Ganpati Guest House

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D 3 24 Meer Ghat, Varanasi, India

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Ganpati Guest House Varanasi Reviews

anotherNZer anotherN…
2 reviews
Good spot to stay Mar 03, 2011
The Ganpati...have to say the people are friendly, great location, it's right on the Ganges after all.

I can't compare it to other hostels in the vicinity as I booked online and can't stand walking around all day trying to find the ever elusive bargain...prefer to spend my time taking paid 900R for a double bed, aircon and hot shower (well most of the time).

All in all, I would stay there again but sure there is many bargains to be had!!!!

Varanasi rocked!!!
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Biedjee Biedjee
161 reviews
Friendly place at an unbeatable location Sep 14, 2010
This was the last hotel I stayed at in India and I had the option to test it thoroughly, staying in three different rooms and eating several meals here.

It is situated right at the Ganges river front and several of its rooms overlook the river.

The first room I stayed in was a nice, small room, with A/C for Rs800. Unfortunately due to an error with my reservation I had to move out the next morning.

The next room they gave me was a closet they sell as a room with river views, even though it didn't have any windows to actually view said river. Despite the fact that this room did not have A/C or a TV, it is more expensive because of the so-called river-view.

They have several rooms that actually overlook the river, with large windows opening towards the front, but these aren't exactly the largest or best rooms in the hotel either. You really pay for the privilege of being able to see the most polluted river in the world from your bedroom.

On the third day I was moved to one of their deluxe rooms, with a private balcony, for which they normally charge Rs1800, but I was able to eventually talk it down to Rs1200. After all, they had made a mistake with my reservation, and I didn't really want to pay more than the Rs800 I was quoted. The room they eventually gave me was worth the extra money though, it was far better than the so-called river-view room.

The hotel has an excellent restaurant, serving many tasty Indian dishes, as well as Western fare. There is free wi-fi available in the restaurant area (though not in the rooms).

Like most hotels in India you can arrange bus and train tickets as well as excursions at the reception.

Power cuts are a daily fact of life in India, and Ganpati (like most hotels) has a back-up generator. However, this only works for the lights in the rooms, so once the power is down, the A/C, and even the fans in the rooms, will stop working. During my stay it rained for 36 hours straight, meaning the A/C in my room, which I was paying extra for, did not work.

The hotel offers free pick-up from the bus, which I would highly recommend as the place is almost impossible to find on your own, in the maze of small alleys that make up the centre of Varanasi.

Despite my slightly negative review, I would still recommend this hotel. It is a nice place to meet other travellers, and as long as you come here outside the monsoon season, the location is unbeatable.
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ashleynpearson ashleynp…
50 reviews
Couldn't get any closer to the Ganges without going swimming! Apr 29, 2008
The Ganpati Guesthouse is located at Meer Ghat, literally overlooking the Ganges. It is the perfect location, situated just between Dasaswamedh Ghat (one of the main ghats) and Manikarnika Ghat (burning ghat) for walking along the Ganges or taking an early morning/night boat ride. The hotel has rooms with or without air conditioning (I would recommend to spend a little extra for the air con) though the power flickers on and off throughout the day and night so you might have to rely on a fan to keep you cool! There is an all-vegetarian roof-top restaurant serving inexpensive Indian dishes and other fare, with menus in English, Spanish, and French. The hotel had an internet and phone room, with very slow internet that cost 20 Rs for 30 minutes. The staff was very helpful and friendly and could arrange for taxis and tours and boat rides on the Ganges. Rooms range from 350 Rs ($8 USD) for shared bath to 800 Rs ($20 USD) for private bath with air con. I would recommend to book via their website or through to ensure there is vacancy. The Ganpati Guesthouse cannot be reached via car or rickshaw so you will be dropped off somewhere and have to walk the rest of the way. If you can make your way to the Ganges, you will be able to find it, if not, someone will probably 'offer' to show you the way and then ask for money when you arrive!
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mpanklind says:
recomemended guesthouse,..for next April
Posted on: Mar 15, 2011

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