I have been traveling in India for months at a time since 1992, so I know about what I speak when it comes to India. Travel in this country is not an easy proposition, there are frustrations, complications, disappointments, miscommunications, and vast amounts of misunderstandings. That in mind, it is necessary to understand that the negative reports of some unhappy folks who have perceived their experiences at the Alka to be unhappy ones, should be not really be taken into account when deciding on this property, as its many great attributes very far out way any possible disappointments. IT IS A GREAT PLACE TO STAY - REALLY THE BEST CHOICE IN THIS TOWN.
HERE IS WHY:
Location: the alka is located very near to the center of all riverside activity - commercial and religous - right on the ghats of the Ganges - only steps away from the major religious activity and facilities for the resident and tourist. High above the river, but right on the banks of it, the Alka is in the middle of the actions, but at the same time above it all,so as to make a tranquil island of retreat when desired, between the infamous burning ghat and the activity of dasaswamed ghat. One can see it all from the lovely terrace and dip into it when desired.
The Alka has a variety of room types and costs, so can be enjoyed by many types of travelers. it is not a luxurious place but simple and clean and attractive, with enthusiastic service from a committed and English speaking staff. wifi and internet service is provided. There is an adequate restaurant on the terrace overlooking the river - a meeting place for travelers and residents over meals, snacks, and drinks. (it is a non-alcohol, non veg hotel).
There is internet reservations via Rajesh at the front desk. Sightseeing can be arranged on a personal basis with the tourism manager Munna. AC is in some rooms, all rooms have color TV. En suite bathrooms available.
One really MUST stay on the banks of the Ganges in Varanasi. That is really important. The more upscale hotels that are on the banks of the river are up at Assi Ghat which is muddy and not in the medieval city, far from the interesting activities, and frequented mostly by foreigners, so the Alka location is the best of all.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Alka Hotel Varanasi