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“Right on the Ganges River”
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Hotel Alka
Ranked #5 of 74 Hotels in Varanasi
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“Right on the Ganges River”
Reviewed 12 April 2012 via mobile

Great basic hotel right on the Ganges. Just as advertised. Little hard to get to (as all hotels in the old city of Varanasi). Would definitely stay here again.

Stayed March 2012
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Reviewed 11 April 2012

Stayed in the alka for two nights and i must say; the location was perfect, but that was it.
The staff was not that friendly and helpfull. I had to ask four times for the extra matress, and they dropped it outside the room on the dirty floor, aswell breaking big notes caused a big problem, and they were not willing to help, and no wifi, but expensive slow computers.. Thats all a real pity because the location is perfect. The room was ok but basic and overpriced.

Stayed my last night in the Golden Lodge, runned by a wonderfull family, good food and good rooms, good budget!

  • Stayed March 2012
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Reviewed 10 April 2012

A bit pricey for a budget hotel but a fantastic location at the upper end of the Ganages. I had a room with a balcony, which sadly was of no use at the December fog hungover the Ganges spoiling the view. rooms are really spacious with comfy chairs and a coffee table and tv. It was too cold in December for me so I doubled my spend and headed to the opposite end of the Ganges to Hotel Ganges View !!!!

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 28 March 2012

After winding your way through the very narrow back alleys you will find this gem of a hotel.The rooms was clean and spacious, although a bit basic. The restaurant was excellent, vegeterian, but delicous, sold alcohol, lovely views over the Ganges.

Room Tip: Ask the manager to arrange a boat trip on the river as he will get you a good price. Try the Henna...
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 March 2012

Hotel is good , clean and average sized room with AC attach western styled bathroom with geysers.(stayed in an AC room)

It is next to meer ghat and boats are available from there to go for morning and evening ride.

Desvamedh ghat is also very close so you can see the Ganga Arti at 7 pm in evening.

As per the cost of room it is a good location to stay.
Do booking in advance.

Room Tip: Any room will be good. the climate was pleasent hence it will not be necessary to take an AC room th...
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Additional Information about Hotel Alka

Property: Hotel Alka
Address: Meer Ghat D 3/23 | Dashashwamedh, Varanasi 221001, India
Region: India > Uttar Pradesh > Varanasi District > Varanasi
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Restaurant Room Service Spa Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Varanasi
#1 Spa Hotel in Varanasi
#1 Family Hotel in Varanasi
Price range (per night): ₹ 646 - ₹ 3,230
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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