Dwivedi Hotels Ajay Guest House

Dwivedi Hotels Ajay Guest House Choushotti Ghat Ajay Guest House D21/11 Nakkhi Ghat Road Rana Mahal Ghat, Varanasi 221001 India
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#97 of 215 hotels in Varanasi
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Ajay Guest House is one of the fabulous sites of Varanasi. Extremely situated in natural location. Exhibits entire scenery of Varanasi one look. It also has all modern amenities from airport pickup, to sight seeing, travel planning. Each room is like a house in itself.
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Airport transportation
Business Centre with Internet Access
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24-hour front desk
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laxmihonavar wrote a review Mar 2015
Mumbai, India7 contributions9 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I traveled to Varanasi, last week for a painting camp with 30 other people. My room was facing the ghat and it was just great. the hotel staff was very hospitable. Food was great. All sites were very close by to walk to.
will definitely visit again and stay at Palace on the Steps only......
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Date of stay: February 2015
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: all rooms facing the river are great.
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marcoammannati wrote a review Jan 2010
london52 contributions72 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
This place is located at Rana Ghat in an ex maharaja palace, it offers amazing views of the river ganges and has a nice rooftop restaurant. The rooms are small with no frills, nice atmosphere but not so clean. shower is hot but bathroom not in good condition with wc seat broken. the price for a room is 1500 rupees and 1800 for the upper floor ones.
it is not a hell of a lot in overpriced and overflowing with tourists Varanasi but it is expensive by indian standards. it offers amazing view and rooms have got own balconies so it's nice really. The staff are elusive and try and talk you into the usual stuff like paying money to a fake sadhu to tell you some tales, or to a guide to take you around with a boat. They also sold us a 650 rupees taxi ride to the airport which was done with a very old minivan that was slower than a rickshaw. Not a nice vibe from management but overall an ok place to stay, very close to the main ghat and also on the way to assi ghat.
Personal advice, AVOID Varanasi as it is a dirty tourist trap. The beauty of India can be found in all the small towns and villages that aren't already world famous for some reason or another. Beware of awkwardly fake Sadhus dressed up like japanese Costume Play girls, they are simply beggars. Talking of japanese, there are a huge number of japanese and korean tourists here and they all look and behave in a rather pathetic way, some of them even wanting to bathe in the Ganges whose water is so polluted and cholera infested that it is SEPTIC!

