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A Palace on the River, Rashmi Guest House
Ranked #24 of 80 Hotels in Varanasi
Reviewed December 19, 2013

This charming guest house is well-located, right in the midst of ancient history. My companion and I booked 3-nights here after a one-month stay in an ashram, and we are glad we did. Old Varanasi streets cannot accommodate vehicles, so you will be met and escorted to the property, a short walk through winding cobblestone streets. We were elegantly and warmly greeted with beautiful and fragrant malas (necklaces made of fresh roses and marigolds) and a cold drink, a lovely reception. Be prepared to climb -- there is no elevator and a lot of steps to rooms and the restaurant. This was not a problem for us.

We booked the least expensive rooms, and they were perfectly adequate for our needs, as we were out and about most of the time. My room was spotless. However, the "mattress" (actually just a 2-inch worn out pad) was truly inadequate -- I felt like I was sleeping on the floor, but I appreciated the freshly pressed pillowcases every day. I understand the much more expensive river-view rooms are quite lovely, but we were content to enjoy the views from the nice rooftop Dolphin Restaurant, which we thoroughly enjoyed. We found the food and service there to be excellent.

What made our visit so special is that, at our request, the hotel arranged for guide services from Pappu, an extremely knowledgeable and generous Varanasi native. Pappu booked two private boat tours for us -- one in the evening to visit the nearby burning ghats and the nightly chakra ritual -- moving, fascinating, humbling; and an early morning sunrise tour, which was extraordinary. He took us on a walking tour, including a stop at Blue Lassi, and steered us in the right direction (at our request) for silk and jewelry shopping. Pappu closely listened to us, and he included a few unanticipated surprises in our itinerary, which we very much appreciated. He also arranged our trip to Sarnath. (A tip: use car service instead of a tuk-tuk. It's an hour-long ride over bumpy and very dusty roads).

A visit to Varanasi is not for the faint of heart, so be prepared for the assault on the senses. I am extremely grateful to the fine staff at Rashmi Guest House and to our outstanding guide Pappu for helping us have a most memorable experience in the world's most ancient city. I felt protected and cared for and quite at home in this little gem.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 4, 2013

In Varanasi, one has to stay on the Ganges, and there are no fancy hotels except the odd good guest house!! and this is one of them!!
Good staff, food, and rooms ! Not 5 star but in the thick of the action and where the view is great! We had a great time and can recommend it!!

Room Tip: de luxe rooms with view if you need to !!
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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3  Thank Lindakot
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Reviewed December 3, 2013

This guest house is perfectly located for exploring the cremation ghat, the main ghat, and the surrounding lanes. It is not suitable for people who are unable or find it difficult to climb steep stairs without hand railings. There are very steep stairs to reach the entrance of the guest house. Inside there is no elevator. As a result, you must climb 5 flights of stairs to reach the roof top restaurant and 3 or 4 flights of stairs to reach your room. Cars are not allowed on the narrow streets near the guest house. Be prepared for a 5 or 10 minute walk from the main street to reach the guest house. Also be prepared for a tiny bathroom with no shower enclosure or shower curtain. If you do not wish to flood the barthroom, it is best to forego a shower in favor of a bucket bath.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 2, 2013 via mobile

I have to say I visited Rashmi at November 16 with my 3 friends the view was very perfect all of us siting on the rooftop and we were able to see the Ganga aarti from the top of the hotel and the Guide pappu and Golu was so humble and kind and helpful and even a man raja he woke up at night time and again kept the electricity on I would say It was the best visit to India

Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
1  Thank Anirudhtiwari
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Reviewed November 29, 2013

A hotel with a perfect location. You step right onto the GHAT when leaving the hotel, and you have the old part of the town just behind the hotel. Couldn´t be better!!
The restaurant is located on the top of the hotel, and there is an outdoor terrace. You shouldn´t eat in the restaurant. The food was very disappointing, and the waiters were a little grumpy . The chairs on the terrase was hard and uncomfortable. This part you can do better Rashmi !!!!
Our room was very small, but that was expected. The room appeared a little scruffy, and you could hear every word that was said in the bathroom next door.
The beds and towels were clean.
The staff in the lobby, and the young boys in the corridors were very friendly and helpfull.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 27, 2013

One of the best locations in Varanasi on the River, close to the main Ghat, excellent restaurant, excellent hotel Staff, Pappu & Golu are the best guides, hotel is very clean. Only complaint is rooms are very small, bathrooms are 2.5-3 star at best.

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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank satishananda
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Reviewed November 20, 2013

We had gone there for lunch and were pleasantly surprised by the availability of Beer and non veg food. The view was awesome and we manage to click some very good pictures. The food was nothing much to write about but yes it is on the 7th floor and you have to climb all the stairs. If you have been walking all day long, like us, we walked from Assi Ghat reaching the top becomes quiet a task.

If you are a beer drinker, have a beer and enjoy the view.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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Address: D A Palace on the River, Rashmi Guest House 16/28 - A | Dasaswamedh, Varanasi 221001, India
Location: India > Uttar Pradesh > Varanasi District > Varanasi
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Ranked #24 of 80 Hotels in Varanasi
Price Range: $37 - $143 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — A Palace on the River, Rashmi Guest House 3.5*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A Palace on River (Rashmi Guest House) is a newly opened hotel on the edge of the River Ganges. We are located at Manmandir Ghatt, Varanasi adjacent to Raja Mansingh's Observatory. Although it is a guest house , we try our level best to provide the services at par with that of five star hotels in Varanasi . It is the only guest house in Varanasi which is run by a competent 3 year Diploma Holder in Hotel Management , catering and applied Nutrition ( Ramesh Verma). This hotel has got a team of well qualified and experienced professionals.We leave no stone unturned in making the guest feel comfortable , their home baway from home . As for the restaurant , we serve a wide variety of dishes catering to all shorts of individuals. Overall we believe in better and better services from each and every stand point ... more   less 
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