Varanasi’s cheapest hotel with a swimming pool, Surya has standard three-star Indian rooms, but a modern makeover in the superior and premium rooms means everything has been tightened up a bit, with stylish new furnishings, upholstery and the like – yours for ₹1500 or so more above standard rates.
Value here is palpable, as all is built around a huge lawn area that includes a colourful lounge-style bar and cafe flanked by a gorgeous, nearly 200-year-old heritage building (the former stomping grounds of a Nepali king), where the excellent-value Canton Royale is housed. There's also the good (but smoky) Sol Bar and the recommended Aarna Spa.
Built in 1818, the building Hotel Surya used to be a royal palace of an ancient Nepali king. Located in Varanasi, it has an outdoor pool, a large lawn area and a full service spa. Room service is available 24 hours. The air-conditioned rooms feature a mixture of traditional and modern design elements. Fitted with a private balcony, all come with a cable TV. Private bathrooms have shower facilities. Hotel Surya is 5 km from Varanasi Junction Railway Station and 6 km from Manikarnika Ghat. It is 9 km from the holy site of Sarnath and 21 km from Babatpur Airport. Aarna Spa provides relaxing body massage, facials and manicures. Day trips, flight and railway tickets can be booked at the tour desk. Guests can also get a traditional Henna tattoo or buy Indian handicrafts. Canton Royale serves a wide selection of international dishes, with the option of al fresco dining. Located under a mango tree, Mangi Ferra Cafe serves fresh juice and coffee. Cocktails and beer are available at SOL Bar.
Kindly contact the hotel directly for shuttle services to and from Mughalsarai Station and Varanasi Airport. Charges apply.