Most tourists visit Amritsar for an experience of the Golden Temple and the Sikh faith. Le Golden is bang opposite the temple and so one of the few hotels proximally close and convenient. Its environs are the narrow, dusty lanes bustling mainly with 2-wheelers, cycle-rickshaws, stray dogs, roadside tea-stalls and people. The Hotel is not the cozy, swanky one you see in the hotel's site-photos which are shot creatively. Even the view of the Golden Temple is not what is projected.. The rooms at the lower-end (Deluxe & Super deluxe) are small with the Super having a bit more elbow room. The Executive and above rooms seem more well-laid out though there's a higher price-tag.The upkeep is at best below-average though the rooms and linen seem clean and hygienic. Service is slow to average but the management doesn;t seem too keen on getting rid of the small cockroaches we found in the Super Deluxe or repairing the malfunctioning Water-heater in the deluxe. All they responded to was: repair the leaking basin faucet despite repeated requests re: all the above. Food was surprisingly unappetising for a hotel in Amritsar, with one waiter even wearing a dirty, unwashed shirt everyday. The Breakfast buffet was disorganised and unsatisfactory though the service here was above-average. But we discovered excellent local authentic cuisine in small, joints like "Bubby's" in the vicinity of the Temple and Hotel. The Hotel is also within 3 minutes walking distance of the other site of historical interest, "Jallianwala Bagh" and has easy access to transport to the Wagah (Indo-Pakistan) Border to witness the "Changing of the guard" around sunset with all its energy, colour and bravado. All-in-all, an average stay for the quick-visit, budget-to-executive traveller who's willing to overlook the flaws and drawbacks. P.S>IMP: Also please double-check to ensure your taxi-driver can enter the inner "security ring" laid out around the Golden Temple precincts to take you right upto the door of the Hotel. Our driver couldn;t/didn't and we ended up with the inconvenience of finding rickshaws to lug our luggage a short distance.
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- Ours is a prime property just opposite the world-renowned Golden Temple and the best among hotels in the vicinity of the temple. ... more less
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