Hi dear readers,
I shall be talking about the Alka the Lakeside hotel- Nainital in this particular write up. Nainital is one of the most easily approachable hill station from Delhi, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh. I with my hubby and son visited Nainital in may this year and preferred to stay in Hotel Alka because of it’s prime location and beautiful view from all rooms.
The total duration of our stay was two days. The best and the most striking feature of Alka The Lakeside Hotel – Nainital is it’s excellent location.It is located midway on the mall road making it easy for the guests to access the market, local restaurants and most importantly, the Naini lake. Lots of restaurants are available in it’s vicinity, just in case, you would like to eat out and save some bucks. The local handicrafts shops, Candle shops and many other souvenir shops are located in the vicinity, easily approachable on foot. At night, the Terrace provides the most stunning views of the Naini Lake and the entire Mall road with beautiful gleaming lights, fog and clouds.The boat stand of Naini lake is situated just in front of this hotel.
Coming to the rooms, Visitors suggest that prefer the top floors to catch an uninterrupted view of the lake and mountains. The rooms are not too large but are cozy plus comfortable. The balconies and rooms have a British-time feel because of elaborate wooden carvings and flooring in the interiors. The rooms make you feel at home at Alka The Lakeside Hotel – Nainital.
I stayed in the Luxurious suite which is also known as The Mughal Room that is on the first floor. It is a double occupancy room with enough space to add one more bed or mattress for your kid. The Mughal Room have mostly luxurious and Rich interiors with some amazing works of art from the Mughal era making you feel like royalty. The Mughal Room offers the best glimpses of the Naini lake, hills and the terrace Garden, as well. I paid INR 11,500 including all government taxes for my luxurious room.
The things required to prepare beverages like: Tea, coffee, milk powder, Sugar packets and kettle are all provided in the room. However, do not expect great luxury like: included breakfast, water bottles at check in, spa, gym or salon here but then, you go to Nainital to enjoy the weather and views! Though, they have a beautiful Terrace garden, multi channel satellite television,complimentary wi fi and Billiards room.The hotel is centrally heated so, rooms stay warm even in chilly months of November and December.The rooms and washrooms are clean. Toiletries like: Soap, shampoo, Towels are provided everyday for guests.The room balconies are great to sit and chit-chat with your family over tea, in the evenings.Even the rooftop is very pleasant to spend early mornings and evenings for fresh air and to catch some amazing views of Nainital.The staff here is courteous, attentive and helpful with majority of the staff out here having an experience of 25 to 30 years, in the hotel industry. Currently, the hotel is run by Mr. Ved Shah.
Other rooms hotel Alka have are Apartment (4 pax), Luxury room, Suits, Standard room and last category they have is Economy room. Eatables are not provided in standard and economy room. These rooms are named as Rooftop Duplex, House of Bamboo, Kohinoor, Sultanate etc. In all its 43 rooms hotel. You can get view from all the room.
The room service is quick and the food is served hot and tastes delicious.The prices of the food are agreeable.You can also visit their restaurant that is called “ The Woods“in Alka The Lakeside Hotel – Nainital. It is jungle themed restaurant with exquisite woodwork, animal figurines, soft music, soft lighting and artificial as well as real plants.You can visit the Alka Bistro to grab some quick snacks, coffee and fast food.
Overall, my stay at the Alka The Lakeside Hotel – Nainital was very pleasant and I would recommend it too people who are looking for a decent hotel that is not too costly and neither too low-budget but real class hotel in running English. Enjoy great convenience, excellent views and good food at Alka Woods restaurant.
Fun fact: Till the late 1980’s, the Alka hotel was one of it’s kind, the floating Alka hotel, in the middle of Naini Lake but that had to be shut down due to some Government interventions.