Really did well choosing Veena Palace. Great value, comfortable, clean and friendly. I can't imagine finding anywhere on the lake like this for 500. Food was extra though, breakfast was 100 and dinner was 200, though when I mentioned that I thought dinner was rather expensive (and delicious) Firdous was happy to lower the price. As was I think mentioned in another review, this is verging on a home stay. Firdous is the fourth generation to run these houseboats and the rest of the family lives just next door and they all were really welcoming and helpful. You can really see what their reputation and their business means to them, they go out of their way to help you have the time that YOU want. Firdous is a wonderful host, keen to chat and hang out which was great fun, extremely knowledgeable and keen to impart his recommendations and warnings, all of which were most appreciated.
The only thing I will mention however, I was extremely frustrated when getting prices for things. I was on a very tight budget and wanted to do a trek (sadly too expensive for me, next time), see the lake, get dinner etc. They were EXTREMELY helpful in all these things, describing at length all the things I would see, the logistics, previous trips, the food, the fishing, however getting the price was literally like getting blood from a stone. Always, "don't worry about it", "it's very cheap", "it won't be a problem", "we can sort that out later" No, I need to know the price!
Despite that wee quibble, this place was great! Really quiet, lovely view, good price. Highly recommended :-)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our group of houseboats (Veena Palace) is located on the famous Dal lake in the center of Srinagar. We offer accommodation in several houseboats with variety of rooms and prices. Apart from the accommodation we provide also food, internet, phone service, common sitting room on each houseboat, roof top sittings, and last but not least a friendly atmosphere. ... more less
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- Veena Palace Group Of Houseboats Srinagar, Asia - Kashmir