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Baba Guest House
Ranked #35 of 209 Varanasi B&B and Inns
Baltimore, Maryland
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7 reviews
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Reviewed November 15, 2012

While the room felt clean enough and there was a good amount of natural light with a bit of a view of the Ganges, the windows were covered with a thick cage and the room lacked any charm. The sink in the bathroom did not work and it for some reason when the neighbors used their bathroom it sounded like they were in our room. Also the staff was not especially friendly, and if the 'manager' wanted something he knocked on the door and was a bit demanding. The woman who worked there was sweet and made us some dinner, although I am pretty sure it made me ill. we checked out two days early and moved to a different hotel. The common areas also felt pretty drab and unwelcoming.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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New York City
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Reviewed November 10, 2012

We transferred to this guest house after a horrible experience elsewhere. We were so happy to be in the place once we arrived.

The management was fantastic. The room was clean and cute. The location is amazing, right close to the ghat where the regular ceremonies are. It is also right accross the street from a place that makes real cappucinos (cappucinos are like gold to coffee lovers in india).

No internet in the rooms, only in the lobby.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Beijing, China
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Reviewed September 9, 2012

I stayed here in the 90s and thought it was better then. Trying to hold onto passports is ridiculous. How long does it take to enter information in a computer. Rooms were so dirty. The clincher was no water during rainy season, are you joking? The sheets smelled like they hadn't been washed in years. The workers were shifty and very childish. Always trying to cheat you in some way. Seemed more interested in playing a childish game than doing any work. The whole area looked like a cesspool. I moved over to Godowhlia Crossing and that was much better.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 17, 2012

Clean and colourful with rooms overlooking the river. Friendly staff and cool atmosphere. Right where you want to be in Varanasi.

  • Stayed March 2012
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Folkestone
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Reviewed April 3, 2012

We booked this hotel on the strength of previous reviews so were naturally disappointed to be told by Gopal (owner) that he had booked us into neighbouring hotel (Shriva - see separate review). However, as we found out later, this was due to circumstances beyond his control - a guest due to check out had been taken ill and didn't want to move. Despite being in a different hotel, Gopal was really helpful and always on hand. He arranged taxis, let us use his wireless and, when we mad total hash of train tickets, sped off on his motorbike to sort it out. When he came back with our tickets (after phoning us from station and painstakingly going through what we needed) we went to pay him, including the 100 rupees we thought he was charging for his services. He was appalled "why would I ask you for money? If I take your money, you will remember me for 5 minutes. I want you to remember me always". And we will, he was lovely. Rooms are very much the same as Shriva. Basic but clean and about as good as you get in Varanasi unless you want to pay silly money. Would recommend.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Seoul, South Korea
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Reviewed March 24, 2012

the guest house is very comfortable and the staff is pretty helpful. English can be an issue with some the staff, but the two men in charge are very helpful and competent. Little things like having the owner break my $100 into 5 $20s made the stay very welcoming. The rooms are small, but the price is fair. The location is very good and accomadation facilites were very reliable. Whenever the power went out, the generators worked without fail and the wifi was fast and reliable anywhere in the hotel. Also, the 24/7 hot and LONG showers were great. The atmosphere is very chilled and quiet, which is exactly what I was looking for. Expect to find a lot of Japanese and Korean travellers here.

Room Tip: The singles are small, but a good value.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
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New Delhi, India
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130 reviews
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Reviewed March 18, 2012

i went with my family. I Choose this guest house based on reviews in tripadvisor. My experience is it is old building, too interior from the main road. only option is walk the last 500m from the place where cycle rickshaw will drop you. in case you choose a motorised vehicle, they are stopped 1 km before the guest house and you have to walk with your lugguage or use porter paying extra or catch again a cycle rickshaw and walk the last 500m. the guest house is located in a very narrow lane which was also dirty with dog and cow dungs. There is no view of ganges from the guest house rooms. to have a view of the ganges you need to climb to the terrace and further one level higher near water tank. The other better option is just get out the guest house and reach munshi ghat, just a minute walk to enjoy ganges closer. The steps of the ghat were too steep for elderly people.

Honestly did not taste the food in the guest house because cheaper options were available close to the guest house. specifically wish to mention the small food outlet, in the lane which leads you from the main road to guest house. It served good quality south indian tiffin items like Idli, Vada, varieties of dosa etc at very very affordable price. Forgot to note down the name. There were two such outlets. we tried in one of them.

The rooms were old with some part of wall paints coming out. Bedsheets and bathrooms were neat and clean. The houselady was friendly. The manager/owner was indifferent. i feel they prefer foreign customer and not Indians. He spoke to me rudely because i was checking out 1/2 hour late. Ofcourse, he apologised subsequently. But the damage was done. I was just caught in heavy unexpected temple rush. The good thing is that you can keep the luggage after checkout and can use the washrooms at nominal charges. They were charging me 50% of room charge for staying for additional 4-5 hrs. so i did not choose the option and on exploring nearby i found a better guest house which charged me just Rs 200/- for 4-5 hrs of stay. compared to Baba guest house it had the advantage of being more closer to the main road, better venitilation and even per day charges were much cheaper than Baba guest house.
I am not sure of the reason foreigners prefer this guest house. It is ok but pricing is more compared to similiar and may be better guest houses around.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Baba Guest House
Address: Munshi Ghat Baba Guest House D 20/15, Varanasi 221001, India
Location: India > Uttar Pradesh > Varanasi District > Varanasi
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #35 of 209 B&Bs / Inns in Varanasi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Baba Guest House 2.5*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
very close to ganga river. beautiful view to the river. ... more   less 
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