The location has its pros and cons.
Varanasi can be very overwhelming and hectic , this hotel is at 10 kms of the center. So it is a nice cut after a busy time in town. However it takes long to reach the town (15 minutes by car or 25 by tuc tuc).
The hotel has a travel agency, which provides you with tours and car services.
The tours are affordable (350 roupies). They offer morning and evening tours + 1 tours in the afternoon in Sarnath. I recommand these tours.
They have a nice restaurant where food is good and afordable. There is a bar and a cafe , mainly locals and outsiders go there.
The spa is nothing special.
Now, the room service there is really bad. In 3 days they did not clean our room a single time. When people would leave their trays with leftovers in the corridors, it would take the staff 2 days to collect them.
The rooms are old and very basic. It is more a hostel than a hotel. So no good value for money.
At the time I booked the other hotels were full, so as a plan B it is fine but I would not recommend it to my friends if they can find better.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the Cantonment area, the Surya Kaiser Palace is accessible to the airport and railway station, as well as the Buddhist holy site Saranath and numerous Hindu temples on the holy river Ganga. Surya sits on a historical site of an ancient Nepali king's palace built in 1818, named Kesar Castle. Newly restored, this palace is for you to enjoy. A fine dining multi-cuisine restaurant, a unique cafe and juice bar, full service bar, banquet halls, and a swimming pool are all available. Each hotel room has a balcony with a view of the palace and the gardens, where you can dine facing this beautiful building. Surprisingly affordable hotel accommodations will delight and pamper you. Four unique levels of rooms allow you to decide which accommodation suits you best. Each room package has a complimentary breakfast buffet served daily and 24-hour room service. All guests may have full use of the pool, and access to the spa. At Surya Kaiser Palace it is our desire to provide a paradise where guests can relax, rejuvenate, and enjoy their stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Surya Hotel Varanasi