Stayed at the hotel from March 8-10.
Very Very close to golden temple
No hidden charges
Owner takes personal interest in guests' well being
Cheerful, friendly and helpful staff
Rooms are clean
Rooms are a bit cramped
Only basic food prepared in hotel and rest is got from elsewhere
I visited Amritsar along with wife and 2 year old daughter so was looking for a clean homely stay very close to golden temple and based on most of the reviews on tripadvisor Hotel Akaal Residency seemed to fit the bill.
Did the booking over the phone and the room rates, inclusions etc were clearly explained. I opted for the Super Deluxe category because it included Station Pickup and Breakfast in the price (they mentioned that the room size is same as other category) and I didnt want to get into the hassle of haggling with Taxi drivers or searching for breakfast in a city that I was totally unfamiliar with. They confirmed the reservation promptly after I transferred a token amount to their specified bank account. They were also professional and followed up by calling me on the day of arrival to double check train timings to ensure that the driver and car are waiting by the time our train reached Amritsar.
Check in process was smooth and fast. The room was clean though a bit small which is to be expected considering the location. I think the tradeoff is worth it.
Options for breakfast are not extensive considering that they procure it elsewhere but good enough. In fact not having a wide menu option meant that we tried out many famous Amritsari eateries such as Kesar Dhaba and Bhrawan Dhaba which we may not have if the hotel had an attached restaurant. One point to note is that the staff cheerfully prepared Ghee - Rice and Daal specially for our little kid since she didnt eat at the place where had lunch, even thought it was past 3PM. This kind of going the extra mile definitely made me an admirer.
We arranged for a cab to Wagah border from the hotel itself and though it was a bit expensive compared to the rates outside cabs were charging, I felt that for the peace of mind it was worth it.
The hotel also procured our onward journey rail tickets at short notice and also got us pickles, papad and wadis - local delicacies (all with a suitable service charge of course)
They arranged for an auto for our early morning train as well.
All in all a very good experience. Will definitely stay here again.
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- 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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