This hotel was recommended by a friend.
The reservation and deposit process was over email and wire--so not "modern" but they were responsive and it worked.
It's a small family-owned place where every room is different. The rooms that I saw were all nicely decorated. The rooms on the first level are smaller, therefore less expensive. The bathrooms were basic, but clean.
Location is good--right at Assi Ghat. Easy to get a boat. Convenient to the morning aarti.
Room 19 can get loud because it opens onto the main walkway. Most other rooms open to interior spaces that buffer sound.
There are a few nice common areas to take tea or sit and read.
Meals (extra) can be taken in the dining room. The food was very good. All veg, not fancy.
This isn't a luxury place at all, but it was well suited to our group.
Like many places in India, this is not handicap accessible. If you have issues with stairs, you should discuss the room selection with them while making the reservation.
My friend and I booked a holiday during the busy Christmas period at Varanasi and so were prepared to pay a little more than expected. But, at $70 a night, the room was less than basic and so far from the deluxe description that it was laughable.
The bed was hard, the sheets and pillow cases dirty. The rubbish bin full.The room was stark, there were no attractive aspects that the room had what so ever. it was freezing cold so much so that had to ask for blankets.
The size of the room was far from generous. Just practicable is my description.
The bathroom was lamentable with fungi growing on the down pipes. Shampoo and conditioner? the room was freezing.
Breakfast was sad: three slices of buttered toast with jam and tea or coffee. It was, difficult to detect the butter so thinly was it spread and the jam had not virtue what so ever. The coffee... hard to detect.
The breakfast was less than generous - three pieces of buttered toast and a hot drink.
The food in general, served at a non heated roof top restaurant, was simply basic.
Thankfully the welcome was warm. A saving grace!
In some countries one expects a challenging environment and greets it with appreciation for the context one finds oneself in... honouring the effort made with the reality that exists in each place you travel too. In this situation, it is just disappointing to have been expected to pay exorbitant prices for such poor amenities.
We spent a week in this hotel whilst on a working trip to a local school. It is located on the Southernmost edge of Varanasi at a place called Assi Ghat. The Hotel clings to the side of the ridge above the Ganges and has lovely views across and along the river.
The hotel is most elegant and full of tasteful furniture and artefacts.
Our room looked out on to a veranda which had seating and tables. From this veranda you could observe the varied and teeming life of Assi Ghat and the river.
The day begins at 5.30am. With the sound of Sanskrit verses being chanted by the river and ends about 11pm.as beggars ,stall holders ,cows,dogs etc settle down for the night.
Breakfast is served in a friendly atmosphere,Indian or Continental,the Indian with fresh puris ,pickle etc plus strong coffee is the best choice. The service is charming and efficient. We had two evening meals ,delightful buffets with fresh food.
Our room was comfortable but not luxurious,everything worked ,it was clean and the bathroom was fine.
The staff were excellent ,cheerful vigorous and open.
Varanasi and the ghats and river are a challenge to the heart,mind and senses.
Beautiful ,chaotic and at times very dirty. Life sprawls and walks up and down the river. A strange mix of holy men,families,tourists,beggars and hustlers.
The sights of poverty are at times overwhelming.
The Ganges at sunrise is astonishingly beautiful.
The hotel provides a haven to return to and a safe place from which to observe the bustle of life on the ghats.
Sometimes a challenging place to be but in the end it was an honour to experience it.
Nice rooms, silent, and clean.
Beautiful view from the terrace. The staff is amazing and super helpful. They really care about the guests.
Food is very good as well.
We really recommend this hotel!!!!
The 'real' Ganges View Hotel - this one - is a little jewel on the banks of the river Ganges in Assi Ghat, close to the green University grounds.
The owner and his staff keep this relatively small hotel spotlessly clean and cook a range of delicious vegetarian food in the communal dining room, where you can meet the other guests each morning and evening and share your experiences or sit quietly on one of the balconies, surrounded by plants, tended lovingly by the owner and his staff.
You will, as I and many of the guests you will meet, come back here again and again and you will never be disappointed, except when there is no room available.
The staff are wonderful and will do everything possible to make your stay one of the most memorable ever.