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Stops Hostel Varanasi
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Reviewed 29 July 2014

An awesome hostel located minutes walk from the Ganges (closest Ghat is actually one of the burning Ghats - the original). Great staff, comfy rooms, really encourage but don't push a social environment.
Would recommend the Arti ceremony on the river (go out on a boat, don't just stand on river bank) 6:30 or 7pm every night. Boats can be organised from closest Ghat, but also everywhere along river - hand rowed is nicer - but tip ($) it's a tough job for the rower!
Would highly recommend this hostel - also heard they're opening a new one in Delhi - which would probably be worth checking out!
Also it's just around the corner (1min walk) from Kerala Cafe - great food, super cheap!

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Nkonza
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xpanky, Owner at Stops Hostel Varanasi, responded to this reviewResponded 30 July 2014

Dear Fellow Traveller,

Many Thanks for your valuable review.

We are glad that the hostel was able to meet your expectations and we were able to lend a hand in helping you explore this beautiful city better.

We want you to know that we'll be waiting to host you during your next visit to Varanasi and are working on all the feedback from our guests to pleasantly surprise you with an even better experience the next time you're here.

Happy Travels,
Stops Hostels Varanasi Team

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Reviewed 28 July 2014 via mobile

Stop here for a cozy and welcoming hostel! Why i say it's wonderful is because everything i care about they all prepared and made me feel totally satisfied. Including cheap price and clean dormitory (i chose the non-a/c one at ground floor), free wifi in strong signal everywhere and not-slow bandwidth (two signal sources cover whole building, you can always switch to stronger one when you move to other rooms or common spaces), big and clean toilet, cheap laundry service, cozy indoor and outdoor common spaces for travelers eager to come and sit, talk and share. Nice traveling recommends including a color city map be given at the time when you are checked-in and they also made two maps about the ghats and foods surrounded, which are hung on the staircase's wall. Don't miss!
Why i say it's a pleasant experience is during these 3 days stay, i met the security (forgot name), Maria the volunteer, Sonu the manager, Pooja the always happy girl. They were all friendly and try to help you, don't hesitate to talk to them or you will miss their warm heart!
It situated at a quiet place but just a little distance to busy and noisy streets. When you are ready to the ghats, a ten minutes walk you will be at the second-main burning ghat. Another 5 minutes walk you can have a friendly boat service which is operated by VJ brothers.
The VJ brothers can take you to ghats where you like, including the opposite side beach, and basically the fare is 100 Rs./per-person.
At last, Maria, the volunteer, is really helpful to this hostel. She works with her passion and warm heart!

Stayed: July 2014, travelled solo
5  Thank Hayato C
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xpanky, Owner at Stops Hostel Varanasi, responded to this reviewResponded 28 July 2014

Dear Fellow Traveller,

Many Thanks for your valuable review.

We are glad that the hostel was able to meet your expectations and we were able to lend a hand in helping you explore this beautiful city better.

We want you to know that we'll be waiting to host you during your next visit to Varanasi and are working on all the feedback from our guests to pleasantly surprise you with an even better experience the next time you're here.

Happy Travels,
Stops Hostels Varanasi Team

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Reviewed 27 July 2014

great hostel. it is hard to find, a painted sign or coloured lights or anything on the main street near the hostel would be fantastic. But a real little gem once you get there. We arrived weary from a 15 hour drive at 2am and the owners actually answered the phone and came to meet us on the street near the hostel as we were hopelessly lost! The hostel is clean and cool, a welcome relief from the bustling alleys and the ghats. breakfast was tasty. The owners pointed us in the direction of the best sites and activities and made sure we didnt pay over the odds for anything. Exactly the sort of place a first time india backpacker needs to recharge!!
thanks to all at stops

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with friends
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2  Thank dannydooo
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xpanky, Owner at Stops Hostel Varanasi, responded to this reviewResponded 28 July 2014

Dear Fellow Traveller,

Many Thanks for your valuable review.

We are glad that the hostel was able to meet your expectations and we were able to lend a hand in helping you explore this beautiful city better.

We want you to know that we'll be waiting to host you during your next visit to Varanasi and are working on all the feedback from our guests to pleasantly surprise you with an even better experience the next time you're here.

Happy Travels,
Stops Hostels Varanasi Team

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Reviewed 24 July 2014

The hostel was nice, and it's certainly the only of its kind in Varanasi. But it was a pain to have to take a rickshaw there, or walk, and I often felt unsafe, as a single woman at nighttime. I often had trouble finding the hostel (it's kind of tucked away) and rickshaw drivers often didn't know where it was. I ended up moving to a place closer to the river--and it was just as easy, even easier, to meet travelers there, and so convenient being closer to it all.

That being said, the staff at Stops is truly very kind.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled solo
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3  Thank ThisCircusWheel
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xpanky, Owner at Stops Hostel Varanasi, responded to this reviewResponded 28 July 2014

Dear Fellow Traveller,

Many Thanks for your valuable review.

We are glad that the hostel was able to meet your expectations and we were able to lend a hand in helping you explore this beautiful city better.

