My "home" away from home in Kashmir.
Ikraam Inn Bed and Breakfast in Srinagar City is the best place to stay when in Kashmir. Simply perfect, and managed by amazing and wonderful people.
Service; nothing can beat their true service, and dedication. They always put extra-mile in everything they do. And, they care for your welfare and well-being as always.
Rooms: very well-maintained, tidy, neat, and clean. Very cozy, and conducive for relaxation and holiday mood.
Management: This place is being managed by the Bhat family. Mr. Abdul Bhat is one of the most wonderful persons I've ever met in Kashmir. He looked and act so professionally; very warm, genuine, kind, and very friendly. Always giving me tips and tricks in the city, how to bargain and all. In short, he's a mentor. I found a father in Kashmir through him. And, his wife is equally great. I am very grateful for their service during my stay there. And, you must meet Ilham (their son who also co-manage the place) I should say... my stay there in Kashmir is much more enjoyable, care-free, fun, and great because of his assistance, help, and presence. One time he accompanied me and my guide for my trip in Sonamarg. And, on our way back to the hotel he offered me local grilled corn, and he personally accompanied me to Pari Mahal and the Royal Spring Gardens. I was very grateful and ecstatic since that tour is just his natural gesture and friendliness. Out of nowhere, he just offered himself to bring me there, it's not actually part of my tour there, but he still managed and showed the place for me. I am more than grateful and blissful. Furthermore, I have found not only a place to stay there but, a place called "home". The whole family treat me not just a guest, but something like a family member. I am very much grateful to all of them.
Food: Great-tasting food is always available for you. No need to go out for lunch or dinner. Just order 2 hours before meal time. In fact, they have a small garden in their backyard and the plants/vegetables there are all organic. Most of their ingredients in cooking is actually from there. Thus, rest assured it's all fresh and clean. And, thank you so much to grandma for that organic produce. I was able to meet her up too. And, I saw the sweetest smile from her face. She's just lovely!!
Conclusion: This place is highly recommended. And, given an opportunity I would like to visit them again and again, and stay there for a bit longer.
Bhat family is just uber amazing!! And, Ikraam Inn is the place you wanted it to be.
My girlfriend and I went to Srinagar for 2 nights in the middle of the chaos in October. We were really worried about the situation over there but was very pleased when staying at Ilham's place. His family gave us a warm welcome and a great care throughout our trip. We got suggestion and help from them for t of everything from tuktuk for day tour at Srinagar, private driver for the trip to Sonamarg and even the traditional Kashmiri tea leaves (they helped us to buy from the market since we didnt have much time to do so).
Also, you should try his wife's fantastic food as well as the tea. Making a tea cup from an instant bag is easy, but tasting the real tea prepared by his wife is another great experience. The tea requires the right amount of each components (not just the leaf..I forgot the name of the others :(((, my girlfriend would know better than me ) and specific way to make, so you should ask them to try.
They made our trip an unforgettable memory and we would love to come back Srinagar and stay at their place soon.
Stayed at a four night stay at Ikraam Inn in October 2016. The hotel is a small family owned place that was really clean and very safe. The room I had was on the ground floor and had large windows that allowed lots of natural light in and I found the place very clean. The location is good and it is only a short walk to nearby shops and places to eat. The hotel is very secure and I felt well looked after the whole time that I was there. As it is a family owned hotel, they were very friendly and welcoming to me and arranged breakfast which was included and provided my evening meals for a small charge. Srinagar is definitely worth visiting and I would recommend that you stay here if you are looking for a place to stay that is safe and clean and very friendly as well. I have travelled to India many times and this hotel is one of the best run places that I have come across. Helpful family that gave me lots of advice about what to see and do in Srinagar and spotless throughout.
Good location near to Dal lake and room was very clean and comfortable, the owner was very encourage and treated us as their family, you can ask them more about the tourist information. Delicious meal with freshly cooked from their organic garden, you don't have to go outside for dinner.
Very good location, homely treatment. U will not get hotel like feel and services but a lot more than that. I was very comfortable there even if we were eating dinner outside. The Bhatt family is very courteous and helpful.