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International Travellers' Hostel, Varanasi
Ranked #10 of 224 Speciality Lodging in Varanasi
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Reviewed 26 April 2014

We chose this place because of the good price and we only planned to stay 2 nights, but we ended up staying a whole week because of the very nice and friendly atmosphere and homey feeling! The staff was the nicest we have met in our whole trip in India! The hostel is placed a little outside of Varanasi city centre, but we found it to be an advantage to get out of the crowded centre and relax in the cold and clean dorm, the colorful living room and the nice garden.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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2  Thank Cecilie T
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Ashish V, Owner at International Travellers' Hostel, Varanasi, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2014

Thank you, Cecilie, for this wonderful review!

We are very glad that you enjoyed your stay at ITH so much, and it was a pleasure to have you here. If you are going to visit Varanasi again, we would be happy to host you again.

All the best!
~Ashish

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Reviewed 24 March 2014

The hotel is clean, well kept, very quiet and yet walking distance to the Varanasi railway station. The owner Ashish is very down to earth and extremely helpful and attentive to the needs of his guests (whether Indian or foreign). The food gets 5 stars too and is some of the best home cooked Indian food I ever remember having! Looking forward to my next morning cup of masala chai in their beautiful garden. I highly recommend this place to anyone and everyone :)

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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4  Thank Sonjoy A
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Ashish V, Owner at International Travellers' Hostel, Varanasi, responded to this reviewResponded 20 April 2014

Thank you so much for your wonderful words, Sonjoy. It was amazing fun and a great learning experience hosting your group, and we are really happy to know that you enjoyed the place and the food. Looking forward to host you again soon!

~ Ashish

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Reviewed 20 March 2014

Just walking distance from Cantt Railway Station, ITH is a place where one must stay for a single day atleast if he/she is in Varanasi. Every care is being taken to provide all basic needs of a traveller with free wi-fi, free washing machine and Ashish who started this hostel is very friendly and co-operative guy. This place is very clean with nice garden area, calm and peaceful location, food is also excellent and maximum things are of European standard. Must visit this place in Varanasi.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled solo
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3  Thank Naveensingh84
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Ashish V, Owner at International Travellers' Hostel, Varanasi, responded to this reviewResponded 20 April 2014

Thank you so much for this terrific review, Naveen. We are extremely happy to earn your appreciations for ITH. I assure you that we will continue to do our best to keep it going, and to get even better with time. Till we meet again.

~ Ashish

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Reviewed 18 March 2014

In the last two years I spent all together almost one year in the city of Varanasi, studying music and meditation and I can say that I know a good number of guest houses around, but none of them is so friendly, clean, well organized and peaceful like ITH.

The service here is excellent and European standard. The atmosphere relaxed and cozy and the family and the staff absolutely sweet.
They open the door of their home to you and leave you total freedom and privacy, offering a great home-stay, with plenty of facilities for you included in the price and everything is clean and the food generous and well made.
All food ingredients are the best quality you can find available in the market and they are cooked with love and care, Indian food as well as western food and/or some new recipe from Ashy's special intuition.

Moreover a beautiful, green garden, a cozy living room and a big roof top for us to enjoy different activities during the day and the evenings, like practicing yoga together, playing music, watching videos or just chill out with a cup of “masala chai” sharing our travel experiences or planning the next steps for the journey.

Ashy is a traveler himself, so he knows what travelers are looking for and he is really doing a great job here. He can suggest you how to discover Varanasi and few tips to understand better the local culture and life as well as planning your next movements.

The wi-fi internet connection is working fast and steady 24 hours and this is something really rare for Varanasi as well as hot water and electricity in general: we were more then 30 people few days ago and still we all had our hot shower.

The location is a bit far from the main tourist center, but only few minutes ride on a shared tuc-tuc and you are there. And honestly you will enjoy more peace and freedom here then being in the center, 'cause also neighbors are really friendly and polite (and they won't try to sell you something.. )

I really suggest you to come by and make the experience on your own.

Great

Thanks Ashy

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled solo
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Ashish V, Owner at International Travellers' Hostel, Varanasi, responded to this reviewResponded 20 April 2014

Thank you for your generous words, Daniele. It was fantastic to host you here and we are delighted to know that you enjoyed your time with us. We really appreciate all of your contributions and look forward to welcoming you again.

