Palace may be a bit of a stretch. It must have been very grand at one time, but it has seen better days. However, its charming with large rooms, antique furniture and lots of beautiful woodwork (Even some Kama Sutra carvings is some of the rooms). Our room was on the 2nd floor with no view and no elevator (not a negative for us, just a fact). The staff are all very nice. It really has a good location very close to the main ghat where the Ganga Aarti Ceremony is performed. Lots of winding streets close by with interesting little shops. Would have loved to have had time to explore this area, but, we only spent overnight here...much too short a time in such an interesting place as Varanasi. We would definitely stay in this hotel again.