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Hotel Ganges View
Ranked #10 of 217 Varanasi B&B and Inns
Reviewed March 6, 2014

An atmospheric and lovely hotel. Nice room, not overly big, but fine Very high bed: You would not want to fall out of it. Wonderful cuisine, the best we ate in India in a long time -- maybe ever!

Only two negative points: (1) The room we had was on the terrace (Room 14), so we had to keep the curtains closed much of the time, which kept us from enjoying the view and made the room seem smaller. But we could step outside the room for the view. (2) More serious: The toilet stank. Clearly the ventilation is inadequate. They tried to make up for it by having a very strong exhaust fan, which just made the bathroom cold!

Still, a very enjoyable stay. And an excellent location. And great food!

Don't mis the Indian flute seller who hangs out in front of the hotel (Do, however, miss the unwashed beggar with a pet monkey who apparently never washes -- beggar or monkey.) The flutist wlll not only help you select a flute to buy, he will give free lessons over several days.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 26, 2014

We stayed at the Ganges View near the end of January, the nights were cold and the days cool.
We enjoyed our stay.
The location is excellent on the banks of the Ganges river right next to the ghats.
It is fairly high up, so from the verandah and roof terrace you overlook the footpath, steps and river, great for people watching, and easy to get a boat from here.
Our room was clean and comfortable, enough blankets and there was a good electric heater.
There was no fridge, or tea/ coffee making facilities.
The shower was the open type with no recess/ glass doors or curtain.
The taps had to be turned on to run for 5 mins before the hot water came through, but it is there and hot !
There is free Wi Fi but it only worked in the public areas.
The food was vegetarian only but was good, and plentiful. We had a continental breakfast with hot porridge, muesli, toast, and papaya but there weren't any eggs.
There are plenty of public areas to relax, open terrace or cosy lounge.
The staff were excellent, tried to please and friendly and smiling.
There are other places to eat close by, eg a pizza café next door.

Room Tip: Our room had an enclosed verandah in front and overlooked the river, great.
  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 26, 2014

Booked on the recommendation of friends, this was a welcome change from the modern box-like hotels so prevalent in Indian cities. An old house, on many levels, overlooking the ghats, the place was friendly and ideal for a short stopover in this crowded, noisy city. There is enough to see along the river over a few days and the Ganges View was an ideal base.

There are indoor and outdoor sitting areas all over the hotel and breakfast is brought to you. (Vegetarian) dinner in the dining room is available on request.

No pool.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank RdeS_12
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Reviewed February 25, 2014

A very warm welcoming place, the guest house is prime location to the Ganges . Was bit tricky to walk to but our taxi driver helped us carry our luggages up. They have two little dogs there at the reception and walking in there it does feel like going to someone's house. It's not a big place but it's cosy and with all the antique collections and decor, the place does have character !

The rooms were quite small and bit dark but for what it's worth , I do highly recommend it! They're dinner buffet is a must try. Home cooked vegetarian meals, so delicious !!! It is served in the dining area downstairs, almost feels like your back in time with the surrounding decors. Has a very colonial feel to it.

They have a lovely outdoor balcony where you can chill out with a beer and enjoy the Ganges river view. Ask the reception, they can organise a boat tour of the Ganges, do it early morning if possible , not only you beat the crowd , the sunrise is worth it . A lot is already happening on the river so you'll get to see a quite eye opening view.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 20, 2014

Like other reviewers below, I had mixed feelings about this hotel hence the mixed rating.. I spent 3 nights here recently. The plus is that it's very pretty. The minus is that there is an odd and creepy atmosphere about it. The people are offhand and seem to be indifferent to your presence. You wouldn't call them warm or friendly. Food was simple but good although dinner subject to cancellation without notice.(I was also warned in advance by a knowledgeable friend that they can also 'lose' your reservation in an instant.). I'd also watch out for the money/credit card transaction at the other shop. All in all it was relatively expensive for what it was. If alternatives were available, I'm not sure I'd return.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed February 15, 2014

We stayed there for three nights on December 2010. Varanasi is a very special place. It is very spiritual and cultural but also very exhausting and difficult. It is full of charm but also full of contrasts. Having this in mind I cannot think of a better place to stay in this city. The hotel is situated on Assi Ghat, an ideal location at the south border of the Ghats. It is on the main site of interest at Varanasi, yet in a very calm spot. We had night walks on Ganges picturesque Ghats and we really enjoyed the peaceful atmosphere, with fog covering everything making the yellow public lights even weaker. There were only a few people walking around, everything felt so still and we felt like it was the beginning of time. I really cannot imagine how we could take a taxi or ricksaw to get to a hotel to the other side of the town in Varanasi's horrible traffic jam after a deep experiense like those walks. Well, apart from its perfect location, the hotel has a very traditional style, it is well maintained and nice decorated. Our room was spacious, clean and had beautiful furniture and artwork as everywhere in the hotel. Staff were helpful. Dinner at the hotel (only vegetarian meals) were trully delicious with a vast variety of buffet dishes and different menu every night. Breakfast followed the same high standards and was served on a roof garden with unlimited ganges view. Some evenings the hotel organized a music event with traditional indian classical musicians and it was really enjoying and high level as well. We would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 23, 2014

We spent 4 nights at the Ganges View Hotel, (including New Year's Eve). Everything about this Hotel was absolutely perfect. Situated at the southern end of the Ghats, the location is ideal. The evening aarti ceremony which is held nightly at the main Dashashwamedh Ghat is an easy 15 min walk along the picturesque and serene ghats. There is also a smaller aarti ceremony on the ghats just near the Ganges View Hotel. This is beautiful and a quieter ceremony if you cannot be bothered with the crowds at the main ceremony. The hotel was quiet, serene, beautifully fitted out with gorgeous furniture, photos, artwork and the like. The staff and the owner were always willing to help with whatever request that we had. Breakfast was plentiful, with a huge variety of food, and we were always given fruit to take with us as well. The hotel has a set menu for dinner (if you so desire to stay in to eat). This is at 8.30pm each evening, and absolutely delicious with a different menu each night. The meal is at this time, because most visitors are attending the evening aarti ceremonies. This hotel is a gorgeous chillout place, a real haven to return to after the hectic pace of Varanasi. The hotel rooms are beautifully appointed with stunning furniture and artwork. Everything you could possibly need is in the rooms, and if something is not there, the staff will immediately oblige. The hotel has many areas to sit and rest or drink tea. This hotel is a real find, and the view of the Ganges - well! that's why we visit Varanasi isn't it!!!

Room Tip: All rooms good. Enjoy the View!!
  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Address: Assi Ghat, 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
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Ranked #10 of 217 B&Bs / Inns in Varanasi
Price Range: $118 - $171 (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):
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