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Ram Bhawan Residency

Book more than 7 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Fantastic Cleanliness
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Property Description

BREAKFAST AND LUNCH ARE INCLUDED (except on Sunday, when we only serve breakfast)

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The Ram Bhawan Residency is a cultural centre that hosts a home-stay and the offices of two NGOs: the Varanasi Heritage Foundation that protects and promotes local heritage and the Kautilya Society that facilitates intercultural dialogue.

In order to reside at Ram Bhawan, guests need to become members of the Varanasi Heritage Foundation (not included in the online payment, see details below) and all proceedings go towards funding the NGOs and their cultural and social projects.

The atmosphere of Ram Bhawan is conducive to reading and study and remains faithful to the simple comforts of an Indian home, with a splash of colour. It is a is an 80 year old four-storey house built in a traditional Indian architectural style. It enjoys a beautiful view of the River Ganga from the terrace. It is situated in the alleyways of the heart of old city of Varanasi, just next to Dashashwamedh Ghat (or the main ghat as tourists call it) .

Room rates include half-board (breakfast and lunch, except on Sundays when we offer a wholesome breakfast), wi-fi, possibility of using a kitchen to cook your own dinner, a common fridge and a water purifier to fill up your water bottles.

The membership charges that are not included in the online payment, are:
- Rs. 200 for 6 months
- Rs. 300 for 1 year
- Rs. 1,000 for lifetime View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 10.0

  • Security 10.0

  • Location 10.0

  • Staff 10.0

  • Atmosphere 10.0

  • Cleanliness 10.0

  • Facilities 10.0


Latest Reviews

  • 10.0

    Superb

    23 Apr 2019
    Wonderful place and lovely staff! Highly recommended
    Lebanon, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0

    Superb

    22 Mar 2019
    My favorite guest house in the entire world! Such a well crafted environment, attracts the most interesting and curious souls. Plus AMAZING breakfast and lunch included in the rate. I came back to Varanasi just to stay here :)
    USA, Male, 31-40
  • 10.0

    Superb

    23 Jul 2018
    This place is very beautiful and very special. I greatly enjoyed my stay here. The staff was wonderful and helpful and I made great use of their lovely rooftop cafe. The building is old, so there is no a/c, but it makes up for it with its elegant beauty. I highly recommend!
    Canada, Female, 25-30
  • 10.0

    Superb

    11 May 2017
    If you're looking for a place of solace while exploring Varanasi, this is the place. Staff are incredible, the environment is peaceful & very safe. I've never felt at such ease at any other hostel. The staff cook breakfast & lunch everyday and mealtime feels like family time. As far as location, it doesn't get any better than this. It is just up the stairs and one ghat over from the main ghat and local marketplace. It is about a 10 minute walk to he burning ghat. Ask about yoga and meditation!
    American Samoa, Female, 31-40
  • 10.0

    Superb

    07 May 2017
    Really nice hostel! :-) The staff is great, they prepare delicious breakfast and lunch every day. The hostel is just a minute walk from the ghats. We can highly recommend this place to everybody.
    Germany, Couple, 25-30
  • 9.4

    Superb

    22 Dec 2017
    Very nice and clean, friendly and helpful staff, great breakfast and amazing lunch. I would totally recommend!
    Romania, Couple, 25-30
  • 8.9

    Fabulous

    09 Dec 2017
    Single female stayed in 2 bunk bed dorm room. Pros: beautiful old architecture. Free buffet style breakfast and lunch. Free filtered water. Great location. Very clean in Indian standard. Many long timers in spiritual pursuit. Good deep conversations. Very quiet except the barking dogs in the middle of the nights but that has nothing to do with the hotel. Cons: staff not very welcoming. Yoga lessons so-so. Airport pickup expensive. Boat ride expensive.
    USA, Female, 31-40
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    18 Oct 2018
    Charming place to stay but beware of hidden costs. Clean and common area is nice. They charged us the tax on top of online listed price and their mandatory subscription fee to their society. Price ended up significantly higher than expected. Plus, you don’t really know what they do with this money as there is no explanation anywhere. They say it’s for good cause but it’s not transparent at all.
    France, Male, 25-30
  • 6.9

    Good

    09 Jul 2017
    Had a massive struggle to find this place as the door doesn't even have the hostel name on it. Staff were friendly but we struggled at first as they couldn't actually find our booking. Our room was nice and big but was located within another 4 bed room and Had only fans. We were not provided with a lock for our room and were told to buy our own, and then just left by ourselves with no other information provided. Overall, the stay wasn't bad but there were added costs and we expected more.
    England, Female, 18-24
  • 3.4

    Rating

    22 Jul 2017
    there is nothing dramatically wrong with this residency but the description for sure does not meet reality. I chose this hostel because they said it is also a cultural centre so I hoped to get some information about the history of the city as well. Instead the only cultural thing they had was the dusty and locked library downstairs, with wonderful books in many languages that I asked 3 times (!) to get access to and nobody could find the keys to open it. none was available to explain me anything
    Italy, Female, 25-30
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Facilities

Free
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Towels Included
General
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Card Phones
  • Common Room
  • Hot Showers
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Reading Light
  • Self-Catering Facilities
Services
  • Airport Transfers
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Tours/Travel Desk
Food & Drink
  • Cafe
  • Meals Available
  • Restaurant
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities

Awards

  • 2014

    1st, Country Winners India

  • 2013

    1st, Country Winners India

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