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Reviewed 24 February 2014

Ashish is very friendly and reliable. If you have any questions, he is more than happy to answer them (promptly, too). I felt very safe here, even as a solo woman. He keeps it clean and quiet! Perfect for rest. It's a bit away from the river but that was nice because it was not too loud at night. Great spot. Wifi was perfect! Hot water - great. Family is very sweet too. The only thing I would add are lockers when it gets really busy. In summary, would definitely recommend this to anyone! Lisa

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled solo
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4  Thank lisa j
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Ashish V, Owner at International Travellers' Hostel, Varanasi, responded to this reviewResponded 25 February 2014

It brings me immense joy to know that I was able to make you feel safe and comfortable as a solo woman traveller in the first days of your first India trip, Lisa.

I have taken note of the attributes that fell below your expectations, and have already commenced refinements. Although we have assured that our premises are generally safe with CCTV installed at all entry & exit points, safety lockers will be introduced too as soon as our budget allows. Your invigorating words, however, are what will keep us motivated to continue striving for excellence.

Wishing you all the best for all your future travels. Hope to see you around again!

- Ashish

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Reviewed 24 February 2014

I stayed in ITH after having travelled around Asia for almost a year, and found it a calm and peaceful place to catch a breath in a city that's as violently loud and obnoxious as it is holy. The difference in atmosphere between outside and inside the hostel walls is tangible, and the general look and feel fits international standards, still very much a rarity in India. So the wifi, showers, a/c etc. all work as they should, and the owner has clearly put a lot of thought into how to run a hostel with pride. The only small minus comes from the food that was a bit too expensive for me, but that on the other hand seemed more special than what's on offer nearby. Also the location is some distance from the ghats but the close proximity to the train station makes up for it. Warmly recommended.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled solo
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3  Thank MarkoKR
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Ashish V, Owner at International Travellers' Hostel, Varanasi, responded to this reviewResponded 25 February 2014

It is fabulous to know that we were able to offer you a rare, calm and peaceful stay, Marko. However, your dissatisfaction with the food pricing is a concern that we have noted. Although a lot of factors on costing are beyond our control, we will re-evaluate everything in order to be able to provide a better sense of value. Notwithstanding the remark, your encouraging words are what keep us motivated to perform even better in the future.

We hope to have an opportunity to serve you again exceeding your expectations next time around.

- Ashish

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Reviewed 26 January 2014

International Traveller's Hostel for me was like an asylum of tranquility giving balance after Varanasi traffic and noise. The place with a very good energy and people, creating around you comfort and peace. Dormitories are mixed, but very clean and everyone was respectful towards each other. This place is especially recommended for people traveling alone as me, cause you will feel really safe and will have chance to meet other nice people from all over the world. I also enjoyed a lot the garden and delicious, fresh food. It’s a very special place to stay, I would say “made with love” : ) Thank you so much for everything.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled solo
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3  Thank Vilma K
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Ashish V, Owner at International Travellers' Hostel, Varanasi, responded to this reviewResponded 24 February 2014

So glad to know that you felt the love, Vilma! We have invested a lot of it into International Travellers' Hostel, and nothing is more fabulous than you feeling it :)

Thank you so much for this terrific review. Hope to see you again soon!

- Ashish

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Address: Vidyapeeth Road | Landmark: The Alley Opposite to Gate #2 of Vidyapeeth University, Varanasi 221002, India
Region: India > Uttar Pradesh > Varanasi District > Varanasi
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #10 of 224 Speciality Lodging in Varanasi
Price Range: £8 - £57 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
International Travellers’ Hostel is Varanasi’s and north India’s first hostel of its kind. Staying true to the spirit of backpacking and adventure travel, we have evolved to offer the widest variety of accommodations equipped with a range of modern facilities. Combined with friendly service, we are here to offer you an unmatched hostelling experience. Our hostel’s main highlights include a peaceful location away from the chaos of Varanasi’s downtown area, cleanliness, fast Wi-Fi, free purified drinking water, power back-up on AC (in some rooms), washing machine, kitchen and of course our staff who like to serve with a smile! We’ve combined the best of a modern backpackers’ hostel—where you can meet like-minded travellers—with the warmth of a homestay, giving you the opportunity to acquaint with our culture. We aim to provide our guests with a memorable and pleasant stay – with a touch of homeliness and the care of a family. ... more   less 
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