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Hotel Ganges View
Ranked #11 of 222 Varanasi B&B and Inns
Reviewed September 5, 2013

A ideal hotel to experience the charm and hospitality of a bygone era - a fort on the banks of the river Ganges with the atmosphere and history of a graceful past. All the rooms are tastefully appointed with modern amenities and the staff efficiently look after your needs. The menu is not elaborate but offers a unique blend of Indian cuisine. Ideally located to soak in the unique ambience of Varanasi.

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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 31, 2013 via mobile

Hotel Ganges view is a lovely heritage hotel situated right on the banks of the river Ganges. It has a wonderful roof top terrace that has a relaxing cafe and a place to eat breakfast looking on to the river and life below.

Varanasi is a very hectic place where you are hassled and jostled wherever you go. Obviously this is not unusual in India but the rule of Varanasi is multiple it by ten. We visited in the monsoon heat of August which also seemed to magnify it. Thus having this hotel to return to with good air conditioning and the serene roof cafe helped us survive the city.

The room was smaller than most we stayed in but great effort had been taken to decorate it beautifully and furnish it with antique pieces. Ours had a peacock theme. It was clean and charming. Although the bed was on the hard side. The bathroom was big and the shower another nice place to wash away the dust and sweat of the city.

We had A LOT of hassle getting to the hotel. Definitely get the guys there to send a car to the station to meet you. Even using the pre pay taxi booth we got messed around and it took a stand down and lots if raised voices and drama to be taken to our reserved hotel. Assi Ghat was flooded, as was the basement of the hotel but that did not mean the hotel was not a great place to stay. If you get this line from your driver insist they still take you. Should the front entrance be flooded there are two alternate ways in from Assi Ghat or from the alleyway behind. Persevere!

The staff are helpful here and will book cars to the airport with good drivers etc. They laundered clothes for us and there is wifi around reception.

We ate here on our second night and the food is good, plentiful, and great value, and it offered a chance to meet other guests and swap tales in the book lined dining room.

It is very close to Assi Ghat and we were able to watch the religious ceremonies at night and in the morning as people bathed and worshipped on the river. Whilst it is outside the old town Rickshaws are a cheap way to get to the old city and they save you all the hassle as you walk, as well as keeping you a little cooler as someone else does all the work. It is very hard not to feel a touch guilty however!

This wasn't the best value hotel we stayed in. I was quite surprised how much it cost compared to other hotels we stayed in during the monsoon season, however it was not in anyway poor value. We just had to pay a bit more in Varanasi than we'd done elsewhere. I certainly got the impression it was quite busy here so I guess that is just supply and demand, and good business sense. And to be honest after the trouble it took to get to the right hotel I'd have paid anything!

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Reviewed August 31, 2013

I really loved this place. I managed to hurt my ankle while in Varanasi so spent much of my time unable to walk in the hotel, I was so glad we chose this place. Lots of lovely peaceful places to sit and watch the world below go by or gaze at the ganges. If you eat dinner at the hotel then there is no menu, you just get a buffet of whatever they have prepared that day and are encouraged to sit with your fellow travelers - this turned out to be a highlight for me. I loved the food and the friendly atmosphere that this approach created. The Lonely Planet had it right when they marked it as a 'top pick'!

Room Tip: We booked with them directly via email without trouble and had an upper floor double withia/c which...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 23, 2013

We definitely chose the wrong time to be in Varanasi (July 29th! Full monsoon period, try to avoid it if you can) BUT we picked a very good hotel, with by far the best position and view we could find.
We had booked from home with a simple direct e-mail, they were quick and easy in replying, also picked us up at the airport and asked for no payment in advance. Our room was spacious, nicely furnished and spotless, as was the bathroom. The terrace overlooking the river is pleasant and relaxing and - last but absolutely NOT least - the food (veg) was excellent. The staff was very helpful in solving a couple of little problems we had encountered with railway bookings. Good free wi-fi in the lobby.
Why not "Excellent"? Well, considering the looooooooow season the rates were slightly too high. Anyway, we had a great time!

Room Tip: Asl for a room on the top floor: they cost more, but are worth it.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

Excellent rooms, though service is poor for the price you pay. It is not possible to stay in the communal areas since the personnel is sleeping there at night, so after 22.30 everybody is removed from there. Since there's only wifi available downstairs, it's only possible to sit in front of the reception stools when you want to check your next train etc.. No common restaurant, orders have to be made at the reception. Nice room, but not for almost 100 dollars, highly overvalued and not recommended.

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Reviewed August 11, 2013

This is an amazing place to stay at when visiting Varanasi. It is full of details all over, and the first floor terrace is very relaxing. The hosts are very polite and the food is really good. Will definitely stay there next time I visit. :)

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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 8, 2013

We stayed here for 4 nights, July 12-15, and loved each day. The home, which has been in the family for 100 years, is a beautiful, artful, multi-level gem. Assi Ghat is a quieter area. Much of what has been written I agree with. The Italian ambassador was staying for a couple nights and we enjoyed a fantastic dinner in the same dining room as he and his family/staff. Original art work everywhere. The staff is so nice and helpful. The owner, usually available in the morning at the front area, makes sure the home is well taken care of. Varanasi is a challenging city; however, I disagree with a reviewer's comments about Sarnath. My wife and I found it unappealing and not worth the time to get there. We wanted to feel differently but the circus surrounding the sites is distracting. Otherwise our month long journey in India was wonderful.

Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: Assi Ghat | N30/241 Nagawa, Varanasi 221005, India
Location: India > Uttar Pradesh > Varanasi District > Varanasi
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 222 B&Bs / Inns in Varanasi
Price Range: $119 - $173 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Ganges View 3*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ganges View guest is one of best guest house in Varanasi or Banaras those are situated at unique oldest city in the world or holy pilgrimage cities in India located on the Banks of the Holy Ganges...... and so much ... more   less 

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