The Gateway Hotel Ganges
What We Love
- Peaceful getaway within easy reach of Varanasi's city center
- Set on 40 acres of tropical gardens, with a heated outdoor pool
- A choice of two restaurants for pan-Asian and traditional Indian cuisine
What To Know
- Located around three miles from the city center (the Chowk)
- Free standard WiFi for up to two devices
- Tea- and coffeemaking facilities, a daily newspaper and free water come standard in all rooms
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Set back from the hustle and bustle of downtown, the Gateway Hotel Ganges Varanasi is an elegant urban retreat surrounded by tropical gardens and landscaped lawns. Just three miles from the city center, the property has a honey and cream exterior that tastefully echoes Varanasi’s rich architectural history. The 130 guestrooms and suites have a similarly classical vibe, with large, arched windows and polished teak floors. They’re decorated with local furniture, bedspreads and artworks; splashes of scarlet and burnt orange add warmth. The marble-clad bathrooms are roomy, with bathtubs and glass walk-in shower cubicles. For extra space, book a Deluxe Suite, which comes with added extras like a separate living room and free wine and canapés on arrival. Dine on innovative local fare at Varuna, a wood-paneled dining room with recessed lighting and a glittering chandelier, or have some top-notch continental cuisine at Gad, a more casual place, with floor-to-ceiling views of the lush, manicured gardens. Curl up with a good book by the large, mosaic-tiled pool, or unwind with a vodka martini at the swish colonial-style Prinsep Bar.
In the Area
Spiritually uplifting and effortlessly photogenic, Varanasi is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Regarded as a holy place by Hindus, Buddhists and Jains, it’s believed to be around 3,000 years old. Your concierge will happily arrange a dawn boat trip on the Ganges, where you can witness the funeral processions and rituals that take place every day on the riverbank. Next, visit one of India’s most famous Hindu sites, the Vishwanath Temple. This gold-plated shrine is dedicated to Lord Shiva; he is said to have appeared here as a shining column of light. Don’t miss a visit to Open Hand; this café and retail outlet sells excellent handicrafts — and the best espresso in Varanasi.
How to Get There
The dinner and buffet breakfast were are excellent.
Be there served the sweetest of the local mangoes which was a hit with my family .The service was excellent and I have to specially mention Rajeev Sharma The service was excellent and I have to specially mention Rajeev Sharma, Abimanyu and Anzisar.
The Hotel decor was nice and rooms were adequate for our needs and as visitors from USA we were pleasantly surprised by the tasteful but not so spicy dishes .
We stayed in the month of July for a ladies trip to Benares.One cannot go wrong with the Taj Hospitality. It was a great experience! The rooms are large and comfortable and the breakfast is wholesome with good indian and continental fare. Hotel grounds are well kept and location is a short drive from the ghats. Overall would surely recommend.
Hotel well placed as close enough to sites bit far enough away to be quiet.
Bedrooms were very comfortable.
Pool are good although Pool itself needs a bit of TLC. Floral designs on the tiles either needs cleaning or has deteriorated.
Breakfast was very good, cannot comment on the restaurant as we ate out for the three nights we were there, twice down on the Ghats at Guleria Kothi
There are restaurants nearby which were reasonably priced
Alcohol very expensive and much cheaper in outside restaurants but expected due to type of hotel.