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
- 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
Fantastic facility that should be a 4 1/2*. Only hiccup was a lack of water pressure and temp control in the shower. Otherwise We have nothing negative to say about this place. We would definitely stay Here again. The staff was very attentive, the grounds were clean and beautiful and we didn’t worry about security. They consistently brought fresh drinking water to our room and spoke wonderful English.
You feel the warmth immediately after stepping in at this property. The staff — right from the GM to serving staff — is excellent, warm and welcoming. Rooms are comfortable, spacious and well stocked. The surroundings are green and open, insulating the guests from the chaotic hustle and bustle of Varanasi.
Food was fresh, satisfactory and well presented. Here, I will mention Vivek, Rajiv and Navneet, Azhar and all the other F&B staff for giving us personal attention.
Thank you Taj Ganges for hosting us. Will visit again.
Green, spacious with newly decorated lobby and reception with warm and efficient staff.
The rooms are newly renovated and comfortable. What was a pleasant surprise was the excellent food both at the all day diner as well as at the Indian restaurant.
The breakfast buffet is extensive.
The hotel is located away from the hustle bustle of the main town. In some ways it's an escape from madness!
Modern hotel with excellent period design. Small but beautifully decorated room with amazing service and luxury treatment by the room staff outside our door. Butlers and room attendants were incredibly helpful. Even brought a warm foot bath after our amazing day of touring Varansi. We had room service one night - Biryani was excellent and same price as restaurant. Meal was served hot and delicious. Varanasi was an incredibly unique experience which we felt privileged to have done.
Best hotel for stay,Well maintained property,excellent property with scenic view and good breakfast with courteous staff. The staff welcomes you with the welcome drink which was tasty & relaxed us after a long drive. The formalities were quick & we were provided the room without any wait.