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“A room with a view”
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Ajay Guest House
Ranked #45 of 79 Hotels in Varanasi
Reviewed December 2, 2011

The Ajay Guesthouse was recommended to us by a friend and we were not disappointed. A truly amazing hotel right on the Ganges. It's old, rustic and run down but this only adds to its charm.. If you're coming to Varanasi then it's definitely worth stretching your budget to a Ganga view room. My partner and I stayed in one of the dome balcony rooms, which was beautiful.

Fantastic views and waking up to see the sun rise over the river right from our bed was magical. We stayed 6 nights in late November and managed to negotiate R3,000 per night with breakfast included - this may sound expensive for India but we found it was cheaper than other hotels along the Ghats. If you're on a budget, it helps that food in the area is so cheap that you can eat from as little as R25.

The hotel is right by Munshi Ghat and about 2min walk from the main Ghat. An auto-rickshaw from the train station should take about 10-15 minutes, and cost around R75.

The hotel offers good food at the Sunrise roof top restaurant where you'll be surrounded by cheeky little monkeys looking for snacks. The hotel also includes free wifi in the main hotel and rooftop restaurant.

There are two guest-houses - Ajay and Elena (same hotels), we stayed in Elena - both have the round, dome balcony rooms. I can not express how helpful the staff were, from making sure we were happy with our room (which was cleaned everyday) to organising and purchasing our train tickets on our behalf for as little as R100 (it'd cost more if we took a taxi to the station to book it ourselves!).

When we return some time in the future we will definitely be staying here!

Room Tip: The Ganga view rooms with domed ceilings were amazing.
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  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 23, 2011

Situated in the heart of the old city of Varanasi, near Dasaswamedah Ghat, with a splended view on the Ganges, you find a nice place to stay. Friendly people take you all the way through Varanasi for free. Including à simple but clean restaurant, its THE place to escape from the traffic jam and the overwhelming crowds.

Room Tip: Always ask for the Ganges view!
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  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 20, 2011

I would highly recommend Ajay's Guesthouse. It is clean and in a very convenient location. My tour guide, Babu, was superb. He was very knowledgable and friendly. He works at Ajay's, so if you're here, look him up!

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed November 8, 2011

We stayed at Ajay's and cannot recommend it highly enough as the place to capture the spirit of Varanasi. To look from the high windows along the ghats is quite magical. Ajay can be your knowledgeable guide around old Varanasi and arrange a boat trip along the ghats to the evening religious ceremony. The rooms, service and food are good.

Room Tip: Ask for a room looking out over the Ganges
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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 28, 2011

My travel agency booked the place for me and i got really excited when i checked in as it is right in the center of the old town and just 50m away are steps getting town to the ghats.
it has 24h electricity and warm water, which is not always the case in India and the staff is really friendly and helpful.

Room Tip: there is a nice double room with a window facing the ganga
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Reviewed October 24, 2011

We stayed just one night in the hotel, but it was very good. The view from the Superior Room is absolutely amazing and there was a nice roof restaurant. The rooms are basic, but clean and we had no problems with electricity. Now we are using the free Wi-Fi Service. The main Ghat is just left to the hotel, and not even 5 minutes away. I think its a very good option,to be in the center of Varanasi.They offered us also tours,guided by the hotel service,which seemed cheap for us,and was very good.If I should ever visit Varanasi again,I would go here again.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 19, 2011

I very much recommend this hotel. The view from some rooms as well as the restaurant is breath taking.
The food and service is outstanding.
The owner is one of the nicest and caring persons I met during my trip.
Also he knows an excellent and inexpensive masseur who massages me every day.
The air condition is always working, hot showers and free internet which are some of the great qualities of this hotel as well.

Room Tip: It depends I stayed in both the rooms with a view of Ganges as well as in the back with immediate ac...
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Additional Information about Ajay Guest House

Address: Choushotti Ghat Ajay Guest House D21/11 | Rana Mahal Ghat, Varanasi 221001, India
Location: India > Uttar Pradesh > Varanasi District > Varanasi
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #45 of 79 Hotels in Varanasi
Price Range: $13 - $110 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ajay Guest House is one of the fabulous sites of Varanasi. Extremely situated in natural location. Exhibits entire scenery of Varanasi one look. It also has all modern amenities from airport pickup, to sight seeing, travel planning. Each room is like a house in itself. ... more   less 
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