The hotel owner did promise good things when I booked the houseboat, but most of them turned out to be lip - service. At the end, I felt I should have never stayed at this place as it was the most sour experience of my Kashmir vacation. I would recommend not to book this houseboat. The hospitality and courtesy was completely missing and you felt as if you were unwelcome in this place
I had visited Srinagar for couple of days in March and had opted to stay at Young Bombay Houseboat based on recommendation of a friend who had stayed last year. March is an off-season so I did bargain hard for 1 night stay the houseboat. Settled for a rate of Rs. 1000 for the night.
I was promised internet connectivity, good room service, free lake siding (transit from lake ghat to houseboat) and breakfast at the time of booking. But as soon I was in the houseboat, the owner started making reasons that we don't provide internet connection normally. Only after insisting he started the wi-fi router. There is barely any reception of wi-fi inside the houseboat unless you sit out side (The owner expected me to sit outside in -2 deg. C) or in one of the corner room. At 10 PM, he closed the router and did not start it again though even after making a request.
The lake siding (i.e. transit to ghat) took lot of time, he had no ready shikara available.
The rooms was good in shape, but lacked heating. I was provided with a heated water bottle which was half empty. You needed better bottle for that cold weather. Heater in the living room ran at lowest possible speed, it was not worthwhile to sit in front of it. And to make matter worse, a salesman was dropping every hour in the house boat to sell some Kashmiri stuff. The (houseboat never deterred anyone from entering the house boat. The promise of breakfast next morning would never materialize, unless you insist upon it repeatedly. And what it came out was 4 slices of cold bread with few milligrams of butter. The normal checkout time is 12 noon, but starting 8 AM , the house owner started asking me when I was vacating the houseboat, By 12, he had asked me 5 times
The house owner stated multiple times to me in the night that he betters likes "foreign guests", (probably because he can charge much inflated rates). The hospitality was completely missing, some thing that you would expect in tourist destinations. You get the feeling that you are unwelcome in the place, though you paid a decent sum for a night stay.
- Also Known As:
- Young Bombay Group Of House Boats Srinagar, Kashmir
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Deluxe houseboat at Dal Lake, maintained by a traditional Kasmiri family. You will have the opportunity to experience the true hospitality of Kashmiri people, taste the local cuisine (also European food and spiceless dishes available), drink free Kahwa (traditional Kashmiri tea).The houseboat is deluxe, i.e. it is a richly decorated wooden piece of art. ... more less
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