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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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Great Hotel and Location
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.
Excellent Situation On The River
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 ).
This time, as it was very hot ( 47°C...) I looked for a place not too far from the river, at a reasonable price and with proper AC...
I found RASHMI GUEST HOUSE, also named DOLFIN HOTEL on the signs one finds in the streets. It has a fantastic location ( to my opinion ) as being in the Chowk and facing the river. My friend and I occupied a nice room and 2nd floor, with a large window facing the river. As lots of guest houses in Varanasi, Rashmi also has a roof top restaurant with the same nice view on the river. As everywhere else in India the staff is very nice and helpfull BUT without begging for tips, as it can be seen in other places that provide european standard of service.
It costed us 35euros per night, bfast and all taxes included, and it was really worth this amount.
Really a place to recommend.
Great location, good service
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.
I would highly recommend the "aarti" 2 ghats down( 5 minute walk) at sunset-one of my favorite Indian experiences.
I should note that the rooms with the best view (windows looking over the Ganges) also tended to have the most bugs. The mandatory light outside the hotel draws them to the window and of course they find a way to get in. The management responded quickly to the problem, however.
There is no elevator and there are several flights to most of the rooms, but this was not a problem for us (3 reasonably fit American women in 40s and 50s).
If you are looking for luxury, this is not it; it is simple but clean. Varanasi is an adventure in and of itself, and the Rashmi guest house is a good way to experience that adventure.
Wonderful People at the Rashmi
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.
Haven of peace and tranquility
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.
On the roof is the Dolphin Restaurant. This serves good, safe food from a wide-ranging menu. Although the food is a little expensive, finding an alternative safe place to eat can be difficult.
Centrally located along the Ghats with magnificent views over the Ganges, the Rashmi Guest House is a real haven from which to explore the Ghats and the old streets and alleys of Varanasi.
Excellent hotel in varanasi
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!
the owners of the hotel-ajay and his wife rashmi are extremely helpful, warm and genuinely concerned about doing everything they can to offer the best in service and comfort. on the day before new year's they invited all the hotel guests for an afternoon cruise along the ganges on a large boat. we were treated to 2 wonderful concerts on board-sitar and tabla as well as bansuri flute and tabla. snacks were also provided-all free of charge! in 25 years of travel in india-this was a first for us.
the location of the hotel is great-right close to the main ghat and yet away from the fray. i would heartily recommend this hotel. as with every new hotel there are a few details which need to be attended to but they are of a minor nature.
Rashmi Guest House - fantastic location, lovely hotel
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.
A really helpful, professional Manager, a friendly owner and lovely efficient staff along with really clean rooms & hot water showers make this a really delightful place to stay.
There is a great roof-top restaurant (called Dophin Restaurant) which has both indoor and outdoor (with Ganges view) sitting areas. Good, varied, menu (both continental as well as Indian dishes) - you can see the kitchen from the restaurant - which is a plus.
This is not a budget hotel - more mid to top range. Only 18 bedrooms, but a wide range. I stayed in room 103 (double room with amazing Ganges view) which was RPS 2500 and then for a treat moved to room 303 for the last 3 nights (RPS 4200) which was a huge room and large bathroom, complete with bath and shower, with the most breathtaking views.
Although I spent a lot of time exploring the old city, really, in this guest house, if you have a room with a view, there's no need to leave it! I sat and watched the morning bathers, the monkeys playing on the roof-tops below, the boat-men and the people strolling along the ghats. The same can be done from the comfort of the rooftop restaurant.
I would highly recommend this venue - the location is another huge plus. No need to get auto-rickshaws and travel the hectic streets to reach the old town and markets - it's all on your own door-step.
The Owner expressed his concern at them not yet having a lift (although he's trying to get this sorted) although, if you are fairly healthy, this isn't a problem (I stayed on highest floor).
The hotel doesn't have a web site yet (although the owner is currently working on this). The telephone number is +91 542 240 2778 - Address: D. 16/28-A Manmandir Ghat, Dasaswamedh, Varanasi - 1. firstname.lastname@example.org