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Ranjit's SVAASA
Ranked #12 of 98 Hotels in Amritsar
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 8 October 2007

Our final destnation in our 18 day tour of India was Amritsar. We were well aware that the hotel was not going to be luxury standard but had stayed in a simlar hotel in Narlai, so were not too concerned.

When we arrived we were allocated a room on the first floor. The bathroom and in particular the loo was not clean and we asked to be moved to another room. We chose a room on the top floor which was light and spacious and had a slightly better bathroom, what the didn't tell us was that there was a water pump on the roof that ran every two minutes throughout the night - nightmare! The following morning we asked to be moved to another room - and again the bathroom and in particular the loo was not clean.

Our main concern was the cleanliness of the whole place. The bed sheets in both the rooms we slept in were extremely old and worn and looked dirty - one of the pillow cases had a huge stain on it and the towels a light shade of grey. The bathrobes provided were old, discoloured and stained. One of the tables in the dining room had a cloth covered with stains and this was never changed. The crockery was not washed properly (stains in mugs etc). Chairs seat covers on the verandas were filthy and covered in dust.

We had dinner there the first night of our stay - no choice - and the food was luke warn. The service was terrible. Tea/coffee was provided as long as you didn't mind making it for yourself - the kettle was on the side board in the dining room.

Authentic Indian experience we don't mind - but there is no excuse for the terrible service and lack of basic cleanliness shown at this hotel.

Amritsar is a fascinating city - but do yourself a favour and stay elsewhere

  • Stayed: October 2007, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 October 2007

At 6,500 rupees per room per night this hotel is a little over-priced for the city. The room was nice and had some character - but I would class Ranjit's Svaasa as more of a B&B , or a Spa B&B than a hotel.

If it had been 4,000 rupees per night I might have rated it at 4 out of 5.

Amritsar is well known for one of the best place for Indian food. Ranjit Svaasa is not located in an area with tremendous outlets option at night. When check in at the place, we were told that dinner is served until 10PM.

When we approached the reception at 9.00pm it was closed, so we asked them what was the reason. Answer was given that occupancy was not that high to maintain the usual opening hours.

Fortunately they re-opened the restaurant after some talks and we could enjoyed delicious Dal Makni and other indian dishes.

Location: Better print a map before reaching the place otherwise it would take you 1-2 hours to find the place. As it is not known as a hotel, people don t really know the location.

Spa: typical Kerala treatments, spa prices are reasonnable. My wife enjoyed a Cleopatra Milk Bath with spices and staff were flexible since we ordered it last minute at 9.00pm. The next day massage were really great and appreciable.The wooden bed structure is really original.

Staff were okay but the least friendly and helpful of anywhere I have stayed in India. Check in and check out experience took more than 15mn each.

  • Stayed: September 2007, travelled with family
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1  Thank romain
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Reviewed 2 October 2007

This hotel is a quiet well-located haven and a sensitive conversion of an elegant 18c town house and its outbuildings. There are several indoor and outdoor sitting areas and some interesting photographs and portraits. We thought our three days/two nights package in one of the suites was good value at c. INR 20k for two, including spa treatments, airport transfers, visits to the Golden Temple, the Wagah Border ceremony and other local sights, all unique experiences. Our suite was very large, noisily air-conditioned, furnished with antiques and poorly lit. The attached bathroom was adequate, if rather 'Indian'. The spa services were efficiently provided and the staff were friendly and helpful. The meals were rather average and the choice limited. It's difficult to rate this type of property by 'western' standards and those expecting standard spa luxury might be disappointed. Recommended to experienced Indian travellers. Tip - take two trips to the Golden Temple, including either the 'sunset' or 'sunrise' ceremonies.

  • Stayed: September 2007, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank globaltraveller200
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Reviewed 3 September 2007

By Indian standards I had a very pleasant stay at this hotel. My room was small, clean and very quiet. I found the room service good though I didn't like the set menus for dinner. The Ayuervedic massage was very relaxing after a long drive and it was nice to just be able to walk back upstairs to my room.

On the 2nd day of my stay 2 new puppies a labrador and a dashound arrived. They were cute and fun to play with though I don't know how it would go with guests on a long term basis as they grow.

I had my own driver from Delhi and it was no problem getting around to the Golden Temple or Wagga Border.

