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Hotel Meraden Grand
Ranked #35 of 73 Hotels in Varanasi
London, United Kingdom
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72 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Nice hotel value for money”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2012

This hotel has a very grand and impressive reception looking bright and clean. The reception staff and door men were polite and professional and very welcoming. We were on the 5th floor and only one lift worked efficiently (the other one was very hit and miss if it opened the doors). The room was clean, cool and spacious. A walk-in shower was a delight and good flow of water and nice soft towels. There were tea-making facilities but no cups. The fridge made some strange noises and had to be turned off. there were a few lights not working but they weren't vital. The beds are typical German style - very very firm with very slim mattresses, a little too hard for my bad back but I know a lot of people find these very comfortable. The first night was noisy with constant horn blowing, and dogs barking made sleep a little sparse. The second night was slightly better.
The restaurant 'Chef and I' was pleasant surroundings and a reasonable choice of dishes from Indian curries, Chinese sweet and sour, Italian pastas and good ol' English fish and chips!!
The waiter service was poor, they spent far more time on their mobile phones and chatting than tending to their customers. We found we had to ask for extras twice and the coffee was stewed and bitter. The following meal time was a little better in that the coffee was drinkable, and the food was hot. Breakfast was basic, for the Europeans there were boiled eggs, and juice otherwise it was all curried base food, which we enjoyed but it may not be to everyone's choice. But you won't go hungry there was plenty of food.
We are vegetarian anyway and I believe this helped to avoid the traditional tummy upsets that most travellers experience. The water looked pretty good and most good hotels now have filtering systems but I would still err on the side of caution and use bottled water when cleaning teeth.
Overall, the hotel was reasonable value for money with plenty of food available and choices with pleasant staff even though they would rather be busy doing other things than give the customer priority.

Room Tip: Request a room at the back to avoid the constant traffic noise and horns
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2012

really well set hotel situated not too far away from the bustle of the main city.
well kept with comfortable rooms and pleasant and friendly staff
a good selection of choice for their breakfasts which would cater for both Indian and continental breakfast preferances

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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Detroit Lakes, Minnesota
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423 reviews
106 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 205 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2012

Our room was very nice and clean. Floor staff were attentive and responsive. The lobby is spacious and has Wi-Fi although it was not always working, and the front desk staff were not helpful with our concerns about this or other questions. The breakfast was quite good - lots of choices - and the evening meals were excellent. The restaurant staff were exceptional and we really enjoyed being able to watch the kitchen staff as they worked.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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New Delhi, Delhi, India
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10 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2012

Very good services.. Great Buffet Breakfast.. Room facilites are very good. with international standard
Location is not so great , and is far away from the main ganges river i.e about 5 to 6 kms. In varanasi due to traffice 5 to 6 kms is a long distance.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled on business
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Donegal, Ireland
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58 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2012

Stayed here in December 2011 with a group. Staff were very helpful, laundry service very efficient and food in the spacious dining room with the funky lighting was varied and good. Noise from the road was noticeable, and bit of a musty smell from the humidity, but overall room was clean and modern, wi-fi in the lobby worked well.

Room Tip: Ask for room on other side from road for quieter sleep!
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
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Lisbon, Portugal
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79 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2012

Last November i stayed in this hotel for one night. The hotel its not bad but it's not good also.
This hotel it's a bit old and sometimes smells of humidity.
The restaurant needs some improvements also. The food was good, but the furniture was a bit old and the sofas were dirty.
the staff was very kind and helpfull.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with friends
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27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2012

Having just completed a tour of North India followed by a stay in Goa. I would say this is a good hotel. Clean tidy and modern, with great reception from the doorman and pleasant staff.

The spacious modern resturaunt, provided very good dining and a very good breakfast. The noise outside from the road was at times a problem, but a good night sleep was had by all three of us and our room was at the front of the building.

A very nice lobby, good furniture and fittings throughout, a good place to be based for visting the area.

I would stay again and recommend this hotel to others.

Room Tip: Perhaps avoid rooms atthe front of the hotel away from the car horns that indians are addicted to pu...
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Hotel Meraden Grand
Address: 57 Cantt | Cantt, Varanasi 221002, India
Region: India > Uttar Pradesh > Varanasi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#9 Luxury Hotel in Varanasi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Meraden Grand 4*
Number of rooms: 41
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