Yes, there was a cow eating trash outside the hotel, but there was trash just about everywhere we went in Varanasi, not just outside the hotel. We arrived after a traffic jam unrivalled anywhere else in India and were greeted by the friendly manager. He showed us two rooms, both were the same price but one had a view of the river and the ghats, and the other didn't. The air conditioner took several tries to get going, but once we got the hang of it (and some new batteries in the remote!), it ran without any problems.
We never took advantage of the free yoga and meditation classes, and at the time there weren't many tourists, so we weren't sure if the restaurant was open or not so never ate there. But the manager and staff were always friendly and would take the time to talk, every day we would see staff cleaning around the hotel and little things like the internet and sodas were priced fairly. The view from the balcony was top-notch, and fellow travellers staying at the Haifa down the street said Temple on Ganges was cheaper and cleaner than their hotel (at a higher price).
If you're looking for mid-range accomodation that is clean, quiet in a good location and has a great view, this would be hard to beat.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a well esteemed hotel known specially for our excellent location on the bank of river Ganges and good hospitality services.We have an excellent multicuisine Vegetarian restaurant on the terrace with panoramic view of river Ganges and ghats, Free WiFi zone,Forex desk,travels counter and at door all vehicles accessible and parking facility.There are five different categories of rooms (with and without view) available to book online and directly with us also. ... more less
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