5.0
Excellent 348 Reviews
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What We Love

  • Elegant rooms furnished with antiques and artworks from the maharaja owner’s personal collection
  • Surrounded by mango orchards and jasmine fields, a three-mile drive from Varanasi
  • Dinner by the pool lit by votive candles
  • Butler service is included in the rate

What To Know

  • A 12.42 percent luxury and service tax per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
  • Free WiFi for up to two devices
  • It’s very quiet, but that’s one of its charms; if you want an active bar scene, this isn’t the place
  • Despite the historic look, all rooms have WiFi and flat-screen TVs

Amenities

  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Golf Course
  •  Gym
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
  •  Spa
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Overview

Intimate 10-room palace near Varanasi owned by a maharaja, with butler service and a holistic spa

The Look

Built by the East India Company and acquired by Maharaja Prabhu Narain Singh in the 19th century, this elegant palace near the holy city of Varanasi is surrounded by mango trees and jasmine fields. Inside, it’s like stepping back into the days of the Raj, with black and white checked marble floors, curved verandas, iron four-poster beds, Persian rugs and a grand winding staircase. The public areas are filled with antiques and artworks from the maharaja’s personal collection.

Bed and Bath

The 10 guestrooms and suites are gracefully decorated with original antiques, traditional furnishings and mirrors framed with Venetian glass. The walls reflect the colors outside (marigold, pink and peach) and are dotted with historic photos and the maharaja’s paintings. The spacious bedrooms have majestic wrought iron four-poster beds draped in billowing fabric, and the marble bathrooms come with deep soaking tubs.

Beyond

The palace’s restaurant serves refined Indian fare either on the veranda, by the pool or (if the heat is too intense), in the intimate air-conditioned dining salon, which has marble floors and antique sconces. The best way to tour the grounds is in the horse-drawn buggy, which once belonged to the maharaja. Head to the JIVA Spa for a treatment that brings together traditional royal wellness and therapeutic experiences. Since this is India, yoga classes are available, and, again, since this is India, there’s an astrologer on call.

In the Area

One of the most spiritually important cities in India, Varanasi exudes a richness that is felt by all, Hindu and otherwise. Everything revolves around the Ganges. At sundown, the best way to experience the aarti, a highly choreographed devotional ritual using fire as an offering (near Dasaswamedh Ghat, facing the river), is in a small boat that the hotel can arrange. Taking a boat is also the best way to see Varanasi and the Ganges at sunrise, when the scene is more tranquil and residents descend the stairs of the ghats to bathe in the river. On a less spiritual note, the mazelike streets of the old city are also filled with market stalls, and Varanasi has long been known as a center of beautifully woven silk. Buy a sari or a shawl at the Silk Weaving Center.

How to Get There

Nadesar Palace
Nadesar Palace Grounds
Varanasi, 221002 India

Reviews

5.0 Excellent 348 Reviews
A Truly royal experience
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stay here for 4 nights with my mother in April 2018. We had an amazing time... from a wonderful welcome, to a super comfortable room and staff who are always ready to go above and beyond to make sure you are comfortable. This runs through from the contact with Deepika over email prior to arriving to Kush and the team of butlers, the front desk managers, the staff at the spa. Krishna the chef and the musicians during breakfast and dinner. Fantastic personalised service and absolute luxury... definitely a safe haven from the hustle and bustle of Banaras but close enough to get easy access to the the sights. Thank you to the whole team at Nadesar palace for making our stay memorable and one my mother and I will remember fondly for the rest of our lives.

The Royal Treatment at the Palace
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A wonderful surprise and ceremonial welcome awaited us on our arrival. We were escorted to our upstairs palatial room and then treated to a horse carriage ride around the grounds. Lunch, breakfast and dinner was delicious and we were treated with great care by Khush who went out of his way to insure that our needs were met. At checkout, we were given a generous parting gift and ceremonial departure.

Made to feel special
Reviewed 2 months ago

The Palace is a place where we were made to feel special. Nothing is too much trouble for the staff.
The setting is a haven of peace, service and old fashioned values in a hectic world where such niceties are a thing of the past. The Palce itself is well worth a visit even if you were not a guest.

Paradise in Varanasi
Reviewed 2 months ago

We just had a fabulous stay at the Nadesar Palace in Varanasi. We were treated like royalty. Every member of the staff is totally devoted to making your stay at their hotel memorable!! Our room was perfect in every way!! The dining room was also very special. This is an oasis in a very busy city!!

Best hotel in Varanasi
Reviewed 2 months ago

My husband and I spent two nights at the Nadesar Palace while on honeymoon and we were not disappointed. The service was excellent and the staff made us feel right at home from the start. Varanasi was the first city we visited in India and although we were a bit overwhelmed at first, the hotel served as a perfect oasis away from the exciting, and at times chaotic, environment just outside its gates.

Pros:
-Traditional welcome and farewell ceremony
-Expansive grounds
-Congratulatory Cake and flowers for honeymoon
-Good security
-Tasty food that can be customised upon request
-Spacious suites
-Music at the hotel restaurant in the evenings
-Friendly and attentive service
-Good AC in the rooms
-Sense of privacy due to small number of rooms
-Peaceful atmosphere
-Close to the Ganges via car
-Very knowledgeable guide provided by hotel

Cons:
-Rooms seem outdated compared to those in other hotels throughout India (including other heritage properties)
-The pool has many pigeons bathing in it which may cause some people to not want to swim in it themselves
-You cannot walk to any of the tourist cites so you need to take a car to and from the hotel every time you want to go out and explore