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San Francisco, California
Reviewed 20 April 2015

What this hotel offers is an excellent location alongside the ghats in Varanasi. The higher-priced rooms have balconies from which you can view the ghats. Overall, this was the worst of the hotels that I stayed in in India, but I suspect that many hotels in Varanasi are similarly dilapidated. There was miscommunication with the hotel-arranged pickup that didn't initially...

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4Thank marc s
Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 18 April 2015

Loved Varanasi and Hotel Alka. Great location on the bank of the Ganga. The manager and staff were really nice and gave us a fascinating tour of the town. The room was very comfortable, the food was good and the restaurant had a lovely view of the river.

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5Thank Terri D
Kolkata (Calcutta), India
Reviewed 15 April 2015

If you are planning to stay ON the ghats of Varanasi, it's difficult to beat the location of this hotel. The view from the eating area and 1st & 2nd floor balconies is amazing. Rooms are marginally pricey. You could stay near the Godaulia Chowk (7-8 mins walk from Ghats, but very busy streets) paying lesser for better rooms, but...

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4Thank AviBiswas
London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 14 April 2015

The rooms are comfortable and basic. You will get your hot shower. But the view and location are unbeatable! Food was fine. A good place to stay to enjoy the views over breakfast right on the river...

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5Thank Beryozka
Varkala, India
Reviewed 12 April 2015

Most of the nicest Guest Houses in Varanasi which are actually on the river will cost you more. So you have to go with it. But I do think this was a little overpriced. Still - the room we stayed in was huge, the bathroom was clean, they provided towels and the view from the restaurant is amazing. The food...

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2Thank Flora O
Reviewed 9 April 2015

Started off bad when our scheduled train station pickup did not show up, since it is a very difficult place to navigate on first visit. Managed to get there after several hours of waiting at station. But hotel reprieved themselves by giving us the best room in hotel; top floor end unit facing water with balcony. Room was fabulous: very...

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Atlanta, Georgia
Reviewed 9 April 2015

we stopped after boat tour and walked up the steps into the hotel from the Ghats...we decided to stop and eat, we were planning also to stay a night though the rooms was not available so that did not happen. No bodies fault. I ordered a veggie burger...well I have had some great veggie burgers in INDIA especially at Machan...

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1Thank eatprayloveall
Reviewed 7 April 2015

Very happy with our short time here. Special thanks to all the staff, especially Munna who put together a really excellent really tour. Thanks so much. I'm also very grateful for the pick up at the railway station . Even though our train was 9 hours late, there was still someone there waiting for us (sorry I can't remember the...

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2Thank Simon M
Tauranga, New Zealand
Reviewed 7 April 2015

Nice service and good location beside of Ganges, nice view. We spent the last christmas there, and was amazing and unexpected to receive (all guest) as gift a wonderful and free hindu music concert of very high quality. Highly recommendable!

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Reviewed 6 April 2015

This spring, I've stayed (for the forth time! :-) in Alka Hotel during this year's celebration of Shivarathri festival. Hotel was heavily overbooked but they still find a room for four of us, because Alka is my favorite hotel in Varanasi and we didn't want to stay anywhere else. We've changed a room for a few times (because practically all...

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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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Address: Meer Ghat D 3/23 | Dashashwamedh, Varanasi 221001, India
Region: India > Uttar Pradesh > Varanasi
Price Range: $16 - $148 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Alka 3*
Number of rooms: 36
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Alka Hotel Varanasi
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#1 Best Value Hotel in Varanasi
#1 Family Hotel in Varanasi
#2 Spa Hotel in Varanasi
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