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“Value for money but not recommended if you are not on a tight budget” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Puja Guest House
Ranked #78 of 212 Specialty Lodging in Varanasi
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30 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Value for money but not recommended if you are not on a tight budget”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2012

I visited Varanasi in March 2012 with a friend of mine. I did not have advance booking and we had to search for a long time to find one. Initially this hotel refused to give us rooms (in-spite of having rooms) probably because I'm an Indian and I spoke the local language and hence making additional money (e.g., sight seeing, boat hiring, visiting saari factory, etc) would have been difficult for them. The rooms where we stayed (400 INR per night) was poorly lit, had a dirty bathroom. The stuffs were helpful though.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Jonak_kol
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
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    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2012

We had one night extra in Varanasi due to confusion booking train tickets and so decided to stay at Puja when a boy in the street recommended it - we were extremely tired with huge backpacks and had nowhere to go and so followed him.
When we got there the staff first told us how stupid we were for coming with somebody as they apparently pay them 50% commission, before telling that us we had been ripped off on our train tickets to Bodhgaya (we hadn't - we had bought them directly from the station). Personally, when I am tired and arrive at an accommodation I want to relax rather than be made to feel belittled.
They then showed us three different rooms, all of which had ants and mites crawling on the beds and walls, before we eventually settled in one purely because we couldn't be bothered to carry our luggage around in the dark. We slept in our clothes as it was so disgusting we didn't even want to open our bags.
The guest house is located right on the river next to the burning ghat, and so if you are planning on spending a lot of time on the Ganges it is an ideal location, but for a one night stop over it was not as rickshaws cannot access it; although this is true of many of the guest houses and hotels located on the river.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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7 Thank Lydia132
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71 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2012

We are long term travelers with basic needs - general level of cleanliness and enough space for our (minimal) stuff. This place simply met our needs but was not pleasant. A three is a fairly low rating for me to give, considering our simple needs.

Luckily we only had to stay here one night because the guesthouse we had been staying in for the few days prior was booked, and we were only able to get a train out of varanasi the following day. When we arrived, the guy kept trying to sell us boat tours and activities we had already done. We told him we had been there a few days, but he persisted. He even insulted my friend's scarf with the intention of selling her a new one...how did he expect that to work?

The rooms are not outright filthy, but I wouldn't call them clean either. The cheaper rooms are of course dungeons with no windows. The bathroom is actually dirty. Possibly it had the most water stains I have ever seen. If they were only water stains, then I guess it was not filthy, but there is no reason it can't be cleaned. I didn't dare touch anything. The water was hot.

The location was fine. We took a peek at a nice room, which did have a view...but there are other buildings right in front of it, and there was a guy in only his undies maybe 10 feet from the window - not exactly the view you would hope for...not to mention you wouldn't even want to have your window open in those conditions.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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8 Thank LifeDocumented
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Melbourne
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2012

I rang the guesthouse on the morning of my arrival in Varanasi. I was told they had a room for 700 rupees but when I arrived they told me that someone had extended their stay and now the only room available was 1000 rupees. I just wanted a room so I took it. The room was spacious, had air con and a heater and 24 hot water. There was no tv but thats not what you're there for anyway. The rooftop restaurant is good and also fairly cheap. The hotel is really close to the ganges ghats which is good. The guesthouse is stuck in a maze of small laneways though and its easy to get lost. If you arrive and aren't sure, ask someone and they'll point you in the right direction as the guest house is well known

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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7 Thank Bucky219
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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109 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2011

Me and my friend stayed here on for a night on 10th Nov 2011. We were charged Rs.250 per night for a double stay room without air-cond. It was good enough. Cleanliness can be improved and the room locking system is quite annoying too. the receptionist Rajoo is quite informative but overpromising for services. We waited for the boatman and a travel agent about half an hour than the promising time. Service is quite poor. But we don't expect any good service since the price is cheap. Food is quite average but i shall say a bit pricey for this hotel. Cafe located at the top roof, quite a good view.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank VijayaratinamRamah
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Sofia, Bulgaria
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48 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2011

Puja GH has nice and basic rooms, relatively clean bathrooms. Don't expect luxury. I was there in November, so A/C I didn't need, fan was perfectly enough. Locking mechanisms of the rooms are quite annoying, but I got used to it. We used sleeping bags, no top sheets were provided. The guest house is a 5-10 min walk from the main ghat area, a little tricky to find when its dark in the evening if you try to reach it from the riverside - you have to go through some really dark tunnels between the Lalita Ghat and the guesthouse, it was perfectly safe though. Rooftop terrace is nice and peaceful, perfect place to relax; restaurant is a bit overpriced and the quality is not the best one, so we avoided it. No free internet access or Wi-Fi. Geckos in the rooms is something normal, we didn't care about these fellas :)

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Ivo D
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Venice, Italy
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10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2011

avoid it! bad quality, bad service, dirty, expensive!! only terrace is good. restaurant very bad as well. bugs and rats in the rooms, really dirty. service was oscene. location is quite good, but nothing special. i do reccomend not to go there.
do not know what to add. surprisingly bad.
avoid it! bad quality, bad service, dirty, expensive!! only terrace is good. restaurant very bad as well. bugs and rats in the rooms, really dirty. service was oscene. location is quite good, but nothing special. i do reccomend not to go there.
do not know what to add. surprisingly bad.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank luca p
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Property: Puja Guest House
Address: D 1/45 Lalita Ghat, Varanasi 221001, India
Location: India > Uttar Pradesh > Varanasi
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #78 of 212 Specialty Lodging in Varanasi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1 star — Puja Guest House 1*
Number of rooms: 36
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