I think this is the best hotel to stay at in Varanasi. There may be more expensive and luxurious hotels, but the location of Alka is perfect. I have commented several times that hotels across India are not great, so, to get to Alka and them find cleaning the rooms, hot water coming out of the showers, the comfort of the beds, great food from its restaurant and its spectacular setting on the Ghats of the Ganges, I was thrilled. As the prices vary, there is a mix of young backpackers with older people. The best thing is its huge terrace overlooking the Ganges where you can eat, read, do yoga or have a cold beer. Another cool thing is that the hotel has a private direct output to the ghats. I can wander along the river until 10 pm and return without going through the maze of the Old Bazaar. The attached photos are taken from the terrace of Alka. Incredible location, isn't it?
This little hotel cost about 5 euros for a single room. It is situated directly opposite the "Rana ghat". You can easily get here from the main ghat, the Dasaswamedh, it takes just 5min. Always in Varanasi, if you come for a few days, you have to grab a room overlooking the ghats. This had it and we rocked up to see what was happening from the "room". Something interesting about the hotel is that it was stuck in the middle of the labyrinthine old quarter of the old town and it always gave you the feeling of being in a fairy tail. As it is in many guide books and my memory fails me a tad, I will say that I'm not sure that the name is Hassan, yes, that person had male name but if you follow the path it will be easy to find. Good luck!
This was one of the best experiences I've ever had with hotels. The facilities are impressive. Cafeterias, restaurants, swimming pool and rooms overlooking the Taj Mahal. One thing that does stand out is the hotel staff, who are constantly attentive to your every need and whim, for example: I wanted a picture with the moon full moon and the taj mahal from the hotel's rooftop, as it was the highest point and I asked permission. To my surprise, they came to my room at 3.ooam to collect me and accompany me to the roof. We stopped in the attic where the presidential suite is and they invited me to stay there all the time all the time that I needed to take the pictures from its terrace, three hours later and I could have been more .. . I can also recommend its restaurant-enlivened by sitar music .... you can see the kitchen from the outside, via a large glass window, and you can watch them cooking... the entire hotel is great .....
This hotel has rooms from which you can see the Taj Mahal in the distance for a significant extra cost per person. I didn't pay this because of the smog and I had lots of time to admire the Taj Mahal. I recommend not paying the high price for a room, which might not offer you the view you were waiting for. Our room was simple, but good. There were 2 bottles of mineral water, one on each night table. The bathroom was small, but good and included shampoo and conditioner. If you go to India, I recommend that you take the leftover amenities (bars of soap, shampoo, etc.) and give them to Indian children because shampoo there is sold in small sachets and it's very expensive for them. We had dinner in the hotel restaurant. It was very good Indian food, cheap and very savoury. You can also dine poolside, but there were too many mosquitoes for us. I recommend this hotel for it's price.
This is one of the most luxurious and elegant hotels in the area, with 169 spectacularly decorated and equipped rooms. The service is excellent, very friendly and professional. It is, without a doubt, a complete hotel with excellent service and amenities made conspicuous by their functionality. It has parking.
The Taj Residency is in Lucknow, 4km from the city centre, 18km from Amausi Airport (LKO), and 497km from New Delhi. It features a large outdoor pool, a restaurant and room service (limited hours), as well as a business centre. Its rooms have satellite TV with pay-per-view movies, complimentary newspaper (MF) and minibar.
If you want to stay in the heart of the old town, just steps from the Golden Temple and the main Ghat, this is a good option for budget travelers. With five rooms, friendly staff, and a rooftop restaurant with live traditional Indian music at night. The clientele is mainly Asian.
The Mansinhg Palace Hotel Agra is located between the ancient splendor of the "Mansingh Palace" called after "Sawai Mansingh a Rajput emperor", and very close the "Associate of Mughal Emperor Akbar," where essentially be welcomed by the hospitality of the Indians. Out of your reach, you will come stay at Mansingh Palace Agra hotel and get a real experience of what it is the city of Agra.
The Golkonda Suites is located in Hyderabad, India, next to the Hill Ridge Springs and 25 kilometres from the Begumpet Airport. It offers a business centre and meeting rooms, Restaurant, Bar, and 24 hour Room Service. It also has superior rooms and suites that are fully equipped with luxury amenities. It has wireless internet access, facilities for tea/coffee, minibar and a bathroom with shower.
The Taj Banjara is located in Hyderabad, just a kilometer from Lumbini Park, and two kilometres from Lake Hussain and the IMAX. It features an outdoor pool, concierge, and 24 hour room service. Its rooms have Internet for a surcharge, safe, bottled water, and a private bathroom with shower and tub.
The Ramada Plaza JHV is located in Varanasi, India, just one kilometre from the Nadesar Palace, five kilometres from the Dasaswamedh Ghat and six kilometres from the Durga Temple. The hotel offers views of the river Varuna, a fitness centre with pool, tennis courts and jogging track, steam room, sauna and massage service.
The Best Western Amrutha Castle (Hyderabad - Uttar Pradesh - India) is a four-star boutique hotel designed like a medieval castle of Bavaro. It´s the only one of its kind in this part of the country. The 40 luxury suites are individually decorated to offer maximum elegance and comfort. Among other amenities, each room includes air conditioning, wireless internet and cable TV. There´s also a bar, laundry service, restaurant, room service, safety deposit boxes and a business center. It´s conveniently located only 5 kilometers (3 miles) from the Hyderabad International Airport.
The Aditya Hometel Hotel is located in the beautiful city of Hyderabad right in the center with the most important commercial centers. From here, there´s easy access to the major train station that will connect you in minutes to the nearby important cities.
