We stayed at this hotel for one night this past February. It took us about 35 minutes from the airport and we were surprised to find a quiet and pleasant location once we passed through the front gates. The lobby is large and comfortable leading directly to the main restaurant, a small bar, a more formal dining room, and the pool area. Our room was not ready, so we were offered tea or coffee and some cookies and we were asked to wait either in the lobby or by the pool area. The hotel has extensive grounds with a very nice garden with many varieties of dahlias in many diferent colors. The pool is of a nice size and there are about 20 lounge chairs and plenty of space. The only thing that makes this hotel special is that it is quiet and peaceful.
We booked a junior suite, as there was nothing else available during the dates we were visiting. Once we made to our room we found it to reflect the quality of a two or three star hotel, with very tired and basic furniture. We had a separate living room with a couch and chair set and a small coffee table and our room was basically two regular rooms combined. The bathroom was better, with a glass shower and an updated sink and vanity area. The regular rooms are very small but you really won't spend any extra time here, so it doesn't really matter that much.
We had appetizers and drinks at the bar and the service was professional and timely. Breakfast was plentiful but the quality was just o.k. Service on the other hand was excellent with the waitress offering extra juices or more coffee. Overall this hotel is overpriced for what it offers but that is what you get when demand is higher than availability. We were told this is the best hotel in town, but we would suggest future visitors to Varanasi take a look at the Radisson and compare the rates.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Group-oriented mid-rise hotel centrally located on Raja Bazar Road at Nadesar Palace Grounds, on the banks of the Varuna River. ... more less
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