I kind of have the feeling that this place is resting on its laurels having been in the LP and thus assured of a steady flow of backpackers. The staff at reception are not at all friendly..when I was there the place was quite empty and it just felt creepy and uncared for..the room was clean and the mattress comfortable. I did not eat here as had a bit of a stomach ache and other travellers had said to me they were ill after eating here. As a single female traveller I did not like the location of the guest house as the streets around are dark, winding alleys with many offers of drugs...for me it just did not have the nice energy. Having stayed in a few different guesthouses in Varanasi I think the ones around Pandhey Ghat are the nicest with quiet rooms, smaller places and friendlier staff. Also as a female I preferred walking back to this area at night rather than the other side which seems to have many more annoying touts. I paid 300 rupees for a double room on the 5th floor with a great view of the Ganga.