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 Caryn D on Dec 29, 2013Speciality Lodging
With only 10 rooms you have to feel spoiled. We stayed in the Persia room, where the Shah of Iran used to stay. Just luxurious. The service was impeccable. Love walking out of my room to be greeted with flute playing by a musician on the balcony. Very intimate hotel with lovely grounds and excellent staff.
by juanthewave on Dec 28, 2013Speciality Lodging
We were given a royal welcome to this newly renovated boutique hotel that was a palace welcoming dignitaries and royalty for the past millennia!
All rooms are beautiful suites
Food is fabulous
Grounds are amazing
This is TRULY an oasis in Varanasi, quiet, beautiful, refined and relaxed!
The spa experience was also an very special experience from start to finish!
by Theodore B on Dec 12, 2013Speciality Lodging
Varanasi is a fascinating yet chaotic city. The Nadesar Palace is a perfect haven, and one of the finest hotels I've ever had the pleasure to visit. The staff members, from the butlers to the restaurant to the spa, were exceedingly elegant and polite. The Palace has only ten rooms, and the service is completely personalized. The day I arrived, I enjoyed tea on the balcony while an accomplished flute player gave a personal concert. The menu at the restaurant is stellar - I opted for vegetarian entrees and everything was prepared to order. The bathroom featured a large claw-foot bathtub and modern marble shower stall. I would highly recommend that you meet the wonderful people in the Jiva Spa as well. I took a private yoga class and then enjoyed the Abisheka signature treatment, which includes bathing in purified water from the Ganges. I will never forget this hotel and the great sophistication of the people who work there.
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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