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International Travellers' Hostel, Varanasi
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Varanasi, India
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“A great find”
Reviewed November 14, 2013

Near the main train station this hostel was perfect for a stay in Varanasi. Because it isn't right down by the Ganges you can't get dropped to the street and not have to walk with your bags through the pedestrian area leading to the main gates. A really quiet spot which is amazing in such a noisy and busy city. Clean rooms and great friendly staff who were helpful and showed us some of the best local things. Also great food and good atmosphere to meet people for a lone traveller. Added bonus is the free use of the washing machine and good music in the garden area

  • Stayed November 2013
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Ashish V, Owner at International Travellers' Hostel, Varanasi, responded to this review, November 15, 2013
Thank you so much for the lovely review, Felicity. You are the reason we are, and it is absolutely encouraging to receive your appreciation. This is what makes our journey worthwhile! Having been able to serve you was a pleasure, and we do certainly hope to see you again!

On a personal note, I hope to bump into you somewhere on this planet during my travels! :)

- Ashish
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Bandung, Indonesia
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9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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Reviewed November 6, 2013

You guys have to try the Indian Breakfast! All vegetarian meals if necessary!
It's perfect! The best hostel I ever stayed when I was in Varanasi.
Small room but it's okay as long as it's clean.
Everytime I enter this hostel I feel I am not in Varanasi.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Ashish V, Owner at International Travellers' Hostel, Varanasi, responded to this review, November 7, 2013
It was a pleasure to host you, Felicia. We are delighted to know that you enjoyed your stay here. We strive everyday to create the best hostel (and dining) experience for all our guests, and your words are sheer encouragement for us to push ourselves even further. Thank you!
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Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
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Reviewed September 30, 2013 via mobile

I have never stayed in a dorm/hostel before,let alone mixed dorm and my first trip to varanasi.located very close to the varanasi junction and easily within the walking distance.never tried a tuk-tuk to hostel from station but should not cost you more than twenty rupees.a shared TV,washing machine to help you and the rooms are basic but still gives you the best sleeps after a tiring walk in the varanasi ghats.

Located a bit away from the ghats but for those who prefer tohave a sleep away frokm dust and noise from the busy varansi city ith is the place.
The staff of ith were extremely helpful in all aspects and special thanks to ashish for keeping the stay comfortable.


I would comeback here again if I'd were to visit varanasi. Thanks ith forgiving my stay comfortable.

  • Stayed September 2013
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2 Thank rssankar
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Ashish V, Owner at International Travellers' Hostel, Varanasi, responded to this review, October 10, 2013
Thank you for the wonderful review, Sethu. We strive for excellence, and there is no better feeling than knowing that we were able to meet with your expectations.

What's best about what we do is that we get to meet on a regular basis with wonderful people like yourself! This is such a soul-enriching experience.

Looking forward to see you again!
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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Reviewed July 28, 2013

What goes for hostels, International Travelers’ Hostel is the best one I have stayed in during my time in India.

The rooms are light and clean. What is very important for me is that the bed sheds was clean as well. Having traveled India for a while it was a delight to sleep in a good soft bed! The common area is a light and colorful area as well where you can sit and relax after a day in the busy Varanasi.
The staff and the owner are very friendly and take good care of you! I got sick while staying in Varanasi and the owner and his family took so good care of me, provided me with whatever I needed to get better!

The hostel is located 5-10 minutes from the railway station so you don’t need to take an auto in order to reach it. Still it is easy, and fast, to reach the old city. It is located in a quiet area of Varanasi which for me weighs a lot!

If I go back to Varanasi I will definitely stay at International Travelers’ Hostel and will recommend everybody else to do the same!

Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Ashish V, Owner at International Travellers' Hostel, Varanasi, responded to this review, August 27, 2013
Josefine, it is our responsibility to take care of all our guests, and especially so in case of sickness. It was splendid to see you recover and be back up on your feet!

I would also like to thank you a ton for your propitious words! There is nothing like witnessing a guest smile :)

Looking forward to see you again sometime!
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Reviewed July 3, 2013

Very friendly staff, very clean hostel. Close to the trainstation and fairly easy to get to the ganges river and the main ghats. Definitely recommendable to any traveller! Probably the best hostel in varanasi for solo travellers

  • Stayed February 2013
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Ashish V, Owner at International Travellers' Hostel, Varanasi, responded to this review, August 27, 2013
Thank you so much for your wonderful words! Your delight is what we aim for, and it is an absolute pleasure to know that we were able to make your travel experience a little bit better. In anticipation of serving you again in the future, we vow to constantly work towards improving our standards even further.
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Brussels, Belgium
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

This little guesthouse is the best place to stay after a day in the crowded city. It's clean, quit and the hosting family is very nice. The owner, Aschish, is a +-30 year old ex traveller who knows what backpackers want. We went to a bar together, he gives good advice for restaurants and cares about any of our needs. There is even a washing machine. It's not close to the crowded city but close to the train station. A 40 rupee cycle richaw takes you to the old city and the Ganges. The food you can order here is good, I advise you the pizza. The athmosphere was great because of the setting. It was the place where I felt the best in India.

Room Tip: The 5 persons dorm is good.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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Ashish V, Owner at International Travellers' Hostel, Varanasi, responded to this review, August 27, 2013
It is said that we need to put ourselves in the shoes of others in order to truly understand what they need. We try to do just that! We put together every effort to make you feel home and to make your travel experience rather better. It is thrilling to know that we could earn your appreciations. Thank you so much for the opportunity to let us serve you! Hopeful to see you again someday.
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Reviewed March 9, 2013

I staid in Varanasi for 4 nights. the hostel is quit new. but very clean, good organised, very friendly people. specially the owner. Internet is perfect. they always ask you if everything is fine and if you need some help. the warm shower is awesome. I really recommend this hostel. maybe the distance to the ghats are not so good but for around 30 Rupie you get a tuk tuk. the distance to the railway station is just 5 minutes walk. stay there and relax;)

  • Stayed March 2013
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3 Thank Merlinzauberer
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Ashish V, Owner at International Travellers' Hostel, Varanasi, responded to this review, August 27, 2013
We are thrilled to know that you had a pleasant & relaxing stay with us, Merlin. Your wonderful words are the fuel for us to keep going - "You smile, we smile".

We are constantly working on improving our facilities and service standards even further. Hope to see you next time!
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Property: International Travellers' Hostel, Varanasi
Address: Vidyapeeth Road | Landmark: The Alley Opposite to Gate #2 of Vidyapeeth University, Varanasi 221002, India
Location: India > Uttar Pradesh > Varanasi District > Varanasi
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 220 Specialty Lodging in Varanasi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
International Travellers’ Hostel is Varanasi’s and north India’s first hostel of its kind. Staying true to the spirit of backpacking and adventure travel, we have evolved to offer the widest variety of accommodations equipped with a range of modern facilities. Combined with friendly service, we are here to offer you an unmatched hostelling experience. Our hostel’s main highlights include a peaceful location away from the chaos of Varanasi’s downtown area, cleanliness, fast Wi-Fi, free purified drinking water, power back-up on AC (in some rooms), washing machine, kitchen and of course our staff who like to serve with a smile! We’ve combined the best of a modern backpackers’ hostel—where you can meet like-minded travellers—with the warmth of a homestay, giving you the opportunity to acquaint with our culture. We aim to provide our guests with a memorable and pleasant stay – with a touch of homeliness and the care of a family. ... more   less 
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