Do not go.
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Date of stay: December 2009
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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nauroz b wrote a review Mar 2016
Frankfurt, Germany80 contributions32 helpful votes
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
This was my second visit to this guest house. This time we got the heritage room for three nights. I really enjoyed my stay in this room. This room is suitable for two people but we were three and somehow we just managed with an extra matress. The view of Ganga from our room was fabulous.
One needs to walk a bit to get to this guest house. There is no road spacious eough to take any rikshaw or car to this hotel. But that is old of Varanasi.
Bad thing about this guest house is the restaurant. Staffs at the restaurant are not efficient. One has to wait a long time fort food.
Other staffs were great and helpful. I will definitely come back to this guest house.
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Date of stay: February 2016
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Manoj765 wrote a review Jul 2014
Helsingborg, Sweden63 contributions96 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I have chosen this hotel for my parents after searching over the net & reading the review in TripAdvisor. I was amaze with the location & hospitality of Ajay Guest. I booked this guest house for 6 nights through a travel agency cum friend. The booking ref no- 1406044788, Voucher No- CHMM-826160, Check In- June 13, 2014 and Check Out- June 19, 2014. I booked the Heritage room with breakfast included.
After check-in my parents called me and told me that the room is such small that they can’t even keep their luggage in the room. And the room was so dirty, bed sheet & towels with lots of holes and dirt. It was a small room beside the hotel. I think this was service room for their own stuff. However, after intervention of my travel agent, they changed the room after couple of hours and I thought it’s the end of the drama. I was insane. The new room is specious but no door-lock inside the room. Sanjay told them that it’s very safe so no worry. My parents ordered food at night but it was rotten. Next day morning my parents waited for the morning tea & breakfast but the hotel stuff said that it will take time. So, they gave up. There was no service from the hotel. On 16-Jun my parents took the car of Sanjay to ho Allahabad and came back by afternoon. My parents found all money is missing from their luggage. When they tried to call Sanjay he did not responded his phone. My parent’s informed the reception but they were not willing to hear them. There was no stuff of hotel for evening tea or night meal. My parents were so tired to bring food from other hotel. Even if being diabetic & hypertension patient they skipped the dinner. On 15-Jun my parents waited for morning tea and breakfast till 11 AM but there was no hotel stuff. Then they informed me and I immediately start arranging another hotel for rest of the days. That day I came to know everything in details as my parent were thinking not to bother me as I am not even in the country now. I came to know that this is not exactly the building of which they posted photo in their website. There were no roof top restaurant. I am still not sure where they kept my parents. The whole day my parents stayed in the hotel without food & water. They were so sick & scared that they can’t even tried to bring food from outside. On 16-Jun, my parents checked out the hotel even if I paid till 19-June-2014. Then then checked in another hotel which was a haven for them in that situation.
The entire thing was a very painful mental & physical torture to my parents and this is possible in some countries only. May be they gave good service to some of their guests or they know who can write a good feedback for them which is good for business. But for general people like my parents it’s a hell. I am out of India for long time and it’s very difficult to take some legal steps from here. I know, if TripAdvisor publish my review then also this will not impact much to the hotel BUT my review can save some general people to be humiliated & robbed during their visit to Varanasi.
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Date of stay: June 2014
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: River view rooms
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monica j wrote a review Apr 2014
mumbai403 contributions418 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Choosing a hotel in Varanasi is a daunting task, if visiting for the first time. The list is endless & exhaustive as each one is claiming to be the best with great views, great rooms, great reviews, great pictures to distract ones decision! I had to make an informed choice as my travel dates were near & I was clueless. But I was sure of a couple of things:

1. My first priority was to stay near the ghats/on the banks of the river ganges.
2. Did not want to spend a lot on the room/ mid-range.
3. Room should be airy with sunlight, tidy with clean sheets & properly lit.

I got exactly what I was looking for with something more!

I booked on the phone & got the room for a discounted price. I sent all my arrival details by mail. It was my first time to stay in Varanasi as I indulged in only day trips so far. I was excited yet apprehensive. I asked for a pick up at the train station(believe me it is the most crowded place ever!). The driver was arranged, who channeling through narrow crowded roads brought me safe till a place where a hotel staff was waiting to pick up the luggage & show the way to the hotel.

Advice: when staying at any property on the ghats in Varanasi, one has to walk inside the constricted not so pleasant alley's. But trust me it is an adventure on its own! Also, do not venture on your own if new, as there is probability of getting lost!

After a 10mins walk through my photographic journey in Varanasi, we reached safely at the doorsteps of our hotel. The reception is a small area with a seating, an internet surfing area & a curiously seated staff. I got my room within minutes of my arrival & it was both a sigh of relief & an overwhelming joy to see the room & the ganges at the same time! And ofcourse the room was airy, with plenty of sunlight, clean & tidy with a small exclusive balcony & a decent bathroom. I was happy beyond words!!! As my search had ended at the right place!

The 180 degree view of the ghats & ganges was breath-taking & spell-binding! It was an old heritage building, earlier a Mahal(Palace) but well maintained & well kept. The room was modest sized with a tv, cupboard, chair & double bed. The linen & towels were clean. The only thing missing was a phone to call for service if required. When asked they explained that it was difficult to to construct wiring as it was an old building with thick walls & moreover the monkeys eat the wiring. But the manager cum owner agreed it was a necessity & were working on it. There is free wi-fi in the reception & dining area but I was lucky to connect it even in my room!

The staff is excellent. A special mention to my all time guy Guddu, who did his best to make my stay as comfortable as possible. He was brilliant! He had solution to everything, was well informed about Varanasi & very kind & polite.

