It would be hard to find a hotel in Varanasi with a better view of what goes on besides and on the Ganges. From the balcony you can watch pilgrims, monks, traders, tourists, locals and, of course, cows, all mingling in the melee that is Varanasi.
To get to the hotel you have to leave the main road and walk down the maze of bustling alleyways. You will need a taxi driver or hotel staff to help you because it is not easy to find.
The rooms are quite basic and could be cleaner. You have to ask for clean towels.The communal restroom next to the restaurant has a squat toilet rather than a western toilet.
The food in the restaurant is excellent and the service very prompt. All but one member of staff (man on reception) are very friendly and helpful.
It is a good value basic hotel made better by the quality of food, excellent service and helpful staff.
- 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