One of the few good quality hotels located on the banks of the Ganges in Varanasi, the Ganges View overlooks Assi Ghat at the point where the river Asi joins the sacred river. This heritage hotel was opened in 1990 when the private residence of the Singh family from Bihar who built Assi Ghat and its temple was transformed into a hotel.
The Ganges View retains a classic atmosphere, with marble floors and walls decorated with local paintings. The rooms are simple, but feature antique furnishings with each room individually decorated. Several terraces provide a peaceful place to escape from the chaos of Varanasi's streets and enjoy the river view. While not a luxury property, this is one of Varanasi's best located and most characterful hotels, and its 16 rooms are frequently booked out.
Open: Ganges View is open all year.
Location: Hotel Ganges View is situated on the banks of the Ganges River at Asi Ghat in Varanasi. The hotel is 22kms from Babatpur airport and 5kms from Varanasi train station.
Rooms: There are 15 rooms decorated in traditional style with original paintings and murals. All have en-suite bathrooms. Some rooms are air conditioned and some have balconies. Room service is available.
Activities: Guests can explore the sites of Varanasi, boat rides on the river. Hotel staff can assist with planning are arranging excursions.
Facilities: There is a rooftop terrace and gazebo with views over the ghat and river. The public areas are decorated with local artwork and artefacts. Guests are welcome to browse through books in the library. There are several indoor sitting areas and open terraces. The hotel offers a laundry service. Breakfast is served on the rooftop terrace or in the dining room. Dinners, which need to be pre-booked, are Brahmin-style vegetarian. The hotel serves drinks, but does not offer alcohol.
Dining: Dinner is taken round a communal table. There are separate tables on the terrace.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Health: We recommend malarial prophylactics for travel to India.
Communication: There is free Wi-Fi internet access on the terrace and in the lobby.
Notes: Please note Ganges View cannot accept credit cards so payment must be by cash.
"The location was wonderful - right on the Ganges - though we were led to believe that our room rather than some of the public areas would have a river view. The building was interesting and full of curios and the food was good and very reasonable though enforced group dining isn't for all! However our room was very small and basic and the shower area needed a very long hard scrub and we seemed to have a permanent leak from somewhere. We observed a room changeover which was less than thorough and that fitted our general picture of the cleanliness of the place. We were there during Holi when the staff offered a much reduced service without any warning and we had hoped for a safe haven from paint throwers but that was not to be."