If you're looking for 5 star accommodation in Srinagar, you have two real options - the Lalit or the Taj Vivanta. Now the Lalit is a heritage property and that's it's biggest USP. But when you're in a place as beautiful as Kashmir, you must have the view.
The Taj people must have seriously scouted for an ideal location in Srinagar because they really hit the the motherload. The hotel is close enough to the city so after sightseeing you can get back in about 40 minutes but far enough, and high enough, to give you that distance from city chaos.
Right. Back to view. Watching the sun set over the iconic Dal Lake - priceless! Especially with a glass of cabernet in hand.
Though this is undoubtedly the best thing about the hotel, the service is a close second. You expect a certain level of quality and efficiency from a hotel of this calibre and they lived up to it. When the heater in the room didn't work, they promptly got us a portable one. They organised sightseeing around the city.
And their packages are VFM. After paying the actual room charges, you don't end up spending that much more money at the hotel. They gave us 15% off on lunch and dinner, and an additional Rs 3000 off the bill each day.
The food is absolutely top notch. Must try: the traditional Kashmiri fare and the breakfast buffet on the deck.
One more thing. Take time out to soak in the infinity pool, which also looks out onto the Dal Lake. Bliss.
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Greetings from Vivanta by Taj, Dal view - Srinagar!
It has been our privilege to have you stay with us at Vivanta By Taj - Srinagar. We have always been earnest in our endeavour to extend the very best of Vivanta to our guests.
Thank you for choosing to stay with us on your recent visit to Kashmir and very thoughtful of you to review us on Trip Advisor and to post an excellent feedback.
We are pleased to hear that you had a very comfortable stay and we appreciate your positive feedback on our rooms that are as spacious and comfortable and restaurants with excellent food and service. Also glad to see that you were delighted about our great location which is situated on a hill top with a splendid view of Dal Lake and back drop of Zabarwan Mountains.
I am thankful to hear that our service level meets the standard Taj hospitality. Encouraging words like these go a long way to keep the team motivated at the hotel and we assure you that it will be our constant Endeavour to provide warm and personalized hospitality to all our guests.
We look forward to the pleasure of being at your service again some time in the near future.
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