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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


  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
  •  Spa
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Peaceful 40-acre retreat near Varanasi, with an outdoor pool, two restaurants and a colonial-style bar

The Lowdown

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 Gateway Hotel Ganges
Nadesar Palace Grounds
Varanasi, 221002 India


LIve experience of Indian Hosptitality motto- ATHITHI DEVO BHAV on Dev Diwali . A real “Home away Home “

An excellent comfortable stay in a beautiful property with spacious rooms , impeccable housekeeping serviceS delicious food served by dedicated and pleasing staff and icing on the top was the friendly and caring attitude of the staff. Whether it was organising a boat ride on the Holy Ganga river or the Kashi Vishwanath temple and sankat mochan temple darshan or the shopping advice or even taking Hime banarsi sweets , Mr Anant Gaddala was ever so helpful . His authentic advice really helped us a lot to have a smooth stay and touristic experience in the mad rush period of DeV Diwali. The crazy crowds in the city or the hotels on this most important day Of Dev diwali was no deterrent to this dedicated team headed By My Viay Shrinath the GM , Mr Viajy F&B Mngr, Mr Akshay the sous Chef who were always there to help us for for each and every small need or query.The hotel serves yummylicious Satvik food and banarsi delicacies which is served by an extremely motivated team who seem to very passionate about the job they are doing . Highly recommend hotel where the staff does their duty like true worship. They ya surpassed all high hospitality standards experience by us during our various hotel stays. . Must go to Hotel

Good hotel with elements of real excellence

This is a tourist hotel albeit a very good one with the arriving and departing coach loads you'd expect but they handle it very well and very professionally. What makes it really special is:-
the quality of staff and how well they are trained. Punam on reception is superb.
The Indian dining room which is possibly one of the best we have experienced in India and would stand comparison with top restaurants anywhere. Excellently managed, beautifully cooked food and waiters capable of being genuinely helpful, notably Khaustuv, Mayank and Ajay.
The spa. Luxurious and professional. The massage from Hussein was the best massage I've ever had!!
Overall great credit to local management for lifting this tourist hotel so far out of the ordinary.


This hotel is great and very beautiful with great and courteous staff. They welcome you very graciously. Their breakfast buffet is grand. Our family had dinner too, it was awesome. I recommend people to stay here.