by Clare L on Apr 14, 2013
Have just stayed here for 2 nights and this hotel is really lovely! Clean, good sized rooms but most importantly wonderful staff who looked after me beautifully and nothing was too much trouble for them!
I would recommend it highly! It is away from the beautiful madness of varanassi but near enough to go where ever you please, a haven at the end of a busy sightseeing day!
by Somanadha Sastry A on Mar 05, 2013
No complaints. very nice place to stay at Varanasi. Room is not too small. Very clean toilets.I highly recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Varanasi. Didnt eat anything in restaurant..so no comments.Overall it was satisfactory.
by jenabaindelhi on May 01, 2013
We stayed here for two nights while touring Varanasi+Sarpath. Definitely ask for airport pickup, as it's a bit hard to find hotel for taxis. Checkin was really easy and friendly-- and we had booked through make-my-trip, which was a bit higher than going directly to the hotel for reservation. We were offered our choice of two rooms--- both nice and big. Very clean room, big comfy bed, clean/nice bathroom, good power backup, and powerful ac and fan. Be sure to ask for hot water to be turned on in advance-- it's centrally controlled, and the kind people at the front desk even called to confirm when they thought the hot water should be flowing (about 20 min later). Definitely simple--not luxury-- but it was excellent for the price (about $40/night) and for the weekend trip. Breakfast was included---nice omlettes and reasonable selection each morning. The hotel has a 'travel desk' that arranged our airport pickup/drops and also a day tour that was fabulous-- and very reasonable with car/guide/etc. Hotel also has free wifi, although i didn't use it that weekend. Hotel is about 15 min drive from the ghats-- so not 'in the middle of the action'--- but on the upside, it's very quiet and across from a peaceful park. As just one example of how service-friendly this hotel is, the very sweet engineer brought me a power cord/strip --- and i had asked for a plug adaptor---but this solution was even better and so freely offered. Nice, simple place and nice people to take care of you in Varanasi.
by mikekd on Apr 14, 2013
Hotel Buddha caters mainly for Indian clientele, but, as Europeans, we had an excellent stay there too. To Western standards the hotel may seem basic but the staff could not have been more helpful or friendly. We had a pefectly adequate twin-bed room with a little balcony even. It was quiet, the air-conditioning worked and although a shower curtain would have kept the bathroom floor dry after a shower, we were very comfortable. There was only flourescent lighting on the ceiling whereas bedside lamps would have made the room seem cosier, but everything worked and was clean. Previous reviewers complained about the lack of hot water. We didn't have any trouble if you followed the hotel rules which were explained to us clearly on arrival. There is hot water in the morning until 10.am. Then if you want some later in the day you ask at reception where it is switched on and you wait half an hour for the water to heat up. We did this twice with no problems.
The hotel is perfectly situated in a quiet square, not far from the town centre and is a 30 minute walk to the main ghat. You can take a rickshaw but we enjoyed the walk as you can stop, browse in the shops, eat ice cream or drink freshly squeezed orange juice along the way.
The breakfast was simple but you could ask to have your eggs cooked anyway you liked, and there was a choice of Indian food too. We ate in the hotel restaurant for dinner once where the food was good but basic. There's a great restaurant around the corner called Sri Annapurna which has excellent food and is quite cheap. It was full of locals - always a good sign. We liked it so much we ate there twice.
One of the days we booked a trip with Gopal, the tour guide, and at 2700 IR for the day including a car and driver, it was well worth. He showed us around the main Hindu and Buddhist sites, and his obvious love of the city was infectious. At sunset he arranged for us to go on a boat trip up the Ganges to see the cremations and then back for Arti, Hindu evening prayers, which was a spiritual and magical experience, and I'm an atheist!
Altogether, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this hotel. It homely, basic but comfortable, and the staff cannot be faulted. Excellent value, quiet location, very friendly. What more do you want?
I was there end of March 2013, travelling with a friend.
by Louis D on Mar 19, 2013
Had a great 3 night stay at this hotel. 10 min drive from the main ghat on the Ganga river with taxi or tuk tuk.
Helpful staff, clean rooms. We had most of our meals at their restaurant the food was ok and the kitchen seemed clean. ( Indian standards)
After seeing some of the other restaurants and hotels in Varanasi I am so glad we discovered this gem.
Will recommend it to all my friends.
by Harini B on Feb 22, 2013
I visited Varanasi as a part of my Kumbh mela trip.The hotel was nice however approach is quite bad.If you are staying for more than one day it is annoying to take the ill kept road.there was no water in the room & when i asked for it they, got mineral water for which they tried to charge while i was checking out.staff at the reception were very helpful & pleasant
by rajitsehgal on Mar 17, 2013
all three days it was mere conflakes with milk. bread butter,and potato parathas and jalebis and omlette. thats it.
moreover only from 8am to 9 am .
reception staff was unable to provide me with attachment for europian plug despite promising.
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