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Sandhya Guest House
Ranked #27 of 209 Varanasi B&B and Inns
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“tourist tramp”
Reviewed November 8, 2009

I arrived in this hotel because the owner have many friends in other hotels and they organise your trip "free" as they tell. But it'is false, they take comission on that ! Almost, they have an army of rickshaw and gides who follow you to show youthe gathn but with a stop in silk factory.
I was travelling with "routard guide french book" and all they said was false. Prices at the restorant are minimum 50 roupies, they don't have internet, but there is one in the same entrance, and they have rooms without bathroom.
I try to use their service to by train ticket, and they forget to by it. I was supposed to wait 1hours more after check out to have it because they don't want to give me money back...

So don't go to this hotel, there is a lot of other's one in Benares !

  • Liked — the terrasse, but no gangs niew
  • Disliked — they don't care about tourist becose they are full thanks to 'loonely planet' and 'routard' and friends recomendations
  • Stayed November 2009, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 6, 2008

Sandyha is hidden down a back street near Shivala Ghat in Varanasi. It's easy to find off the main street, just walk down and look for the mint-green balconies above the shops.

We found this place through a rickshaw driver taking us here against our wishes which happens a lot in India. When we arrived the owners came out and told us to look around, we were at first reluctant but then they said the price: 200rs a night. We had to have a look at this price and were pleasantly surprised: the rooms are large, basic, clean, have a fan, private bathroom and balcony. For 200 rs this place was a miracle, we've paid double for half as much in more trendy 'Lonely Planet' places (this place isn't in the book hence the un-inflated prices).

The rooms also have a nice new bright pink paint job which makes them feel a lot cosier and cleaner than the usual grimy cream you encounter everywhere else.

The owners here are 2 great guys who are very relaxed and laid back about everything and can offer useful hints on where to go and what to do/see in the surrounding areas.

One thing to be aware of though is that this place tries to sell you tours and trips and other thigns. They have their own boatman to take you up and down the ganges- the price is fair at 200rs but you can do better down the ghats if you ask around, some will go as low as 80rs for a 2 hour journey. Also, when i wanted to post something they were going to charge me 150rs for wrapping it- i haggled them down to 70 rs which was a much better price, so it's not in your face, and i suppose it's fair, but it is something to be aware of.

Basically, I don't think you can do better in Varanasi for dbl this money. We looked around the Yogi and the Shiva and they were smaller and not as clean as the Sandyha, and not as pink!

Oh, the restaurant here serves up some of the best food i've had in a guesthouse- it takes a while to appear, but it's worth the wait and the prices are fair. And when we left, the bill was 1,360rs, but he rounded it down to 1,300rs and wished me a good trip with a handshake and a smile. Nice guys all round and definately recommended.

  • Liked — cleanliness, staff, decent restaurant, good price
  • Disliked — occasional selling of trips/tours... nothing else.
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: Sandhya Guest House
Address: B3/304 Shivala Varanasi | UP, Varanasi 221002, India
Location: India > Uttar Pradesh > Varanasi District > Varanasi
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Ranked #27 of 209 B&Bs / Inns in Varanasi
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Number of rooms: 24

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