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HOTEL AKAAL RESIDENCY
Ranked #2 of 138 Amritsar B&B and Inns
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Iowa
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22 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Great location”
Reviewed 3 March 2012

The main reason to stay at this hotel is that it is the nicest hotel we saw within walking distance of the Golden Temple. Because of the location I would recommend staying at this hotel. However, we had more problems here than at any other hotel. First, we had arranged transport from the train station. We waited and waited when we arrived. Turned out the driver picked up another passenger and forgot about us. Fortunately we had a local phone and after several phone calls and 1.5 hours of standing at the train station someone came for us. We would have taken a taxi, but they kept telling us someone was coming. Next, we arrived to the hotel to find the rooms are extremely small and cramped. They were nowhere near as spacious as the room photos online. This was definite abuse of the wide angle lens. The two rooms we booked did not have any windows to the outside which added to the feeling of being in a dungeon. Breakfast was included in our room rate, but we had to wait close to 45 minutes to get served each morning, in a cold room where we could not stand up straight due to the low ceiling. It seems they bring most items in from another shop. We were also told that before 10am all we could have was butter toast, so breakfast was not worthwhile. I definitely recommend getting the room without the "extras." There is a room price that includes breakfast and pick up from the train, and some "free" minibar type items, but since we basically got neither we thought it was ridiculous that we had to pay for it. The one thing that really impressed us was that when we checked out we forgot two shirts in the room. They emailed us to find out our location in India and then mailed the shirts to us. That was a nice surprise. The staff barely spoke English, but the owner was very good about taking our phone calls and translating our requests. There was a nice shower with hot water. Also, the hotel arranged a guide for us to go to the Wagah border closing ceremony and a couple of temples. The guide spoke little English, but enough to make it a pleasant trip. He was a really friendly guide.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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Mumbai
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Reviewed 1 March 2012

We stayed in an executive room. The room and bathroom was really clean. The real highlight of our stay in the hotel was the warm, friendly owner & staff who made us feel like being in home i.e Home away from Home. I would recommend this hotel to every tourist who is out there in Amritsar to enjoy his trip.

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2012

Had a good stay in Akaal Residency .
It was neat and clean . Close to Golden temple
Had a good service ...The owners were very helpful and courteous.
Over all a very good stay .
Will always choose this place to stay whenever I come to Amritsar and would recommend the same to others.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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Dayton, Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 21 February 2012

very good neat , clean & homely place . next to darbar sahib . very friendly staff & safe place . 1 st time i had visited in sept 2010 & then 2 nd time dec 2011 . very happy with this hotel & the staff & specially to the owner who took my personal care for all the hotel arrangements .
keep it up .

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Dombivli, Maharashtra, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2012

I was travelling to Amritsar for the first time with four of my friends , unfortunately we didn't booked any hotel before hand and I and my friends going through various sites and searching for the hotels , luckily we got Akaal Residency's number . We immediately got our room booked and the lady staff on the phone was so polite and humble that she understood our situation and reserved a room for the us immediately and she herself has arranged for a vehicle to pickup us from Amritsar Station as we were new to Amritsar. Even next day they have arranged a vehicle for the sightseeing with very much reasonable rates. Very impressive thing was that we had a train in morning at 5.30 to Delhi and they have arranged a vehicle for station drop and the staff in the night shift was following up with the driver to come on time so that we would not be late for the train. Very much dedicated and very helpful. In all experience was very very good , enjoyed the stay in Akaal Hotel Amritsar

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 2 January 2012

Though this hotel is in a 5 feet width lane, it deserves full credit for its facility, location, cleanliness and staff courtesy. all types of transport are either at the hotel entrance or just a shout away. Stayed in a Super Deluxe room for a thrill price. For a small extra sum, they arranged airport pick up as well. Small and cozy rooms. amazing internet speed and tasty breakfast. they just don't reveal from where they get the breakfast paranthas :) . 3 mins walk to Golden temple, Jallianwala Bagh. Hotel arranged a very dependable transport to Beas and Wagah border. We stayed during peak winter (-1 / 0 deg temperature) and hot water was not working properly. The front desk was so sorry about it that we got embarrassed of raising it with them ! This hotel is certainly a benchmark for other hotels. Will stay here during next visit as well.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2011

I just stayed in Akaal Residency for several days with a friend. The people there were extremely helpful and nice, the rooms were spotless, the prices were very reasonable, and the location was unbeatable (an easy walking distance to the Golden Temple). The place was quiet, yet central, so getting anywhere was not a problem. Unlike in many hotels the people in Akaal Residency did their best to suggest cheaper (though equally good) options to whatever we required (transportation, dining, shopping). They were also, very delicately and unobtrusively, taking responsibility for our safety when we went out at night (always offering to arrange transportation with people they knew - and no, it was never more expensive than if we made the arrangements ourselves - in fact it was cheaper). Places such as Akaal Residency are the reason I usually prefer to stay in guesthouses rather than in a large hotel.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
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Property: HOTEL AKAAL RESIDENCY
Address: Chowk Baba Sahib, Amritsar 143001, India
Region: India > Punjab > Amritsar District > Amritsar
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Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #2 of 138 B&Bs / Inns in Amritsar
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — HOTEL AKAAL RESIDENCY 3*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A Decent Hotel near Golden Temple with 3 star facilities.Your Home away from home in the feet of Shri Guru Ramdass ji. ... more   less 
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