A Palace on the River, Rashmi Guest House
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Historical Traveler Reviews A Palace on the River, Rashmi Guest House Varanasi
This hotel offers an unparalleled experience in Varanasi. One trades some level of creature comforts for views of the Ganges, a fantastic travel desk and commitment to customer service. Totally exceeded our expectations and provide an amazing experience.
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I stayed at the Rashmi Guest House based on the great reviews I had read on Trip Advisor. Needless to say from the moment I contacted the hotel, I felt assured that I had made the right selection for my stay in Varanasi. Since I was a female traveling alone to Varanasi, I wanted to be sure that I was staying at a nice enough and safe place, while still having great access to the Ghats. I was very pleased upon my arrival at the hotel (thanks to staff member Papu) and found the mangagement to be very accommodating and kind. The hotel is clean and the rooms are pleasant. The power goes out fairly frequently in Varanasi, but the hotel generally turns on a backup generator, so you are rarely without airconditioning, though sometimes you do have to wait awhile. The hotel sits right near the main ghat so you have perfect access to explore the area, which is really great. The hotel also has a rooftop restaurant which serves good food. The cost is more in the mid to high range for the area with the base rooms charging Rupee 1500 ($32 US) and the rooms with a view Rupee 2500 ($54 US). It is definitley worth it though if you want a nice place close to all of the action.
This guest house is right on the banks of the Ganges so if you want to be in the thick of it, it's the perfect place to be, particularly if you get a room with a view. The rooms are quite small but very clean with all the facilities you might need. They also have a roof top restaurant which served good food and had great views over the Ganges. We paid about £40per night for a double room.
I have been to Varanasi several times, and I used to stay at a small guest house in the Chowk ( market area with narrow streets, near the Ganges river ).
We travelled to Varanasi in early Feb 2006 and really enjoyed our stay at the Rashmi Guest house. The rooms were clean and the bathrooms had hot water. The service was also excellent. Our favorite part was the location. Right on the ghats, we could walk outside the guest house and stroll the ghats early in the morning and late in the afternoon. It was so nice not to have to travel from another part of Varanasi to see the action.
My friend and I went to Varanasi on 6-9 April 2006 and stayed at the Rashmi Guest House the whole time. The place was so clean, the view is perfect. We love the roof-top restaurant with its paranomic view and a bistro-style kitchen that you can actually see what goes in your food. However, I think that our stay was made most memorable by the people there - Mr. Ramesh, the day manager, who was so helpful with our trip planning and who got into a real serious mode when told that the Varanasi electricity was down again; Mr. Puppa, the drummer-cum-general assistant, who helped us with all the transportation in and around town; Manosh, our autorickshaw man, who almost gave us a heart attack with his "it's safe" driving, and best of all, the locals in the small lanes leading to the Rashmi, who greeted us with their smiles and "Namaste" everyday, not to mention the uncles selling fruits in the market and wonderful samosas etc in these small lanes.
We arrived late evening after travelling for 30 hours due to a train derailment....taxis cannot reach the Rashmi due to the narrow streets, so we walked. After 15 minutes we arrived very tired and very hot and to our delight we found the Rashmi Guest House to be a haven of peace and tranquility. We received a very warm welcome and were shown to our room which was clean, with a shower that always worked. The room also had a wonderful view over the Ganges.
we stayed at the rashmi for almost 1 week in late dec-jan. 2006. we had originally booked at another hotel but found it to be uncomfortable so we tried the rashmi and loved it. its a little on the pricy side for varanasi (2000-4000/=) but its brand new, spotlessly clean and with the fabulous view from the rooms as well as the rooftop terrace restaurant overlooking the ganges- we couldn't resist. the chef is great and the food is consistantly excellent-another plus in our books!
As a female traveling alone to Varanasi in India, Rashmi Guest House was something of a find. Currently not listed in the major guide books (although it's only a matter of time) this guest house (more of a hotel, really), which has only been open for a few months, is an oasis of calm, cleanliness and friendliness. Situated directly on Manmandir Ghat, with stunning views of the Ganges it's only one minutes walk from the Main Ghat.