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“Great stay | Very nice location” 5 of 5 stars
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The Mall, Nainital., Nainital 263002, India   |  
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Ranked #13 of 44 Hotels in Nainital
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“Great stay | Very nice location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

We stayed here from 16th to 19th Feb, 2014 as a part of our honeymoon trip.

The most wonderful thing happened when we were about to reach Nainital from Kausani on the 16th – we were greeted with Snowfall. And by the time we reached the hotel, it got heavier. We quickly checked-in and got our luggage put in the room (Standard category) and started enjoying the beauty of the snowfall in the big front balcony on the 3rd floor of the hotel. It was an amazing experience that we will always cherish.

Talking about the hotel, it is located right in besides the Naini Lake on the Mall road which I guess is one of the reasons why many prefer this hotel. One can easily walk on the mall road, do shopping and enjoy “aloo-chat”, “masala sweet corn”, “ice-cream”, etc.

We had booked a Standard room (which I thought was a bit pricey) very nice, well furnished, decently spacious and cozy. The hotel being centrally heated, it felt like 30 °C in the room when the outside temperature was 3 °C! It was a good thought by the hotel to provide a switch to turn it off though. And we found it more comfortable to keep it off, especially while sleeping. The key advantage of the room was a big balcony (common to 4/5 rooms, but still great) from where we could enjoy the snow and take photographs of the lake and mountains. The views of the lake and surroundings are beautiful. A few trees in the front (near the lake) obstruct the view a bit, but it did not really bother us. In fact I thought the trees (which were then covered by snow) added to the beauty of the view. The view of mountains in the front, mainly to the right of the hotel, is beautiful.

Since there are a lot of options for food in Nainital, we had selected the hotel on room-only basis. also, for Pizza lovers, there is “Dominos” adjacent to the hotel. :)

Overall, it was a pleasant stay. Even though we did not need to interact with the hotel staff (except for water), we found that they were courteous.

Recommended.

Thanks,
Kaitav

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Noida, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

The location of hotel makes it one of the best in Nainital. Room and food was good..need to improve services..although not so bad..but still need improvement as far as room cost is concern...Nevertheless that was nice stay in this hotel...Recommende

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

We Checked in on 16 th Feb 2014 and stayed for 2 nights in Family Suite Room. It had 2 seperate bed rooms with attached bath rooms and 1 small living room. The rooms are good and the hotel is centrally heated as it was snowing outside. Here the rooms are provided exclusive of food, and food has to be paid extra. We had one dinner and the same was very good. There are lot of restaurants outside in market where one can have breakfast, lunch, dinner. We were jains and could manage the food easily in Hotels like Giannis, Annapurna, Etc.

Nainital has majorily boating as an activity in Naini Lake, Sattal, bhimtal, Navkuchiyataal etc... so no other major activity. the boating in Naini Lake was very good. This hotel is centrally located in market so one can roam around easily

Overall a nice stay. The staff was good and co operative. Recommended for Stay with Couples and Family.

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

Fabulous hotel, great hospitality, the staff are very helpful, amazing views. We spent some time walking around soaking up the local ambiance and everyone has been very friendly and welcoming, some fixed price places and some you can have a friendly barter...everything very good natured, feel very comfortable as women travelling together. When we arrived back at the hotel the staff were all interested in what we had been doing and wanted to make sure we were happy and gave every attention to our comfort. We ate lunch in the hotel restaurant, prices very reasonable and food was good with ample portion sizes. Can't recommend this hotel enough.

Room Tip: The hotel has a lovely family suite with two rooms, each with their own facilities. The other rooms...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Faridabad, Haryana, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

Alka - The Lake Side Hotel is most definitely the best hotel in Nainital. We visited Nainital in Feb, 2014 on the Valentine's day. There are a few other good hotels but the looks and the location of this hotel is definitely the best. The hotel has 4 floors and each floor has a big terrace. Haven't tried the food in this hotel as it looked to be a bit overpriced and more over we had already found Gianis as the best place to eat in Nainital. The hotel is on the mall road not much far from the bus stand and is just in front of the lake. To buy tickets for boating, you just need to cross the road and you are there. I won't mind and in fact would prefer visiting this hotel the next time I visit Nainital

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kanpur, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

this hotel indeed is one of the best hotels in d nainital..it is located in the centrally located the mall and is centrally heated..the rooms are even ok and quality of food and service is also satisfactory but the view of the lake is very pretty and the morning view through the windows makes u feel elated and fresh and thats the best part of the hotel

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New Delhi, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

We had recently visited Nainital, It was a very short & nice trip. We had a hotel booking in Alka The Lake Side Hotel situated on the Mall road. The ambiance of the hotel is very nice and well maintained. The rooms were big and centrally heated which was the best part in this chilling hill winters.We had an Awesome view of the Naini lake from the room itself.The hotel has a garden terrace and the view from the top is amazing.The staff was nice and customer friendly..
The Hotel also provided free Wifi facility for the guest staying in and has a Billiard & Pool table for inside activity.Also the Hotel has a Lift facility on all the floors making more comfortable for senior citizens.
The hotel has a just 15 mins straight walk to the Naina Devi Temple and Tibet market through the mall road.
As soon as one gets out of the hotel, one can take boat ride in the lake by buying tickets from the ticket booth which is right across the road.We were lucky to see the snow on the Hill top from Trolley and click some nice photographs in snow.Apart from the Trolley ride,The hill top offers many activity for children to enjoy.
Overall a very nice stay. Highly recommended!!!

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: The Mall, Nainital., Nainital 263002, India
Location: India > Uttarakhand > Nainital
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 44 Hotels in Nainital
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 44
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxury hotel on the lake side... one of the best locations in this lake town! ... more   less 

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