Great hotel, nice restaurant. Staff were lovely and professional. Tax was included in the price, which is always good. I chose a cheaper room, 550ruppe, no A/C and found that it was fine for one person, but may have been a little cramped for more than one..
The location is pretty good too, however, during september, the water is so high, that you have to walk to it via the tiny windy streets of varanasi. The Taxi driver will drop you at the top of the main Ghat, and it's about a 10minute walk. My taxi driver let me off there, and I was met by his "Friend", who wanted to "help" me find my way, I wouldn't have found it otherwise, however, his "friend" did put enourmous pressure on me to visit his shop and purchase several scarves. I would try to arrange an airport or train station pick up during this season. When the water is lower, it's easier to find as you can walk along the ghats, and you'll see it.
- 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