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Hotel Alka
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Reviewed March 14, 2011

This place has a reputation as being the place to stay in Varanasi for budget travellers and we weren't disappointed. The room was better than we thought it would be for the excellent price. Location is extraordinary with amazing views over the Ganges from the large terrace areas. Restaurant okay. Staff very friendly (which for some reason I wasn't expecting in such a popular place). Highly recommended. Book in advance as we saw people being turned away for want of space.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 13, 2011

We stayed 3 nights at Alka, and definitely enjoyed our time there. We stayed in a budget room (550Rs) at the bottom of the hotel. It was small, and didn’t have the best noise proofing, but the room was clean, cool and mosquito free. The bed was comfortable, so we slept well. The bathroom facilities were clean, everything worked and the shower was fine).

The location is excellent, but its tough to find, especially if you arrive at night, as rickshaws cant get near, and unless you use the prepaid booth at the train station, they'll probably try and take you elsewhere anyway. We found that walking to the Dasaswamedh Ghat (via Dasaswamedh Ghat Rd) and then walking north along the ghats themselves to be a good way to find the hotel without getting lost in the narrow lanes. (Probably wont work in the monsoon season though!).

Food at the restaurant was pretty good, and there’s a wide selection (although its all vegetarian & egg free) of items on the menu. There’s a nice view straight across the Ganges from the outside dining area, and a nearby balcony (and a handful of rooms) has excellent views all along the ghats to the north and south. We noticed there were a couple of tables on this balcony, but we couldn’t tell if they were reserved for certain rooms or not. Service was pretty good throughout our stay. The hotel has internet and laundry.

The hotel can arrange 1 hour dawn river boat trips, and all day tours of several Varanasi temples and nearby Sarnath, courtesy of the very friendly and professional Munna. We really enjoyed the tour, and learnt so much about Varanasi. But be aware and prepared however that the whole day trip does involve a couple of (perhaps inevitable in Varanasi) silk shop stops.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 12, 2011

My husband and I stayed here for 5 nights during Diwali, which was wild. We had to move rooms 3 times, due to the availability of private rooms during this time. We had booked ahead, so we had rooms, but they were not all the same type, and therefore we had to move. The room-cleaning process was not efficient, leading to us having to wait with our bags each time we had to move. For our first 2 nights, we stayed in a private room for RS750/night, which had a TV and private bath. It was quite nice. The following night, we stayed in a tiny box of a room with shared bathrooms (disgusting showers and squat toilets). Thankfully, for our 4th and 5th nights, they moved us back to a room with a private bathroom. These rooms on the upper floors were much nicer. The hotel has a vegetarian restaurant overlooking the Ganges. The service was almost always slow and the waiters are very inattentive (unless you are a single woman). Overall, I enjoyed the stay here -- although if you visit during Diwali, beware of the fireworks and firecrackers shooting everywhere (including straight into the hotel buildings).

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 8, 2011

We went to the Alka Hotel but it was full. So they showed us the Teerth Guesthouse, not far from the Alka. It's a sister company.
Very nice! Very clean and spacious rooms. And the staff is very friendly and family like.
After one day, they knew our names!
You can easily go to the Alka for lunch or diner. But we really recommend you to stay in the Teerth guesthouse. Because it's quiet and clean.
One thing: If you have a room on the top floor, don't leave anything outside, because the monkeys will take it!

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 7, 2011

Hotel Alka is situated right on the famous varanasi Ghats..., we had the most cosly rooms of this hotel, but even these would hardly comparable to the average room of a budget hotel. But it was acceptable for the price we paid.The hotel building is quite old and hence lacks most modern facilities. The toilets were also of Squat type. The main attraction of this hotel is its location, it is situated right in the Ganges Ghat. You can have amazing view of events at the Ghats, while sipping your morning coffee from the hotel balcony. For food we preferred other popular restaurants. The by lanes of old varanasi are just behind the hotel, many good local shops can be found in these lanes for purchasing gifts etc.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled with family
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