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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


4.0 Very Good 1681 Reviews
amazing place
Reviewed 1 day ago

hotel is best for those who love to live in peace. cantonment is a peaceful area of Varanasi. employees are helpful to you, if you say them to do any thing they t do that work faster as much as they can do.

Wonderful stay
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place and fabulous hospitality and wonderful staff behaviour -- except distance from river and temples, this is the ideal place to stay in Varanasi. Value for money is excellent too. Transport to and fro temples even at midnight is not a problem and safe location for family.

Worst service by hotel employees.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hotel employees don't have manners to talk and are very rude and unprofessional.
We booked banquet hall and lawn for our sisters marriage.
Employee name rampal was very unprofessional and was very Harsh spoken.
Said 'Tu apna Saara saaman Gaadi se le kar aa aur yahan pe la kar rakh ye mera kaam nai hai' I told him call your employees then he answers all are sleeping then i asked where is your manager the employee rampal says abhi koi Manager nai hai.
I had to lift gift boxes that were for the guests and put them in the scanning machine.
Pathetic service. These kind of employees should not be in a hospitality industry.

Great place to stay
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The hotel was good , clean rooms and staff was polite and very helpful. The drive to Kashi temple and other places were done with the hotels cab and the driver Kishan was very helpful. Overall great hospitality.

Sprawling campus
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What's good

The Taj experience and a sprawling campus in the middle of Varanasi is not to be missed.

What's not good

Security check at the gate is elaborate even by Indian standards.

What to do

Take a cab to riverside or BHU campus for new Vishwanath temple. Sarnath is 25 minutes from here. Station is almost a walk.