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Hotel Heritage Inn Review: A True Haven in Varanasi, India

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Are you planning a trip to Varanasi, India?

Then you’ll want to check out my Hotel Heritage Inn review. Why? Because this place is awesome. If you’ve been to India. If you’ve been backpacking in India. You’ll notice it right away, that Hotel Heritage Inn, Varanasi, doesn’t look like your average hotel in India. And you are right. It isn’t your average Indian hotel. 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.

A city that looks more like this at best.

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Streets of Varanasi

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 maintained 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. Hotel Heritage Inn Location

The location is great. You are in the city center.

You are close to everything. But it’s not loud, because the Hotel Heritage Inn is situated on a smaller and less busy road, making your stay a little bit more relaxed.

You are near River Ganga. 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 tuk tuk.

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 bathtub, a true luxury in India, and hairdryer in the bathroom as well. I also loved soap and shampoo provided by the hotel, that are so much better than anywhere else we have been in India.

Now I’ll just let the pictures speak for themselves.

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Hotel Heritage Inn room
Sitting area of Hotel Heritage Inn room
Sitting area
TV in Hotel Heritage Inn room
Another view of Hotel Heritage Inn room
Bathroom - Hotel Heritage Inn room
Bathroom bath - Hotel Heritage Inn room

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.

Boat on Ganga river in Varanasi

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. And would do the same again.

Bottom Line

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.

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1. Book Your Flight. Find cheap flights using Kiwi.com, Momondo.com. Or subscribe to Dollar Flight Club, if you don’t want to be searching for the flights yourself. Kiwi currently is my first choice.

2. Book Your Accommodation. Booking.com, Agoda.com and Airbnb. I use Booking and Agoda at least a dozen times a year, and Airbnb – when looking for a long-term stay. My best tip is to ALWAYS compare the price. Sometimes the same hotel is cheaper on Booking.com, other times – on Agoda. Always compare the price!

3. Buy Your Travel Insurance. World Nomads and SafetyWings are two companies I can recommend. World Nomads offers some extra benefits, that will be important for those doing some higher risk activities, while SafetyWings is significantly cheaper. SafetyWings is only $9.25 / week.


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