I read lots of reviews and did some research before visiting Amritsar about hotels there. I chose Indus only and Only for its strategic location. Indus is a budget hotel by its size and standard, but manages to charge a 3* hotel rate, simply by encasing its locational advantage. The hotel is right opposite the Golden Temple. We booked a Super Deluxe room. I'd already read reviews here (and which I must say were very helpful and accurate), hence I was prepared for the very standard / budget category that was presented to us. I don't say they were cheating, infact the hotel manager was extremely helpful and polite, but the overall hotel doesn't simply have anything that can be categorized as higher than standard. The specialty of the Super Deluxe room (there are two of them) is the view - you see the Golden temple from your room window.
however, if you miss this room during peak season, there is the view from the rooftop, open to all guests. The first full view of the Golden Temple, as we climbed the rooftop after checking in, was simply breathtaking. There was the temple, its gold glittering in rain washed daylight, in the middle of a clean, blue, glistening lake and surrounded by other white structures / temples in the complex. And the location gave us the advantage to visit the temple as many times we wished, and at all hours in the day - you just need to walk out of the hotel, cross the road and enter the temple complex.
The rooms and bathroom are as clean as you can expect from a standard, budget room. We went in the rainy season and heavy rains caused water to seep from the top floor and flood the corridors and enter our room, but the hotel staff was prompt to clean whenever asked for. Food is ordinary, we had most of our meals from the mouth watering eateries in the area outside.
I would recommend Indus for the view and the location.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Central Air-conditioned. 24 hours running hot & cold water, 1 minute walking distance from Golden Temple. Complimentary tea & coffee sachets in the rooms. Duvets in all the rooms. Lift facility available, even to terrace. Airport railway transfer facility available (charges extra). Direct dialing telephone from all the rooms. Online internet facility in all the rooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Indus Hotel Amritsar