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Hotel Alka
Ranked #5 of 80 Hotels in Varanasi
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 16, 2013

Nice place to stay, lovely views of the Ganges. Raj is manager, lovely fella. Stayed here for 4 nights, very central location big rooms with hot showers and food is good. would stay again. large courtyard is very good for meeting people

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

Don't book any other service through this hotel unless you want a nasty surprise. I asked for a train ticket in the 10 pm night train to Agra, and they bought me one for 5:10 pm without consulting me. The best part is that they only let me know of the change at 5:00 pm. That's right, ten minutes before departure and of course I missed it (not that they cared).

Avoid also the "tours" they offer - a group of us booked a "taxi tour" of several sights, and only after paying they told us that the "guide" would give us some information about the places from the hotel lobby, but he wouldn't actually go with us. Then they called a random taxi off the street and told the driver where to take us. He wasn't allowed into the monuments with us - not that it would have done much good since he didn't speak a word of English. (And he took us to an overpriced shop claiming it was "fixed price", which it wasn't).

The day before that we asked about boat tours and they assured us the river was too high and no tours were offered, but we were offered several different boat trips the minute we stepped outside. Apparently they just didn't have a boat paying them commission so they decided to lie about it.

If this isn't enough to discourage you, the rooms are very overpriced as well. And they speak several languages fluently when they are trying to sell you something, but when it inevitably goes wrong, they suddenly don't speak enough English to understand there's a problem. Stay away.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 13, 2013

What a surprise to finally arrive at the Hotel Alka, after the hustle and bustle of getting here from the airport.. While you do have to walk 10-15 mins through the markets and little lane ways to reach the hotel, once there, the view from the court yard overlooking the Ganges River was such a delightful surprise.. The staff here are very friendly and ever so helpful with always a smile, we had many laughs with all the staff here and felt very safe and comfortable. Our guide, Moona took us on our tour of many temples and a walk through the old city of Varanasi, was relaxing and informative, his knowledge and english was great, he answered all our questions and more. Rooms are clean, beds comfortable and the view from our Deluxe room with a front balcony was awesome. The only downside is no eggs for breakfast, however you can find these close by.. You must go to the The Blue Lassi and experience one of there many varieties, and don't let the appearance of this place put you off.

Room Tip: Higher floor has excellent views..
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 8, 2013

I completely enjoyed my stay at this hotel. The hotel staff is very friendly and goes out of their way to make sure you feel welcome. The hotel is located right on the Ganges in the most interesting Ghat, Meer Ghat. That's the place to be. You do have to walk about 10 minutes to get here as no taxi or car can enter the tight streets. The hotel sends staff to help you carry the bags. My advice, get the air conditioned taxi to pick you up. Mine wasn't and it was over 100 degrees Farenheit.

The main reason I really enjoyed my stay was the guide Munna or Mukesh. He was single handedly the best guide I had in India. He showed me and taught me things about Varanasi and the Hindu religion that really amazed me. Varanasi is already interesting but Mukesh shows you streets and life that you wouldn't normally see like places to stay and eat for low income guests, amazing lassi and tea shops, etc. He colors all this with tales of his personal life. Make sure you ask for him.

Room Tip: Get an air conditioned cab to pick you up.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled solo
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5  Thank louwave
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Reviewed October 6, 2013

We stayed in hotel alka for five nights and found it to be a very relaxing experience. The guide, Munna, was incredibly helpful and went out of his way to help arrange a trip to Bodhgaya and the purchase of a sitar. The restaurant staff were also friendly and doobie the driver (airport pick up) was one of the funniest people we met in a month of travelling India. Would certainly stay again, very well situated for accessing the old city of Varanesi and the river Ganga.

Room Tip: Good view of the Ganga and very quiet at night. Double rooms with air con and seperate bathrooms pro...
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 5, 2013

Great location hotel..Best value u can pay for the scenery and service..
Rooms are decorated and spacious ,,specially mine(no. 102)...
24 hrs net connectivity with good speed , Flat TVs , room service ,,,,all are admirable...
The tour part was also good , a well organized tour with important and historic places.
No electricity problem as said by many, they have generators running....
Receptionist was amiable , perhaps each staff looked caring.
Just ask them for a pick up , because u get to travel in small mazes until you reach this wonder...

and yes book the rooms in advance ..

Room Tip: Book rooms online...avail the pick up service...
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 4, 2013 via mobile

The Alka hotel is known for us for about than ten years. We stayed there few days in 2004 and loved it very much. Since then they had renew and redecorated the rooms.
One special room we loved most is in the 2nd floor, have a very big balcony faceing the Ganga. The price (3500 rs) is quite high but the location of the hotel is precious.

Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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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 Spa Hotel in Varanasi
#5 Best Value Hotel in Varanasi
Price Range: $10 - $105 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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