And it’s hard to imagine ending up in a place like this when you’ve just arrived to Varanasi, a pretty ordinary Indian city (for most part).
A city that looks more like this at best.
We booked a room at Hotel Heritage Inn only a day in advance, while we were in Kolkata. We hadn’t been in Varanasi, and accordingly didn’t have any favorite hotels in the city. So we just went to agoda.com (you can use also booking.com), and chose Hotel Heritage Inn.
It was a bit over our budget, but they had a lot of good reviews, and so we decided to stay there.
And then came a nice surprise – we had booked a standard room, but when checking in we were offered a free upgrade. We said yes, and so in the end we stayed in Executive Room.
Now let’s start my Hotel Heritage Inn review.
Hotel Heritage Inn Review (Executive Room)
Hotel Heritage Inn is a modern 3-star hotel close to the city center. It’s a very well mantained hotel. Staff is very welcoming and knowledgeable. There is an inexpensive on-site restaurant offering wide variety of local and international food. There is no elevator.
1. Location of Hotel Heritage Inn
The location is great. You are in the city center. You are close to everything. But it’s not that loud, because the Hotel Heritage Inn is situated on a smaller and less busy road, making your stay a little bit more relaxed.
River Ganga (and the nearest ghat) is only a short, 5-minute walk away from the hotel.
The nearest ghat is Janki Ghat. It’s one of the last ghats in Varanasi.
Go to the Ganga, walk to the left, and in less than 20 minutes you can make it to any of the most popular ghats. Getting there is easy, because you don’t have to leave the banks of the river. It takes around 1-2 hours, depending on how fast are you walking and whether you’re stopping on the way or not – to walk along all the ghats and to make it to the railway bridge. It’s a beautiful walk and I would highly recommend you to do it whenever you’re in Varanasi.
For getting back you can go to the road and get a taxi or tuktuk.
Or walk a bit and get a boat. That’s also an option in Varanasi.
2. Executive Room
How the Executive Room looks like in Hotel Heritage Inn? It looks great.
The room is bright, perfectly clean and it looks very, very nice.
Beautiful colors. Stylish accessories. Good quality furniture and equipment. Everything looks like new.
There is a lot of storage space and place where to put your belongings, which includes a closet with automatic lighting, big drawers, two bedside tables, coffee table and more.
In the room there is a fridge and minibar.
In the bathroom there is a huge mirror on the wall and on the doors. There is a bahttub, a true luxury in India, and hairdryer in the bahtroom as well. I also loved soap and shampoo provided by the hotel, that’s so much better than anywhere else we have been in India.
Now I’ll just let the pictures speak for themselves.
3. Other Services
There is a good and affordable on-site rooftop restaurant. Wide variety of local and international food is being offered there.
I can’t give you too many recommendations, since we only had a dinner and breakfast there. But what I can tell you is that the food quality was very good, food looked beautiful and prices were very average (at around 200 – 300 INR per dish).
Do you need a taxi? Or maybe a tour of Varanasi and nearby areas? Do you need help buying and Indian SIM card? (yeah, this can be a real struggle for foreigners) All of that could be arranged at the reception.
On our first evening in Varanasi we went on a short boat ride to watch the daily performance. There were only 3 other people in the boat, a couple, foreigners, guests of the same hotel, and our coxswain. And on the next morning we went on a sunrise boat trip to see how the city is waking up. Both of the tours we bought from the hotel. Would do the same again.
Hotel Heritage Inn is an inexpensive 3-star hotel close to river Ganga, offering a very good value for the money.
If you’re traveling to Varanasi & want a bit (or not just a bit) more comfort, do check out the Hotel Heritage Inn. Even their cheapest rooms are much better than what you can expect in most of budget hotels in India, and not that much more expensive.For More Details and Latest Price Check Out Hotel Heritage Inn on Booking.com
Author: Kaspars Misins
Kaspars is a long term traveler and a travel blogger from Latvia. He loves going on long walks, reading non fiction books and spending time outdoors. Together with his girlfriend Una they have been traveling – volunteering – working abroad since 2013. On We Are From Latvia they share their experience and things learned along the way.