a-holes and the staff becomes jaded and embittered. Be friendly, polite and considerate and you will ensure this place remains amazing for other people and probably for yourself in the future (Varanasi is insane but this place will make u want to return)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ram Bhavan is the hospitality structure of the Kautilya Society. A four floor building architected in a traditional style in the historical area near Dashashwamedh Ghat, with a terrace with a wonderful view on the river and the city. It is the residential facility for members in Varanasi, providing accommodation with half board and lodging throughout the year. At Ram Bhavan members can enjoy the warmth and protection of a family-style environment, as well as the good and reliable meals of our personally-trained cook. ... more less
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