Nadesar Palace Grounds, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, 200 002, India
NOW: Taj Gateway Hotel Ganges Varanasi
FEB 2011 UPDATE: Taj Gateway Hotel Ganges Varanasi (Formerly Taj Ganges): This property represented one of the only accomodation disappointments on our tour. Infrastructure is there, but management is just off key! We were a small group: about 10 - 11 rooms in total for 19 people. The hotel was full, however.
Double occupancy rooms didn't have the right amount of amenities (robes, towels, hand and face clothes, turn down service treats, etc.).
For the two nights we were there, we were never able to get the amenities fully corrected.
Granted, they had a full house / at 100% occupancy, but a hotel should be prepared for these things. As guests, we shouldn't have had to scramble on our own for extra towels, etc.
That said, the rooms were nice, grounds were lovely, both the informal and formal restaurants were very good.
Bar was PRICEY and gave short pours on liquours. Just keeping it real.
Wifi was available for a small fee.
Rooms had pretty views
Unique Quality: There is a small gift shop with two floors worth of "stuff"... one of the few hotel gift shops that didn't have crazy prices. I bought some silk scarves there and did pretty good after negotiating a little.
Lovely gardens with amazing dahlias. Mango trees and lots of garden veggies as well. Be sure to take a stroll through the extensive garden.
There is a palace next door to the main hotel that is part of the Taj Gateway. Apparently you can walk to it as well. We didn't.
It is a noisey property, but it's not the hotel's fault. Varanasi is just a noisey town!
Haven of peace and tranquility...
A veritable haven of peace and tranquility in the bustling temple city, Taj Ganges offers the perfect combination of five-star elegance and timeless hospitality.
Set amidst 40 verdant acres, just 21 Km from the airport, Taj Ganges offers calm and relaxation in the heart of this crowded, ancient temple city.
Nearby, guests will find much to see and do including visiting the Buddhist pilgrimage centre and the famous temples at Varanasi.
Unique Quality: Hotel Business Services include:
Wi-fi broadband internet access
24-hour copier/facsimile facilities
Cell-phones, pagers and secretarial service
Lamination and binding services
Photocopier (black & white)
Hotel Leisure and Other Services include:
Beauty parlour/Hair salon
Car hire service
Express laundry/dry cleaning
Free safe deposit
Purified water supply
Tea /coffee maker
In the lap of luxury
Of course, I didn't stay there, but it's nice to visit these big, expensive hotels and have a tea or coffee or even lunch. Taj Ganges Hotel looked very nice and quiet, the swimming pool was nice and tempting. The buffet food LOOKED good, but we had italian which sucked big time!
Unique Quality: Great pool, nice gardens, mango grove
More about Taj Ganges
Fly to Varanasi, formaly...
Fly to Varanasi, formaly called Benares, the oldest city in India and one of the holiest to Hindus, on the banks of the Ganges River. Check in to the Taj Ganges Hotel, and immediately start touring the many temples and bazaars of the city.
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Not a five stars hotel service
I was at Taj Ganges Varanasi a week ago. It is an old hotel but
apparently one of the best in town. The service at restaurant was
not what you would expect from a Taj hotel and you have to ask
waiters for napkins, cutlery, etc.., but the quality and choice of
food was good.
I asked reception for a 04:30 wake up call as we wanted to go to Ganges river for sunrise. I woke up at 05:00 a.m. just by chance, as
some of my friends were closing their doors. Got dressed up in 5 minutes and came downstairs. Receptionist told me that my line
was engaged!! at 04:30 in the morning and that is why they could not
contact me. They do not even went and knocked on the door as
they do at hotels of this category ( or below) to make sure that the
guests are awake. When I was back at the room at 09:30, I realised
the room did not have an operative telephone line, therefore it was
impossible to receive calls, including a wake up one. I raised this to reception and to the manager on duty and I did not get any apologies. All I was told was "thank you"
If you are planning to stay at this hotel, make sure everything works once getting at the room.
A Great Retreat
The Taj Ganges was a great retreat in an otherwise intense city. We chose to stay there despite the negative reviews on TripAdvisor because there are few high quality hotels in Varanasi to choose from and we have had good experiences in the past with the Taj hotel chain. We also went to Varanasi knowing it would be a very intense city in all ways India, so we wanted a retreat at the end of the day to relax in and not worry about noise, safety or the food.
Having heard the Taj Ganges rooms were going through renovations, we requested a recently renovated deluxe category room. This room is standard size with wooden floors and modern Indian decor. It has a flat screen TV and modern furnishings. The bathroom had lots of marble and Kohler fixtures. The linens in the room were clean and the room itself was very comfortable.
We tried both restaurants in the hotel, one is Indian and the other is a mix of all types of cuisine. It was all very good - especially the wide variety offered in the dinner and breakfast buffets. We also found the food to be very reasonably priced for a Taj.
The hotel itself is smaller than other Taj hotels, but it has many amenities for its size. We were the only ones at the pool on a Sunday afternoon and we strolled through the very large gardens.
The service at the hotel met our every need and the staff was always smiling. They even brought a DVD player and DVD library to our room upon request. It is pretty standard Taj service.
We also booked a very good tour guide through the hotel and the concierge was very helpful telling us where to go for the sunrise boat ride on the Ganges.
My advice to the traveler not accustomed to India is to stay in a high end hotel in Varanasi if at all possible. Although Varanasi is historic, religious and unlike anywhere else in the world, it is also takes a toll on the senses. We found it was incredibly relaxing to have toured all day and to readjust in the comfort of the Taj.
We were upgraded to a deluxe room. The room was great, tastefully furnished, very clean and cosy.
The bathroom was spotless too except for the towels (one was stained). Creams, hair dryer, gels - everything was provided.
The food was delicious, breakfast was included in the price. The buffet selection was large.
There is a business centre with Internet access. A bit too pricey but hassle-free.
It was by far the best hotel I stayed in during my trip to India.
i saty there about 4 days, really fantastic staff, very good garden, and swim too.
the restaurant was perfect and i fell like my home, the prices very good, and the store inside hotel have a lot of beatiful thinks.
next time i will stay there
a little gem
We loved this hotel.Maybe our expectations were low because of previous reviews and the fact that the city is bit "dirty".
We had a renovated deluxe room.Well worth the extra money-which isnt that much.
The room was clean ,tastefully decorated and had good bath products including toothbrush and toothpaste.A nice touch.
The hotel was quiet and the restaurants were both good.
The pool provided us with a nice afternoon of lounging.
The gym was ok too.AC worked well.Stayed in 8 hotels in India during our two week stay and this one was one of my favs-the other two were the Oberoi Amarvilas in Agra and the Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur.
This hotel surprised us.
Oasis in Benares
The Hotel is an Oasis in the chaotic town of Benares, surrounded by a beautiful and extensive park.
It is advisable to ask for a room overlooking the park, since the traffic on the street is very noisy (engines & horns) until late evening.
Rooms are very very nice (see pics), but as of Feb. 2007, only rooms on the 4th and 5th floors have been renewed and refurbished: so it's better to avoid rooms on the lower floors and choose a deluxe room, 'cause it's worth the price difference.
Time to cool off !
Does anyone know if it is possible to use hotel pools ie Taj Ganges if you are not staying at the hotel?
Many thanks for your help...
Re: Time to cool off !
Some hotels let you use their pool for a fee...
Re: Time to cool off !
well they will certainly not allow U...
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