The Gateway Hotel Ganges Varanasi

Nadesar Palace Grounds, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, 221002, India | 3 star hotel
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Travel Blogs from Varanasi

Curse of the Crone

A travel blog entry by wareameye


The main tour comes to a close today with our return drive from Agra to the Delhi airport where we say farewell to those who are heading home. Nine of us continue on to Varanasi by plane. Martin, Langley and I are ticketed in the same row, but when we board we see that there is a elderly woman already seated in the window seat. I tell her that she …

Holy River Mother Ganges

A travel blog entry by dhensby

This is a top pick!

We needed two flights to get from Amritsar to Varanasi but it seemed as if we travelled back in time as wells as distance.

I have to break the narrative to report on our tour company and it’s excellent service. The hanging of planes required a change in terminals which we finally, I think, figured out (actually Jacqui did). When we …

Spiritual evening

A travel blog entry by blakes


Today we boarded our flight to Varanasi, the holiest city in India. Security was very tight but also speedy. The flight was about 35 minutes. We observed that from the airport to our hotel it appeared cleaner here than anywhere else. The hotel is very nice as they have all been. Randy is rolling his eyes over the buffet because there is no meat. …


A travel blog entry by garynbrown


Merry Christmas!

We are in Varanasi, home to both Hinduism and Buddhism and yet they love Christmas and Santa Claus....who couldn't love good ole Santa?

After arriving in Varanasi we went with the guide who met us at the airport to Sarnath, which is about a half-hour north of Varanasi and is acknowledged by most as the home …

Pamper at the holiest place in India

A travel blog entry by chawi


We had a surprisingly good 12hours train trip from Khajuraho to Varanasi, we slept well and had nice tourist neighbors in our compartment. We had arranged with our hotel 'Surya' a pick up from the train station, as they even asked on which wagon we would be, we thought that was going to be arranged. As we arrived there was nobody waiting for us, …

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This 3 star hotel, located on Nadesar Palace Grounds, Varanasi, is near Dasaswamedh Ghat, Golden Temple (Kashi Vishwanath), Banaras Ghats, and Manikarnika Ghat.
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    TravelPod Member ReviewsThe Gateway Hotel Ganges Varanasi

    Reviewed by dianap

    Lovely hotel

    Reviewed May 24, 2013
    by (2 reviews) , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

    Lovely hotel, relaxing and service good, the Indian restaurant in particular served very good food

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of

    Reviewed by chawi

    good city hotel, surely the best in Varanasi

    Reviewed Jul 25, 2011
    by (18 reviews) Lisse and Mexico , Netherlands Flag of Netherlands

    excellent security, very nice hotel with lovely gardens and nice pool, nice hideaway in Varanasi

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of

    Reviewed by garynbrown

    Gateway to the Ganges

    Reviewed Dec 23, 2009
    by (26 reviews) Seattle , United States Flag of United States

    A nice hotel with all the amenities, but a little insitutional for our liking.

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of

    Historical Traveler Reviews The Gateway Hotel Ganges Varanasi

    Not Nirvana


    When we stayed at this hotel 5 yrs ago, it was the best in city. But it was tired. Well, what was tired then is TOTALY RUNDOWN now! Public spaces are fine, but the guest rooms badly need refurbishment and cleaning. Our suite was not functional nor was it clean. Stains as big as ones fist on the carpet, a shower that sprayed water all over the floor, no soap dish, burned out light bulbs. etc Housekeeping unresponsive. WiFi not working despite repeated assist by IT guy. Then business office argues about internet charge. Mgmt apologetic, but just kept talking about future. My question: What about my 3 days stay? My agent has requested a total refund!

    Good hotel


    I had seen the photos of the rooms at the Taj Ganges posted on this forum. So I was very pleased that the room I was allocated was far nicer. I think some floors of the hotel have been renovated.

    Disappointing for the price


    We arrived on an overnight train from Delhi exhausted to find that they had cancelled our booking - claiming that our travel agent had instructed them to do so even though we had booked with them direct. The room we eventually ended up in was nice enough, after complaining about the first two. For some reason a double bed in India in most cases means two singles pushed together - not very romantic. The swimming pool was closed for renovation, which we weren't told when we made our booking. The food in the Indian restaurant was excellent and Varanasi is an amazing place to visit.

    A comfortable hotel


    We had a two night stay here.

    A needy refuge!


    Varansi is mystical and probably the dirtiest part of India that we saw. The hotel is a great refuge from the busy town but it is not perfect. Staff in the hotel are up to the normal high standards you expect in a Taj and the restaurant excellent. Highly recommended are the signature dishes that the menu highlight. The small bar is not well used. The executive room we had looked a little tired but we soon warmed to it - Varanasi is not Delhi and everything needs to be viewed in the context of that. Power cuts occured about twice each evening, and although short do remind you exactly of where you are. Security at the hotel is good as there is a lot of hassle waiting for you at the gates. Unfortunately to get to the large gardens you must pass the snake charmer and rickshaw man inside and that little hassle is the only complaint I can have about the hotel. The travel desk deserves a good mention as they organise things for you superbly.

    Great choice


    The Taj Ganges is a really nice hotel, a welcome oasis in Varanasi. Our room was small, but immaculate and comfortable. The bed was perfect. There are power-outs all day, every day in Varanasi, but at the Taj, the outages never lasted more than a minute. Food was delicious, but we did have one surly, incompetent waiter. The other waiters more than made up for the "---", though, especially when I got sick and he brought me plain pasta, free of charge. The travel desk also arranged a tour for us with an incredibly knowledgeable guide. The pool was under construction, and it would have been nice if they'd told us that they had another off-grounds pool available. Oh well.

    Really enjoyed staying at the Taj Ganges Benares


    The Taj Ganges Benares was the third accommodation my spouse and I stayed in during our recent two-week tour of northern India. Our reservation for this hotel the nights of September 14th and 15th was arranged by Thomas Cook as a part of a tour package of Varanasi and Khajuraho. When we arrived, we were told we had been upgraded to a superior room, I suspect because they desired to consolidate guests on the lower floors due to renovations that were being made on the 5th floor. Our room was on the first floor at the end of the left wing of the hotel, closest to the main street. You could hear some traffic noise through the windows, but it was by no means unbearable. By about 11:00 in the evening it was quieter.

    Could not have been more pleased.


    From our early arrival on the train from Agra (we looked so frightful that they let us have our room early!) to our check-out, this hotel provided excellent service. It is in a wonderful garden that is pleasant to hide away in from the frantic activity on the streets of Varnasi!

    An absolute delight


    Highly efficient, courteous staff made our stay at this hotel an absolute delight. Our room was lovely, the landscaped grounds provided a needed refuge from the hectic atmosphere of the city, the food in both restaurants was fabulous, and the live Indian music performed in the lobby and at the Varuna Restaurant added a very special touch.

    Great Atmosphere


    you almost don't see the hotel from main road, as yoy enter the hotel via a small and lush driveway. Upon enterting the hotel, live music is played making you feel like you are the only guest there.

    Check in is very quick, and thehotel room is adeuqate for your needs. The hotel ground are plesent, with a very small gym, few ball games, small tennis court and there vegetable garden.

    The food is by far the best aspect of the hotel. Service is impecabile, and the staff is freindly. Buffet breakfasts are great with fresh orange juice and continental style spread. If you don't see anythign on the menu, jus ask them to make it up!

    Overall and enjoyable stay at the hotel.

    TripAdvisor Reviews The Gateway Hotel Ganges Varanasi

    4.00 of 5 stars Excellent