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Hotel Alka Classic

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Very centrally located close to Janpath, hotel Alka is a comfortable 3 star hotel with good service. Opportunities for improvement would be the breakfast, and some of the amenities did not work, like the fridge and tv (in both rooms we had).

Dirty, tattered, and reception out of Kafka. I booked a room that was confirmed. I arrived and they could not find the booking. No apology or much effort. They had one so called executive room. When I checked it out I was overjoyed that the booking was lost. The room fulfilled the promise of the lobby. Avoid at all costs.

First Restaurant refused to sharing of thali. No choice left we ordered la carte. Our bad luck both dal & Malai kofta were tasteless, we even complained to waiter serving us, instead he commented that Our dishes are very different from other restaurants. Well if Malai kofta doesn't taste like a Malai kofta then what's there being different. Also restaurant refused to provide accompaniments like onion or chutney which is staple for restaurant all across India, we paid extra for that also. To sum it up, its quite ordinary experience. I would never visit again.

The hotel is well located and you might be tempted to stay here for that. But be cautious! I checked in to room 104 and took staircase to reach there. The ceiling of the passage was so low that I thought it would fall any moment. The room was very small packed with two single beds with barely any space for me to walk. The bathroom was okay, however the toiletries were not good at all. The TV was not working had to call the person couple of times during my stay to get the TV working. The centralized AC of the room was making noise and there as no way that I could switch it off. The room had one wall mounted fan! The AC was not cooling the room at all. When I complained about the AC making noise, there was nothing they could do about it. The person at reception showed at least 4 different rooms, but all of them has same issue! All the rooms (including mine) had one thing in common, there are no windows in the room! So if you are clautrophobic, I will request you to stay away. I ordered dinner in the room. I had ordered Chicken Biryani and it was the worst ever biryani I have ever had in my life! It was so late that could not even go out for dinner. With that experience, I had no expectations from buffet breakfast. The breakfast is served in a very dingy looking so called cafe cum restaurant. It is underlit and hence not the kind of place where one can enjoy breakfast. The breakfast had 2-3 options and all of them were worst. The poha was stale and hard. The tea was also pathetic, that I left the breakfast. Terrible experience. The place is not worth the money you pay for. Moreover the hotel employees do nothing about the concerns you raise.

The rooms were good. The Centralised AC is not enough to cater to the Delhi heat specially the rooms which are toward the end. Food and water is costly. Room service available. However other eateries are available nearby.

Nice ish room. Bathroom ok for Delhi. It has toilet roll which is always a bonus. Bed nice with pillows and duvet. Good location for city centre and short walk to get the metro to the airport. Breakfast buffet ok. Not bad overall but not English standard with cleanliness at all. Maybe a bit overpriced for what it is. 15% additional tax which we were aware of but then they added a 10% "luxury tax" which when questioned they said it was company policy!

Although Lonelyplanet advised to stay here, I still dont understand why. So many things went wrong that I don't know where to start, let's see: - Reception: we checked in at night, and the reception staff were very rude, they seemed to not enjoy their job at all. When we wanted to pay, I clarified that I could only pay by credit card with signature, and the staff person simply replied "That's not possible", When I tried to explain that it had worked so far like that in all hotels in India, he interrupted me and would say again "No, not possible, if it isnt with PIN, then it's not possible". So, when I said that that was the only means of payment I had he proceeded to let us know then that we couldnt stay. Great! not even 3 minutes inside and we were being kicked out. Eventually we could pay with another card we had, but that was the worst reception ever... - Room: We were not given the room we had booked so I called to point this out, reception admitted they didnt have the one we had booked available. So when I asked for refund since the room we had costed less, the man just said that it wasnt possible. what the hell? - Wifi: after several requests to have the password, and reception simply telling us that in '30 minutes' they would give us one, we gave just up, and we ended up connecting to another wifi we found nearby. This hotel simply doesnt care about service... - Room service: this hotel doesnt clean your room every day, so bring your own toilet paper and water bottles... - Buffet breakfast_ worst value for money, the buffet only offers toast, coffee, fruit, and thats it.... so its better to have a good breakfast outside In a nutshell, for the price they charge you would expect at least a basic service, but none of that happens.

Outer circle of Connaught place and close to Janpath this budget hotel is great for getting around Delhi. Close to Rajiv Chowk the metro is at your fingertips as are autorickshaws and taxis. Rooms are clean, very 1970s decor but comfortable. Breakfast was OK, totally adequate for the price we paid to stay there. Totally cool place for people who want clean, comfortable, cheap. The lovely young man on reception was very helpful. Location is king here, coupled with convenience. Perfect if coming from airport metro station or New Delhi railway station. Prepaid taxi from NDLS is 100rp, boom.

We arrived from the airport in the evening and checked into our room on the 2nd floor and then went to dinner. The food was great and the variety amazing. We then went to our room and the noise coming from the next door disco/coffee shop was so incredible that we asked for a room change. We were moved to another room on the 3rd floor which was just as loud and smelt of sewage (after traveling for 2 months this was nothing new but this was just too much) so we were moved again to the first floor which by this time it was 11pm and we were advised that the music would stop at 1am. We just turned the aircon on (which was really loud) and it seemed to drown out the din. Waking in the morning, we went to breakfast which was ok and then went exploring for a bit. The position is great but the noise and smell is just too much.

We used this hotel as a base for our travels around India,returning four times during six weeks in country. Rooms were good, always clean and staff were excellent and very helpful. Centrally located in New Delhi, close to Connaught Place and other attractions.

P-16 Connaught Circus, Connaught Place New Delhi Delhi N.C.R

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Jantar Mantar
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Concierge services

Located in Connaught Place within a short walk of Jantar Mantar, Hotel Alka Classic is within 2 miles (3 km) of other popular sights such as National Museum. This 22-room, 3-star hotel has conveniences like 2 restaurants, a bar/lounge, and free in-room WiFi. Located centrally in New Delhi, it's also close to Red Fort and India Gate.


Dining

This hotel is home to 2 onsite restaurants, perfect for a quick bite to eat. Satisfy your hunger without leaving your room with 24-hour room service, or quench your thirst with a beverage at the bar/lounge or coffee shop/café. Start your day off with breakfast, available for a fee.


Rooms

All 22 air-conditioned accommodations feature separate bedrooms. LED TVs come with cable channels, and free WiFi keeps guests connected. Bathrooms have free toiletries, bathrobes, and slippers. Sofa beds, minibars, and coffee makers are other standard amenities.


Property features

Renovated in 2013, Hotel Alka Classic offers free WiFi in public areas, coffee in a common area, and a computer station. Airport transportation is made easy with an airport shuttle (available 24 hours). The front desk is staffed 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Additional amenities include free newspapers, laundry facilities, and a porter/bellhop.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

42.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 149 reviews