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Hotel Sonmony
Ranked #57 of 77 Hotels in Varanasi
Bristol
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22 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Disappointing.......”
Reviewed 17 November 2011

I wouldn't recommend this place. 

For starters, they expect payment up front for the duration of your stay which is a bit dubious. Secondly they wanted to take a copy of our passports which we didn't agree to. 

Worst of all there were no sheets to sleep under - with the excuse that the laundry hadn't come back. A hotel with no sheets is like a restaurant with no food. You will also be disappointed if you expect things like toilet paper....and be careful when you brush your teeth as your toes are likely to get covered in toothpaste and water - our sink wasn't actually plumbed into anything. 

The location is good and we had a splendid view of the Ganges. However if you don't like watching dead people getting burned all day, go elsewhere. 

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 August 2011

I stayed here because it was cheap for aircon and having a balcony with Ganges view. I did not realise how close to the crematoriums it was.
If you stay here, make sure that you don't get room 37, or any rooms along that wall as that is the side alley of crematoriums outside. This ghat is a 24/7 crematorium and so is constantly being used. On the second night, there were a lot of fires outside and the smoke was coming in my aircon filter - I had to open the windows for fresher air. I probably could have moved, but it was the middle of the night and I couldn't be bothered. Other people who stayed in rooms adjacent to the river did not have this problem.
The hotel will understandably have a slightly smokey smell, but it is not a bad smell, just smokey with the occasional waft of incense.

The balconies over look the river - it is a magnificent view. Also, these balconies also have a view of the water side crematorium. This means that you get an uninterrupted view of the ceremonies. On my first day I watched for 4 hours from my balcony and saw 3 different types of ceremony. I also saw many tour groups come to this ghat and leave after about 10 mins. (You really can't take in what is going on here, in just 10 mins, but understandably if you were visiting as a tourist, you would feel uncomfortable staying much longer.) Also, it is a lot less intense to watch from your balcony or the restaurant. Being so close to it all down there can be quite overwhelming. A lot of us that were staying there liked the fact that we had such views and unlimited time to just watch, as it gave us time to get our heads around it all.

The restaurant has good food, but can take a while to be served. At least you know it is all freshly cooked though. Also, the restaurant boy is pretty lazy, so just be very forward about what you want.

Another man who works there will take try to take you to his silk house for shopping, but his prices are way higher than everywhere else and the quality is the same, so avoid this. The hotel can also arrange airport pick up and drop off for around 600 rupees each way and they can also arrange boat tours, city tours, music and dance lesson. If you get a boat trip the manager will offer it to you for 200 Rupees (this is good as some charge upto 1000 Rupees) - take a sunrise tour as at sunset the light is behind the bulidings, making photos very difficult to take. However, if you want more boat trips, find someone else to go with after the first trip, as the hotel man increases the price to get you in.

It is also good that this hotel is a little bit away from the main area of Varanasi, but can be easily reached by bicycle rickshaw for about 20 Rupee. This also means that you aren't being hassled by any touts or beggars as you come and go from the hotel - which alone, can be a nice change.

If I were to go to Varanasi again with someone who had never been before, I would definitely stay here again, but maybe for just one night as the smoke smell, although not strong, bothered me after a few days.

Room Tip: Stay in a room adjacent to the river, but not on the far wall.
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled solo
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Windhoek, Namibia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 June 2011

I stayed in this hotel in mid April 2011 and it was really hot there by this time of the year. The hotel is close to the ghats and the staff (the manager) is really nice and helpful. But... the rooms and the toillet is not clean at all. Lots of mosquito inside the rooms also. Try to find something better.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 25 January 2011

Very rundown and sad hotel. The rooms are dirty and dark. The sheets and blankets were not clean. The bathroom had leaking water and looked like it had never been cleaned. The only positive thing I can say is that it is very close to the ghats.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled with family
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Warszawa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 November 2010

Very good located hotel, with a very nice view of the Ganges. Room was small but quite ok, there was only shower, sink in the hallway. You can watch from your balcony ceremonies over the river. You have view for ghat for funeral ceremonies, where they burning corpses. There's also quite nice rooftop restaurant.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Hotel Sonmony

Property: Hotel Sonmony
Address: House No: B6/91, Varanasi 221001, India
Region: India > Uttar Pradesh > Varanasi District > Varanasi
Amenities:
Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #57 of 77 Hotels in Varanasi
Price range (per night): ₹ 644 - ₹ 773
Hotel Class:1 star — Hotel Sonmony 1*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
My hotel name is Hotel Sonmony. This is small and budget hotel. It is situated at Harishchandra ghat, Varanasi, India beside the Ganges River. This ghat is known as a small burning ghat. I have 20 rooms with bathroom and hot water and many rooms have nice Ganges River view. I have these facilities: internet, roof-top Indian restaurant, laundry, travel desk, boating and free pick-up services from bus stand and Varanasi station, yoga-less music concert in restaurant etc. My room price is for single 150-250Rs, double 400-750Rs. I also have some air conditioned rooms and air cooler. ... more   less 
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