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Rahul Guest House
Ranked #22 of 214 Varanasi B&B and Inns
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“Perfect place to stay !”
Reviewed September 1, 2012

We had the best time at Rahul Guest House.

This family-run guesthouse is a great place to breathe a little, away from the city.
The rooftop overlooking the Ganga river is a must in the evening, and the food is delicious !
We were given a renovated room, very large, very clean, with A/C , and a very neat bathroom.
All the staff is very friendly, everyone's ready to chat or give you tips.

It's a 10-minute walk south of Assi Ghat (so you're not in the town center), but we found it actually quite nice to walk back and forth into the city, and sometimes just step back and have a rest...

Anyway, from Assi Ghat you can easily take a rickshaw to go uptown so we found the location was no issue.

Would definitely recommend it !

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Espoo, Finland
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

The location of this hotel is good, because of its peaceful atmosphere. It takes approximately half an hour walk to the Varanasi center. The renovated rooms were one of the cleanest and nicest we've seen during our stay in India.

This is a family run hotel and Rahul's family was really kind and helpful. In our case, airline company lost our bags and we didn't have any of our stuff with us. At the reception they kindly asked from us where are our luggage, and after explaining our situation they immediately gave us advise where we can find pharmacies, shops, etc. To clarify a bit, this wasn't one of those bursts of "Indian helpfulness"... so they really wanted to help us and didn't get any commission or any other financial benefit from that. Rajul and his son were very helpful and they even gave us to use their phone for calling to the airline.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Ireland
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Reviewed August 17, 2012

When we arrived at the guesthouse, there was a problem with our booking, that is we had spoken to an external service provider on the phone who told us that we were booked into the guesthouse but never contacted Rahul. However, Rahul was so so nice to us when we got there and said that he had some non-AC rooms that we could look at and if we didn't want to stay he would arrange alternative accommodation for us in Varanasi. When we saw the room we decided to stay.

Varanasi was roasting so the room was pretty hot without AC but the fan is actually pretty good. The room itself was small but really nice and cosy. It was also really really clean as was the bathroom. There were frequent power cuts but that was widespread in Varanasi so there was nothing to be done about that.

We spent two days in Varanasi. On the first night, Rahul arranged a boat trip for us on the Ganges. This was one of the best things we did while we were here. The guide was so nice and knew so much about the city. I think you could probably get it for a little bit cheaper if you booked outside of the guesthouse. On the second day, Rahul organised a tuk tuk to take us to Sarnath and wait for us (600rps) while we looked around there, which was great to see.

The only thing I would say is that the location isn't amazing as it is a bit outside the centre of Varanasi so you will have to get tuk tuks. Also, they are in the middle of renovating a number of the rooms so it is kind of like a building site and can get a bit noisy at times. I also think that although they provide great organised trips, you could probably organise these for cheaper.

On the whole, I really liked Rahul's guesthouse. We ate at the restaurant upstairs (which has beautiful views of the Ganges). Also, on our last day Rahul let us keep our room until the evening when we were getting the train without charge which we really appreciated. The staff are really helpful and really nice. Great experience.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed August 15, 2012

First things first - if you want to stay in the heart of Varanasi, don't stay here. It's a good 20 minute walk just to get to Assi Ghat, and then at least another 30 minutes until you're at the main ghats (or about a R80 tuk-tuk ride).

At the same time, that distance is part of what makes Rahul so appealing. It's a quiet, clean refuge away from the madness of Varanasi.

We paid R800 a night for a room which was a little over our budget, but this was by far the nicest, cleanest room we stayed in during our trip and was totally worth the money. The views from the top floor are awesome, and the small garden on the bottom level is also a nice patch of greenery in an otherwise dry, dusty city.

The owner, Harrikan, is a really nice guy, and seems genuinely interested in helping you rather than taking your money. He let us store some bags in his room for nearly three weeks at no charge, and when we came back, offered us a shower, also free, even though we weren't staying there again.

The only down side for us is that there was some quite extensive renovation work going on when we were there in July. Still, it didn't affect us too much, and a new rooftop restaurant should be finished soon while will make a nicer place to sit than the existing one.

Highly recommended, especially for couples.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Porto Alegre, RS
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Reviewed July 22, 2012

Varanasi is a really intense city (emotional, fisical...) and for this reason it´s good do not stay in downtown (to much noise). The Raul Guest House is right in front of Ganges, it´s a quite place and people are really friendly.
Rooms are clean, we got suites with AC so it was perfect.
Its a great choice if you don´t want spend a lot of money and want to relax a little bit after visit this intense city!
I would totally recommend it!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Winnipeg, Canada
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Reviewed July 7, 2012

The guesthouse is very clean and well kept. The rooftop is nice and the view is great. Food is a lil slow though and the guesthouse is a bit further away. We had a good time though and rahul helped us book boat rides and gave us tips on what to do!

Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Amarillo, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed July 6, 2012

Namaste! If you are looking for a comfortable place to stay and at a great price, then you MUST stay at the Rahul Guest House In Varanasi. It is always clean and the family which owns the business will treat you like one of their own. The view of the Ganges is wonderful and it is great to view as you enjoy your coffee each morning or your Indian tea in the evening. I was sad when I had to leave, but I will be back for my room at the Rahul Guest House.
George Buddy Fox Amarillo, Texas

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Rahul Guest House
Address: N1/15 Rahul Guest House D - 10 | ( Near - Ravidas Park ), Varanasi 221005, India
Location: India > Uttar Pradesh > Varanasi District > Varanasi
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #22 of 214 B&Bs / Inns in Varanasi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Rahul Guest House 2*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rahul Guest House is walking distance from Assi ghat, Monky Temple, Durga Temple, Manas Mandir Temple and Banaras Hindu University. Guest House located on the bank of River Ganga. ... more   less 
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