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Hotel Alka
Ranked #6 of 79 Hotels in Varanasi
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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“Absolutely the best.”
Reviewed January 10, 2013

We arranged an airport pickup, but unfortunately our flight was grounded at Lucknow and we had to travel 8 hours by road. We called the hotel who were very sympathetic, they held the room for us, and on arrival in Varanasi in the dead of night, without knowing the exact location, the hotel staff came and collected us leading us through the narrow lanes, they put us in the best room with it's own private terrace with the best view of the ghats you could ever imagine.

The staff were brilliant, they also helped with travel arrangements for our on going journey. The food and service in the restarant was very good, and the masala chai is delicious.

I hope to return again one day. The Alka hotel is a very special place.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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KIRKELLA,UK
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

Very friendly and helpful staff.Clean rooms and excellent retaurant.The best place for a short or long stay in varanasi with the added specials-rooms with a view over the ganges,a ghat and boat access to all sights and temples,personalised service includind tour guides;Ask for Munna -the man with the personal skills and experience with tourists from around the world and a story to tell u!The seated are in the pattio in the evening with the view oveer the dasashwamedh ghat is brilliant..We will certainly visit again and stay in this friendly family place.If u are a fussy eater/traveller,the cooks will muster u up museli and pasta too!!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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London
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

The rooms in Alka are simple but clean. For the price and location, I doubt you can get better than that. On the first night we had to go to another hotel because we didn't reconfirm our booking(apparently this is expected in every indian guesthouse).They recommended us another hotel which is terrible. But on the second night we moved to Alka and things got better. The food they serve it's really tasty and value for money. On the third day in Varanasi my husband fell down the stairs and hurt his back. It was really really bad. We spent the whole day in the hospital and 3 guys from the hotel came with us. They took us by boat and the a tuk tuk. They stayed at least 4 hours with us there. The way how they helped us was amazing, I will never forget. They didn't charge for the boat or the tuk tuk. Even when I tried to pay they refused. I think our stay in Varanasi was amazing, even after the accident, thanks to them, and tha'ts why I cannot recommend Alka hotel enough.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Anchorage, Alaska
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Reviewed January 5, 2013

The rooms in Hotel Alka may not be the fanciest, but they are clean and comfortable.
Most importantly for me, the staff of the Hotel are very professional and know how to do their job. We went on a pre-arranged tour with them and it was great! The restaurant manager was very nice and gave us some good advice on what to see and do in the short time we had in Varanasi. We really enjoyed the boat tour and the city tour. The location is very nice too. We stayed there during the Dev Deepavali festival, so we were able to see all the lights from the terrace of the hotel while having dinner. Thank you Hotel Alka for the amazing experience!
Definitely recommend this hotel and would stay there again if I go back.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 3, 2013

We had 2 nights at Alka and by far the best way to see what Varanasi has to offer is the Tour offered by the hotel and ran my an incredibly friendly man called Munna. Munna offered us an excellent tour for a very cheap price (around 12 pounds). This included an early morning boat trip across the Ganges and entry to the numerous temples (including a special visit to the outside of the Golden temple) that we would have really struggled to have organised in amongst the maze that is Varanasi. He took us to good restaurants while out an about in a very nice 4x4 vehicle, that offered a great way to see the surrounding area. Munna was very knowledgeable and respectful of the tourists (something that we are yet to find in India) and speaks very good English. In all, if you plan a short stay in Varansi, be sure to sort yourself a tour with Munna at the Hotel Alka.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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Reviewed December 23, 2012

Hotel Alka is situated right on the ghats and the stairs by the side of the hotel will take you to the ghats in less than 2 mins time. The view from the balcony as well as the restaurant is simply awesome. You can see the boats taking a ride and the boatmen calling upon the migrating birds which surround the boats for food offered to them.
The best part of the hotel is its staff. my wife suddenly fell sick and I got really scared. But Munnaji, Pandeji and were very prompt and got a doctor on-call. That was just the beginining. Starting from getting all the injections the doctor ordered, the medicines out of their own pocket expenses they were by our side every moment till the situation was under control. My dad was looking for Rabri at around 9:30 pm and Munnaji sent a hotel staff to get it for him. I really can not thank them enough for their help and hospitality.
The food is reasonably good and cooked and served hot on order. I would definitely stay in this hotel again if I visit Varanasi - a place worth staying every bit of it.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
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Reviewed December 19, 2012

Wonderful position right by the Meer Ghat and so close to the main Ghats. Very clean and tidy with helpful and pleasant house staff. On my own mistake I arranged to be picked up at the railway station but had given them the wrong dates. On correcting this and being told there would be someone to meet us there wasn't. After a couple of calls from a helpful rickshaw driver...yes they do exist...we were meet by a hotel porter and guided to the hotel. It is a very busy hotel and for a good reason because of the standard of its location and rooms. My only less than positive comment would be the menu could be improved but its acceptable. I would stay again.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Hotel Alka
Address: Meer Ghat D 3/23 | Dashashwamedh, Varanasi 221001, India
Location: India > Uttar Pradesh > Varanasi District > Varanasi
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Restaurant Room Service Spa Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Varanasi
#2 Spa Hotel in Varanasi
#4 Best Value Hotel in Varanasi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Alka 3*
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Alka, a synonym for customer-oriented services from years, believes in providing an adorable environment to its guests, where not only they find peace in dwelling but also experience a the highest degree of dedication from the staff. And what more can one ask for? Hotel Alka is located right in the core of Varanasi, a place where even holiness is re-defined. Its evidently a must visit place for all in life. Varanasi (the ancient Kashi or the medieval Banaras) is one of the oldest cities of the world and is considered to be favourite, of even the almighty. Varanasi's prominence in Hindu mythology is virtually unrivalled. Mark Twain, the celebrated English author , who was enthralled by the legend and sanctity of Banaras, once wrote : "Banaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together." ... more   less 
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