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“Good accommodation, but not as friendly as some suggest” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Monu Family Paying Guest House

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Monu Family Paying Guest House
Ranked #10 of 213 Specialty Lodging in Varanasi
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Good accommodation, but not as friendly as some suggest”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2014

Monu's Guesthouse is clean, has regular hot water, good internet, comfortable bed but the pillows are uncomfortable. Try to request a room away from the street front, otherwise expect to be woken up at 4am from chanting and music from nearby temples. The Guesthouse is hard to find in a rabbit warren of alley ways, if possible get picked up (although it is overpriced). We chose this Guesthouse from friendly and welcoming recommendations on Tripadvisor, but we didn't find it to be so friendly, this may have been because Monu was not around.

  • Stayed January 2014, 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jo R
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Mountain View, California
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8 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2013

We recently stayed at Monu's and really enjoyed it. First, the family is wonderful and incredibly helpful with anything and everything. The Guesthouse itself is small and absolutely charming, with bright colors and lots of character. It is simple but we found it to be very clean and comfortable. As other people mentioned in the reviews, it can be hard to find, so are most the places in Varanasi, but if you email Monu ahead of time he will send a tuk-tuk to meet you at the train or bus station and they will drive/walk you directly to it. He charged a very reasonable rate for this and it was really nice to not to have to deal with touts at the train station. Once you are there the location is actually quite perfect as it is located close to everything but far enough away to be a bit quieter than most other places.

Definitely would recommend this place to anyone looking for a budget style guesthouse.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Mindy R
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Cleveland, Ohio
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99 reviews
59 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2013

The place sucks to find but once you find it and orient yourself, you can't beat the location. (you're in the middle of the tourist area, a great market and the ghats)

The family that runs this guesthouse is friendly and helpful. They've got all sorts of activities that could keep you occupied for a month!

I only stayed one night and was satisfied with what I got for the price (one small single room, shared bathroom). Fun paint job throughout. Books, lots of outlets. Wifi!

Seems the warm water is a bit touch and go - my one "shower" was cool and involved a bucket (not enough water pressure to use the shower head). But, on the other hand, after a month in India, this was the 1st place I stayed that provided toilet paper!

I think another review mentioned a sewage smell in their room and someone else mentioned mosquitos. Yes, I encountered both those things too but I've learned in my travels that the sewage smell in hotels usually has to do with city plumbing and not the hotel. Also, this is India, mosquitos are everywhere! Just bring along your favorite incense.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Wanderlustful18
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2013 via mobile

We stayed in a double room for three nights. The room and attached bathroom were big and clean. The room was painted and decorated in bright colours but was otherwise very basic - the pillows were particularly uncomfortable, even by Indian standards. The sounds from the old town streets could be heard very loudly in our room and this kept us awake at night and woke us up very early every morning. The location is great for exploring the old town and the ghats but would be very difficult to find on your own - make sure you get directions from Monu. Monu and his family were very friendly - even when we had to call him upon our arrival at 4 am - however there isn't much atmosphere around the guesthouse - it's very small and not conducive to meeting other travellers. Free wifi but it dropped out intermittently. All in all, a decent and good value budget option but don't expect anything too special.

  • Stayed November 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Gebailey
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Rialp, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2013

cozy guest house in varanasi. Familiar and comfortable place to enjoy a few days in this beautiful city. clean rooms with everything you need. nice decoration and good location, also hold other services such as laundry, boat hire to see the sunrise, etc, highlighting especially the clases of music, especially the tabla. if you are interested in learning to play them do not hesitate to try them, magnificent teaching method by Monu.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank MENARGUINO
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2013

This guesthouse is very welcoming and friendly, although a little difficult to find at first. Once we arrived we were shown into a massive room with a big bed and a lounge area bit with attached bathroom. It's decorated in bright colours, which we loved after staying in really drab rooms for months. The rooms are nice but you are paying a lot (we paid 800rs) for what you get compared to the rest of India.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jesps
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Wieliczka, Poland
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37 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2013

This october i was again in Varanasi, and once again to choose Monu Family Paying Guest House. Although there are many lodges close to ghats, this one has special atmosfere. Monu with his family makes your stay in a family atmosfere. The location is very good just about 5 minutes by walk to the nearest ghat (Man Mandir) and 7-8 min to Dasaswamedh Ghat and again about 3-5 minutes to Golden Temple (Kashi Vishwanath). Same to nearest shops and restaurants you have just walking distance. Guest House is hidden in narrow ... yes sometimes dirty ... galis (streets) of Old Varanasi but this makes it as a silence area. Monu is also licensed tour guide so you can book a nice tours in Varanasi with him.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jarek D
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Property: Monu Family Paying Guest House
Address: Monu Family Paying Guest House Kalika Gali | Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Varanasi 221001, India
Location: India > Uttar Pradesh > Varanasi
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 213 Specialty Lodging in Varanasi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1 star — Monu Family Paying Guest House 1*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dear Guests !! You are welcome to Monu Family Paying Guest House, a place where you feel safe, welcomed and happy as you choose your stay in a family homestay where you learn about Indian mid class lifestyle. We are not a star hotels but we give try to give you whatever we can do at our best level. we have got 5 rooms only for our guests , 3 double rooms and 2 single rooms. Double rooms have attach bathrooms with hot and cold working shower with free wifi in rooms. The single rooms have shared bathroom. We offer different activities like COOKING CLASSES , MUSIC LESSONS, YOGA LESSONS, HINDI LESSONS, MASSAGE , TOURS OF LOCAL SIGHTS, TOUR GUIDES , TRAVEL DESK , LAUNDRY SERVICE , CAR HIRE , PICKUP SERVICE , TRAIN AND FLIGHT TICKETS, WALKING TOURS , BOAT RIDE ETC. Come and stay with us !! ... more   less 
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