  • Stayed: November 2003, travelled solo
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1  Thank kazintrepid
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Reviewed 16 August 2007

We had booked a Suite and upon checkin ,were given a very small room. When we expressed our displeasure and said that it did not in any way resemble a suite, they moved us to a bigger room in the first floor. The quality of everthing there leaves much to be desired. The bathrooms are old , the towels very old and stink and everything else in the bathroom is really old .The bedsheets have holes in them.This is definitely not worth the 128 $ we paid for the suite. It is no way a heritage hotel.As a hotel and its amenities, i would give it a 2 star.There were power cuts and we had to sleep in the heat and in dark as the generator wasnt working.
The only positive thing is they agreed to give us a room as we had a late check out but we didnt use it. But the fact that they let us is to be appreciated ( the hotel was empty anyways, so i dont know if it was a big deal ).
The service is good but that is to be expected as a norm in this industry.The food is good but you dont have a choice.The hotel has a predecided lunch / dinner so you dont get to choose.Anyways, there are lots of other good restaurants around.
This place is quiet , if thats what you are looking for.
I dont know the standards in Asr, but on a comparison with other 4 stars, or even 3 stars in del / mumbai , this doesnt come anywhere close.

  • Stayed: August 2007, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Mallika21
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Reviewed 9 July 2007

The Svvasva was a little oasis of calm. The house is an eclectic mix of furniture and well cared for. We were greeting with towels and tea. Our room was clean and stylish.

The service was occasionally slow or forgetful, but a gentle reminder brought an apology and the required items. We had breakfast and dinner at the hotel, and the food was really good.

The hotel organised reasonably priced air-conditioned vehicles to the airport and Wagah border ceremony. We also used the spa and two of us had the Sea Salt Lavender body scrub, which was absolutely fantastic.

I thoroughly recommend the hotel.

  • Stayed: July 2007, travelled with friends
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2  Thank harobed
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Reviewed 23 May 2007

After a month of hectic travelling all around India and after a particularly nasty stay at Amritsar's own Mohan International, we were weary when our travel agent booked us into Ranjit Svaasa. We had never heard of it and so were naturally highly suspicious.

We went there with every intention of inspecting the property before checking in or else going somewhere else. When we first drove in through their gates, after passing through a very tiny lane, we were surprised to see a quaint old house very tastefully done up.

On going inside the first thing that hit was the smell of incense every where. The hallways of the house and the reception where filled with family photographs and beautiful old furniture and we thought we may as well stay and give it a go.

Abhimanyu, one of the people who runs the place served us warm peach tea while we were getting checked in! Our room was well decorated, but not paticularly exceptional. However, it was very clean, and so was the bathroom.

What was exceptional though was the dining experience! In all our stay in Indian hotels we had never eaten such simple and delicious homestyle Indian food. As you may know commercially prepared Punjabi food is terribly rich and often very spicy. But the food at Ranjit was so simple yet heartwarming. Very 'satvic'. We never knew home cooked punjabi food could be so healthy and delicious.

The dining room and setting was very cozy and comfortable. Making us feel welcome and at home.

Each of our meals at Ranjit Svaasa was excellent. It was possibly our most favourite bit about the hotel.

The next favourite being the Kerala ayurvedic massage! You must give it a shot if you stay here.

Over all we loved Ranjit Svaasa very much and would highly recomend it to anyone who loves a cozy little retreat from the hustle and bustle of Amritsar.

Stayed: May 2007
6  Thank AmNar
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Additional Information about Ranjit's SVAASA

Address: 47-A, The Mall, Amritsar 143001, India
Region: India > Punjab > Amritsar District > Amritsar
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Amritsar
#4 Spa Hotel in Amritsar
#7 Business Hotel in Amritsar
Price Range: £65 - £166 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Ranjit's SVAASA 3*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ranjit's SVAASA is a creation out of a luxurious refurbishment of the 200 year old British Colonial Haveli, now plush with its characteristic boutique rooms and suites, fully equipped with modern amenities. The property also houses an award winning Spa in its restructured horse stables and cow sheds. The open courtyard plush with landscaped greenery and the rooftop organic vegetation all adorn the small yet beautiful manor. In the heart of the City, Ranjit's SVAASA is a peaceful haven to relax and cherish your holiday with authentic home cooked Punjabi food, with continental options. Enjoy meeting and interacting with the Mehra's, the Royal family descendants who personally manage and run this place making it a rich home away from home experience. Enjoy playing with the family dog or listening to the chirping birds or seeing the green parrots flying around. ... more   less 
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