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“A worthwhile splurge on the banks of the Ganges”

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WelcomHeritage Jukaso Ganges
Ranked #20 of 80 Hotels in Varanasi
Reviewed April 16, 2012

We were determined to stay on the Ganges on our second visit to Varanasi. Choices are, or so we had thought, very limited, and mostly of the budget type. The result, a river view room at the depressing, horrible Ajay Guesthouse. (See separate review). Having arrived in Varanasi very early in the morning, a boat ride on the Ganges rescued us from the 'hell hole with a view'. Near the Dashashwamedh Ghat, I spotted a row of potted greenery in front of a beautiful building, and was elated to hear from our boatman that it was a new hotel, very recently opened. I practically jumped off the boat to race up the steps, cross the stone terrace, and be welcomed into a beautiful, tranquil, haven of my most favorite kind of hotel- relaxed yet sophisticated design and hospitality.
After a quick trip back to hell to retrieve our bags, we were free to enjoy the bliss and tranquil respite from the often overwhelming chaos of Varanasi's narrow, bustling streets that Jukaso offered.
In the heart of varanasi, on the banks of the Ganges, incredible views especially at sunrise, (even from our bed!), gorgeous surroundings, great food, impeccable service, monkeys joining us for afternoon cocktails. Suddenly, we had it all!
What glorious salvation.
And it's about time there was an alternative to the backpacker accommodation offered riverside.
A bit of a splurge (thankfully we had a credit card) but sooo worth it.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed April 9, 2012

The Varanasi trip was a birthday gift I planned for my wife, and we really enjoyed our 3N stay at the hotel in April 2012. The property is a modernized Haveli right on the bank of the Ganges, and provides for some grand view. The best part is, even if you did not manage to get a room with a view, you will still have enough opportunities to soak it in from ample terrace spaces including the restaurant. The hotel has some fantastic people as the staff, so expect to be treated royally throughout your stay!

Approach: Since we were traveling with luggage, the only feasible way to approach the hotel is by a taxi to the Bhaisasur ghat and then the hotel's in-house free boat-ride to the ghat from where the hotel is a few flights of stairs up. The boat-drops and pick-ups are free for the entire period of your stay, in other words, you only have to factor in 10-15 minutes of boat journey to reach your car, that is when you plan a trip around Varanasi that involves a car

Reception area: Spartan yet modern and clean, provides a nice welcome to all guests (partly because the lobby level remains under water for a month or so during peak monsoons. Don't worry! It is very common in Varanasi for the Ganges to inundate the banks by several feet each year). The lobby simply is moved up one floor. Also, monsoon is off-season so you are unlikely to visit anyway

Room: Nice rooms with all modern amenities one may need. Great shower in a big toilet, the HVAC works great (the hotel is an open-to-nature heritage building, so most parts excluding the lobby, the rooms and the restaurant are naturally ventilated). Comfortable bed. No carpets, but we didn't miss one at all because the flooring has an antique feel to it

Restaurant: Small, but very functional and comfortable. However, the headline here really is the chef and the serving staff. We had some of the best food ever (yes!) while staying at luxury properties. The chef Mr. Sailesh is a fantastic person as well, so feel free to discuss your special needs/wishes with him. We were treated royally and made good friends with the staff member Spandan

View: One word- awesome!

Location: The hotel is 15 minutes from nearest car-approachable road by boat, 15 minutes from Dashashwamedh ghat on foot, and 15 minutes from Chowk (where we bought Banarasee Sarees). Note that you will cross the Manikarnika ghat en-route to the Dashashwamedh ghat. Manikarnika ghat is the burning ghat where Hindu cremation takes place. Photography on the ghat is strongly discouraged by locals, so it is best to refrain. Also, I recommend you avoid interacting with the locals on this ghat, as some of them may try to con foreign guests. Just keep walking, no one will hurt you or give you a hard time. Since the hotel is on the ghat, you can keep walking along the river bank and reach anywhere in the old city pretty quickly

Guide: The hotel offered to help us find one. Varanasi is the oldest inhabited city in the world, and has labyrinthine lanes and alleyways that are near impossible to negotiate alone esp. if one is a visitor for a few days. Make no mistake, I am not saying you can't do it, but you will likely end up wasting some time asking for your way around. So we found Gopal.

