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Nice hotel on the Ganges river Jul 31, 2011
I stayed at this hotel during a trip to northern India in 2007. Several years have passed but the Ganges View is still there, always the same even if the prices have nearly doubled. Now to sleep in a double room it takes about 50 usd. So I can't really say that the Ganges View is a budget hotel!
The Hotel Ganges View is located in Asshi Ghat. This area is quite far from the center of Varanasi. Burning Ghat is about 40 minutes walking distance from the hotel. Of course here is a quite plece to stay far from noisy and chaotic part of the city, but if you want to be close to the heart of Varanasi better choose a place like Sita guest house (which has been already reviewed by me)
Anyway the location is very beautiful because the hotel is just close to Ganges river.
The Ganges view hotel is very well studied in details. The furniture is antique and everywhere there are Indian crafts and paintings. The place is very nice and has a great character.
The room where I stayed had a king size bed with bathroom attached, clean and comfortable. Every room also have a large balcony on the Ganges river where you can relax or take your breakfast in the morning.
Really a great indian experience!
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The most charming Guesthouse Assi Ghat has to offer Apr 16, 2011
Located right in the heart of Assi Ghat this IS the place to stay, Ganges View has all the amenities a traveler could ask for. Decent bathrooms, simple room service (snacks & chai), friendly and helpful staff, A/C rooms (or non A/C rooms), several sitting areas - one that is on a beautifully decorated roof top with a view of the ganges and decent clean beds. I have stayed at the Ganges View several times, once in 2001 in an upstairs suite for 3 days, then again in 2007 for 30 days! The decor of the hotel/guesthouse is really a sight for the visual senses (even showcases local art for sale); each room has its own unique personality that is reminiscent of the British Colonial era. The entire decor was personally designed by the owner himself who has an impeccable eye for tasteful and unique antiques. You could look around for hours and find tapestries, framed art and beautiful murals. There is even a free library in which guest may barrow and or leave books for other travelers. Drinks (water, juice, soft drinks) are self served via a refrigerator located on the first floor and there is also a common dining room that serves simple yet delicious food (veg only). With this kind of atmosphere you really feel like you are staying at someone’s house rather than an impersonal hotel. If you can't book a room, which I suggest making reservations well in advance you can enjoy one of the many lectors or concerts given at the roof top. The only drawback of staying there is that they lock the doors promptly at 11 pm for safety reasons.
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