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Nadesar Palace

5.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We stayed here for 2 nights during our tour of India and it was one of my favourites. As other have said it it really is a place of oasis after the hustle and bustle of Varanasi. From the moment you arrive you are treated like royalty with a welcome from the conch shell and rose petals. All of the rooms at the hotel are suites and each one beautiful, we stayed in Persia, which has a shared balcony area. It was our anniversary and we were given a cake and a stunning bouquet of flowers. All of the staff were very helpful and friendly including the morning and evening musicians. There is a good choice of menu's with an a la carte, thali and BBQ, each evening. The tables are laid with silk cloth and the cutlery, tea points and condiment pots are all solid silver. If you are looking for peace and luxury in Varanasi then you cannot go wring. Finally on checkout we were given another gift!

Contrasts within the hotel and outside their grounds could not be starker. This is a luxury hotel in every sense with a rich heritage of its own. Part of its charm is the authentic experience of times gone by!

We heard a lot of good things about the hotel and its sprawling grounds and warm hospitality.Unfortunately we could not visit the place due to paucity of time.A must visit on our trip next time we are in Varanasi.

Varanasi is an intense city....but as soon as you enter the premises of the Nadesar Palace you leave all that behind even though it is located within ‘easy’ reach of both the airport and the Ganges although, like many cities, the roads are very busy and chaotic! The welcome is very special with conch shells being blown and petals thrown over you. The history attached to the Palace is very evident as soon as you enter with a long list of notable visitors in days gone by. The hotel only has 10 rooms which makes it even more quiet and peaceful....a fact which is further reinforced by the staff who are ‘present’ but so discrete, courteous and respectful. My son arrived in Varanasi with a stomach bug and the staff could not have been more concerned about his health and what they could do to help. Because if it’s size, the menu is a little limited but the quality is incredible and all freshly cooked and served really hot. The grounds are extensive at over 40 acres but are beautifully manicured. It’s well worth taking the horse drawn carriage round the grounds, if only to listen to the man who leads the tour as his father and grandfather both worked in the Palace before it became a hotel. My slight gripes would be: 1. Our room was very comfortable but it was adjacent to the outside dining terrace. This meant it had no natural light as curtain were permanently drawn over the doors and it also meant the prospect of a lie in was limited as people came to breakfast. 2. We were not told the Gateway hotel next door was owned by the Taj and that we could visit their restaurant.....whether or not we would have done this, it would have been good to know we had the choice. Overwhelmingly though a lovely hotel and a great tonic to the intensity of Varanasi.

We arrived a little early for our two night stay and our room wasn’t ready. For the first to ever we were offered horse carriage tour of the grounds to pass thetime. Were told it was the one Queen Elizabeth used and the coachman was the third generation of his family o be the coachman at the Palace.The grounds were extensive and well tended and well worth a visit. Our suite was very large with a large day sitting room, a large bedroom with four poster bed, a large bathroom with towel warmer (??) and a gigantic terrace, which was shared with some other rooms, but we never saw anyone, but then again we never used it. Service throughout the hotel was of the highest standard, efficient, friendly but not presumptuous. We dined in the hotel on our first night. We wanted to dine in the open air but the three tables were taken, it was no problem, a table was immediately moved and we were still some way from the nearest diners. The setting was wonderful overlooking a fountain, the gardens and a white marble summerhouse in the distance. The food was excellent, although the menu was a little limited. In fact the next night we fined in the sister hotel next door, which has a more extensive Indian menu. Although the food was good, unfortunately it tends to cater for large groups and the noise level was awful, one immediately realised why one was paying the extra for the Palace. One of the nicest things about this type of hotel in India is once the gates close, one leaves behind the noise and mayhem of outside. In the case of the Nedesar Palace, this happens twice,first gate from outside and second gate from large scale tourism. Inside is perfect peace and tranquility. Quite lovely.

The hotel is of course stunning, but it is the people who make it truly special. The staff were all very gracious and attentive, and although we were only there for one night, we made many connections I will take with me. A special thank you to Dheeraj for the thoughtful yoga practice in the morning-I was in very good hands. And speaking of hands, Hussain at the Jiva spa has amazing healing hands and I particularly recommend the Champi head massage. Thank you to Padma for arranging everything. Other people who made our stay special included Nasim, who took the time as part of a carriage ride to introduce us to all the trees, plants and produce growing on the property, and the musicians who both played beautifully and attempted to teach us to play their instruments (even harder than you can imagine). Overall a beautiful oasis in Varanasi.

