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.