We are sorry that you had difficulty finding the hostel. We are in the process of putting up boards so that it becomes easier to find the hostel at first go. Secondly, since, we do not pay any commissions to any rickshaw drivers (which is the usual norm in Varanasi), it is true that the rickshaw drivers do not know of our location and are usually not keen on bringing guests to the hostel as against other places where they get paid commission fees.

Our location just off the ghats is a conscious choice for several reasons. One reason being that we want to provide a peaceful sleep at the end of the day to all our traveller guests as a long day at the ghats can get very intense. Secondly, there is also an Allahabad High Court ruling declaring all commercial activities including guest houses operating within 200 metres of the highest flood point of the Ganges river along the ghats (which is almost up to Godowlia Chowk) as illegal because of its effect on the river (due to improper sanitation and disposal infrastructure at the ghats) as well as the adverse impact greedy commercial activity has had in terms of ruining the heritage of the beautiful ghats.

We understand that Ghats as a location is closer to the action, but setting up a commercial guest house at the Ghats is both illegal, unethical and inconvenient, and hence this choice of a location. We hope that you can understand and appreciate the reasoning behind.

We want you to know that we'll be waiting to host you during your next visit to Varanasi and are working on all the feedback from our guests to pleasantly surprise you with an even better experience the next time you're here.

Happy Travels,
Stops Hostels Varanasi Team

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Reviewed 23 July 2014

Loved my time here, one of the best places I stayed during my whole time in India. The staff are amazing too, especially Maria. It's got a real family feel about it and it's slightly off the beaten track too, so it's very relaxing. Would definitely go back.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled solo
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4  Thank Tommyjg
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xpanky, Owner at Stops Hostel Varanasi, responded to this reviewResponded 24 July 2014

Dear Fellow Traveller,

Many Thanks for your valuable review.

We are glad that the hostel was able to meet your expectations and we were able to lend a hand in helping you explore this beautiful city better.

We want you to know that we'll be waiting to host you during your next visit to Varanasi and are working on all the feedback from our guests to pleasantly surprise you with an even better experience the next time you're here.

Happy Travels,
Stops Hostels Varanasi Team

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Reviewed 21 July 2014

My wife & I stayed 2 nights at stops & had a remarkable time. The staff and facilities are outstanding! The staff are always willing to help you with anything you need. Very clean & comfortable. I would recommend everyone to put stops in their itinerary while visiting Varanasi.
- JT

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with friends
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3  Thank TheKeys2011
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xpanky, Owner at Stops Hostel Varanasi, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2014

Dear Fellow Traveller,

Many Thanks for your valuable review.

We are glad that the hostel was able to meet your expectations and we were able to lend a hand in helping you explore this beautiful city better.

We want you to know that we'll be waiting to host you during your next visit to Varanasi and are working on all the feedback from our guests to pleasantly surprise you with an even better experience the next time you're here.

Happy Travels,
Stops Hostels Varanasi Team

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Reviewed 20 July 2014

I had a great stay here, friendly vibe with fun movie nights and lots of cute cushioned corners to take a moment to chill out. Super friendly staff & helpful. Easy to make friends with travelers and great chain tea for breakfast and in the afternoon, nice touch! :)

  • Stayed: July 2014
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3  Thank Natalie S
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xpanky, Owner at Stops Hostel Varanasi, responded to this reviewResponded 21 July 2014

Dear Fellow Traveller,

Many Thanks for your valuable review.

We are glad that the hostel was able to meet your expectations and we were able to lend a hand in helping you explore this beautiful city better.

We want you to know that we'll be waiting to host you during your next visit to Varanasi and are working on all the feedback from our guests to pleasantly surprise you with an even better experience the next time you're here.

Happy Travels,
Stops Hostels Varanasi Team

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Address: A - 2 Vijaya Nagaram Colony Durgakund Road | In alley next to LG Store Bhelupur, Near Bhelupur Water Tank, Varanasi 221010, India
Region: India > Uttar Pradesh > Varanasi District > Varanasi
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 226 Speciality Lodging in Varanasi
Price Range: £8 - £26 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stops is a pit-stop like none other for the spirited traveler. Stops is where you refuel and equip yourself along your journeys! Its a space where you get to meet fellow travelers, eager to discover places, cultures and stories. You can share, plan, guide and learn together while relaxing and having fun. With professional and knowledgable staff and several essential facilities available 24x7, the hostel becomes your home and the city becomes your own backyard. Stops is a space where you get to stay your way. Immerse yourself in the ever expanding book-exchange library, choose from the collection of many documentaries and films, hang out in the lovely balconies and common areas, cook together in a fully equipped kitchen or just chill and do nothing! It's your call. Its a space where you get to have good fun with like minded travelers - from the most social city walks ever to challenging early morning yoga sessions to never ending Bollywood movie nights and vibrant festival celebrations. Stops makes sure that you never run out of things to do and cultures to explore. Together! Stops is changing the way the young travel. Come join the revolution! ... more   less 
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