The Gateway Hotel Ganges Varanasi

Nadesar Palace Grounds, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, 221002, India | 3 star hotel
Prices starting from $71.00

Travel Blogs from Varanasi

Life in Death in India

A travel blog entry by digsy


Varanasi is our last stop in India, and it's just as well it is, as after this, the rest of India would have seemed boring and pointless! Varanasi is India at it's most extreme, that's to say it's India at it's most everything. It's most crazy, it's most dirty, it's most public, it's most overwhelming, it's most fascinating and it's most bizarre...

How has this hotel rated in the past?

  What's this?
Discover trends in hotel experiences based on real traveler reviews and ratings. Mouse over circles to see what some travelers had to say.


This 3 star hotel, located on Nadesar Palace Grounds, Varanasi, is near Dasaswamedh Ghat, Golden Temple (Kashi Vishwanath), Banaras Ghats, and Manikarnika Ghat.
Map this hotel


    More great choices in Varanasi

    Search for more deals in Varanasi


    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