This property is located at Ameerpet in the city centre, near the business district of the two cities. It's approximately 30 kilometres from the airport and 7 kilometres from the railway station. This business hotel lends itself to the city by providing appropriate requirements for a wide variety of travellers. The rooms are equipped with nice decor and a variety of services.
The Clarks Hotel (Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India) is located in the Cantonment Benarés area. The splendid structure of this hotel dates back to over half century. It features spacious rooms with colonial accents with a wide door opening onto lush gardens. It has the finest restaurants, an outdoor pool, conference rooms and a business centre equipped for efficient service. It offers 113 rooms with 10 executive rooms, 9 deluxe rooms and 2 hotel suites. The hotel has a Barber, Courier, accepted Credit Cards, on-call Doctor, Fax, Newspaper, Room Service, TV, telephone, safe vault, Internet facility, outdoor pool, laundry, travel desk, banquet facilities, fitness centre, parking, Bar, arcade, Car Rental, and Secretarial Assistance.
The Taj Deccan (Hyderabad - Uttar Pradesh - India) is situated in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It´s located in the picturesque village of Banjara Hills, the third largest city in the country and a place well known for its rich history and culture. This 5 star hotel is well connected to the International Airport which is only 6 kilometers away. It offers luxury accommodation in its 140 rooms and six suites. All rooms include wireless Internet connection and international telephones.
The Taj Krishana Hotel is a masterpiece of architecture. It's a luxurious hotel located one mile from Lake Hussain Sagar. The hotel has three restaurants with services ranging from light and informal meals to elaborate meals and international dishes. It's sleek, modern, comfortable and, above all, has excellent service and friendliness provided with delicacy.
This hotel was built in 2005 in Moradabad, known as the City of Brass. It belongs to the world of metal, wood and glass handicrafts. It's only 100 miles northwest of Delhi, the capital of India. It's a 5 star hotel offering all amenities and multi-cultural cuisine, with a specialty Tandoor restaurant, gym and large outdoor swimming pool.
The Hyderabad Marriott Hotel is located in Hyderabad, India, six kilometers from Secunderabad Railway Station and thirty-five kilometers from the Rajiv Gandhi Airport. The hotel has 24-hour reception, a restaurant, a bar and parking. The rooms have satellite and cable TV and a coffee and tea maker. Ironing service is also available.
The Tara Hotel is located in the Indian city of Hyderabad and is an ideal option for those seeking elegance and good service at an affordable price. It has a total of 126 fully equipped rooms with modern and attractive designs. It's worth noting its spacious interior.
The Itc Mughal Agra hotel is in Uttar Pradesh India. It is a hotel that was constructed in the year 1976 and remodeled in the year 2007. It has about 35 acres of lush greenery in the form of gardens, plants, trees, it's amazing to spend an afternoon with pure nature. The rooms are very comfortable and spacious, with everything you need for a nice stay.
Fort Unchagaon is a colonial mansion with walls dating from an earlier time when it was a citadel. Unchgaon Rajput was inherited by Raja Surendra Pal Singh in the 19th century. It's located in Unchgaon which is 110 km from Delhi and 180 km of Agra. The hotel is near Garh Mukteswar and is on the way to Moradabad. There are 17 double rooms and suites that are well equipped with modern facilities.
This is a clean, affordable hotel located very close to the Taj Mahal. There was air conditioning in our room, but sometimes the lights flickered, which apparently is normal in Agra. This recently remodelled hotel is fine for one or two nights.
We didn't choose this hotel, it was booked for us, but we were very happy with it. It's large, and close to the Taj Mahal, and 100 metres from a shopping centre and cinema. The rooms cost about 50 euros - not cheap for India - but the standard is good, even if we (in room 215) had a view of a building under construction. There's a restaurant, and the breakfast has everything, with a good number of varieties. The staff at reception were very kind, and we made use of the laundry service: we took the clothes down at 10:30, and they were returned at 5pm. We spent 755 rupees (just over 10 euros) for 14 pairs of underwear, 10 pairs of socks, and 19 other pieces of clothing (t-shirts, trousers, etc): a good price! In addition, there's free wifi, although only in the lobby, and maybe in the rooms on the first floor. We enjoyed the restaurant, although they have the annoying habit of whipping the plate away a second after you've put your fork down. The Paneer Naan was very good! In short we were to stay here one night, and it turned out one of the most satisfactory hotels of our tour of Rajasthan.
A good basic hotel for a relaxing stay, with a swimming pool. It's quieter than the centre of Varanasi, with tuc tucs and rickshaws nearby. Our bed was only 150cm wide, not the usual 2m by 2m, but the staff were friendly and kind.
A few meters from the Taj Mahal through the east door is this great hotel for its location (about 500 meters from the monument), and its value for money. The rooms are not too big, but well equipped with TV, minibar, kettle for free tea and coffee, and a bathroom with all amenities. Besides a large hall where they serve breakfast included in the price, you can have meals a la carte or buffet. The hotel has a small pool on the top floor, and a restaurant from where on a clear night, you can see the Taj Mahal, which is lit at night, and also listen to live music, while dining or drinking by candlelight. The laundry service is fast and cheap, and the foreign exchange had one of the most favorable exchange rates.
In India, we recommend sleeping in private homes. Most of the time, you can enjoy a warm family atmosphere, and often hear disinterested advice while rediscovering the calm. BB Homestay Varanasi is the perfect example, with rooms full of charm, and the little garden. I loved spending two days in the house of Harish and Malika and thank them again for helping us with our train tickets.