As the title suggests, if you are looking for peace, friendly, homely stay, then look no forward. Seal the deal here. but, if you are looking for a lavish hotel, this is complete "No No". The property located right opposite to Gate/Ghat No. 8A of Dal lake. Come straight to gate/ghat no. 8A, call any of them Ashiq or Sajid as per the number provided below they will come to receive you to cross the dal lake in their own boat. Regarding stay:-
1) Room Quality: Frankly, average. Do not expect any kind of luxury here. Rooms are okay, plenty of switches to charge your gadgets. We had been given Room No. 1 which is having no view. But you dont want any, come to the lawn enjoy the scene of Dal lake. Toilet was good, they have bathtub. We dind face much problem here.
2) Service: Wonderful word will fall little short here, they are great!! Its a family run business,where they stay at the backside of the houseboat. We really thankful to two brothers Mr. Ashiq & Mr. Sajid. They are great human being, and that's what touched our heart. They welcomed us with Kashmiri Chay "Qwaua", brother Sajid made that, the chai was awesome. Sajid guided us about the shikara ride & informed so many things about Sringar, we also shared so many stories of us!! Next day early morning (around 5 in the morning) Sajid bhai took us for a early morning shikara ride to show the local floating vegetable market. Oh Buoy! that was awesome, early morning breeze of Dal lake, with those fresh greens around, and only the rhythmic sound of oars made the place really paradise on the earth!! Oh Sajid, thank you so much! Brother Ashiq & there father are equally caring, they asked about whereabouts, and we felt like we are talking to family members!! Honestly, the quality of room can be compensated by the warm behavior you will receive from them!! After breakfast, both of them drop us in the gate no. 8A of Dal lake, we bid adieu them, till we meet again!!
3) Food: Actually we dint have meals there, we had them at Lhasa Restaurant near gate no. 9 which was suggested by Sajid bhai. We had breakfast & Kashmiri Chay over there, both are great!
Overall, again I am telling, if you are looking for VFM stay, friendly, homely stay then come here, but if you are looking for luxury & look of the houseboat then dont go for it
If Mr. Ashiq & Sajid read this, once again thank you, thank you, thank you!!
1) Sajid: 7298283964
3) Another Number: 9906602374.
Island Hotel has a very Homely Environment. Uncle and his sons will help you in every way to guide about the tourist destinations in Srinagar. The breakfast too was simply amazing, omelete with Kashmiri Kawah. Overall a must stay place for all kinds of people, from Bachelors to families.
We three visited this Island hotel from 9th july to 12th july. The inchange and manager of the hotel is noneother than the son of the hotel Mr.Ashiq. The moment we stepped on the premises we were treated as VIPs and shown our room and immediately welcomed with a well known Kashmere Chai. He arranged for a taxi from one of his own known persons one Mr.Gulzar for our trip to Sri Amarnathji and return on a very reasonable price. When we were delayed due to road block by the police while returning he showed his concern by phoning umpteen number and showed his relief when we returned the next day and he charged only half the price for the room for the extened days stay.
Well here is something nobody could expect or experience at a strange place. When we engaged a Sikhara(a hand operated boat to roan on the lake) for the tour of Dal lake on the evening when Mr.Ashiq was not there, the sikhara fellow charged more than what is the standard rate. When we told mr.Ashiq about this after our return, you will not believe, that Mr.Ashiq called that sikhara fellow and made him to return the excess amount charged from us for the earlier tour. Can you believe. I have never come across any such incident in my whole life.
You can bet your life on this and safely stay at Island hotel for any tours of Srinagar or cashmere without any iota of doubt or deliberance. I vouch for this hotel and whole heartedly vouch for Mr.Ashiq. God bless him and his family for their love and hospitality for the people in general and for the tourists and pilgrims in particular.
First of all, we would like to express our heartfelt Gratitude to the young owner Mr. Ashiq, his father Abdul and his brother Sajid, for all the Kindness and Goodness they have offered to us during our stay on the Houseboat! They all are really Loving and Caring towards the guests as if we are their Family members, without asking for own benefits, this is truly something very rare and precious, we are very much appreciative! The temperature was so low when we 1st arrived at the Hotel, and we felt so cold, fortunately, Sajid gave us a Hot-water bag and 2 extra Thick and Warm blankets, we were Warmed Bodily and Heartily! Mr. Abdul woke up every morning at 5am, just to boil some hot water for us to have a hot shower, again, this touched our heart deeply! The whole family made us feel greatly at home, so much so that we promised to come back again this year! Once again, brother Ashiq, brother Sajid, thank u for everything you all have done for us, as I have promised, we r looking forward to seeing you all the soonest possible, GOD permits, may be this August, amen! My best regards with LOVE
The House Boats all around Dal Lake are almost the same, but i bet you the Hospitality you will get here has to be beyond your expectations or experiences anywhere else.
Visit Srinagar? Visit 'Hotel Island' !
A good value for money. Worth every penny.