After finishing work perfect place to relax.And u wake to bells of Temple just adjacent is so soothing.You dont need an alarm to wake up. So courteous staff that they make u completely comfortable.Though stay was breif but thoroughly enjoyed it.

Loved it!! Great service-very comfortable. Great staff. Close to old Varanasi but far enough to feel relaxed. Excellent spa treatments!! Very accommodating at the restaurant. And a rose petal bath poured for you at turn down!! Just lovely!

Location of Nadesar palace is pretty close to ancient city of Kashi ( Dashwamedh Ghat). Right from the second we entered we received a welcome experience that can only be expected from an old place like Nadesar palace, with a Pandit clad in saffron and in a booming voice chanting mantras with pomp and a girl smiling putting a garland. While we waited for our Id's to get scanned Shubhangi was nice enough to give us a brief story of this ancient palace it's place in history and the legend associated with it's name. She seemed well versed and being a local knew a quite about the local area. I was definitely awed by the grandeur of my room, 'The Benaras suite' . What stood out in the room were the retro switches that they were still using, and their beautiful bathroom. I'm a 6'3" guy and it makes me particularly happy to see a big bathtub, Overall the room had a very old otherworldly charm attached to it. After that I left for a visit to ancient Kashi Vishwanath temple's aarti, that pooja ceremony on the holy ganges with thousands of spectators is a beauty in itself. Observing that aarti on ganges was like witnessing the soul of the universe itself in motion and is definitely a must if you're coming to Nadesar . When I returned back the hotel for dinner I noticed the two musicians serenading on Sitar & Tabla in the dinner area, Their names were Mishras but what stood out was, once they were done performing I engaged them in a conversation and boy they were they proud of their heritage. It was nice to see how happy they were in giving me a short history lesson on old Banarasi music. Next day The breakfast spread is short and sweet with a live flutist and options are on a la carte. In the afternoon Palash was eager and helpful in arranging a short ride on their 180 year old horse carriage and then a nice game of golf on their lawns. Overall, Nadesar Palace is a beutiful place to stay if you are a history buff and wants to stay in a hotel which has courted people from Mountbatten to Nehru to Indian monarchs, and before I finish don't forget to try their evening tea experience in which they serve hot Indian chai in local kulhad cups, while you overlook multiple peacocks in their gardens.

A hidden palace among the busy streets or Varanasi! The rooms are Royal as well as the over property grounds. The location is prime as it allowed me to journey anywhere in Varanasi from this hotel. Highly recommended and I would stay here again.

Nadesar Palace Grounds Varanasi Uttar Pradesh

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free valet and self parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Spa

Nadesar Palace places you within a mile (2 km) of JVH Mall and Monkey Temple. This 10-room, 5-star hotel has a golf course, a full-service spa, and a restaurant. In central Varanasi, the hotel is also close to Tulsi Manas Temple and Bharat Mata.


Enjoy a leisurely bite to eat at Palace Indian Restaurant, the hotel's onsite restaurant. Satisfy your hunger from the comfort of your room with 24-hour room service. Full breakfast is offered for a fee each morning from 6:30 AM to 11 AM.


All of Nadesar Palace's 10 air-conditioned rooms provide fireplaces, minibars, and coffee makers. TVs come with cable channels and DVD players, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Beds sport premium bedding and bathrooms offer deep soaking tubs and free toiletries. Free newspapers, free bottled water, and ceiling fans are also standard.

Property features

Guests of Nadesar Palace have access to a golf course, a full-service spa, and an outdoor pool. There's free valet parking if you drive. Multilingual staff at the front desk are standing by 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this luxury hotel include a health club, free WiFi in public areas, and a 24-hour business center.

Room options

Historical Suite, Suite, 1 King Bed, City View

King 1 | Sleeps 3

Palace Room, Room, 1 King Bed, City View

King 1 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

94% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 332 reviews