The hotel run by Mr Boktoo and his family, is a nice place to stay, very close to Dal Lake. The hospitality was good, and staff was quite friendly and always available. The hotel has a nice garden in the front, facing the lake and is quite well maintained, with plenty of roses of different varieties, even thick stemmed mint. If you are into gardening you would definitely like the ambience there!
One drawback is the access to the hotel, which is about 3-5 mins walk from the Dal gate, from a slightly narrow market, which might be a problem for elderly people as they have get down stairs and climb them up, including a small 5m long bridge, every time you have to go and visit any tourist spot. Rooms are a bit small and tight, compared to bathroom, but you cannot ask for everything!
All our travel arrangement to Gulmarg, Sonmarg and drop to Pahalgam were arranged by Dawood, son of Mr Boktoo, who was quite helpful and the rates were also competitive as against local taxi rates outside. For local sight seeing, a day auto should be sufficient as most places are close by, within 5-10kms distance. We were offered complimentary kashmiri kahwa at check-in time, but would have preferred it to be 'complimentary' daily on our return from sight-seeing :)
I would call it a mid-price/budget hotel good for families and tour groups (speaking of which Kesari groups almost occupied the whole of hotel!!). We availed only breakfast buffet, which was simple but descent with 2-3 options to pick from.
Overall recommended for someone who is not looking for modern fancy styled hotels, which might have facilities but would either be in crowded/noisy locations or a bit away from Dal lake.
last september we visited srinagar and stayed at hotel akbar...well decorated rooms...nice ambience..polite helpful staff...the garden is worth mentionable...but food is expensive for sure. p.lahiri ..kolkata
The Hotel Akbar comforts a tourist not only by its property and service but also with its hospitality. The owner Jaffar Bhai looks after every facets of this family run business and trains and guides the younger generation to provide best of service to the customers. It has houseboats also. The rooms are well planned and equipped with regular necessities and being maintained properly. The arrangement for local tours, travels, treks and ticketing, reservations etc being provided. The local information and suitable guidance are given to the travelers to take right decisions. All these services and comforts are provided at a reasonable cost.
Excellent Hospitality, great service. Well maintained hotel and Garden.
We were stuck in Srinagar at the time of Curfew. At this time of crisis, Mr Jaffer from Hotel Akbar guided us very well and we felt truly in safe hands.
The group has excellent hotels at all places.
First attracted by the convenient location, a two-minute walk from the Dalgate crossroads, opposite the Boulevard, and by the peaceful courtyard garden. This is a mid-price hotel catering to families and tour groups, providing wholesome buffet-style meals and a very high level of friendly, personalized service.