The hotel is only a few steps down to the ghat & a min walk to the main ghat where the evening arti(prayer with lights) takes place. The boatmen are all over the place, one can bargain & they are very flexible with the price.

As far as food is concerned, I did not eat at the hotel though the breakfast was included in the room tariff. I am an explorer & I wanted to eat the local food, the local way! So I took a boat & did some legwork to find myself in culinary delight of Varanasi. I stopped at Kedar ghat & climbed the millions of steps to reach the top which lead to a narrow passage. Once out I saw there street joints selling fresh snacks, tea & coffee at dirt cheap prices. One special mention is the family run shop called Kedar coffee, which sells amazing south indian delicacies. I had never had such an authentic taste of south india food anywhere in north of India. They serve dosas( rice pancakes with dips), wada(a fried lentil recipe), idlis(a fermented rice recipe), coffee, tea & other stuff. This place is a must for all food lovers! One can also find in every lane, shops & hawkers selling fresh puri bhaji( indian bread with a potato veggie) which is cheap & tasty.

Advice: While I was looking for places to eat, online, I found about Kerala Cafe on Lonely Planet website & trusting it would be good, went all the way in a boat & walked & rickshawed to this eatery only to find it was an utter disappointment! The food was stale, no taste, no variety & worthless! I would not recommend this place.

A couple of things I would recommend doing in Varanasi:

1. Arti(prayers with light) on the Dasawamedh & Rajendra Prasad ghat.
2. Early morning & late evening boat ride. Remember to bargain!
3. A walk on the main ghats & the narrow alleyways.
4. A visit to Aum cafe where all the Banares masala is with great healthy & organic food. It is on Assi ghat, a 30min boatride from Rana Mahal ghat(where my hotel was). It is opened from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm & has free wi-fi.
5. The Akharas, old traditional Indian form of wrestling. A must visit.
6. Kabir's home in old city area.
7. A visit to Somnath to revisit the past in the life of Buddha.
8. The fishermen ghats, where u'll find old unique ways of fishing & can take great pictures.
9. Banaras Hindu University, outside the major hustle bustle of the city but worth a visit.
10. The muslim handloom craftsmen community to explore the rich hand woven fabric of Varanasi. Go to the local workers(u'll find them in the alleys) rather than buying from big shops.

Thanks for reading my review, I hope others can make informed decisions about where to stay, what to eat & what to visit, after reading my review. I highly recommend this place for stay.
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Date of stay: February 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Choose the room no.206 or the ones facing the ganges with a balcony.
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Bunty1974 wrote a review Sept 2015
Adelaide, Australia17 contributions16 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I rang and booked 3 nights over the phone requesting an aircon room with nice river views. Based on my conversation and the photos on their website I didn't expect an upmarket room however I did expect my room to have curtains, be clean and have basics like toilet paper.

The room was dirty and with no curtains at all and worst of all it opened out adjacent to a common roof top area where other guests - staff share the space. As a female solo traveller I felt very unsafe.

On top of this when I checked in the hotel tried to sell me a tour which I declined and explained I had already booked an independent tour company.

Within 5 mins of getting to my room reception rang and informed me my tour guide was downstairs. I had pre arranged to meet my guide at an alternative time, so I was suspiciousness of the hotels claims. I rang my real tour guide who confirmed he was not at the hotel and advised me to stay where I was till he got there.

Thank fully my tour guide arrived and took me to lovely alternative hotel (marigold guest house). Which whilst basic, had aircon, was clean, and importantly had lovely trustworthy staff.

If you decide to risk staying at Ajays guest house I would aak them to send you a photo, before you book of the actual room they are allocating you so that you are clear on what your getting.
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Date of stay: September 2015Trip type: Travelled solo
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Timmmeh wrote a review Feb 2012
2 contributions7 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
As other reviews have pointed out, ajays guesthouse is run by dodgy, thieving dishonest men. Whose names are ajay, babu and another guy who shrouded his identity with a scarf over his mouth. I'll start with the only positive - the location, that's all.

Not only did they try to rip us off during every situation they also thought we were idiots.

