by midnight_warrior on Mar 17, 2014Speciality Lodging
This is another great palace hotel by Taj. This one is very unique with only ten rooms. By all means, try to get a suite and you won't regret it.
When we arrived, a band was playing to welcome us. We were served drinks and given a quick walking tour of the property (including the spa area which looked amazing). Then we were upgraded from a palace room to a suite which was gorgeous. There was also a horse carriage on site which gave guests a free tour of the entire property, including the garden - I highly recommend you to take an hour out of your trip to try it.
The most outstanding part of the hotel was the service. The staff took pictures from Day 1 and shared the pictures with us after our departure. The dining experience was wonderful with outside sitting overlooking the pool and live traditional music. The food was great and the chef made the ram grilled fruit in front of us. The front desk staff was very helpful to arrange tour to the ghats and the boat river at a very reasonable price.
Even housekeeping is a point of differentiation. The staff helped clean the room several times a time. When we were back from our tour of the Ganges, a staff has prepared a bubble bath filled with rose petals. More importantly, he always offered to wash our shoes (a necessity after you have been to the Ganges!).
There was a small departure ceremony and a half dozen of people bid us farewell. Overall, the experience was extremely memorial. I would highly recommend people to stay here. I will absolutely go back again in the future.
by BAHG on Mar 12, 2014Speciality Lodging
A splendid home turn hotel with just 10 guest rooms. From beginning to end the staff did everything possible to make it a pleasant stay. The room was comfortable and we had a huge balcony at our disposal. The reading room and other guest areas were so beautifully decorated. The hotel allows no one other than the registered guests to dine on premises and dine we did.
by NorthernWanderer0 on Mar 12, 2014Speciality Lodging
We stayed here for 2 nights and found this hotel just wonderful.
This is a reflection of British colonial days with modernised features for ultimate comfort. This is managed by Taj hotels, and it shows.
Set in 10 acres of beautiful grounds, it is so peaceful amid hectic Varanasi.
The rooms are so comfortable and huge. We stayed in one of the historical suites named after previous guests (we had Lord Mounbatten suite, next door was the Queen Elizabeth suite etc).Our suite had a sitting room, dining room, bedroom with 4 poster bed, and huge bathroom. All were sumptuously and tastefully furnished. Nothing was overlooked, and all was clean and in tip top condition.
Sleep quality was about the best we have had in a hotel anywhere. The bathroom had a huge separate shower, roll top bath, and all the facilities you could ask for.
Staff - from the entry to departure, all staff members were great. Always nearby, not obtrusive, well trained and responsive. Really so polite.
Dining was a treat - we dined by the pool in the evening. The food selection and standard are a cut above the rest.
Wifi - is charged, which I think is a bit of a negative - surely everyone has some form of internet accessible phone/computer/tablet when they travel so why not just build the wifi into the room rate? Charging separately just looks cheap.
This is an expensive place to stay, but with every cent in my opinion. As a great experience, I highly recommend the Nadesar Palace.
by Berenice on Feb 25, 2014Speciality Lodging
This is a very special property. It's an experience unto itself. The decor is lovely, with many antiques and artwork, and the grounds are stunning. At check-in we were greeted with live music, refreshments, garlands and then introduced to our personal butler and the chef. Only guests may dine at the Nadesar Palace and the food is of very high quality. I had risotto one night and it was as good as any italian restaurant in New York.
by TravelbeanUsa on Feb 26, 2014Speciality Lodging
Nice place to stay away from the noise and chaos of the old town. Gated and secure. Shares the same entrance with the Taj Gateway Hotel. Nicely appointed suites. Excellent food. Organic garden on the grounds. Spa on site. Lovely staff and service. The only negatives are that we heard horns all night, but we were still able to sleep. And my husband and I got sick here with traveler's GI issues. We were fine for the prior 11 days in India at Oberoi hotels and by our 2nd day here we became ill. I emailed the hotel and asked if they use export quality water for the garden and they indicated that they use "fresh groundwater" to irrigate the organic garden. However, groundwater is still often contaminated for what foreigners can tolerate, especially in this area (Varuna basin, Ganges, etc). Something we ingested here was definitely not 100-percent hygienic. We did not eat raw foods at all, but I believe there was fresh mint in a drink. Also, peppers on the plate, etc. We never ate or drank outside the hotel, and used constant hand wipes and sanitizer while out, etc. Lovely welcome and departure at hotel, but come prepared just in case.
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