As seen in other reviews too, we also had an issue that no room was available on arrival despite having a reservation. The staff was extremely unfriendly and changing between two different explanations: the "sick guest story" and a fairytale about guests that got lost in Varanasi and thus failed to check out on time. Only after half an hour of intense discussion we managed to get another room - which was, unfortunately, quite dirty. Only after another lengthy discussion we got a discount for the stay there. Very positive things at the Alka were the food (try a "Thali" - have never eaten so much great food for so little money) and the Ganges view from the hotel's terrace.
- 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