To be honest these situations were too numerous to mention but some low lights included:

Stating we would have to buy a black market train ticket for 3000rps, saying there was only one flight to Delhi and it would be $300 per person but when I insisted that I would look it up I found it for $150! Then they said the internet wasn't working so we couldn't book our own tickets.

In retrospect we are pretty sure we picked up our parasite infection from the hotel's restaurant (caged from monkey invasion)

In summary don't stay here, the owners are cheating dogs
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Date of stay: December 2011
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
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kmf6 wrote a review Mar 2013
Oconomowoc, Wisconsin2 contributions6 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I had 2 night prepaid reservation here and they sold my room. At first they said it was being cleaned so would we wait in their restaurant and have a beer. That was just a waste of time. They offerred me a dirty, filthy alternative at a differrent location. We refused and then we were led to another hotel ...quite similar to the first. We felt trapped. They are a lbunch of con artists ready to shake down the tourists. ANd ohhh...it was filthy and the windows had holes in the screening "patched" with newspapers so all the bugs, mosquitoes and geckos could get in and share the room with me at night.
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Date of stay: February 2013
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: stay somewhere else.
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ritajeff wrote a review Apr 2012
Toronto, Canada199 contributions201 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
The whole room and the few pieces of battered furniture could use a major hose down, except there was no water...hot or cold! Grimy, grungy, stained, cracked and peeling, our room had it all! Oh, and the view, well the balcony was barely 2feet wide. Still, it would have been great except the wire mesh that was meant to keep out the mosquitoes was so dirty, torn and mangled that it actually managed to block our view! Stay away. There are alternatives on the Gange in every price range.
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Date of stay: March 2012
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Tamytamtam wrote a review Dec 2009
Nieuwegein2 contributions5 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
This is possibly the best location on the river with amazing views of the river in a old palace. It is very run down however and run by a band of little thieves. Ever possible way they can get a rupee out of you they will try. For example laundry and tours etc. Got a bit annoying after a while...

Their rooftop restaurant (with cage to keep the moneys out) is over run with rats and they are not the shy kind.
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Date of stay: September 2009
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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jith008 wrote a tip Oct 2016
Kochi (Cochin), India20 contributions10 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Look out for the Balcony attached rooms ... other rooms are less roomier and stuffy."
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VirkGurpreet wrote a tip Apr 2016
National Capital Territory of Delhi, India123 contributions12 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask for rooms on the river side. Room on the top floor I think is the best (Room# 403)."
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Sayantani L wrote a tip Jul 2015
5 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Rooms with river-view"
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Sasikumar Devabalan wrote a tip Jun 2015
Chennai (Madras), India139 contributions67 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ganges facing room in first floor"
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SushilChauhan wrote a tip Jun 2015
New Delhi, India13 contributions6 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask for rooms facing ghats with balcony."
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Dwivedi Hotels Ajay Guest House
Which popular attractions are close to Dwivedi Hotels Ajay Guest House?
Nearby attractions include Bala Ji Handicraft (5.3 km), Ruchika Art Gallery (6.0 km), and Aashirwad Tours (2.9 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Dwivedi Hotels Ajay Guest House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Dwivedi Hotels Ajay Guest House?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a refrigerator, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at Dwivedi Hotels Ajay Guest House?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Dwivedi Hotels Ajay Guest House?
Conveniently located restaurants include Behind Yellow Doors Diner, 1916 Cafe & Restaurant, and Aadha-Aadha Café.
Does Dwivedi Hotels Ajay Guest House have airport transportation?
Yes, Dwivedi Hotels Ajay Guest House offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Dwivedi Hotels Ajay Guest House located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.5 km away from the centre of Varanasi.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Dwivedi Hotels Ajay Guest House?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Hindi, and Japanese.
Are there any historical sites close to Dwivedi Hotels Ajay Guest House?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Statue of Standing Buddha (6.0 km), Batuk Bhairav Mandir (4.1 km), and Chet Singh Ghat (4.6 km).
Does Dwivedi Hotels Ajay Guest House have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the river view available here.