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Alka The Lake Side Hotel
Ranked #14 of 50 Hotels in Nainital
Reviewed March 21, 2011

Best location for nainital,bang on lake front,ideal for elderly traveller who would like to avoid steep climbs typical for hills.Hotel staff is nice, food is good and resonably priced.About the best hotel if you like to live on lake front Mall Road

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 17, 2011

We (myself and wife) stayed here for 6 nights during March 2011. We took the room only option on their standard room.

Overall, we had a great stay, no real complaints about the hotel. The small hotel lobby was quite comfortable and cosy, and the 'extended balcony' in front of our rooms was an excellent place to sit with a cup of tea - especially in the chilly mornings !

The restaurant 'Woods' - we used only once for dinner. Else, we ordered mainly morning tea from room service. All other meals were actually outside the hotel - at the many restaurants on the mall.

Within the room - a few pointers / complaints:
1. The wooden stand below the two table lamps had no storage at all, no drawers. This was unusual - as this is standard in most hotels.
2. Drawers below mirror were too small - the wardrobe also quite small.
3. Bathroom - not well lit, ditto for the room itself.

Else - no major complaints.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank KatoMumbai
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Reviewed March 1, 2011

One of the best hotel to stay in Nainital. Excellent location - in mid of the mall road and all lake facing rooms. Good room service and availability of sports activities also like pool, billiards and table tennis.

Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
Thank Ashish09
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Reviewed February 17, 2011

1. View was too good. (We stay in standard room)
2. Food quality is good.
3. Well maintained
4. In my personal opinion rates are 5% higher side.
5. Try to book the hotel help of travel agent, you may get chipper room rent.
6. 24 Hrs. Wi-Fi, Hot Water, Room Hitter.
7. Car rent from hotel may cost you more than travel agent.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank Sabya
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Reviewed February 14, 2011

This is the hotel which I found after a long search of good hotels in Nainital but I would like to say this wasn't a waste of time. I found a very nice hotel with good service and very good location. I reached Nainital on 10th February nearly at 1 PM and I booked the Kohinoor room which had a very attractive and adorable interior. My wife selected the place in first look so I booked the same and I would proud her decision. All the services were very good, the staff was very supporting, the location was charming, the food was good, all in all the everything was good and its really value for money but the only problem is it did not have the vehical parking and driver's room. So please if you are having your own vehical please arrange for it in advance,

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank Raj3011
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Reviewed December 21, 2010

This was our first trip to Nainital! And it was awesome! The place had its own charm. And the hotel just fit apt in there! Forgive my exclamations after each line. But thats what the place did to me and my wife! The rooms are excellent. We were on the third floor with an excellent view of the lake. The room had a heater and trust me...it was really necessarry. If you wanto to enjoy nainital, winter is the time to go. Forget the summer and the loads of tourists who march here! The hotel is right on the Mall road as you enter the city. We walked the entire stretch of Mall road more than once and couldnt locate a property better than this. The best way to reach the place is the taxi from kathgodam station after an overnight train from Delhi. Carry lot of wollens for the winter. Take a local tour which should cost you around 900. Not really much to see, but you dont want to miss the places once you are there. Himalaya Darshan, Waterfall(very small), Eco caves (Small again), Tibet Market (Do take a stroll here), view from atop (Naini lake looks awesome). Dont dare to miss the boating experience in the naini lake. Take the row boat and sit and enjoy the surrounding! Please venture for boating only between 11-1...else its really chill! And a walk around the lake is somehing that you cant describe in words. The town is extremely clean and tourist friendly. Dining options are plenty and you get all cuisine. Everthing opens late in the morning....who would wanna get up early on a holiday! The service at the hotel was good. We reached early morning at around 7 and were ushered into the room without a fuss and sans registration since there was nobody but the guard and an assistant manning the small and charming lobby in itself! We didnt try the restaurants in the hotel, but does look good. On a holiday, we prefer roaming around and enjoing the delicacies. Sitting and ordering in your hotel is for the retired tourists! (With all the abundant options outside)

The ropeway and the Snow View point was bit of a dampener. The himalaya view is good. But nothing if you compare it with Mussoorie and its cable!

We recommend the hotel more than the ones on the surrounding slopes, coz theres no better place to stay than the mall road. It is the heart of the town. And very reasonably priced as well. But they dont have b/f included rates. Worked out better!

Dont miss Nainital...the City of Lakes. The locals there have taken pain to keep the place as it is. Dont spoil it! :-)

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 19, 2010

we really loved our last stay in hotel alka. we stayed in wooden room specially designed for couples. best part is the lake view ..lake is just opposite to the hotel and you can have excellent view of the taal by just standing in the hotel room. service and food was outstanding !!!

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Address: The Mall, Nainital 263002, India
Location: India > Uttarakhand > Nainital District > Nainital
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
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Ranked #14 of 50 Hotels in Nainital
Price Range: $3,200 - $9,200 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 44
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