Hotel Alka

Address: D. 3/23, Meer Ghat, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, 221001, India | Hotel
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This hotel, located on D. 3/23, Meer Ghat, Varanasi, is near Dasaswamedh Ghat, Golden Temple (Kashi Vishwanath), Banaras Ghats, and Manikarnika Ghat.
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    TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Alka Varanasi

    Reviewed by monkeyescapade

    Basic abode but prime position right on the Ganges

    Reviewed Dec 5, 2014
    by (29 reviews) Always been nomads but most recently, Essex and proud of it! , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

    A basic abode, it's biggest plus point is location, right on the Ganges river bank and less than ten minutes walk from the burning ghat. Rooms are spartan, compact, combo shower/toilet. Friendly staff on reception. Restaurant so so, we didn't have breakfast but had lunch and it was okay but not great. It's okay for one/two night max but longer than that, look elsewhere.

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    Reviewed by beckyandboggy

    Great location

    Reviewed May 24, 2013
    by (7 reviews) Manchester , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

    Hotel Alka had been recommended to us by some other travellers and from that book. The room was clean and quite big. Decent sized bathroom with good shower and the air con was a plus and needed in 48 degrees! The staff were really helpful and provided help with laundry, tours and train tickets without ripping us off and offered free advice on attractions you could walk to. The restaurant was good for breakfast and other meals were just ok. If you can't get in here go next door.

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    Reviewed by dreamchasers

    Good Hotel, Great Service, Excellent Location

    Reviewed Apr 13, 2013
    by (35 reviews) Regina , Canada Flag of Canada

    Varanasi is overwhelming, as any traveller or travel guide will confirm, so the excellent guidance provided at this hotel was very much appreciated. Although all of the hotel staff were commendable, it is the hotel's guide, Mannu, who made our stay in Varanasi so enjoyable. After a nine hour train journey getting there, followed by a half kilometre walk carrying our heavy luggage just to get to the hotel, we were exhausted and had no idea how to take on this city of extremes. But then Mannu introduced himself, and immediately sensed our need, first, for rest.

    He returned early the next day, however, with his warm welcome and itineraries that allowed us flexibility, but also included his personally guided driving and walking day tour, which gave us broader insights into the ancient and modern cultures of Varanasi than we could ever have had on our own. Mannu is a man who loves his work, and it comes across in his passionate delivery. When we were leaving Varanasi a few days later Mannu also took care off all transport arrangements to pick up our next train when we were leaving, including arranging for porters to carry our substantial luggage to the vehicle, the ride to the train station, and assistance carrying luggage right to the train, as I had fallen ill the day before leaving and was barely able to carry myself, let alone any luggage.

    The hotel is situated between two of the busiest ghats in Varanasi, walking distance to each, but far enough away to have a peaceful sleep. The rooms in this budget hotel can accommodate all budget ranges, but we felt it worthwhile to select one of the higher priced rooms on the top floor with a balcony view, facing the river. From it, you could watch life on the river and see the entire shoreline of Varanasi. This same view was also available from the hotel restaurant, which we ate at many times.

    We definitely recommend this hotel if you are looking for a good budget hotel with great service situated on the banks of the Ganges River, in the heart of ancient Varanasi. Be aware, however, that whatever hotel you choose on the banks of the Ganges, you will need to have some form of guide assist you in locating your hotel, as all of them require wandering through a maze a very narrow streets that tuks and taxis cannot navigate.

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    TripAdvisor Reviews Hotel Alka Varanasi

    4.00 of 5 stars Excellent

    Travel Blogs from Varanasi

    Burn baby burn

    A travel blog entry by monkeyescapade on Dec 05, 2014

    2 comments, 22 photos

    It was a long old dusty drive to Varanasi, it took almost eleven hours to reach the banks of our old friend the River Ganges. As usual, the roads and byways ‘entertained’ us en route as you can see from our photos - some of the places we passed through were incredibly poor and where road construction was taking place, for miles and …

    Sunrise on the Boat & Lunar Eclipse Party !

    A travel blog entry by mandibee on Jun 15, 2011

    1 comment, 52 photos

    Today we got up for our sunrise boat trip at 4.45am, confirmed the price several times with the guy, its India you ALWAYS have to check so 50R per person for one hour boat trip… sorted off we went. Its amazing at that time of the morning how many people are up doing yoga, bathing or doing their laundy in the river it was nice way to see the …


    ... changement ! Les gens sont beaucoup plus zen ici in dirait ! Tant mieux ! Nous avons apprécié ce moment puis sommes tombées sur un rickshaw man super cool avec comme d'habitude un livre énorme de recommandations international. Nous avons fait plusieurs Ghest house avec lui gratuitement et nous en avons trouvé une à notre goût. Nous avons pris une super douche froide bien méritée après ce long voyage et sommes allées visiter les Ghats. Très joli, paisible et avec le ...

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