We booked 2 rooms for 2 nights in the first week of September 2013 after talking to the manager and getting a decent discount (verbally). After reading the hotel description, we asked for a room facing the Golden temple with a view of the temple and were suggested to book the Executive room. We were told it is bigger, more luxurious and obviously pricier, and the Delux/Super Delux rooms didn't face the temple and had no view. We booked 2 rooms, 1 Executive and 1 Super Delux and paid almost twice as much on the executive room (after discount as they couldn't offer much on the Executive room). When we arrived at the hotel, we were disappointed to find out that the Delux and the Executive rooms were identical, once facing the temple, one not, but neither of them had any view. The view was the only reason we paid more money which definitely wasn't worth it. Unless you are in the restaurant which is on the top floor, you don't get a view of the temple. The staff knew this but they misled us to believe we have a view from the Executive room.
Nevertheless, the location was great as the temple is just 2 mins walk from the hotel. It is hence also a very safe location for families or women travelling alone or even late at night. We visited the temple in the morning and evening knowing we are so close to the hotel.
There is some road work going on so little bit congested/polluted in the front of the hotel and cars/taxis are not allowed at all times. There are no other restaurants nearby, you have to walk 10-15 mins to get to the big Dhabbas. So if you are with families or elderly people, you may want to get a cab or settle with the hotel's restaurant which is not a bad option. The food was a bit pricey, but was good and tasty.
The Executive room was not very spacious, the sitting area was very tiny, even for 3 people. The Super Delux room seemed better in that respect, same size and ammenities but less money.
The hotel was very stingy with towels and soaps and we had to call and request both the days we were there as we had 3 members in 1 room.
The hotel provided breakfast buffet which was adequate and included items like idlis, batata-poha, fruits, toast, oatmeal etc. Breakfast for 2 people is included with the room tariff, had to pay for the third guest.
It is best to arrange for your own transportation to/from station and the airport as you will get a better deal and it is easy to find cabs. There is cab booking office about 7 mins walk from this hotel.
Jallianwala Bagh is also conveniently located within walking distance, so is the shopping area, though we didn't do any shopping. The airport is about 30-45 mins away, so leave ample time during rush hour. Lowering of the Flags ceremony at the Wagah border is a must-see if you are visiting Amritsar and is less than an hour away by cab (readily available) from this hotel/Golden temple.
Other than our disappointing experience with the "Executive room with the view", rest of the stay was ok and the hotel served our main purpose - visiting the temple at our time and leisure.
Book cheaper options to get your money’s worth, Delux/Super Delux rooms are good and adequate and with discounts are decently priced for the quality and location. Negotiate on a final price inclusive of all taxes and charges to avoid surprises. Enjoy your stay and Sat Sri Akal !
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