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“Stay here to enjoy the Kashmiri Hospitality”

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Blooming Dale Hotel Cottages
Ranked #6 of 143 Hotels in Srinagar
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 14 April 2014

First of all let me tell you that I completely agree with all the reviews on TA. This is a place you should stay if you want to experience Kashmir.

I was confused while planning my Kashmir tour but after contacting Mr. Firdous from Blooming Dale all the confusion was gone. Mine was a very short tour to Kashmir, it was a 4 nights stay. We booked 2 double rooms for 4 people. The entire booking process was very smooth, you just need to shoot an email to Mr. Firdous or call him. After exchanging many emails with Mr. Firdous I decided to book entire package for 5 days with him. I had my itinerary ready and Mr. Firdous helped me to improve it.

The location of the hotel is very good. A two minutes walk to Dal Lake and all the market area nearby. There are many restaurant nearby where you can get authentic Kashmiri food as well as good quality North Indian food.

Our driver promptly picked us up from the airport and dropped off to the hotel. We were welcomed by Mr. Firdous with Kashmiri Kahwa and helped to the rooms. The rooms flooring is all carpeted which is necessary in cold weather of Srinagar. We were given ground floor rooms 101 and 102. The room is enough for 2 people. Room has a dedicated space to keep bags, a dressing table with mirror, one king size bed and a small single bed both fitted with eletrically heated blankets. There is also a small LED TV with good selection of channels. There is a big problem of electricity in Srinagar, but this hotel has its own backup generator which starts within minutes and you are not deprived of hot water or warm and cosy blankets. Each room also has an emergency lamp in case of light failure at night.

The bathroom is also big and clean. A big boiler is fitted into all bathrooms to provide with 24x7 hot water. They provide with towels and soap for the stay. The bathroom and room is cleaned everyday which is a very nice touch for a small hotel.

There is a small lobby where you can get many travel guide books and leaflet, but you don't need them as Mr. Firdous will guide you for each day of your tour. He writes down small notes for the day regarding what places to see and how to not fall far touts at various tourists places. All the tips given by him were very helpful in making our vacation pleasant. This place also has a small dining hall with capacity of 20 people for having breakfast and meals. We had a package which included breakfast which was very good to start your day with. Unfortunately we didn't get chance to have any meals at Blooming Dales. Also there is a small garden where you can enjoy the meals if weather permits.

Hospitality of Mr. Firdous is amazing, never hesitate to ask him questions about your trip. We once just asked for a good shop to buy jackets and shawls, and he himself dropped us to a nice fixed price shop where we got good quality jackets and cheap rates. He even arranged a drop back to the hotel. He goes out of the way to help you and make your stay memorable.

All the tours arranged by Mr. Firdous were good and as per my plans I was able to cover all the things even in a short 5 days tour. The taxis, the drivers, the staff at the hotel are all welcoming and ready to help. Mr. Firdous also gave a small souvenir during our departure.

Overall a very nice place to enjoy Kashmiri Hospitality. Though the name say's it a Hotel, I would like to categorize it as a Homestay just because of the warm hospitality.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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13  Thank ChinCho
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Reviewed 10 April 2014

Right from the beginning, when we were planning our journey, we contacted Mr. Firdaus on phone. Within few minutes not only he confirmed the bookings but also provided guidance.

When we were travelling from Jammu to Srinagar, he called up few times to make sure that we don't have any difficulty finding the place.

Warm welcome with Kehwa(Kashmiri Tea). We booked for a double room but were provided a family as a complement without asking anything.

Home made food is awesome. Thanks to Mr. Firdaus and Mir. We got everything like home.

You cannot compare this kind of hospitality with any other Five Start hotel. It is beyond compare.

Every morning, before we start the journey, Mr. Firdaus used to provide us a quick short note about DOs and DONTs and we found it very helpful.

In his own words "Money is not everything that matters."

We wish to visit Kashmir and The Blooming Dale again and also recommend it to others.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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14  Thank prabhatyash
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Reviewed 10 April 2014

We checked in bloomingdale post reading tripadvisor reviews and we are glad we did. What makes this place special is Mr. Firdous Ahmed's hospitality and personal attention to every guest.

Rooms - Large with LCD TV and a clean washroom.
Facilities - Electric mattress; Free Wi-Fi , In house Curio shop.
Food - Good Kashmiri food and excellent Kahwa.
Location - 2 minutes walk from Dal Lake.
Rates - Rs. 2500 for a night.

Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Rishabh6296
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Reviewed 5 April 2014

This was our first visit to kashmir but we didnt feel like that as the kind of hospitality and service provided even 5 star hotel wont provide this kind of service. Thank you sir for providing attention to every guest. I would book this hotel again and again whenever i visit to this Heaven.

  • Stayed: March 2014
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13  Thank Chiranji
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Reviewed 4 April 2014

We had a wonderful stay at Blooming Dale, very warm hospitality by Mr. Firdous, 100% recommended, Mr. firdous and his son were very helpful and they guide us in advance for our daily trips to gulmarg or local visits.....it is a small cottage with very comfortable rooms

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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10  Thank Jadeer2014
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Reviewed 31 March 2014

After reading many many reviews on tripadvisor, me and my husband decided upon Blooming Dale..The decision to stay here really made our trip a memorable trip..Right from our arrival at Srinagar airport to our return, Mr. Firdous(owner) took care of everything...Not only is he and he and his staff very hospitable but aldo very nice people..Firdous not only helped us plan our itinerary, but also helped us with the commutation...He gave every single detail which could help us during the trip. He told us how much and where we could bargain, and how to handle local shopkeepers..which helped us get a good bargain..
I recommend Blooming Dale to everyone who asks me advice about Srinagar

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Richa258
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Reviewed 31 March 2014

The warm experience started right at check in where we were welcomed with one of the best kahwa's and hand made cookies. The rooms were clean, well equipped and very functional but nothing great to write about. However, any minor issues were promptly attended to.

One of the things to keep in mind is frequent power cuts in Kashmir. At bloomingdale, generator was immediately switched on unlike many other hotels in the valley.

Another highlight is the delicious food it serves. Though we would have preferred service time to be faster.

Thanks to Mr Firdous and Munir for making our stay enjoyable.

Room Tip: Rooms facing the lane are noisier compared to other rooms
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with family
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12  Thank rohitseks
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Additional Information about Blooming Dale Hotel Cottages

Address: Dalgate,Buchwara | Buchwara, Srinagar 190001, India
Region: India > Jammu and Kashmir > Kashmir > Srinagar District > Srinagar
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Srinagar
Price Range: £16 - £76 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
BLOOMING DALE is located in the heart of Srinagar just 2 - 3 minutes walk from world famous Dal Lake.Our rooms are spacious and the baths neat and spotless. Food is served with great sense of hospitality and strictly as per choice of the guests. ... more   less 
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