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Ram Bhawan Residency Reviews

D-20/21 Munshi Ghat, Varanasi, India

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227 Total Reviews
  • 85%Value For Money
  • 93%Security
  • 93%Location
  • 91%Staff
  • 89%Atmosphere
  • 94%Cleanliness
  • 86%Facilities

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I've been staying here for the past 6 years since I've been travelling India. The hostel is always amazing however the hostel hospitality manager was changed and the new one isn't faring so well. I arrived and was given the top floor room when the hostel was vacant in 45 degree Celsius weather. I asked to be shifted and I was for 2 days only to be told I would need to move again. I ended up getting another place just nearby, Ganges Inn that costed me 100₹ more with ac, and private bath.


Extremely clean place having the warmth and passion of the people who run it makes Ram Bhawan the best way to experience Varanasi. Thank you Vrinda, Shalini, Debashis, Amarnath, Didi...I will miss you all and I'll cherish the Benaras experience forever.


Wifi was a bit hit and miss, mostly miss. But the free breakfast and lunch made up for it. (Lunch is definitely worth waiting around for one day) The location is a bit tricky to find but once you've orientated yourself, you'll realise how nice and central it is. Biggest complaint would be the mattress, very thin unfortunately which doesn't make for a comfortable sleep.


Solid choice right near the ghats, we stayed for the Holi festival. Sort of a loungey, don't-ever-leave-the-hostel vibe with most the long-term tenants while we there... not sure if this is a product of being part of a 'society', but a bit off-putting from a travelling/adventure perspective. Clean rooms that offer some much needed respite from the chaos outside.


The place is very clean for Indian standard. Beware of mosquitos even in winter. Hotel does not provide toilet paper, so bring your own. Provides hot water kettle and free drinking water. Clean linens. Outdoor shoes must be removed at entrance (keeps place clean) so bring indoor flipflops. A clean place to retreat to after a day outside walking on dirt and shit. Rs200 for temporary membership is little steep. YWCA Delhi charges Rs50.

  • 5th Feb 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • All Female Group, 41+
  • (1 review)


Wonderful people here at the Kautylia Society! The Ram Bhawan residency has a welcoming atmosphere that can make you feel at home immediately. Rooms are simple, but beautiful and clean, in a beautiful traditional building right above the ghat. The included breakfast and lunch is a simple, home-cooked style meal which is excellent as it's not so easy to find such clean and good food in the city. Thank you so much for the hospitality, greatly appreciated!

  • 12th Jan 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)


Stayed there for 3 nights; the location was somehow difficult to find (same as other parts in the old city of Varanasi), but once you know the place it is extremely close to the Ghats. What I value most was the exchange of information and understanding of the Indian/Hindi culture in this "hostel". It's not just a hostel but indeed home to two NGOs that help preserve and promote the traditional culture and educate the locals with basic hygiene and etc. The staff are extremely nice and helpful.

  • 27th Dec 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Hong Kong
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Good place and location. The staff is very helpful tho they don't speak much English. Few down side things: this place is VERY COLD and it's not ready to cope with low temperatures at all. Hot Shower lasted for two minutes only, and I am not exagerating. That's not good at all. Roof terrace was closed, no explanation given.


The staff here is very friendly and the food they cook is amazing. Located near the main Ghat. Only gripe is it is difficult to get to first time and they charge higher taxi pickup from airport. I would stay here again.


One of the best hostels I've ever stayed. It's very well located, great facilities and an amazing staff. The breakfast is very basic but the lunch is awesome! Highly recommended!!


Was my first stop and was great, helped with any issues that arised.

  • 6th Dec 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)

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