This place is clean, quite, cheap, welcoming, in a great position, with a great staff... What else would you need?
Ok, I'll start saying that me and two friends had got Varanasi's train station at 1 o'clock in the morning, tired and stinky, then were asked by the ricksaw driver for a doubled price and a huge tip. So we called Ravi (the owner of the guest house): he arrived immediately, taking care of the whole issue and taking us to Bhadra Kali Guest House.
I wasn't supposed to have a reservation for that night, but he made me sleep on a mattress put on the floor, totally for free. The next morning I moved to a room, which was tidy, clean, really cozy and incredibily cheap for a Varanasi's standard.
The atmosphere at Bhadra Khali is always like its staff: friendly, welcoming, truly international and stressless. Fancy an afternoon Chai with nice people around you? Bhadra Khali is the place to be.
The guest house is totally safe (we used to leave our Ipods and shoes at the entrance), has the best position in the city (5 mins walk from Assi Ghat, the most important one), but you won't hear any noise during day or night.
Bathrooms and rooms are clean, there's wifi, a nice rooftop, Ravi is one of the best persons I've ever met in India: a Tabla genius (ask him to play something for you and you'll get what I mean), genuine, friendly, he's always smiling and, most important thing for a traveler: he's an honest man.
As I've said before, the staff is really helpful, they'll arrange for you boat trips (way cheaper than you'd ever do by yourself), train and bus tickets, massages (cheap and awesome!), music lessons and so on.
If you're in Varanasi, you MUST go there. Otherwise, you'll never find a place like that. Trust me.
Francesco, 24 yo, journalist and traveller (Italy)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bhadra Kali guest house is a one-of-a-kind boutique guesthouse located on Ahilyabai Ghat, by Main Ghat in Varanasi, India. The guesthouse is a colourful, family-owned, music-oriented house with panoramic views of the city and of the River Ganga. A couple of the rooms in this cozy 7 room Guesthouse also have balconies and River views. Come stay with us, do yoga on the roof, take music lessons, or simply find a peaceful respite during your Varanasi adventure. ... more less
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