Stayed for 6 or 7 nights at Singh Guest house. We showed up unannounced, because the first two guest houses we saw were total dumps. Our room wasn't fancy, but it was quite large and clean and what we consider a very good price. Bed and bedding were clean and comfortable. Hot water (any time), wi-fi (a bit slow but satisfactory). Halfway through our stay, the staff offered to clean our room when they saw us sweeping.
We stayed in a ground floor room and the first few days were very peaceful even though it was pretty full. After that a group of guests arrived who were quite rude, loud, and never seemed to leave. Very loud music all day and night and talking at jet engine levels. The staff did their best to keep them under control and were very strict on the quiet hour policy (I am sure they took some heat over it). They did offer us to change to a potentially quieter room, but that room was larger and more expensive so we opted to stay in the original one which was next to the loud group. We spoke to other guests staying on the other side of the guest house who said they hardly heard a peep. Obviously this was a problem with the guests and not the staff or the building.
The location is the best. It is away from the streets and close to the ghats and Ganga. It is away from the the crazy and loud backpacker tourist area of Pandey Ghat. This coming from a couple of backpack tourists! We came to India to experience India. Two minutes to the Ghats and walk one direction 10 minutes to Assi Ghat and 20 minutes the other was to Dashashwamedh Ghat.
Staff and signs warn of safety on the Ghats and scams about the burning Ghats. These are real, and not a joke. If I were a single lady, I'd think twice about wandering the Ghats at night, which sucks, because they are beautiful at night. Watch out for drug dealers, they are shady and a potential problem. Every local we connected with told us to watch out and be mindful.
Dani was great. He offered tours and was really cool about it. We were undecided and he didn't push. When we finally booked one on our last day, he hopped to and got us a great driver to Sarnath who knew all the important stops. On the way back we saw the silk weaving and visited a wholesaler who cared for us like we were kings. In the end we did buy some silks, but we are not easy customers and they treated us well and with kind smiles.
Skip the massage offered. Get one from a real Ayurvedic practitioner.
The restaurant/kitchen was great and reasonably priced, but could get behind a bit if lots of people order at once. The chai was great!
We also booked bus tickets to Bodhgaya at the end of our stay. Dani got us a tuk tuk driver who went above and beyond to make sure we got on the bus. The bus was a bit beat up and dirty, but by third world standards it got us there in one piece without breaking down.
Running a guest house in India is a serious challenge, and the staff really did a good job considering the fact that they are dealing with the full spectrum of expectations.
Thank you Singh Guest House for offering us a great stay.
We stayed here as our first stop in india. When asking to get a map of varanasi in order to locate ourselves, the staff member started offering his tours. We already had an evening boat ride booked and kindly said no. Despite this he continually kept pressuring us to take his tour whenever he saw us and so we finally accepted.
The tours were more expensive than the room and the guides are the worst. Their english is terrible and our boat guide stopped to relieve himself mid trip and then proceeded to have his lunch. He then asked us to tip... The trip to the silk factory was definitely one where the owner gets a commission and being new to india, we felt too uncomfortable to not purchase anything.
The shower barely has hot water (which isnt what you want in the middle of winter), has barely any pressure and is pretty dirty. The room isn't anything fancy, you get what you pay for.
Location was good, it just a short walk to the Ganges. But there are many places in Assi Ghat that would be closer to more restaurants.
Food was cheap but okay. They often run out of ingredients or don't have them available.
The manager Dani told us it was too dangerous to walk around by ourselves and wanted us to book all our tours through him. Yet as we found out this was not true, it is safe and there are lots of other travellers walking around. He also kept persisting that we visit his silk factory long after we told him we weren't interested.
The reason why I would say not to stay here is that the manager has an anger problem. He scolded us after we politely asked him for a print out of the train ticket he booked and said we would get a paper ticket for. Which we also paid him 400 rupees for in addition to the ticket price. He wanted to text us the ticket and got extremely angry after we asked him for the paper ticket. It took 10 hrs later to finally get the paper ticket after booking the train ticket. My partner and I felt uncomfortable by Dani's anger and pushy behavior. The other staff were unfriendly except the cook. There's also an annoying massage therapist who solicits you while eating.
This place looks peaceful from the garden but be careful of the staff.
The accommodation is good, but Dani, the guide that works in the guest house is amazing!! The tour he offers is crazy cheap and is increadible! He only takes you to the best places, some that arent too touristy and also takes you to eat in local amZing street food! He is just the best! Go with him!
The manager is the rudest man on earth. Never seen such a bad manager even in India. You cant complain or ask anything even if you pay for it.
The staff in general is bad. They cant help you at all.
The guy that offers the tour heard us talking with other travellers that we met there. And that night while we were having dinner he came to tell us that we shouldn't been talking with other people about what to do or not in Varanasi because that was his job, he needed to sell tours. Just horrible attitude. And he keeps offering the tour every day, even if you have already said no.
The beds are not clean. We changed room and saw new people going into our old room with the same sheets.
The restaurant is cheap but you get what you paid. The tables are outside and you'll freeze. and they don't want you to go inside. The sofas inside are just for them that spend the whole day watching tv.
Dont ever go. Varanasi is beautiful and they will ruin your stay.