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Non A/c Room
Tue, 14 Feb – Wed, 15 Feb (1 Night) | 1 Room | 1 Guest
Non A/c Room
The hotel was ok. But the approach was bad. Just to visit the ghats and perform pooja.
(based on 75 reviews)
The room was pretty clean and the price was right. The hot water was under your control which is always nice. The lobby and halls have nice clean marble looking floors. The bed was the hardest we have encountered in India and the Wi-Fi didn't work at all. Within the rooms our Vodafone sim cards couldn't connect to network either. The place is run by a bunch of young guys who were a little controlling with their petty requests.. there was no atmosphere or place to meet the other travelers either. So.. good clean room for good price if that is what you want.. but awkward staff and no social scene.. depends on your needs
First question is why do you want to stay in Dashashmedh Ghat. The hotels (not only this hotel but all the hotels) in this area are situated inside the 4 feet wide dirty lane. You will have to walk for a good long time to get to the hotel. The rooms will usually be a little suffocating and sweaty. This particular hotel room did not have a TV and a lift (elevator) as well. And in case you start complaining and plan to check out after staying one night, please be prepared to part with the money that you paid in advance. In my case, I could not tolerate the room for more than a night. So I decided to to checkout next morning. I had paid Rs. 1000/- as advance and the room charges were Rs 600/- So I demanded a refund of Rs 400/- Need less to mention, I was denied the refund mentioning a strange reason from the hotel administration. Proof attached herewith. So my piece of advice, is not to stay near Dashashmedh ghat. It does not offer you any big adventure to loose all your comfort and money. I also want to know why so many foreigners put up here. What exactly they look for. Any responses please.
Great location and amazing staff!! They helped us in everything - booking train tickets, cooking food, getting to places and many many more things. The owner and other workers are super friendly and very helpful.
I had planned a week's stay at Varanasi, and had decided on Ali Baba Guest House, after reading the positive reviews on TripAdvisor. Had also read that for a first timer in Varanasi the p[lace could be a bit difficult to find, and hence rang up Vishal at the front office from the Bangalore airport to see how I could reach there without much hassle. Vishal rang me back after a while and messaged me a cabbie's number who would pick me up from the airport, and when I landed at Varanasi a few hours later, was greeted with a warm smile by Amit, my cabbie for the week. :) This was the month of Shravan, and Dasashwameth Ghat where the entire action takes place is warded off by the traffic police, and Amit who had to leave his taxi a couple of kilometers away, accompanied me on a rickshaw and then walked with me for the last few hundred meters with my luggage, and saw to it that I was there at Ali Baba, all safe and sound. The place is hidden away inside the innumerable galis near Dasaswametha Ghat, and Abhishek, who runs place, personally ventured out with me to show me around. He is one really helpful soul, and so is Vishal, and with them around its very unlikely that you will go wrong. In a day or two, one gets accustomed to the numerous bilanes and learn to find your way out of this jigsaw puzzle with ease. I shouldnt forget to mention that the place is perhaps less than a ten minutes walk away from the most happening place at Varanasi - the Dasahwameth Ghat. Talking of accessibility, Ali Baba cannot be reached upto the door step by a rickshaw, and you need to walk the last bit to reach the hotel. But that's the case with every hotel in the area, irrespective of where you stay. With so many lanes and bylanes flying all round, you need to be on your foot for at least five minutes to reach that room of yours. The rooms are minimal, though neat and well maintained, and they have no windows. I thought of this more as an advantage, since I would come back after walking around the entire morning to my room, close the door, switch off the lights, and take a peaceful nap for a couple of hours without the daylight streaming in, before venturing out for another bout of walking in the evening. They have room service as well, and Shankar, the very helpful room boy gets you pretty much anything that you might want. At a very affordable price, Ali Baba lets you have a peaceful stay at VaraNasi. I'm sure I will be back at the place pretty soon, as several of their other guests do.
The hotel is new. The staff are helpful but manpower is of acute shortage here .No restaurant but Wi Fi connection was nice.Both Dashashwamedh GHAT and Vishwanath Ji Temple are very close to the Guest House.
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