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Shanti Guesthouse
Ranked #146 of 206 Varanasi B&B and Inns
Wroclaw, Poland
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6 reviews
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“seriously a bad choice”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2013

i dont really know where to start. this place is seriously a bad choice. there was nothing i could say i liked. depressive rooms, unpleasant staff, not helpful at all, terrible, overpriced food..etc, no good vibe whatsoever. there is so many cheap, shanti guest houses in varanasi that there is absolutely no point to stay at this one! not sure why its listed in the lonely planet.
ps. the free boat is a disaster:)

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Thank iwona w
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
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    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
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Blantyre
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11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2013

In the Lonely Planet of 2012 the Shanti Guesthouse in Varanassi seems a good option. But when you get there, it turns out the place is quite worn out, which is not a disaster, but the staff are. The only good thing about the place is that it has a rooftop restaurant with a nice view and pretty good food, although I'm glad I haven't seen the kitchen from the inside, cause I'm pretty sure I'd lost my appetite immediately.
I must say, at the time we were there, they were renovating some rooms on the first floor. I hope they'll continue doing that to the rest of the place and hopefully they'll replace some of the staff too.

If you were to book a tourist bus from Varanasi to the border with Nepal, check if the actual company is Paul's travels. If it is, don't go and try to book a different one. They are very unreliable and don't care about your safety. We paid 700 roupies for a tourist bus and ended up with 14 ppl in a 10 seater Jeep!

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank RoseVM
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Bogota, Colombia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2013 via mobile

Very cheap but the building itself is absolutely horrible, the rooms are jailcells (literally), obviously dirty room and bathroom, but they have a restaurant in the top floor with a nice view where you can easily socialize with other travellers...
They charge the wifi per hour in the restaurant (20 rupees) and u can actually see rats walking on top of the restaurant cables (but ok, its varanasi)...
They did a good job with my laundry and was very cheap...
Staff was not polite or nice at all (except for the restaurant waiters).
The night includes a short boat ride and if u want to keep going u have to pay (they dont mention this part in the reception)

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Changsha, China
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2013

After reading the review of this guesthouse on our Lonely Planet guide we were very disappointed when we walked into Shanti guesthouse. The owners were anything but friendly, the pool table was not in use and the roof terrace was run down and not open 24 hours like it said on the guide book. The rooms are very sad looking, tiny and dirty.
It was certainly very cheap (we paid 150 rupees a night for the both of us) but that's all it had going for it. I would not stay there unless I was in a very tight budget!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Thank saritagdu
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Hamburg, Germany
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78 reviews
52 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2013

I paid 250rps for my room with own bathroom - and that was also the way it looked.
It was a simple room with a queen size bed. The bedsheets looked ok, so I suppose they were fresh. The bathroom was a bit dirty - but what can you expect for that price.
I slept well there for 2 nights, but it was definetly also not worth more then the money I paid for it.

The major plus of this guesthouse was the amazing rooftop terrace. From there the views over Varanasi are absoluetly amazing. i believe it is the highest roof top in town. its behind the burning gaart, so you can see the smoke from the cremations, and in the background the Ganges River.

The food in the guesthouse has the typical tourist prices, which is much higher than what you would pay in one of the many local restaurants around. Food quality was ok, nothing special though.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank MySunnyDays1
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2013 via mobile

Awful awful awful. I still have nightmares about shanti. We stayed in the deluxe room but here was nothing deluxe about it. The beds were hard with no sheets or blankets. No towels were provided, and hot water was out of the question. There wasn't even a lock on the door! And there were monkeys peering in through the window which was totally freaky. At least we had windows though, the rest of the building was completely internal like a dungeon. We're lucky we made it out alive!!

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank lsdrake
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Perth, Australia
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2013

For 400 rupees a night this place is pretty decent. The bed was comfy (if a little damp) and the in house restaurant was good and cheap. It is right next to the main burning ghat but that's not a problem and all the staff we're helpful. The hot water did come in a bucket though. Took-tools can't get to the door due to the narrow alleyways so make sure you get your driver to agree to walk you to the door.

Room Tip: The double on the seventh floor avoids most of the alley noise and has windows that let some air in...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Dylan H
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Property: Shanti Guesthouse
Address: CK 8/129 Garwasitola, Varanasi, India
Location: India > Uttar Pradesh > Varanasi
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Ranked #146 of 206 B&Bs / Inns in Varanasi
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Number of rooms: 17
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