Gopal is a gem of a person. In fact we never regarded him as a guide, he was more like a dear friend to us in Varanasi. He will help you experience the city and will accompany you all along. He knows the lanes really well, speaks good English and is a fairly trust-worthy dude. Ask for him at the reception

Jukaso Ganges is not a gigantic property and therefore, unlike bigger hotels, offers personal touch. What they may lack in way of outright luxury for the money you pay, they will more than make up for it by making your stay peaceful and happy. I recommend the hotel highly.

The reason I am yet to award 5 stars to this hotel is because it still needs to cross some t's and dot some i's to become a really complete package (e.g. the safe in the room did not work, the minibar was actually hot inside, the toilet needed more attention for details, wireless internet availability extremely spotty etc.). In case you have a short to medium length stay in Varanasi, and need a good balance between luxury and location, this hotel could be your best bet for now.

People I would like to mention: Reception manager Rajesh (go-to man for all your planning and stay questions), chef Sailesh, restaurant staff Spandan, guide Gopal, boatman Gokul, and of course the manager Mr. Manish Kumar Singh. Thanks to these people for making our stay a pleasant one. We will be back!

Room Tip: Ask for rooms with Ganges view on the 3rd and 4th floors (facing East)
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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10  Thank Soumit B
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Reviewed April 1, 2012

We recently stayed at the Jukaso Ganges and had a wonderful time.
The new hotel converted from a Palace has to be the best place to stay on the Ganges.
The rooms are stylish and comfortable and the service is just awesome!
Never on our long trip were we taken better care of than here.
The restaurant serves great food and the staff is top notch. Kudos Chef !
Housekeeping is flawless.
Its location puts you right on the river, yet lets you escape the intensity of Indias most
interesting city.
We even got to experience a boat strike on our departure day. No problem as the
manager arranged our vehicle to meet us in a new place and the staff heroically
carried our bags up the ghat stairs and through the narrow lanes of Varanasi to
the new meeting place. Talk about service!

Room Tip: ask for front facing rooms on third floor. fourth is even better but the lift goes only to three.
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  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank baldboy54
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Reviewed March 14, 2012

awesome creation, wonderful hospitality, very close to dashashwamedh ghat ..... a must visit place. Morning sunrise gives an amazing feel. Nice rooms with good facilities. good family and friends destination.

Room Tip: ask for east sides room....201,204,306.....
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  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 3, 2012

We had two nights in this hotel at the end of February. The hotel building is hundreds of years old but the hotel is new and this did show in places. The room was a good size, the bed comfortable and the small bathroom had a great shower – which we looked forward to at the end of a hot day sight-seeing. Our room overlooked the river Ganges and was an easy walk to the temples, shops and bustle of the old town, although it is easier to access by boat, especially if you have luggage.

The restaurant is at the top of the hotel and is a great place to eat. The quality of the food served was excellent, although the choice was limited. The hotel has only been open for a month, but it is disappointing that they do not yet have the equipment in place to cook the items on the menu. Service was generally good and the staff all greeted us warmly.

Varanasi is an amazing place to visit but it is very busy and the Hotel Jukaso provides a peaceful place to relax – with lots of areas to sit back with a mocktail and reflect on the day.

Tip - take a torch if going out at night. The hotel has a generator, so electricity isn't a problem, but the same can not be said for the street lights in the area.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Stayed: May 2017, traveled solo
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Reviewed March 14, 2017
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  • Stayed: January 2017, traveled with friends
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Address: Patni Tola Chowk Ck 1/14 | Between Bhosle and Ram Ghat, Varanasi 221010, India
Location: India > Uttar Pradesh > Varanasi District > Varanasi
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Ski-In / Ski-Out Spa Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 80 Hotels in Varanasi
Price Range: $182 - $222 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — WelcomHeritage Jukaso Ganges 3*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
WelcomHeritage Jukaso Ganges at Varanasi is built on a sloped embankment called the ‘Guleria Ghat’ on the banks of the Holy Ganga River is typical of the riverfront architecture of Benaras. Sandstone quarried from the Chunar Area has been extensively used in the structural beams and columns of this property. The property has 15 Well appointed rooms and most of them are east facing which provide the guest with the advantage of a river view and a soothing breeze blowing off it. ... more   less 
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