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
Despite the noisy elevator construction, our two night stay at the Gateway was very positive. Very comfy beds, newly renovated rooms, delicious food and a friendly staff. Shout outs to Akasha and Imran- two of the many wait staff who clicked over us, remembered our drink orders and made us feel welcomed in the dining room. The laundry service was very reasonable and efficient and the housekeeping staff solicitous and kind. The gym was terrific, the pool was pretty (didn’t swim) and I discovered too late that there was a daily 7 am yoga class. Beautiful property!
We were very fortunate to be able to stay here for 2 nights. It was under renovation but that did not affect us whatsoever. The pool area was excellent along with all of the services we used inside A great buffet kept the bus load of tourists happy and the beds were so comfortable
A Fantastic Stay in Varanasi . Wow the customer service is exceptional. Returning from the city it was like a peaceful sanctuary as you passed through the gate. The grounds are huge containing many facilities including a large pool and beautiful gardens. A Spa is in both the main Hotel area and in a 300 yr old Palace
Under renovation - management tries very hard but it’s not 5 Star. The buffet breakfasts are just acceptable. The pizzas delivered to room service were horrible !
It’s currently possibly the best hotel in Varinassi but it is what it is - pushing 4 star
and isn’t in the hunt if you were expecting 5 star - they made an effort and helped with adjoining rooms but they are nothing too flash - so, as long as patrons not expecting 5 star it might be acceptable - maybe !
I stayed in the hotel for 3 nights. It was an awesome and excellent stay. Right from the word go till the time we checked out we were pampey by each and every staff member we come across. They are so courteous helpful trained that you don't have to repeat anything instructions twice. Hospitality at its best.