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Although Hotel River Palace is located in the Cantonment area of Varanasi, it finds itself in one of the in-roads in a more secluded spot. The rooms are well-appointed with comfortable amenities while the chef at the Shabnam restaurant does a commendable job with his Mughlai, Indian and Chinese preparations. Business amenities, sightseeing tours, currency exchange, boat rides, Ayurvedic massages and medical assistance are just a few of the services offered to make your stay pleasant. Check website for further details.
Located along the cacophonous Dasashwamedh Road is Hotel Sahu that pleases budget travelers with its rates and central location. Though it doesn't quite match up to the charm of hotels located along the riverfront, friendly staff more than make up for this, by offering superlative service and going the extra mile. Another plus is the fact that you can get a cycle rickshaw right outside, unlike the ghat hotels which require travelers to make their way on foot through a maze of confounding alleys.
Sri Venkateswara Lodge enjoys its favored location close to the riverfront as well as the Dasashwamedha Ghat which hosts the daily Aarti Ceremony - a highlight on every visitors itinerary in Varanasi. A small courtyard offers travelers respite from the teeming crowd of pilgrims and aggressive touts. This lodge is known for its cozy ambiance, friendly service, budget rates and not to forget, a great chance to catch up with fellow travelers and exchange travel stories. The staff may even offer you some useful tips with regards to eating joints and shopping options. 24-hours checkout available!
Located fairly close to the famous Assi Ghat is the family-run Maruti Guest House headed by the patriarch Mr. Tripathi who manages the place along with his charming wife. This guest house is strictly for those who want a deeper connection with the Indian way of life and not just a superficial touristy impression. Their rooftop restaurant does some superb renditions of Kashmiri biryanis, pancakes and stuffed potato. The owner is known to draw his guests a little map of the area to help them get acclimatized to the surroundings, rituals, scams, practices and eating options around. Although cheaper options are available in the area, Maruti has carved a niche for itself and continues to be a preferred choice with backpackers and artists.