by Jill R on Mar 01, 2015Hotel
Situated on Assi Ghat, at one end of the ghats, the hotel is well positioned especially as our guided tour began with the dawn ceremony on this ghat (an incredible
experience). We were first shown to the 'Jodpur' room at the back - beautifully done but window 'looked' onto wall 18 inches away. So asked for upgrade to one of front rooms - stayed in 'Colonial 1' (next to reception) which was not as pleasing to us decor-wise (fustier style), with smaller dingier bathroom, but did have (one way) windows onto vibrant street scenes. the Ganges and Assi Ghat.. so swings and roundabouts, but the sights from the room made the £20 per night extra worthwhile (even if the air con unit let in street noises as if it was an open hole to the outside); we could watch street life to our hearts content - people, cattle, rickshaws, pavement barber/shaving sessions etc etc.
Dining room (on lowest floor) quite dark and hot and breakfasts okay but not amazing. Staff pleasant, genuine and helpful.
by Rishi M on Jan 27, 2015Hotel
After reading quite a few ordinary reviews I was spectical about the hotel, but after staying there for two nights I felt some of earlier reviews were a bit harsh
on this place.
1 I got an early 6am check in without any fuss.
2. The rooms and bathroom though small were neat and clean and my request for change in room was promptly granted.
3. The breakfast and dinner was both good and served well.
4. Even though we didn't get river facing room, any guest can see Ganges from the small reading room and the terrace. The restruant in the terrace is not operational.
5. The location of the Hotel is excellent. it is facing Assi Ghat, one of the cleanest Ghats in Varanasi. The Ghat organises a morning ganga aarti with some very good live music. One can hire a boat to visit others Ghats or watch evening aarti. In addition the Sankat Morchan temple is also close by.
On the negative side,
1 The hotel is very expensive in fact some of the five star
hotels are cheaper than this Hotel.
2. The rooms are small and most of them have no view.
3. It is unlikely that one will get Ganga facing view.
Overall I give it 4 star primarily for the location.
by Eda G on Jan 31, 2015Hotel
We stayed two nights at this place while visiting Varanasi. Location is good and hotel is reasonably clean. The only thing we did not like was when we asked for a supermarket close by staff was not helpful and claimed that they were not allowed to talk to us about nearby places as management would not approve. We found a place to shop through our tour guide. Also service at restaurant was slow but we already learned that it is not wise to expect any other way in India.
by martyn536 on Jan 29, 2015Hotel
The main plus about this hotel is the location, close to Assi Ghat. It is a "Heritage" style hotel with a nice feel to it. Staff very pleasent and helpful. We had bedroon 203 which only had a small window that opened out into a drain pipe shaft. The bedroom was adequate, but for some reason always felt a little damp. We did have some rain so maybe it was just the damp weather. Bathroom ok, though had to be careful as no slip mat in the shower. Water cold in the evenings, however when reported they managed to get some hot water back on tap after about 5 minutes. There was a lot of noise coming from above late in the evening, I said about it when checking out they said it was probably from the kitchen staff cleaning up. We go to bed late so not a big problem. They is a rooftop restaurant, it is a bit scruffy, we only used it for a drink. The main restaurant is on the lower floor that was small but fine. Nice breakfast and we had dinner one night and it was very good.
by Sahjanwa_VM on Feb 25, 2015Hotel
We Planned to spend a Night in Varanasi and found out about this Nice Property on the Banks of Ganges, at Assi Ghat.
However, this place was not what it seemed from outside. Its a Heritage property and I can understand if Rooms are Small, but how can we excuse a Hotel Charging more than $100 a night providing us with Bed Linen full of Fluff and is not comfortable to Skin. TV was of Mughal Era. The Bed cracked even if you moved a little. The stay was so unpleasant that we were glad we had to spend just a night.
The Food was Average or Below Average. No choice No Quality.
The Hotel has no sense of Quality. Its not worth even $50 a night. STAY AWAY..I idea is just to have a Heritage Hotel on the Banks of Ganges and make Travelers especially Foreign Travelers Fools...
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